Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are the current devices of choice for portable energy storage applications; however, improvements in energy and power densities are required to sustain future more demanding tasks, such as those associated with automotive transport. Commercially, LIB anodes are typically made from graphitic carbon-based systems that present bottlenecks associated with surface passivation and slow intercalation kinetics. We have investigated layered/graphitic carbon nitrides (gCNMs) as alternative anode materials; their unique structure and chemistry enable new intercalation processes not available for pure-C graphite. Our gCNMs are prepared from C, N-containing precursors treated at different temperatures. Cyclic voltammetry showed clear oxidation/reduction cycles in the 0.5–1.5 V range indicating that Li
intercalation took place resulting in electric conduction properties of the previously semiconducting material. Higher reaction temperatures lead to buckling of the graphitic layers and consequent loss of planarity, with a negative effect on their electrochemical performance.
Keywords: lithium-ion batteries, electrode, anode, graphite, graphitic carbon nitride.