Coating Fe2O3 with graphene oxide for high-performance sodium-ion battery anode

Li, Henan, Xu, Li, Sitinamaluwa, Hansinee, Wasalathilake, Kimal, & Yan, Cheng (2016) Coating Fe2O3 with graphene oxide for high-performance sodium-ion battery anode. Composites Communications, 1, pp. 48-53.

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Abstract

Sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) have recently shown the potential to meet the demands for large scale energy storage needs as an attractive alternative to lithium-ion batteries due to the high abundance of sodium resources around the world. The major hurdle of SIBs resides in developing viable anode materials with a high energy density and an appropriately long cycle life. Here a simple and low-cost method for synthesizing Fe2O3/graphene oxide (Fe2O3/GO) composites made out of Fe2O3 nanoparticles sandwiched between graphene oxide (GO) layers is reported. The unique structure of the Fe2O3/GO composites served a synergistic effect to alleviate the stress of Fe2O3 nanoparticles, prevent nanoparticles aggregation, maintain the mechanical integrity of the electrode, and facilitate mass transfer of Na ions during batteries operating. Consequently, the Fe2O3/GO composites as anode for SIBs attained a reversible specific capacity of ca. 420 mAh g-1 after 100 cycles at 0.1C (1C=1007 mA g-1) and a good rate capability at various current densities. Moreover, the Coulombic efficiency of the SIBs could rapidly increase in the early cycles. Due to the facile synthesis method and high electrochemical performance, the Fe2O3/GO composites would have a significant potential as anode materials for rechargeable SIBs.

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ID Code: 99556
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: composites, graphene, nanomaterials, battery, energy materials
DOI: 10.1016/j.coco.2016.09.004
ISSN: 2452-2139
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MATERIALS ENGINEERING (091200) > Composite and Hybrid Materials (091202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000) > NANOTECHNOLOGY (100700) > Nanomaterials (100708)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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Facilities: Central Analytical Research Facility
Copyright Owner: Elsevier 2016
Copyright Statement: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution; Non-Commercial; No-Derivatives 4.0 International. DOI: 10.1016/j.coco.2016.09.004
Deposited On: 27 Sep 2016 22:16
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 23:12

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