Self-assembled ZrO2 hollow nanospheres as high-performance anode for rechargeable batteries

Merfat M. Alsabban

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A facile soft-template self-assembly strategy is reported to synthesize monodispersed ZrO2 hollow nanospheres of size 28 ± 2 nm as a candidate for anode material in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Triblock copolymeric micelles of poly (styrene-b-2-vinyl methyl pyridinium iodide-b-ethylene oxide) (PS-PVMP-PEO) with core–shell-corona architecture serve as an efficient scaffold for the synthesis of ZrO2 hollow nanospheres using Zr(IV) butoxide as metal source. The ZrO2 hollow nanostructured electrode delivers a stable capacity of 97 mAh.g−1 after 100 repeated charge/discharge cycles at a high current density of 1C rate, which is four-fold higher than that observed for dense ZrO2.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134871
JournalMaterials Letters
StatePublished - Jul 11 2023
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2023-07-25
Acknowledgements: M. M. A thank the University of Jeddah (U.J.) for financial support and acknowledges the support of Prof. Kuo-Wei Huang, KAUST Catalysis Center, KAUST, Saudi Arabia.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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