Nickel Hexacyanoferrate Nanoparticles as a Low Cost Cathode Material for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Marzhana Omarova, Aibolat Koishybay, Murat Nulati Yesibolati, Almagul Mentbayeva, Nurzhan Umirov, Kairat Ismailov, Desmond Adair, Moulay-Rachid Babaa, Indira Kurmanbayeva, Zhumabay Bakenov

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Potassium nickel hexacyanoferrate KNi[Fe(CN)(6)] (NiHCF) was synthesized by a simple co-precipitation method and investigated as a cathode material for lithium-ion batteries. The X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy studies revealed the formation of pure phase of agglomerated NiHCF nanoparticles of about 20-50 nm in size. The material exhibited stable cycling performance as a cathode in a lithium half-cell within a wide range of current densities, and a working potential around 3.3 V vs. Li+/Li. The lithium ion diffusion coefficient in this system was determined to be in a range of 10(-9) to 10(-8) cm(2) s(-1), which is within the values for the cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries with high rate capability. Considering promising electrochemical performance and attractive lithium-ion diffusion properties of this material along with its economical benefits and simplified preparation, NiHCF could be considered as a very promising cathode for large scale lithium-ion batteries. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Pages (from-to)58-63
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Galvanostatic Intermittent Titration Technique
  • Lithium Diffusion Coefficient
  • Lithium-ion Battery
  • Nickel Hexacyanoferrate Cathode


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