Fast microwave treatments of single source alkoxides for nanostructured Li-ion battery electrodes

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Laveda, Josefa Vidal ; Chandhok, Vibhuti ; Murray, Claire A. ; Paterson, Gary W. ; Corr, Serena A. (2016)

Microwave or ultrasonic treatment of metal alkoxides presents a fast, low cost route to both anode and cathode nanomaterials for Li-ion battery applications. Here, we demonstrate the formation of LiMPO4 (M = Fe, Mn) and Mn3O4 nanostructures via this simple route which exhibit excellent electrochemical performances. This approach opens up a new avenue for the targeted design of nanostructured materials, where co-location of the desired metals in a single starting material shortens reaction times and temperatures since there is a decrease in diffusional energy requirements usually needed for these reactions to proceed.
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