Heterogeneous WSx/WO3 Thorn-Bush Nanofiber Electrodes for Sodium-Ion Batteries

Won Hee Ryu, Hope Wilson, Sungwoo Sohn, Jinyang Li, Xiao Tong, Evyatar Shaulsky, Jan Schroers, Menachem Elimelech, André D. Taylor

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Heterogeneous electrode materials with hierarchical architectures promise to enable considerable improvement in future energy storage devices. In this study, we report on a tailored synthetic strategy used to create heterogeneous tungsten sulfide/oxide core-shell nanofiber materials with vertically and randomly aligned thorn-bush features, and we evaluate them as potential anode materials for high-performance Na-ion batteries. The WSx (2 ≤ x ≤ 3, amorphous WS3 and crystalline WS2) nanofiber is successfully prepared by electrospinning and subsequent calcination in a reducing atmosphere. To prevent capacity degradation of the WSx anodes originating from sulfur dissolution, a facile post-thermal treatment in air is applied to form an oxide passivation surface. Interestingly, WO3 thorn bundles are randomly grown on the nanofiber stem, resulting from the surface conversion. We elucidate the evolving morphological and structural features of the nanofibers during post-thermal treatment. The heterogeneous thorn-bush nanofiber electrodes deliver a high second discharge capacity of 791 mAh g-1 and improved cycle performance for 100 cycles compared to the pristine WSx nanofiber. We show that this hierarchical design is effective in reducing sulfur dissolution, as shown by cycling analysis with counter Na electrodes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3257-3266
Number of pages10
JournalACS nano
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 22 2016


  • electrospinning
  • heterogeneous structure
  • nanofiber
  • sodium-ion batteries
  • tungsten sulfide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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