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Fabrication and electrochemical performance of 3D hierarchical β-Ni(OH)2 hollow microspheres wrapped in reduced graphene oxide

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Abstract

A novel structured reduced graphene oxide/Ni(OH)2 (rGO/Ni(OH)2) hybrid composite with enhanced electrochemical performance was prepared by wrapping β-Ni(OH)2 hollow microspheres in rGO sheets via a facile solvothermal route, using poly(L-lysine) (PLL) as reductant and ethylene glycol (EG) as coupling agent. The structural, morphological and electrochemical properties of the composite were well examined. The results show that single-crystalline β-Ni(OH)2 hollow microspheres are enveloped in rGO sheets after thermal treatment in the hybrid composite, which exhibits a high specific capacitance of 1551.8 F g−1 at a current density of 2.67 A g−1 and a capacity retention of 102% after 2000 cycles. Notably, in comparison with pure β-Ni(OH)2 hollow microspheres and the simple mixture (mixture of rGO and Ni(OH)2 spheres), the rGO/β-Ni(OH)2 composite exhibited superior electrochemical properties, which may be due to the wrapped electrically conducting graphene sheets and the unique three-dimensional (3D) structure of the composite. The rational design, interesting structure and the ideal electrochemical performance of this graphene-based composite suggest its potential applications in high energy storage systems.

Graphical abstract: Fabrication and electrochemical performance of 3D hierarchical β-Ni(OH)2 hollow microspheres wrapped in reduced graphene oxide

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The article was received on 22 Mar 2013, accepted on 21 May 2013 and first published on 21 May 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3TA11161J
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013,1, 9083-9091
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    Fabrication and electrochemical performance of 3D hierarchical β-Ni(OH)2 hollow microspheres wrapped in reduced graphene oxide

    Y. Wang, S. Gai, N. Niu, F. He and P. Yang, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, 1, 9083
    DOI: 10.1039/C3TA11161J

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