Centrifugally spun α-Fe2O3/TiO2/carbon composite fibers as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries

Luis Zuniga, Gabriel Gonzalez, Roberto Orrostieta Chavez, Jason C. Myers, Timothy P. Lodge, Mataz Alcoutlabi

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We report results on the electrochemical performance of flexible and binder-free α-Fe2O3/TiO2/carbon composite fiber anodes for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). The composite fibers were produced via centrifugal spinning and subsequent thermal processing. The fibers were prepared from a precursor solution containing PVP/iron (III) acetylacetonate/titanium (IV) butoxide/ethanol/acetic acid followed by oxidation at 200 °C in air and then carbonization at 550 °C under flowing argon. The morphology and structure of the composite fibers were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). These ternary composite fiber anodes showed an improved electrochemical performance compared to the pristine TiO2/C and α-Fe2O3/C composite fiber electrodes. The α-Fe2O3/TiO2/C composite fibers also showed a superior cycling performance with a specific capacity of 340 mAh g-1 after 100 cycles at a current density of 100 mA g-1, compared to 61 mAh g-1 and 121 mAh g-1 for TiO2/C and α-Fe2O3/C composite electrodes, respectively. The improved electrochemical performance and the simple processing of these metal oxide/carbon composite fibers make them promising candidates for the next generation and cost-effective flexible binder-free anodes for LIBs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4032
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number19
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019



  • Anode
  • Centrifugal spinning
  • Lithium ion battery
  • TiO
  • α-FeO

How much support was provided by MRSEC?

  • Primary

Reporting period for MRSEC

  • Period 6

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