Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 417–427 | Cite as

Sonochemical synthesis of nanostructured VOPO4 · 2H2O/carbon nanotube composites with improved lithium ion battery performance

Research Paper


Transition metal phosphates have become of great interest as cathode materials for lithium ion batteries because of their high voltage, low cost and environmental friendliness. However, their low-intrinsic conductivity presents a major drawback to practical implementation. Here, nanocrystallization of VOPO4 · 2H2O was first realized by a sonication-assisted intercalation-split mechanism in order to increase its diffusion coefficient and surface area contacting with electrolyte thus improving its capacity and cyclability; then nanocompounding of the above split nanocrystals and acid-functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes to form the resulting nanocomposites was successfully achieved by an adsorption-reintercalation mechanism to increase their conductivity thus enabling them to discharge at high rate with high efficiency. As expected, nanosized VOPO4 · 2H2O possesses longer discharge plateau (average discharge voltage: 3.7 V), higher capacity (93.4% of the theoretical capacity) and much better cyclability (retain 95.1% of the first discharge capacity after 50 cycles) than microsized VOPO4 · 2H2O. Furthermore, the relatively high-rate capability of the nanocomposites, retaining 83% of the first discharge capacity, is remarkably improved compared with VOPO4 · 2H2O microcrystals (retain only 31.7%). In brief, the use of nanocrystallization and nanocompounding techniques enables the high voltage, low cost, environmentally benign VOPO4 · 2H2O to show the prospective signs for the future practical applications.


Lithium ion battery VOPO4 · 2H2Multiwalled carbon nanotubes Nanocrystallization Nanocompounding Nanocomposites 



This work is financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NO.20621061).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nanomaterials and Nanochemistry, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at MicroscaleUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiPeople’s Republic of China

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