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Synthesis and Electrochemical Performance of Nano-Metastructured LiFePO4/C Cathode Material

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The nano-metastructured LiFePO4/C composites were synthesized by carbothermal reduction method using starch gel as carbon source and dispersing media to obtain high tap density LiFePO4 with excellent electrochemical performance. The raw materials were coated by starch gel as compact precursors, which was sintered at 750 °C for 8 h to obtain high-density LiFePO4/C composite aggregated with nano-sized particles. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations showed that the primary particles had an average size of about 50–80 nm and the aggregates had a homogeneous particle size distribution of about 400 nm. The asprepared samples had a shortened lithium-ion diffusion length but with higher tap density, thus leading to the excellent electrochemical performance of the cathode materials. Electrochemical results showed that the samples delivered high discharge capacities of 155.6 and 120.7 mAh/g at 0.2C and 5C rates, respectively, with excellent cycling performance.

Keywords: ELECTROCHEMICAL PERFORMANCE; LIFEPO4/C; NANO-METASTRUCTURE; STARCH; TAP DENSITY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2010.2781

Publication date: November 1, 2010

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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