Journal of Materials Science, Vol.56, No.15, 9356-9367, 2021
Coaxial MWNTs@MnCo2O4 wrapped in conducting graphene for enhanced lithium ion storage
In this report, nanocomposites of MWNTs@MnCo2O4@Gs are synthesized via a wet-chemical approach, in which double layer of MnCo2O4 particles evenly attached on MWNTs and wrapped in graphene. As an anode material for lithium batteries (LIBs), the designed MWNTs@MnCo2O4@Gs delivers LIB performance with superior rate capability and a large reversible capacity of 1094 mAh g(-1) after 300 cycles tested at 200 mA g(-1), respectively. The MWNTs@MnCo2O4@Gs electrodes deliver reversible capacities of 752 and 520 mAh g(-1) after 80 cycles at high current densities of 1.0 and 3.0 A g(-1), being much larger than those values of 155 and 125 mAh g(-1) without Gs wrapping. The results revealed that the reserved space structure combined with conductive carbon supporting of MWNTs and Gs can effectively provide buffer for the volume expansion of Li+ insertion/extraction process, promote the ion/electron transport, and finally improve their LIB performance. Thus, such structure design supplied a promising route to obtain binary metal oxide-based anode in order to achieve high-performance LIBs.