Mn2SiO4/CNT composites as anode materials for high performance lithium-ion batteries

  • Zhenzhou Sun
  • Li Yan
  • Zilin Yi
  • Jiaxing Zhou
  • Min Wang
  • Meng Yang
  • Xiangyu Zhao
  • Liqun Ma


Mn2SiO4/CNT composite, which is constructed with polyhedron-shaped particles embedded in the carbon nanotube (CNT) network, has been synthesized by a sol–gel method. The as-prepared Mn2SiO4 presented a well-developed orthorhombic crystal structure, and after modified with CNT, the compound exhibited excellent rate capability and cyclic performance as anode materials for lithium ion batteries. Galvanostatic charge–discharge measurements demonstrated outstanding initial charge and discharge capacity of 664.8 and 392.1 mA h g−1 at the current density of 100 mA g−1, respectively, and stable reversible capacity of 466.9 mA h g−1 was retained after 40 cycles. Even at a high current density of 2000 mA g−1, Mn2SiO4/CNT can deliver the specific capacity of 205.8 mA h g−1. Also, the reaction mechanism of this material is speculated including the formation of Li2SiO3, MnO and Mn. In addition, the significant change of charge transfer resistance compared with pristine Mn2SiO4 confirmed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy illustrated the fast Li ions intercalation kinetics and reduced electrochemical polarization via CNT modification, suggesting Mn2SiO4/CNT to be promising anode materials for high performance lithium ion batteries.



The support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China [51404142], QingLan Project of Jiangsu Province, the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province [BK20140936] and the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institution (PAPD) are acknowledged.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Material Science and TechnologyNanjing Tech UniversityNanjingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.College of Mathematical Physics and Chemical EngineeringChangzhou Institute of TechnologyChangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Jiangsu National Synergetic Innovation Center for Advanced Materials (SICAM)Nanjing Tech UniversityNanjingPeople’s Republic of China

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