Chemical integration of reduced graphene oxide sheets encapsulated ZnCo2O4quantum dots achieving excellent capacity storage for lithium-ion batteries

Chang Chen, Kwok Ho Lam, Bao jun Liu, Xian hua Hou, Yu ping Wu

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rGO sheets grow and interweave to form basic skeletons. Ultrafine ZCO particles with a size of around 3.66 nm grow and embed on both sides of the rGO sheets, and the rGO sheets restrain the reunion of ZCO nanoparticles. The existence of rGO sheets and ZCO nanoparticles can engender the mutual synergistic effects so that hybrid QDs ZCO/rGO electrodes exhibit the excellent electrochemical properties. Owing to this special nanoparticles-on-sheets structure, the hybrid QDs ZCO/rGO electrodes exhibit an excellent initial discharge capacity for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries (1325.9 mAh g−1at the current density of 200 mA g−1), high rate stability (532.3/566.1 mAh g−1at 4000 mA g−1) and outstanding electrochemical cyclic stability (657.6/668.2 mAh g−1at 2000 mA g−1after 2000 cycles with a capacity retention of 68.6%). For full-cells, high initial reversible discharging capacity (646 mAh g−1at 200 mA g−1) and good cyclic stability (514 mAh g−1at 200 mA g−1after 100 cycles) are obtained. The superior performance of the as-prepared electrodes is ascribed to the advantage of nano-sized particles. With the successful synthesis of hybrid QDs ZCO/rGO nanocomposites, the facile synthetic route and unique growth of nanostructuring method can be extended to high electrochemical performance electrodes for commercial lithium-ion batteries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)672-684
Number of pages13
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2017


  • Lithium-ion batteries
  • Quantum dots
  • Reduced graphene oxide
  • Transition metal oxides
  • ZnCo O 2 4

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry

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