Controlled synthesis of γ-MnOOH nanorods via a facile hydrothermal method for the high-performance Li-ion batteries
In this work, a hydrothermal reduction route was applied for the controlled production of MnOOH nanohydrangeas and MnOOH nanorods. The structure and morphology of formed products were characterized. Both MnOOH nanohydrangeas and nanorods were utilized as active anodes for the Li-ion batteries. Galvanostatic charge-discharge, cyclic voltammogram, rate performance and electrochemical impedance were analyzed to compare the lithium ion energy storage performances of two formed MnOOH nanostructures. The results indicate that γ-MnOOH nanorods possess enhanced cycle and rate capacity comparing with the γ-MnOOH nanohydrangeas. At a current density of 200 mA g−1, a specific capacity of 965 mA h g−1 is obtained for the formed γ-MnOOH nanorods after 200 cycles, while the reversible capacity of MnOOH nanohydrangeas is 380 mA h g−1, which suggests that morphology variation of as-prepared MnOOH nanostructures can influence the electrochemical properties. γ-MnOOH nanorods synthesized by this method present a prospective application for lithium ion batteries.