Fe3O4@polyaniline yolk–shell micro/nanospheres as bifunctional materials for lithium storage and electromagnetic wave absorption

Xiaoliang Wang, Minwei Zhang, Jianming Zhao, Guoyong Huang, Hongyu Sun

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Unique Fe3O4/polyaniline (PANI) composite with yolk-shell micro/nanostructure (FPys) has been successfully synthesized by a facile silica-assisted in-situ polymerization and subsequent etching strategy. The structural and compositional studies of the FPys composites are performed by employing X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The yolk-shell morphology of the products is confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations. When evaluated as anode material for lithium-ion batteries, the as-prepared FPys electrodes deliver superior capacity, better cycling stability and rate capability than those of bare Fe3O4 micro/nanospheres and Fe3O4/PANI core-shell (FPcs) electrodes. Moreover, FPys also exhibits excellent electromagnetic wave absorption performance when comparing to the synthesized Fe3O4-based electromagnetic wave absorbers, in which strong reflection loss and extensive response bandwidth can be achieved simultaneously. The excellent bifunctional properties of FPys material are associated with the specially designed hierarchical micro/nanostructures. The current strategy that application directed structural design can be applied to the synthesis of other multifunctional materials.
Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Surface Science
Issue numberPart B
Pages (from-to)1054-1063
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Fe3O4
  • Polyaniline
  • Yolk-shell
  • Anodes
  • Lithium storage
  • Electromagnetic wave absorption

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