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A bio-facilitated synthetic route for nano-structured complex electrode materials

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Abstract

We investigate an energy-efficient synthesis that merges the bio-templated technique and solid-state reactions to produce nano-structured lithiated polyanions. With the aid of bio-templates based on an M13 virus, the thermal budget of an annealing process can be reduced, and the nano-structured characteristics of the precursors are preserved in the product. This method enables us to successfully prepare monoclinic LiMnBO3 with an average particle size of 20 nm in a 1 h annealing process, showing improved electrochemical properties compared with the conventionally synthesized one. Thus, we consider that this bio-facilitated method can open up an environmentally-friendly pathway to produce nano-structured electrode materials with an enhanced performance.

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The article was received on 28 Jan 2016, accepted on 18 Feb 2016 and first published on 18 Feb 2016


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C6GC00273K
Citation: Green Chem., 2016,18, 2619-2624
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    A bio-facilitated synthetic route for nano-structured complex electrode materials

    M. Moradi, J. C. Kim, J. Qi, K. Xu, X. Li, G. Ceder and A. M. Belcher, Green Chem., 2016, 18, 2619
    DOI: 10.1039/C6GC00273K

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