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Retraction: Black mesoporous anatase TiO2 nanoleaves: a high capacity and high rate anode for aqueous Al-ion batteries

Dong Ge Tong *
Mineral Resources Chemistry Key Laboratory of Sichuan Higher Education Institutions, College of Materials and Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu 610059, China. E-mail: tongdongge@163.com; Tel: +86-28-8407 9074

Received 6th August 2019 , Accepted 6th August 2019

First published on 28th August 2019


Retraction of ‘Black mesoporous anatase TiO2 nanoleaves: a high capacity and high rate anode for aqueous Al-ion batteries’ by Ying Juan He et al., J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 1721–1731.


The Royal Society of Chemistry hereby wholly retracts this Journal of Materials Chemistry A article, with the agreement of the authors, due to concerns with the reliability of the electron microscope (EM) images in the published article.

The TEM image in 5e, HRTEM images in Fig 1b and S1b and the SAED image in the inset in Fig 1b contain repetitions of distinct shapes or patterns within the images.

The authors informed us that the characterisation was completed by a third party company and they used the images “without any editing or modification”. The authors repeated the experiments and requested to provide replacement data for Fig. 1b, 5e and S1b. The new figures were reviewed by an independent expert. The authors believe that the scientific content and conclusions of the related studies presented by the pictures in the published paper can be reproduced. However, the independent expert still questions the reliability of the published images. The authors informed us that due to a flooding accident in the laboratory, the original data of the published EM images were destroyed. In addition, the third party company only saved the test data for one month. Due to the large number of images, it is not possible to replace the published images with the new figures. To avoid the possibility of publishing unreliable EM images, the authors agree to retract this paper to protect the rigor of the scientific record.

This retraction supersedes the information provided in the Expression of Concern related to this article.

Signed: Dr Dong Ge Tong (on behalf of the authors)

Date: 1st August 2019

Retraction endorsed by Sam Keltie, Executive Editor, Journal of Materials Chemistry A


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