Nano Research

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Preparation of carbon-coated iron oxide nanoparticles dispersed on graphene sheets and applications as advanced anode materials for lithium-ion batteries


Fe2O3 nanoparticles, carbon coating, graphene, chemical vapor deposition (CVD), anode, lithium ion batteries


We report a novel chemical vapor deposition (CVD) based strategy to synthesize carbon-coated Fe2O3 nanoparticles dispersed on graphene sheets (Fe2O3@C@G). Graphene sheets with high surface area and aspect ratio are chosen as space restrictor to prevent the sintering and aggregation of nanoparticles during high temperature treatments (800 °C). In the resulting nanocomposite, each individual Fe2O3 nanoparticle (5 to 20 nm in diameter) is uniformly coated with a continuous and thin (two to five layers) graphitic carbon shell. Further, the core–shell nanoparticles are evenly distributed on graphene sheets. When used as anode materials for lithium ion batteries, the conductive-additive-free Fe2O3@C@G electrode shows outstanding Li+ storage properties with large reversible specific capacity (864 mAh/g after 100 cycles), excellent cyclic stability (120% retention after 100 cycles at 100 mA/g), high Coulombic efficiency (~99%), and good rate capability.

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Tsinghua University Press