Integrate electrical conductivity and Li+ ion mobility into hierarchical heterostructure Ti3C2@CoO/ZnO composites toward high-performance lithium ion storage

Hong Tang, Mengjin Jiang, Erhui Ren, Yue Zhang, Xiaoxu Lai, Ce Cui, Shouxiang Jiang, Mi Zhou, Qin Qin, Ronghui Guo

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The structural instability and low electrical conductivity of CoO and ZnO cause their rapid capacity fading when it is used for lithium ion storage, which limits their applications. In response, a hierarchical heterostructure was formed by anchoring CoO/ZnO nanodots onto the surface of Ti3C2 to effectively address the above issue. Ti3C2 has an excellent electrochemical performance which can effectively enhance the electrical conductivity of CoO/ZnO and facilitate lithium ion mobility, and CoO/ZnO nanodots that are uniformly anchored on the Ti3C2 surface can effectively inhibit the aggregation of CoO/ZnO nanodots during cycling. As an anode electrode for lithium-ion batteries, the Ti3C2@CoO/ZnO electrode exhibits a high reversible capacity (1069 mA h g−1 at 0.2 A g−1 for over 120 cycles), excellent cycleability (1052 mA h g−1 at 0.5 A g−1 for over 200 cycles, and 627 mA h g−1 at 1 A g−1 for over 300 cycles) and exceptional rate capacity (498 mA h g−1 at 3 A g−1, and holds 794.3 mA h g−1 after 110 cycles when the current is controlled at 0.1 A g−1 again). This work paves the way for the structural modification of other types of metal oxides (sulfides) to enhance electrochemical performance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number118696
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020


  • CoO/ZnO nanodots
  • Excellent cycleability
  • Hierarchical heterostructure structure
  • Lithium ion storage
  • TiC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Pollution
  • Energy(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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