Researchers develop bimetallic Bi-Sn microspheres as high-performance anode supplies for sodium-ion batteries


Researchers in China have developed bimetallic Bi-Sn microparticles (μ-BiSn)to be used as high-performance anode supplies for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) utilizing ether-based electrolytes.

In an open-access paper within the RSC journal Chemical Communications, they report that the μ-BiSn materials reveals superior electrochemical efficiency, comparable to excessive preliminary Coulombic effectivity (90.6%), good biking stability (541 mAh g−1 after 3000 cycles at 2 A g-1) and wonderful fee functionality (393 mAh g−1 at 10 A g−1).

Alloy-based anode supplies (Sn, Bi, Sb, and many others.) have attracted in depth consideration as excessive efficiency anode supplies for sodium-ion batteries.

Amongst them, Sn stands out with some great benefits of excessive theoretical capability (847 mAh g-1), low discharge voltage (~0.4 V vs. Na+/Na), excessive digital conductivity, and non-toxicity. Nonetheless, its poor biking and fee performances hinder its sensible functions. In distinction, Bi reveals wonderful fee and cycle performances as a consequence of its distinctive layered constructions, however its theoretical particular capability is just 386 mAh g-1. Thus, it’s extremely fascinating to mix some great benefits of Sn (excessive theoretical capability) and Bi (good biking/fee efficiency).

—Zhu et al.

The group synthesized the μ-BiSn by ultra-sonication of molten metallic at a low temperature. (Bi and Sn beads might be melted at a low temperature, which successfully reduces power consumption throughout preparation.)


(a-d) Electrochemical performances of μ-BiSn in SIBs. (a) Galvanostatic cost/discharge curves at 0.1 A g-1 between 0.01 and 1.5 V. (b, c) Fee and biking performances of μ-BiSn, μ-Bi, μ-Sn and μ-Bi/Sn. (d) Lengthy-term biking efficiency of μ-BiSn at 2 A g-1. (e-g) Electrochemical performances of μ-BiSn thick electrodes. (e) Galvanostatic discharge/cost curves of μ-BiSn with totally different mass loadings. (f) The particular and areal capability of μ-BiSn electrodes with totally different mass loadings. (g) The biking efficiency with a mass loading of seven.6 mg cm-2. Zhu et al.


  • Y. Zhu, C. Wang, Z. Cheng, Q. Yao, J. Su, B. Chen, J. Yang and Y. Qian (2022) “Bimetallic Bi-Sn Microspheres as Excessive Preliminary Coulombic Effectivity and Lengthy Lifespan Anodes for Sodium-Ion Batteries” Chem. Commun. doi: 10.1039/D2CC00833E.


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