, Volume 25, Issue 12, pp 5869–5879 | Cite as

Preparation and sodium storage performance of V2O5·nH2O/graphene composites

  • Jinhuan Yao
  • Tao Sun
  • Jingcheng Ji
  • Yinlu Sun
  • Shunhua Xiao
  • Yanwei LiEmail author
Original Paper


V2O5·nH2O/graphene composites have been fabricated via a facile sol–gel method followed with an annealing treatment in air. The influence of incorporation of graphene on the microstructure and sodium storage performance of V2O5·nH2O were investigated. XRD, Raman, and TGA analyses validated that graphene was successfully incorporated in V2O5·nH2O particles; XPS tests revealed that the incorporation of graphene induced more V4+ in the V2O5·nH2O. When evaluated as cathode materials for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs), the V2O5·nH2O/graphene composites exhibited higher sodium storage capacity, better rate capability, enhanced Na+ diffusivity, and lower electrochemical reaction resistance as compared to the pure V2O5·nH2O. However, the incorporation of graphene had no improvement of the cycling stability of V2O5·nH2O. Ex situ XRD demonstrated that the layered structure of V2O5·nH2O collapsed upon cycling, which accounts for the capacity decay of the samples.


Vanadium pentoxide Graphene Composite Cathode material Sodium-ion batteries 



This study is financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51664012), Guangxi Natural Science Foundation of China (2015GXNSFGA139006 and 2017GXNSFAA198117), and Guangxi Innovation-Driven Development Major Program of China (2018AA34002).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jinhuan Yao
    • 1
  • Tao Sun
    • 1
  • Jingcheng Ji
    • 1
  • Yinlu Sun
    • 2
  • Shunhua Xiao
    • 1
  • Yanwei Li
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Guangxi Key Laboratory of Electrochemical and Magneto-chemical Functional Materials, College of Chemistry and BioengineeringGuilin University of TechnologyGuilinPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.College of ChemistryLiaoning UniversityShenyangPeople’s Republic of China

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