Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 51, Issue 12, pp 5843–5856 | Cite as

Synthesis of intertwined Zn0.5Mn0.5Fe2O4@CNT composites as a superior anode material for Li-ion batteries

  • Xinyu Wang
  • Xianhua HouEmail author
  • Junwei Mao
  • Yumei Gao
  • Qiang Ru
  • Shejun Hu
  • Kwok-ho Lam
Original Paper


Nanocrystalline ZnFe2O4, Zn0.5Mn0.5Fe2O4, and Zn0.5Mn0.5Fe2O4@CNT composites have been successfully prepared by a facile and high-yield co-precipitation method. All the samples as the anode materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetry, and electrochemical measurements. It has been found that the appropriate Mn doping and CNTs intertwining actively affect the formation of uniform morphology and improve the cycling stability and rate capability. The Zn0.5Mn0.5Fe2O4@CNT composites exhibit excellent electrochemical performance as the anode material, with enhanced reversible capacity (1374.8 mAh g−1 after 100 cycles at the current density of 100 mA g−1) and good rate capability (933.5 mAh g−1 at 500 mA g−1, 809.9 mAh g−1 at 1000 mA g−1, 634.2 mAh g−1 at 1500 mA g−1). We also present the crystal structure and Li-ion insertion mechanism for the above materials.

Graphical Abstract

Our work displays the Li storage matrix model of the ZMFO electrode which may offer a novel way for the investigation of the LIBs with excellent electrochemical performance and perfect structural stability


Discharge Capacity Electrochemical Performance Anode Material ZnFe2O4 Reversible Capacity 
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This work was financially supported by the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC, Nos. 51201066 and 51171065), the Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province (No. S2012020010937), and the Science and Technology Project Foundation of Zhongshan City of Guangdong Province of China (No. 20123A326).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xinyu Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xianhua Hou
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Junwei Mao
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yumei Gao
    • 3
  • Qiang Ru
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shejun Hu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kwok-ho Lam
    • 4
  1. 1.Guangdong Engineering Technology Research Center of Efficient Green Energy and Environmental Protection MaterialsGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Quantum Engineering and Quantum Materials, School of Physics and Telecommunication EngineeringSouth China Normal UniversityGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Zhongshan InstituteUniversity of Electronic Science and TechnologyZhongshanPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.Department of Electrical EngineeringThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityKowloonHong Kong

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