Low-temperature synthesis of two-dimensional nanostructured Co3O4 and improved electrochemical properties for lithium-ion batteries

Zhongpei Lu, Jingjing Ding, Xuehong Lin, Yang Liu, Haitao Ye, Gang Yang*, Fan Yin, Bo Yan

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    Urea as a cheap reagent is very useful in preparation two-dimensional metal oxides with tunable crystal morphologies, while refluxing method is a simple route to control the decomposition of urea. Here, a low temperature refluxing in the presence of urea is developed to prepare porous Co3O4 as anode material for lithium-ion batteries. The self-assembly cobalt hydrotalcite-like compounds (Co-HLC) is firstly synthesized through refluxing the mixture of cobaltous nitrate and urea. After pyrolysis, the flower-like morphology of Co-HLC is successfully maintained in the final product of Co3O4. The ordered two-dimensional Co3O4 nanosheets provide good contact with electrolyte and stable porous structure during lithiation/delithiation. Co3O4-120 synthesized under refluxing temperature of 120 °C shows the initial charge capacities of 722 and 741 mAh g−1 at the 2nd and 100th cycle under 100 mA g−1. Moreover, Co3O4-120 as electrode for a supercapacitor presents excellent capacitance, 167 F g−1 after 3000 cycles at 1 A g−1. Under 5, 10 and 20 A g−1, Co3O4-120 electrode delivers 128, 104 and 90 F g−1, respectively. The porous structure in Co3O4 with enhanced electrochemical performance indicates low temperature refluxing preparation is an applicable and energy-saved method to synthesize transitional metal oxide with tunable crystal morphologies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)22–30
    Number of pages9
    JournalPowder Technology
    Early online date29 Dec 2016
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017

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    • anode materials
    • electrochemical performance
    • hydrotalcite-like compounds
    • lithium-ion batteries
    • metal oxide
    • refluxing


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