Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics

, Volume 29, Issue 23, pp 19932–19941 | Cite as

In-situ reduction derived nitrogen doped carbon anchored cobalt nanoparticles as highly capacity and long life lithium ion battery anodes

  • Mingjun Xiao
  • Yanshuang MengEmail author
  • Gongrui Wang
  • Chaoyu Duan
  • Fuliang Zhu
  • Yue ZhangEmail author


A novel composite with embedded cobalt nanoparticles in nitrogen doped carbon (Co@NDC) is synthesized by the in-situ reduction of Co(OH)2 using ionic liquid [HMIm]N(CN)2 as carbon precursor. Due to the special structure, this composite can form more stable solid electrolyte interface (SEI) film than cobalt nanoparticles when used as anode. The Co@NDC electrode shows a high discharge capacity of 1322 mAh g−1 after 850 cycles at 0.5 C, and an extremely long cycle life (436 mAh g−1 after 2400 cycles at 5 C). This excellent electrochemical performance can be attributed to the catalytic lithium-carbon reaction of cobalt nanoparticles, high conductivity of the carbon material, and the thin and stable SEI film.



The project was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51364024, 51404124), and the Foundation for Innovation Groups of Basic Research in Gansu Province (No. 1606RJIA322).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Materials Science and EngineeringLanzhou University of TechnologyLanzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Manufacturing EngineeringGeorgia Southern UniversityStatesboroUSA
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of Advanced Processing and Recycling of Non-ferrous MetalsLanzhouChina

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