Hollow Fe2O3 nanotubes derived from metal-organic framework for enhanced lithium storage and dye adsorption

Chunyan Zhang, Nianqiao Qin, An Pan, Jun Yuan, Qianqian Liu, Jiaqing Ren, Zhong hua Xue*, Mudassar Iqbal, Yan Tian, Fei Ke*

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Hollow nanoparticles are of great interest in energy storage and environmental remediation due to their improved mass transfer ability and unique void space for confined pollutants. Herein, fabrication of highly efficient and recyclable hollow porous γ-Fe2O3 nanotubes is reported by direct thermolysis of MIL-88A (Fe) precursors. Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) that served as the precursors of the hollow γ-Fe2O3 nanotubes were first synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method followed by a one-step annealing process. As a proof-of-concept application, the as-synthesized hollow porous γ-Fe2O3 nanotubes were used in the lithium-ion battery and dye adsorption, respectively. Taking advantage of the hollow porous structure, γ-Fe2O3 nanotubes exhibited excellent lithium-ion batteries performance (1559 mAh g−1 at 100 mA g−1) and corresponding long cycle life (1093 mAh g−1 after 240 cycles at 100 mA g−1). At the same time, maximum methyl orange (MO) uptake capacity for the as-prepared hollow γ-Fe2O3 was calculated to be as high as 63.17 mg g−1. Moreover, this adsorbent also showed good reusability through the application of an external magnetic field, further highlighting the porous structure superiority of these hollow nanotubes. This proposed strategy could be extended to synthesize various hollow metal oxide porous nanoparticles with controllable structure, enhanced energy storage capacity and better environmental remediation performances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)673-681
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Porous Materials
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC, 21501003), the Open Fund of State Key Laboratory of Tea Plant Biology and Utilization (SKLTOF20190116), the Key Research Project of Natural Science Foundation of Anhui Provincial Universities (KJ2019A0216, KJ2018A0161), and the Scientific Research Foundation of Anhui Agricultural University (Wd2018-05).

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© 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC part of Springer Nature.


  • Dye adsorption
  • Hollow nanotubes
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Metal-organic frameworks
  • Porous nanostructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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