Nanoporous copper from dual-phase alloy families and its technology application in lithium ion batteries

Wenbo Liu, Long Chen, Jiazhen Yan, Ning Li, San-Qiang Shi, Shichao Zhang

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Nanoporous metals have recently attracted considerable interest in a wide variety of applications, including catalysis, sensors, actuators, fuel cells, microfluidic flow controllers, and so forth. Their inherent special morphology and characteristic is expected to have superior performances, such as the open porosity, high surface area, good electron conductivity, extremely clean metal surface, and high structural stability with no agglomeration in comparison with other nanostructures. Here, we mainly review our group's systematical studies related to nanoporous copper (NPC) from dual-phase alloy families, aiming at giving a comprehensive summary about our step-by-step progress in its fabrication, microstructure evolution, dealloying behavior, and one-step strategies to special 3-D bicontinuous porous architectures in the last 5 years. Meanwhile, some encouraging test findings on the original application of NPC in lithium ion batteries have also been covered briefly in the last part of this review, which would open a window toward their other technology applications in high-performance electrochemical devices within the green, new energy industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-231
Number of pages29
JournalCorrosion Reviews
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • dealloying behavior
  • fabrication
  • lithium ion battery
  • microstructure evolution
  • nanoporous copper

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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