Structure-properties relationship in iron oxide-reduced graphene oxide nanostructures for Li-ion batteries

Seung Ho Yu, Donato E. Conte, Seunghwan Baek, Dong Chan Lee, Seung Keun Park, Kyung Jae Lee, Yuanzhe Piao, Yung Eun Sung, Nicola Pinna

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Non-aqueous sol-gel routes involving the reaction of metal oxide precursors in organic solvents (e.g., benzyl alcohol) at moderate temperature and pressure, offer advantages such as high purity, high reproducibility and the ability to control the crystal growth without the need of using additional ligands. In this paper, a study carried out on a series of iron oxide/reduced graphene oxide composites is presented to elucidate a structure-properties relationship leading to an improved electrochemical performance of such composites. Moreover, it is demonstrated that the easy production of the composites in a variety of temperature and composition ranges, allows a fine control over the final particles size, density and distribution. The materials obtained are remarkable in terms of the particle's size homogeneity and dispersion onto the reduced graphene oxide surface. Moreover, the synthesis method used to obtain the graphene oxide clearly affects the performances of the final composites through the control of the restacking of the reduced graphene oxide sheets. It is shown that a homogeneous and less defective reduced graphene oxide enables good electrochemical performances even at high current densities (over 500 mAh/g delivered at current densities as high as 1600 mA/g). The electrochemical properties of improved samples reach the best compromise between specific capacity, rate capability and cycle stability reported so far.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4293-4305
Number of pages13
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number35
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Sept 20
Externally publishedYes


  • Li-ion batteries
  • graphene
  • iron oxide
  • microwave-assisted synthesis
  • nanostructures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Electrochemistry
  • Biomaterials


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