Self-assembled Mn3O4/C nanospheres as high-performance anode materials for lithium ion batteries

Kewei Liu, Feng Zou, Yuandong Sun, Zitian Yu, Xinye Liu, Leyao Zhou, Yanfeng Xia, Bryan D. Vogt, Yu Zhu

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A self-assembled Manganese (Mn) based metal organic complex (Mn-MOC) with spherical structure was synthesized via a solvothermal reaction. The Mn-MOC precursor materials were converted to hierarchical porous Mn3O4/C nanospheres through thermal annealing treatment. These nanospheres exhibited a high reversible specific capacity (1237 mAh/g at 200 mA/g), excellent ratability (425 mAh/g at 4 A/g), and extremely long cycle life (no significant capacity fading after 3000 cycles at 4A/g) as an anode in lithium ion batteries. The notable capability for lithium storage is attributed to the unique porous hierarchical structure of the Mn3O4/C nanospheres, which consist of homogeneously distributed Mn3O4 nanocrystals with thin carbon shells. Such a desired nanostructure not only provided large reaction surface area and enhanced electrical conductivity, but also promoted the formation of a stable solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) and accommodated the volume change of the conversion reaction type electrode.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-97
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Power Sources
StatePublished - Aug 15 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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