General synthesis of multi-shelled mixed metal oxide hollow spheres with superior lithium storage properties
Lou, David Xiong Wen
Date of Issue2014
School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Complex hollow structures of transition metal oxides, especially mixed metal oxides, could be promising for different applications such as lithium ion batteries. However, it remains a great challenge to fabricate well-defined hollow spheres with multiple shells for mixed transition metal oxides. Herein, we have developed a new “penetration–solidification–annealing” strategy which can realize the synthesis of various mixed metal oxide multi-shelled hollow spheres. Importantly, it is found that multi-shelled hollow spheres possess impressive lithium storage properties with both high specific capacity and excellent cycling stability. Specifically, the carbon-coated CoMn2O4 triple-shelled hollow spheres exhibit a specific capacity of 726.7 mA h g−1 and a nearly 100 % capacity retention after 200 cycles. The present general strategy could represent a milestone in design and synthesis of mixed metal oxide complex hollow spheres and their promising uses in different areas.
Angewandte Chemie international edition
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