Design and synthesis of tube-in-tube structured NiO nanobelts with superior electrochemical properties for lithium-ion storage

Se Hwan Oh, Jin Sung Park, Min Su Jo, Yun Chan Kang, Jung Sang Cho

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Novel 1-D tube-in-tube structured NiO nanobelts were prepared by electrospinning process and subsequent one-step thermal treatment process. Nanobelt structured 1-D composite was electrospun from an aqueous solution containing poly(vinylpyrrolidone), citric acid, and dextrin which synergistically contributed to morphology control. The chemicals that optimized surface tension and viscosity of the aqueous solution enabled stable electrospinning process. Especially, dextrin played an important role in stable nanobelt formation due to its hygroscopic nature. During one-step oxidation process, the polymer composited nanobelt turned into carbon-free NiO@void@NiO tube-in-tube structured nanobelt by repeated combustion and contraction processes and Ostwald ripening mechanism. NiO tube-in-tube nanobelt prepared at 400 °C showed superior lithium-ion storage performances compared to those of NiO-C nanobelt and porous NiO nanobelt obtained at 300 and 500 °C, respectively. The discharge capacity of the tube-in-tube structured nanobelts after the 200th cycle at a current density of 1.0 A g−1 was 992 mA h g−1. Also, high discharge capacity of 531 mA h g−1 at a current density of 10.0 A g−1 proved its excellent power density. High structural stability and morphological benefits of tube-in-tube nanobelts resulted in superior lithium storage performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)889-899
Number of pages11
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Sept 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Technology Development Program to Solve Climate Changes of the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (NRF-2017M1A2A2087577 and NRF-2017R1A4A1014806). This work was supported by the Energy Efficiency & Resources Core Technology Program of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP), granted financial resource from the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, Republic of Korea (20153030091450).

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© 2018 Elsevier B.V.


  • Anode
  • Electrospinning
  • Lithium ion battery
  • Nickel oxide
  • Tube-in-tube

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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