, Volume 25, Issue 12, pp 5759–5767 | Cite as

Facile synthesis of Ni-NiO/C anode with enhanced lithium storage and long cycling life

  • Qianru Hu
  • Fuliang ZhuEmail author
  • Ruinian Li
  • Mengqi Du
  • Yanshuang Meng
  • Yue ZhangEmail author
Original Paper


A novel Ni-NiO embedded amorphous carbon (Ni-NiO/C) composite was synthesized by simple carbothermal reduction followed by low-temperature oxidation. Benefiting from the embedded metallic nickel, the Ni-NiO/C composite showed improved electrical conductivity and reduced electrochemical polarization when used as anode material of lithium-ion batteries. The Ni-NiO/C electrode can be reversibly discharged and charged for more than 1000 cycles at a high current density of 5 A g−1, maintaining a discharge/charge capacity of ~ 335.9/335.8 mAh g−1. When the current density returns from 5 to 0.25 A g−1, the composite still exhibits a high reversible capacity of 751.9/747.6 mAh g−1 at the 120th cycle. This work provides guidance to understand the impact of metallic particles on lithium storage.


Lithium-ion batteries Anode Ni-NiO/C composite Electrical conductivity Electrochemical polarization 



The project was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51364024 and 51404124). The authors are grateful to the support of Faculty Research Seed Grants Program of Georgia Southern University.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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