Metal-organic framework glass anode with an exceptional cycling-induced capacity enhancement for lithium-ion batteries

Chengwei Gao, Zhenjing Jiang, Shibin Qi, Peixing Wang, Lars Rosgaard Jensen, Morten Johansen, Christian Kolle Christensen, Yanfei Zhang*, Dorthe Bomholdt Ravnsbæk*, Yuanzheng Yue*

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Abstract Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) hold great promise as high-energy anode materials for next-generation lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) due to their tunable chemistry, pore structure and abundant reaction sites. However, the pore structure of crystalline MOFs tends to collapse during lithium-ion insertion and extraction, and hence, their electrochemical performances are rather limited. As a critical breakthrough, a MOF glass anode for LIBs has been developed in the present work. In detail, it was fabricated by melt-quenching Cobalt-ZIF-62 (Co(Im)1.75(bIm)0.25) to glass, and then by combining glass with carbon black and binder. The derived anode exhibits high lithium storage capacity (306 mAh g-1 after 1000 cycles at of 2 A g-1), outstanding cycling stability and superior rate performance compared with the crystalline Cobalt-ZIF-62 and the amorphous one prepared by high-energy ball-milling. Importantly, it was found that the Li-ion storage capacity of the MOF glass anode continuously rises with charge-discharge cycling and even tripled after 1000 cycles. Combined spectroscopic and structural analyses, along with density functional theory calculations, revealed the origin of the unusual cycling-enhancement of the performances of the MOF glass anode, that is, increased distortion and local breakage of the Co-N coordination making the Li-ion intercalation sites more accessible. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved
Original languageEnglish
Article number2110048
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number10
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 10. Mar 2022


  • Anode
  • Capacity enhancement
  • Lithium-ion batteries
  • Metal-organic framework crystal
  • Metal-organic framework glass


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