30 January 2015

New Publication Out

Reduced graphene oxide for Li–air batteries: The effect of oxidation time and reduction conditions for graphene oxide

Møller Storm, M., Overgaard, M., Younesi, R., Abildgaard Reeler, N.I., Vosch, T., Gro Nielsen, U., Edstrom, K. and Norby, P.  Carbon 8 5 , 233 –244 (2015)

Synbio scientist Tom Vosch has co-authored an article on the characterization of reduced graphene oxide as an air-cathode for Li–air batteries.


Reduced graphene oxide (rGO) has shown great promise as an air-cathode for Li–air batteries 

with high capacity. In this article we demonstrate how the oxidation time of graphene oxide (GO) affects the ratio of different functional groups and how trends of these in GO are extended to chemically and thermally reduced GO.We investigate how differences in functional groups and synthesis may affect the performance of Li–O2 batteries. 

The oxidation timescale of the GO was varied between 30 min and 3 days before reduction. Powder Xray diffraction, micro-Raman, FE-SEM, BET analysis, and XPS were used to characterize the GO’s and rGO’s. Selected samples of GO and rGO were analyzed by solid state 13C MAS NMR. These methods highlighted the difference between the two types of rGO’s, and XPS indicated how the chemical trends in GO are extended to rGO. A comparison between XPS and 13C MAS NMR showed that both techniques can enhance the structural understanding of rGO.

Different rGO cathodes were tested in Li–O2 batteries which revealed a difference in overpotentials and discharge capacities for the different rGO’s.We report the highest Li–O2 battery discharge capacity recorded of approximately 60,000 mAh/gcarbon achieved with a thermally reduced GO cathode.

Read the full article here