Effect of nitrogen-containing polymer wrapped around carbon nanotubes for Li–O2 battery cathode

Tsuyohiko Fujigaya, Ryota Kanamori, Shinsuke Hirata, Junichi Morita, Masamichi Matsumoto, Masato Eguchi, Il Chan Jang, Tatsumi Ishihara, Naotoshi Nakashima

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In the development of lithium (Li)–oxygen (O2) rechargeable batteries, the improvement of the rechargeability is one of the key issues to be solved. Herein, a novel strategy to solve this issue is explored using polymer-wrapped single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) as the cathode material. Poly[2,2’-(2,6-pyridine)-5,5’-bibenzimidazole] (PyPBI), employed as the wrapping polymer of the SWCNTs, served to coordinate Li ions and to facilitate a favorable deposition of the discharge products on the SWCNTs during the discharge reaction at the cell cathode. As a result, the rechargeability of the cell (SWCNT/PyPBI-cell) was improved compared to the cell having nonwrapped SWCNTs as the cathode (SWCNT-cell).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)921-927
Number of pages7
JournalPolymer Journal
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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