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Morphology controlled synthesis and modification of high-performance LiMnPO4 cathode materials for Li-ion batteries

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Morphology-controlled monodispersed LiMnPO4 nanocrystals as high-performance cathode materials for Li-ion batteries have been successfully synthesized by a solvothermal method in a mixed solvent of water and polyethylene glycol (PEG). Morphology evolution of LiMnPO4 nanoparticles from a nanorod to a thick nanoplate (∼50 nm in thickness) and to a smaller thin nanoplate (20–30 nm in thickness) is observed by increasing the pH value of the reaction suspension. Electrochemical measurements confirm that the LiMnPO4 thin nanoplates display the best charge–discharge performance, thick nanoplates the intermediate, nanorods the worst, which can be mainly ascribed to the difference in their morphologies and particle sizes in three dimensions. Further modification of LiMnPO4 thin nanoplates with graphene gives rise to an improved electrochemical performance compared with conventional pyrolytic carbon coated ones. The LiMnPO4 thin nanoplate/graphene composites deliver a high capacity of 149 mA h g−1 at 0.1 C, 90 mA h g−1 at 1 C, and even 64 mA h g−1 at 5 C charge–discharge rate, with an excellent cycling stability.

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The article was received on 10 Feb 2012, accepted on 13 Aug 2012 and first published on 20 Aug 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2JM30821E
J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 21144-21153

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    Morphology controlled synthesis and modification of high-performance LiMnPO4 cathode materials for Li-ion batteries

    Z. Qin, X. Zhou, Y. Xia, C. Tang and Z. Liu, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 21144
    DOI: 10.1039/C2JM30821E

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