Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Volume 55, Issue 23
June 1, 2016
“Defect-Controlled Formation of Triclinic Na2CoP2O7 for 4 V Sodium-Ion Batteries”
Heejin Kim+, Chan Sun Park+, Jang Wook Choi,* and Yousung Jung*
Simple defects such as sodium deficiencies can induce the selective synthesis of triclinic Na2CoP2O7, providing an increase in energy density of more than 40 % compared to the stoichiometric polymorph that is preferentially formed under the commonly used synthesis conditions. Such a significant improvement, which was achieved just by changing the crystal structure, suggests that controlling the polymorphism could be an effective and facile method for developing high-performance electrode materials and that defects can play a remarkable role in this process.