Persulfurated Coronene: A New Generation of “Sul-flower"
R. Dong, M. Pfeffermann, D. Skidin, F. Wang, Y. Fu, A. Narita, M. Tommasini, F. Moresco, G. Cuniberti, R. Berger, K. Müllen, X. Feng
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 139, 2168–2171 (2017)
We report the first synthesis of a persulfurated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) as a next-generation “sulflower.” In this novel PAH, disulfide units establish an all-sulfur periphery around a coronene core. The structure, electronic properties, and redox behavior were investigated by microscopic, spectroscopic and electrochemical methods and supported by density functional theory. The sulfur-rich character of persulfurated coronene renders it a promising cathode material for lithium–sulfur batteries, displaying a high capacity of 520 mAh g–1 after 120 cycles at 0.6 C with a high-capacity retention of 90%.