Recent progress in the design of advanced MXene/metal oxides-hybrid materials for energy storage devices

Muhammad Sufyan Javed*, Abdul Mateen, Iftikhar Hussain, Awais Ahmad, Muhammad Mubashir, Shaukat Khan, Mohammed A. Assiri, Sayed M. Eldin, Syed Shoaib Ahmad Shah, Weihua Han

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The family of two-dimensional (2D) transition metal carbides, nitrides, and carbonitride, also called MXenes, have emerged as an attractive platform for constructing functional materials with enhanced properties for various energy applications. Transition metal oxides (TMOs) nanostructures supported on MXene nanosheets based on van der Waals interactions are facile, highly efficient, and low-cost, with self-assemble properties that can easily control their packing density. The resulting TMOs/MXene nanocomposites perfectly integrate the advantages of both components. MXene nanosheets can serve as conductive substrates to grow TMOs nanostructures which can facilitate fast electron and ion transport to prevent aggregation of TMOs nanostructures in energy applications. In turn, the TMOs nanostructures act as spacers to isolate the MXene nanosheets and prevent their re-stacking during assembly, enriching interfacial contacts and preserving the active sites. In this review, the recent advances of MXene/TMOs-based nanocomposites with enhanced performance for energy storage devices, such as supercapacitors (SCs), metal-ion hybrid capacitors (MIHCs), and various kinds of rechargeable batteries (RBs), are summarized and highlighted. We briefly discuss the synthesis methods, properties of MXenes, and the structural engineering of MXenes by introducing functionalized TMOs to achieve high-performance energy storage devices, such as in SCs, MIHCs, and RBs. Special attention is also given to MXene/TMOs nanocomposites-based SCs, HCs, metal-ion batteries, and metal-air/sulfur batteries. Finally, the crucial future outlook and perspective for developing MXene/TMOs nanocomposites for energy storage applications are also outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)827-872
Number of pages46
JournalEnergy Storage Materials
StatePublished - Dec 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was financially supported by the Research Fund for International Scientists (52250410342), Scientific Research start-up grant for Youth Researchers at Lanzhou University, the National Natural Science Foundation of China ( 51972153 ), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities ( lzujbky-2021-sp64 ) and Supercomputing Center of Lanzhou University. M.A. Assiri express appreciation to the Deanship of Scientific Research at King Khalid University Saudi Arabia under grant number R.G.P. 2/170/43.

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© 2022 Elsevier B.V.


  • Energy storage devices
  • Hybrid capacitors
  • MXenes
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Supercapacitors
  • Transition metal oxides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • General Materials Science
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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