Nano Research

, Volume 7, Issue 8, pp 1116–1127 | Cite as

Hierarchical porous metal ferrite ball-in-ball hollow spheres: General synthesis, formation mechanism, and high performance as anode materials for Li-ion batteries

  • Shouli Li
  • Aihua Li
  • Ranran Zhang
  • Yanyan He
  • Yanjun Zhai
  • Liqiang XuEmail author
Research Article


High yields of CoFe2O4, NiFe2O4 and CdFe2O4 hierarchical porous ball-in-ball hollow spheres have been achieved using hydrothermal synthesis followed by calcination. The mechanism of formation is shown to involve an in situ carbonaceous-template process. Hierarchical porous CoFe2O4 hollow spheres with different numbers of shells can be obtained by altering the synthesis conditions. The electrochemical properties of the resulting CoFe2O4 electrodes have been compared, using different binders. The as-obtained CoFe2O4 and NiFe2O4 have relatively high reversible discharge capacity and good rate retention performance which make them promising materials for use as anode materials in lithium ion batteries.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shouli Li
    • 1
  • Aihua Li
    • 1
  • Ranran Zhang
    • 1
  • Yanyan He
    • 1
  • Yanjun Zhai
    • 1
  • Liqiang Xu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry (Shandong University), Ministry of Education, and School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringShandong UniversityJinanChina

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