Morphology-controlled synthesis of Co3O4 porous nanostructures for the application as lithium-ion battery electrode

Hongyu Sun, Mashkoor Ahmad, Jing Zhu

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Porous Co3O4 nanostructures with morphologies including hierarchical nanoflowers and hyperbranched nano bundles have been successfully synthesized by a controlled hydrothermal method and subsequent calcinations at higher temperature. Microscopic characterizations have been performed to confirm that mesoporous Co3O4 nanostructures are built-up by numerous nanoparticles with random attachment. The specific surface area and pore size of the nanoflowers have been found similar to 51.2 m2 g-1 and 12.6 nm respectively. The nanoflowers as an anode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) demonstrate the higher initial discharge capacity of 1849 mAh g(-1) with a Columbic efficiency 64.7% at a rate of 50 mAh g-1 between 0.01 and 3.0 V. In addition, a significantly enhanced reversible capacity similar to 980 mAh g-1 is retained after 30 cycles. More interestingly, excellent high rate capabilities (similar to 960 mAh g-1 at 250 mA g-1 and 875 mAh g-1 at 500 mA g-1) are observed for porous flower-like structure. The improved electrochemical performance is attributed to the large specific surface area and porous nature of the flower-like Co3O4 structure which is more convenient and accessible for electrolyte diffusion and intercalation of Li+ ions into the active phases. Therefore, this structure can be considered to be an attractive candidate as an anode material for LIBs. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Pages (from-to)199-205
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Co3O4
  • Porous nanostructures
  • Lithium-ion battery


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