Acta Chimica Sinica ›› 2013, Vol. 71 ›› Issue (05): 787-792.DOI: 10.6023/A12110989 Previous Articles     Next Articles



潘海玲a,b, 李丽b, 刘江华c, 贾殿赠a   

  1. a 新疆大学应用化学研究所 清洁能源材料与技术教育部重点实验室 先进功能材料自治区级重点实验室 乌鲁木齐 830046;
    b 新疆大学化学化工学院 乌鲁木齐 830046;
    c 新疆油田公司工程技术研究院 克拉玛依 834000
  • 投稿日期:2012-11-30 发布日期:2013-03-21
  • 通讯作者: 贾殿赠,
  • 基金资助:

    项目受新疆自治区高技术项目(No. 201016118)和新疆自治区重大专项(No. 201130113-1)资助.

Preparation and Electrochemical Performance of Carbon Nanoballs from Petroleum Asphalt

Pan Hailinga,b, Li Lib, Liu Jianghuac, Jia Dianzenga   

  1. a Key Laboratory of Material and Technology for Clean Energy, Ministry of Education, Key Laboratory of Advanced Functional Materials, Autonomous Region, Institute of Applied Chemistry, Xinjiang University, Urumqi 830046;
    b School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xinjiang University, Urumqi 830046;
    c Engineering Technology Research Institute of Xinjiang Oilfield Company, Karamay 834000
  • Received:2012-11-30 Published:2013-03-21
  • Supported by:

    Project supported by the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of high-tech projects (No. 201016118) and the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of major projects: (No. 201130113-1).

In this work, a simple low-temperature method has been employed to synthesize carbon nanoballs (CNBs). In a typical procedure, 1 g of petroleum asphalt in an alumina boat was directly heated to 450 ℃ at a rate of 10 ℃/min in air in a conventional box furnace to obtain the CNBs. Subsequently, the synthesized CNBs were treated in tubular furnace at 1500 ℃ under nitrogen atmosphere for 3 h and the obtained products were denoted as H-CNBs. The as-synthesized CNBs and H-CNBs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and infrared spectroscopy. It was found that the diameters of CNBs and H-CNBs were in the range of 50~80 nm, and both of them showed a relatively low degree of graphitization. Compared with the CNBs, the H-CNBs showed a slightly higher degree of graphitization than the CNBs. A proposed formation mechanism of the CNBs is suggested to be as follows. Firstly, petroleum asphalt decomposed and formed a large amount of hydrocarbons at 220~500 ℃, such as benzene, methane, acetylene and so on. Carbon atoms from thermal cracking products of hydrocarbons deposited on the substrate in the absence of O2. Carbon atoms developed to CNBs as the temperature increased and the reaction time prolonged. The CNBs and H-CNBs were used as anode material in lithium ion batteries. The electrochemical performance was studied by galvanostatic charge/discharge at ambient temperature. The CNBs as anode materials exhibited a high initial capacity of 1260 mAh/g at a current of 1 C, which stabilized at around 500 mAh/g after 100 cycles. In contrast, the H-CNBs showed an initial capacity of 413 mAh/g under the same electrochemical conditions, which stabilized at 200 mAh/g after about 20 cycles with slight increase upon further cycling. Coulombic efficiency of as high as 98% was recorded after initial cycling for 10 cycles and 30 cycles for CNBs and H-CNBs, respectively. After cycling at different currents from 0.1 C, to 1 C, 5 C, and 10 C, the capacity of CNBs was almost fully recovered to the initial capacity at 0.1 C.

Key words: petroleum asphalt, carbon nanoballs, electrode material, specific capacity