Flexible carbon nanostructures with electrospun nickel oxide as a lithium-ion battery anode

Boor Singh Lalia, Abdullah Khalil, Tushar Shah, Raed Hashaikeh

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Carbon nanostructures (CNS) with high electrical conductivity and unique branched structure of carbon nanotubes combined with NiO nanofibers (NFs) were used as anode for lithium-ion batteries. CNS works as a framework substrate for the anodic conversion reaction of nickel oxide (NiO). Electrochemical performance and behavior of CNS/NiO anodes is compared with the conventional carbon (C)/NiO anodes. CNS/NiO NF-based anode retains high specific capacity under different current densities compared to C/NiO anode. Moreover, specific capacity as high as 450 mAh/g for CNS/NiO NF anode is observed compared to only 90 mAh/g for C/NiO NFs using a current density of 500 mA/g after 500 cycles. This improved performance is attributed to the highly conductive network of CNS leading to efficient charge transfer. The high porosity, electrical conductivity as well as the branched and networked nature of CNS reveal to be of critical importance to allow the electrochemical conversion reactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2755-2762
Number of pages8
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 22 2015


  • Carbon nanostructures
  • Conversion reaction
  • Electrical conductivity
  • Electrochemical
  • Nickel oxide nanofibers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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