Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 48, Issue 16, pp 5429–5436 | Cite as

Structure and electrochemical performance of ZnO/CNT composite as anode material for lithium-ion batteries

  • Syed Mustansar Abbas
  • Syed Tajammul Hussain
  • Saqib Ali
  • Nisar Ahmad
  • Nisar Ali
  • Saghir Abbas


Metal oxides are well-known potential alternatives to graphite as anode materials of lithium-ion batteries, and they can deliver much higher reversible capacities than graphite even at high current densities. In this study, hexagonal disk-shaped ZnO are synthesized by a facile solution reaction of ZnCl2 and its composite is prepared in the presence of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The as prepared ZnO/CNT composite has been characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. Electrochemical characterization by cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and galvanostatic discharge/charge tests demonstrate that the conversion reactions in ZnO and ZnO/CNT electrodes enable reversible capacity of 478 and 602 mAh g−1, respectively for up to 50 cycles. Our investigation highlights the importance of anchoring of small ZnO particles on CNTs for maximum utilization of electrochemically active ZnO and CNTs for energy storage application in lithium-ion batteries.


Anode Material Reversible Capacity Rutherford Backscatting Spectroscopy ZnAl2O4 Solid Electrolyte Interface 
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This work was supported and funded by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Syed Mustansar Abbas
    • 1
    • 2
  • Syed Tajammul Hussain
    • 1
  • Saqib Ali
    • 2
  • Nisar Ahmad
    • 3
  • Nisar Ali
    • 4
  • Saghir Abbas
    • 2
  1. 1.Nanoscience and Catalysis DivisionNational Centre for PhysicsIslamabadPakistan
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryQuaid-e-Azam UniversityIslamabadPakistan
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryHazara UniversityMansehraPakistan
  4. 4.Department of PhysicsUniversity of PunjabLahorePakistan

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