Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 53, Issue 12, pp 9206–9216 | Cite as

One-pot hydrothermal fabrication and enhanced lithium storage capability of SnO2 nanorods intertangled with carbon nanotubes and graphene nanosheets

  • Qinxing Xie
  • Yating Zhu
  • Peng Zhao
  • Yufeng Zhang
  • Shihua Wu
Energy materials


A three-dimensional (3D) nanoarchitectured ternary composite of SnO2 nanorods intertangled with multiwalled carbon nanotubes and graphene nanosheets (SnO2/CNTs/Gr) was synthesized via one-pot template-free hydrothermal method and investigated as anode for lithium-ion batteries. Compared to bare SnO2 and corresponding binary composites including SnO2/CNTs and SnO2/Gr, SnO2/CNTs/Gr shows significantly improved cycling stability and rate performance. The initial discharge specific capacity of SnO2/CNTs/Gr is 1391 mAh g−1 and remains 522 mAh g−1 after 50 cycles at a current density of 100 mA g−1. Meanwhile, the composite shows excellent rate reversibility. For example, 120 mAh g−1 can be retained at a high current density of up to 1600 mA g−1, and 582 mAh g−1 can still be retrieved once the current density is switched back to 50 mA g−1. The carbon nanotubes and graphene nanosheets in the composites play different enhancing effect. The significantly improved energy storage capability of SnO2/CNTs/Gr can be attributed to a synergistic effect of the intertangled CNTs and graphene nanosheets.



This work was financially supported by the Tianjin Key Projects of New Materials Science and Technology (17ZXCLGX00050) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21271107), respectively.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tianjin Key Laboratory of Advanced Fibers and Energy Storage, School of Materials Science and EngineeringTianjin Polytechnic UniversityTianjinChina
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryNankai UniversityTianjinChina

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