Laser-Assisted Ultrafast Exfoliation of Black Phosphorus in Liquid with Tunable Thickness for Li-Ion Batteries

Weiran Zheng, Jeongyeon Lee, Zhi Wen Gao, Yong Li, Shenghuang Lin, Shu Ping Lau*, Lawrence Yoon Suk Lee*

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Few-layer black phosphorus (BP) is an emerging 2D material suitable for energy applications. However, its controllable preparation remains challenging. Herein, a highly efficient route is presented for the scalable production of few-layered BP nanosheets using a pulsed laser in low-boiling point solvents. Changing the laser irradiation time, energy, and solvent type leads to precise control over the layer number and lateral size of the nanosheets with a narrow distribution. The process is understood by a plasma quenching mechanism and interlayer interaction weakened by the in situ generated vapor bubbles. The excellent control of the BP nanosheets enables morphological effects on Li-ion battery performance to be studied. Low layer numbers benefit both charge transfer and Li+ ion diffusion, while a high aspect ratio can not only improve the charge transfer but also increase the Li+ ion diffusion path. This study delivers insights on the tailored fabrication of thin 2D materials using lasers for morphology-dependent electrochemical energy conversion and storage.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1903490
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
Issue number31
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Li-ion batteries
  • black phosphorus
  • laser-assisted exfoliation
  • morphological effect
  • morphology control


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