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Enhanced Lithium Storage Performances of Novel Layered Nickel Germanate Anodes Inspired by Spatial Arrangement of Lotus Leaves

Abstract

The rapid capacity degradation of Ge-based materials hinders their practical application for next generation lithium ion batteries, which could be solved by synthesizing Ge-containing ternary oxides with new structures and hybridizing with carbon nanomaterials. Herein, novel Ni3Ge2O5(OH)4 nanosheets are synthesized and distributed in situ on reduced graphene oxide (RGO) sheets with both flat-lying and vertically-grown spatial distributions to imitate the growth of lotus leaves. These two types of Ni3Ge2O5(OH)4 nanosheets enhance their efficient contact with RGO and increase the mass loading of active materials. Furthermore, the interfacial bonds between RGO sheets and Ni3Ge2O5(OH)4 nanosheets are introduced to improve the diffusion rate of lithium ions. The RGO sheets act as a buffer matrix to sustain the volume change and prevent the nanosheets from aggregation. Consequently, the chemically bonded Ni3Ge2O5(OH)4/RGO hybrid delivers a high specific capacity of 863 mA h g-1 over 75 cycles, which is much higher than those of neat Ni3Ge2O5(OH)4 nanosheets and the hybrid without the interfacial bonding. This work provides a novel perspective for designing high-performance Ge-based anode materials for advanced lithium ion batteries.

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The article was received on 09 Apr 2018, accepted on 15 May 2018 and first published on 15 May 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8NR02857E
Citation: Nanoscale, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Enhanced Lithium Storage Performances of Novel Layered Nickel Germanate Anodes Inspired by Spatial Arrangement of Lotus Leaves

    H. Li, J. Qu, S. Hao, Z. Wang, Y. Zhang and Z. Yu, Nanoscale, 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8NR02857E

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