Wintersweet-flower-like CoFe<inf>2</inf>O<inf>4</inf>/MWCNTs hybrid material for high-capacity reversible lithium storage

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Chemistry - An Asian Journal, 2012, 7 (8), pp. 1940 - 1946
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2012-08-01
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CoFe2O4/multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) hybrid materials were synthesized by a hydrothermal method. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy analysis confirmed the morphology of the as-prepared hybrid material resembling wintersweet flower "buds on branches", in which CoFe2O4nanoclusters, consisting of nanocrystals with a size of 5-10 nm, are anchored along carbon nanotubes. When applied as an anode material in lithium ion batteries, the CoFe2O4/MWCNTs hybrid material exhibited a high performance for reversible lithium storage. In particular, the hybrid anode material delivered reversible lithium storage capacities of 809, 765, 539, and 359 mAhg-1at current densities of 180, 450, 900, and 1800 mAg-1, respectively. The superior performance of CoFe2O4/MWCNTs hybrid materials could be ascribed to the synergistic pinning effect of the wintersweet-flower-like nanoarchitecture. This strategy could also be applied to synthesize other metal oxide/CNTs hybrid materials as high-capacity anode materials for lithium ion batteries. © 2012 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
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