Colloid and Polymer Science

, Volume 293, Issue 1, pp 49–63 | Cite as

Controlled synthesis and characterization of iron oxide micro-particles for Fe-air battery electrode material

  • Nguyen Viet Long
  • Yong Yang
  • Cao Minh Thi
  • Bui Thi Hang
  • Yanqin Cao
  • Masayuki Nogami
Original Contribution

Abstract

In this research, novel homogeneous iron (Fe) oxide particles with the pure α-Fe2O3 structure are successfully synthesized with controlling and shaping via a modified polyol method with NaBH4 as an efficient reducing agent according to drying and heat treatment processes. In the critical synthetic and experimental conditions, large α-Fe2O3 particles exhibited homogeneously large sizes in the certain ranges of 1-5 μm and 1-10 μm, which are regarded as a discovery of controlled and shaped synthesis. The electrochemical measurements indicated that oxide powders containing as-prepared pure α-Fe2O3 microparticles were successfully used in the electrodes. Accordingly, the cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic cycling measurements indicated their potential applications for next-generation Fe-air battery technology in comparison with commercial oxide products of Fe2O3 particles. Finally, we suggest that the sharp polyhedral shape and morphology of the engineered micro-particles, such as metal, alloy, and oxide micro-particles, are of importance because they have very high stability and durability with respect to their applied properties.

Keywords

Colloidal oxide Surfaces Crystal structure Fe2O3 oxides Battery 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nguyen Viet Long
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Yong Yang
    • 1
  • Cao Minh Thi
    • 5
  • Bui Thi Hang
    • 6
  • Yanqin Cao
    • 1
  • Masayuki Nogami
    • 7
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of CeramicsChinese Academy of ScienceShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Posts and Telecommunications Institute of TechnologyHanoiVietnam
  3. 3.Laboratory for NanotechnologyHo Chi Minh Vietnam National UniversityHo Chi MinhVietnam
  4. 4.Department of Molecular and Material Sciences, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering SciencesKyushu UniversityKasugaJapan
  5. 5.Ho Chi Minh City University of TechnologyHo Chi Minh CityVietnam
  6. 6.International Training Institute for Materials ScienceHanoi University of Science and TechnologyHanoiVietnam
  7. 7.Toyota Physical and Chemical Research InstituteToyota Motor CorporationNagakuteJapan

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