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Understanding the formation of ultrathin mesoporous Li4Ti5O12 nanosheets and their application in high-rate, long-life lithium-ion anodes

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Abstract

Two-dimensional nanosheet-like materials with ultra-small thickness and uniform porous structures hold great promise for high-rate and long-life lithium-ion batteries. In this work, pure ultrathin mesoporous Li4Ti5O12 nanosheets are fabricated by combining a facile solvothermal synthesis with a calcination process. The detailed formation mechanism of ultrathin mesoporous Li4Ti5O12 nanosheets is systematically investigated, which identified the key factors that control the structure development. The unique structural features including ultra-small thickness, large specific surface area and uniform mesoporous structures endow such materials with effective charge transport channels, abundant reaction active sites and inner-plain void space for improved structural stability. As a result, the ultrathin mesoporous Li4Ti5O12 nanosheets offer nearly theoretical capacity (174 mA h gāˆ’1 at 1 C), very high rate capability (e.g., 145 mA h gāˆ’1 at 50 C), and excellent cycling stability (95% capacity retention after 2500 cycles at 20 C), suggesting their great promise as anode materials for ultrahigh-power and long-life lithium-ion batteries.

Graphical abstract: Understanding the formation of ultrathin mesoporous Li4Ti5O12 nanosheets and their application in high-rate, long-life lithium-ion anodes

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The article was received on 06 Sep 2018, accepted on 16 Nov 2018 and first published on 16 Nov 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8NR07249C
Citation: Nanoscale, 2019, Advance Article
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    Understanding the formation of ultrathin mesoporous Li4Ti5O12 nanosheets and their application in high-rate, long-life lithium-ion anodes

    D. Wang, Z. Shan, J. Tian and Z. Chen, Nanoscale, 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8NR07249C

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