In situ growth of amorphous Fe2O3 on 3D interconnected nitrogen-doped carbon nanofibers as high-performance anode materials for sodium-ion batteries

Lu Shi, Ying Li, Fanglei Zeng, Sijia Ran, Chengyu Dong, Shao Yuan Leu, Steven T. Boles, Kwok Ho Lam

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In this work, a novel porous amorphous Fe2O3/nitrogen-doped carbon composite as a promising anode material for sodium-ion batteries has been fabricated by in situ growing amorphous Fe2O3 on 3D interconnected nitrogen-doped carbon nanofibers. The as-prepared composite exhibits superior sodium storage properties. It delivers a high reversible capacity of 408 mA h g−1 after 350 cycles at a current density of 100 mA g−1 and a good rate capability of 183 mA h g−1 at 3 A g−1. The excellent electrochemical performance is owing to the synergistic effects of the amorphous structure of Fe2O3 and the 3D interconnected nitrogen-doped carbon network with high nitrogen doping content (10 atom%), which do not only relieve the internal stress of the electrode and accommodate more electrochemical active sites for Na+ storage, but also buffer the volume changes of amorphous Fe2O3 as well as facilitate the electronic and ionic transportation during cycling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-116
Number of pages10
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2019


  • 3D interconnected carbon nanofibers
  • Amorphous FeO
  • Electrochemical performance
  • First-principles calculations
  • Nitrogen doping
  • Sodium-ion batteries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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