Hollow iron oxide nanoparticles for application in lithium ion batteries

Bonil Koo, Hui Xiong, Michael D. Slater, Vitali B. Prakapenka, Mahalingam Balasubramanian, Paul Podsiadlo, Christopher S. Johnson, Tijana Rajh, Elena V. Shevchenko

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Material design in terms of their morphologies other than solid nanoparticles can lead to more advanced properties. At the example of iron oxide, we explored the electrochemical properties of hollow nanoparticles with an application as a cathode and anode. Such nanoparticles contain very high concentration of cation vacancies that can be efficiently utilized for reversible Li ion intercalation without structural change. Cycling in high voltage range results in high capacity (∼132 mAh/g at 2.5 V), 99.7% Coulombic efficiency, superior rate performance (133 mAh/g at 3000 mA/g) and excellent stability (no fading at fast rate during more than 500 cycles). Cation vacancies in hollow iron oxide nanoparticles are also found to be responsible for the enhanced capacity in the conversion reactions. We monitored in situ structural transformation of hollow iron oxide nanoparticles by synchrotron X-ray absorption and diffraction techniques that provided us clear understanding of the lithium intercalation processes during electrochemical cycling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2429-2435
Number of pages7
JournalNano Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 9 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • cation vacancies
  • Hollow nanoparticles
  • in situ study
  • iron oxide
  • lithium ion battery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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