Self-template fabrication of multi-scaled ZnFe2O4 microspheres and their excellent lithium-ion storage properties

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Original languageEnglish
Article number158342
Journal / PublicationJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Online published9 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2021


Self-template multi-scaled structure of ZnFe2O4 (ZFO) microspheres were synthesized through a solvothermal method, subsequently accompanied by various annealing processes. Specifically, hollow microspheres ZFO samples with modifiable internal structures (ranging from solid, core-in-hollow wall and double wall hollow) were synthesized differently through a mutual cooperation of inward-outward ripening mechanism by an anisotropic heating process during the calcination process. As active anodes for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), that as-synthesized ZFO electrodes exhibited outstanding electrochemical properties and cyclic stabilities. Importantly, density functionally theoretical calculations have been investigated so as to understand the intermediate structures and electrochemical mechanisms of as-synthesized electrodes in the initial discharge process.

Research Area(s)

  • DFT calculations, Electrochemical performance, Multiscale hollow structure, Self-template, ZnFe2O4 microspheres