Boosting the lithium-ion storage performance of dense MnCO3microsphere anodes via Sb-substitution and construction of neural-like carbon nanotube networks

Hao Lu, Yanwu Fang, Jike Yang, Mingtong Yang, Qingchuan Du, Ling Bai, Kang Xiao, Titus Masese, Xusheng Yang, Zhen Dong Huang, Yanwen Ma

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Abstract: To boost the electrochemical performance of MnCO3(MC) microspheres, binary SbxMn1−xCO3(x = 1/3, 1/2 and 2/3) microspheres, labeled SMC-12, SMC-11 and SMC-21, respectively, were prepared using a solvothermal method. A 3D conductive network of carbon nanotubes (CNT) was also successfully built from the inside to the surface of the SMC-12 microspheres to promote electronic and ionic transportation. As observed, the microspheres of SMC-12 were larger and had a more uniform distribution compared with pure MC, SMC-11 and SMC-21. Profiting from the introduction of neural-like CNTs networks, the electrochemical performance and the utility of the SMC-12 microspheres (approximately 3.5–7 µm in diameter) were remarkably improved. The obtained CNTs@SMC-12 composite anode delivered 1066 and 572 mAh g−1at current densities of 500 and 5000 mAg−1after 200 cycles, respectively, which were much higher than the 737 and 297 mAh g−1of bare SMC-12. Graphical abstract: With the successful construction of a 3D “neural”-like CNTs conductive network for the Sb1/3Mn2/3CO3(SMC-12) microsphere, the rate performance, the cyclic stability, the utility of the large size SMC-12 microspheres are remarkably promoted. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1105-1113
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Electrochemistry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • Anode materials
  • Carbon nanotube
  • Carbonates microspheres
  • Lithium ion batteries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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