Chinese Journal of Applied Chemistry ›› 2020, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (4): 387-404.DOI: 10.11944/j.issn.1000-0518.2020.04.190243

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Research Progress of Transition Metal and Compounds for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

WANG Chunliab,SUN Lianshanac,ZHONG Mingd,WANG Liminab,CHENG Yonga*()   

  1. aState Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization,Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry,Chinese Academy of Sciences,Changchun 130022,China
    bSchool of Applied Chemistry and Engineering,University of Science and Technology of China,Hefei 230026,China
    cInstitute for Energy Research,Key Laboratory of Zhenjiang, Jiangsu University,Zhenjiang,Jiangsu 212013,China
    dJiangxi JXTC Haoyun High-tech Co.,Ltd,Nanchang 330096,China
  • Received:2019-09-11 Accepted:2019-12-17 Online:2020-04-01 Published:2020-04-10
  • Contact: CHENG Yong
  • Supported by:
    Supported by the National Key Research and Development Program of China(No.2017YFE9128100)


Lithium-sulfur batteries are considered to be the next-generation secondary batteries with development potentials due to high theoretical specific capacity and low cost. However, there are several limitations of the sulfur cathodes due to the insulating nature of sulfur and Li2S, the “shuttle effect” caused by the intermediate lithium polysulfides(Li2Sx, 4≤x≤8) dissolved and migrated in the electrolyte and serious side effects, resulting in low utilization of the active materials, poor cycling stability and rate performances. In this paper, the research progress of transition metal nano materials in lithium-sulfur batteries is reviewed. Especially, the synthetic methods of materials and the reaction mechanism for inhibiting the dissolution of lithium polysulfide and promoting the conversion are introduced and the development of cathode carrier materials for lithium-sulfur batteries is forecasted.

Key words: transition metal compounds, nanomaterials, lithium sulfur battery, electrochemical performances, chemical adsorption