Flexible freestanding Fe2O3-SnOx-carbon nanofiber composites for Li ion battery anodes

Bhavana N. Joshi, Seongpil An, Yong Il Kim, Edmund P. Samuel, Kyo Yong Song, Il Won Seong, Salem S. Al-Deyab, Mark T. Swihart, Woo Young Yoon, Sam S. Yoon

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We demonstrate electrospun ternary Fe2O3-SnOx-carbon nanofiber (CNF) composites as high-performance, flexible, and freestanding anodes for Li ion batteries (LIBs). In the ternary composites, the CNF matrix accommodates volume changes of Fe and Sn during lithiation and delithiation, while also providing short Li ion diffusion pathways, which ultimately enhances the capacity of the LIB. The concentrations of Fe and Sn were varied to find the optimal composition. Higher Sn content increased capacity at slow discharge rates, but decreased capacity at higher discharge rates. Increasing Fe to Sn ratio improved performance at high discharge rates. The Fe2O3-SnOx-CNF composite fabricated at a Fe:Sn weight ratio of 3:1 exhibited a reversible capacity value of 756 mAh·g−1after 55 cycles. The materials and methods demonstrated here are unique in producing a flexible, free-standing mat with high gravimetric capacity using a simple and scalable production process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-266
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by Global Frontier Program through the Global Frontier Hybrid Interface Materials (GFHIM) of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (2013M3A6B1078879). This research was also supported by the Technology Development Program to Solve Climate Changes of NRF-2016M1A2A2936760. S.S. Yoon expresses his appreciation to the Vice Deanship of Scientific Research Chairs at King Saud University for the partial support to this work.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Elsevier B.V.


  • Carbon nanofiber
  • Electrospinning
  • FeO
  • Freestanding
  • Lithium ion battery
  • SnO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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