Constructing Hydrophobic Interface with Close-Packed Coordination Supramolecular Network for Long-Cycling and Dendrite-Free Zn-Metal Batteries

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  • Zengren Tao - , Sun Yat-Sen University (Author)
  • Yuanfei Zhu - , Sun Yat-Sen University (Author)
  • Zekun Zhou - , Sun Yat-Sen University (Author)
  • Anding Wang - , Sun Yat-Sen University (Author)
  • Yuanming Tan - , Sun Yat-Sen University (Author)
  • Zhao Chen - , Sun Yat-Sen University (Author)
  • Minghao Yu - , Chair of Molecular Functional Materials (cfaed) (Author)
  • Yangyi Yang - , Sun Yat-Sen University (Author)


Commercialization of aqueous zinc-metal batteries remains unrealistic due to the substantial dendrite growth and side reaction issues on the zinc anodes. It is highly demanded to develop easy-to-handle approaches for constructing stable, dense, as well as homogeneous solid anode/electrolyte interfaces. Herein, the authors construct the zinc anode interface with a close-packed Zn-TSA (TSA = thiosalicylate) coordination supramolecular network through the facile and up-scalable wet-chemical method. The hydrophobic Zn-TSA network can block solvated water and establish a solid-state diffusion barrier to well-distribute the interfacial Zn2+, thus inhibiting hydrogen evolution and zinc dendrite growth on the anode. Meanwhile, the Zn-TSA network induces the formation of a uniform and stable solid electrolyte interphase composed of multiple inorganic-organic compounds. This denser structure can accommodate and self-heal the crack/degradation of the anode interphase associated with the repeated volume changes, and suppress the generation of detrimental by-product, Znx(OTF-)y(OH)2xy·nH2O. Such a rationally fabricated anode/electrolyte interface further endows the assembled symmetric cells with superior plating/stripping stability for over 2000 h without dendrite formation (at 1 mA cm-2 and 1 mAh cm-2). Furthermore, this zinc anode has practical application in the Zn-MoS2 and Zn-V2O5 full cells. This study provides a new train of thought for constructing the dense interface of zinc-metal anode.


Original languageEnglish
Article number2107971
Pages (from-to)e2107971
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2022

External IDs

PubMed 35499186
unpaywall 10.1002/smll.202107971
Mendeley b8d4bd26-9749-3ca8-aa8f-ede279f4ca09


Research priority areas of TU Dresden


  • artificial interface layers, solid electrolyte interphase (SEI), zinc dendrites, Zn-Metal Batteries, Zn-TSA, Electrodes, Water, Electric Power Supplies, Electrolytes, Zinc