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Enhanced Potassium Storage Capability of Two-Dimensional Transition-Metal Chalcogenides Enabled by a Collective Strategy.
Potassium-ion batteries (PIBs) have been considered as a promising alternative to lithium-ion batteries due to their merits of high safety and low cost. Two-dimensional transition-metal chalcogenides (2D TMCs) with high theoretical specific capacities and unique layered structures have been proven to be amenable materials for PIB anodes. However, some intrinsic properties including severe stacking and unsatisfactory conductivity restrict their electrochemical performance, especially rate capability. Herein, we prepared a heterostructure of high-crystallized ultrathin MoSe2 nanosheet-coated multiwall carbon nanotubes and investigated its electrochemical properties with a view to demonstrating the enhancement of a collective strategy for K storage of 2D TMCs. In such a heterostructure, the constructive contribution of CNTs not only suppresses the restacking of MoSe2 nanosheets but also accelerates electron transport. Meanwhile, the MoSe2 nanosheets loaded on CNTs exhibit an ultrathin feature, which can expose abundant active sites for the electrochemical reaction and shorten K+ diffusion length. Therefore, the synergistic effect between ultrathin MoSe2 and CNTs endows the resulting nanocomposite with superior structural and electrochemical properties. Additionally, the high crystallinity of the MoSe2 nanosheets further leads to the improvement of electrochemical performance. The composite electrode delivers high-rate capacities of 209.7 and 186.1 mAh g-1 at high current densities of 5.0 and 10.0 A g-1, respectively.
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