Complex Hollow Nanostructures : Synthesis and Energy-Related Applications

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Original languageEnglish
Article number1604563
Journal / PublicationAdvanced Materials
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes


Hollow nanostructures offer promising potential for advanced energy storage and conversion applications. In the past decade, considerable research efforts have been devoted to the design and synthesis of hollow nanostructures with high complexity by manipulating their geometric morphology, chemical composition, and building block and interior architecture to boost their electrochemical performance, fulfilling the increasing global demand for renewable and sustainable energy sources. In this Review, we present a comprehensive overview of the synthesis and energy-related applications of complex hollow nanostructures. After a brief classification, the design and synthesis of complex hollow nanostructures are described in detail, which include hierarchical hollow spheres, hierarchical tubular structures, hollow polyhedra, and multi-shelled hollow structures, as well as their hybrids with nanocarbon materials. Thereafter, we discuss their niche applications as electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries and hybrid supercapacitors, sulfur hosts for lithium–sulfur batteries, and electrocatalysts for oxygen- and hydrogen-involving energy conversion reactions. The potential superiorities of complex hollow nanostructures for these applications are particularly highlighted. Finally, we conclude this Review with urgent challenges and further research directions of complex hollow nanostructures for energy-related applications. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

Research Area(s)

  • batteries, energy conversion, energy storage, nanostructures, supercapacitors

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Complex Hollow Nanostructures: Synthesis and Energy-Related Applications. / Yu, Le; Hu, Han; Wu, Hao Bin et al.
In: Advanced Materials, Vol. 29, No. 15, 1604563, 18.04.2017.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review