publication . Doctoral thesis . 2015

Formation and characterisation of ordered porous vanadium oxide inverse opal materials for Li-ion batteries

Armstrong, Eileen;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: University College Cork
  • Country: Ireland
This thesis presents several routes towards achieving artificial opal templates by colloidal self-assembly of polystyrene (PS) or poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) spheres and the use of these template for the fabrication of V2O5 inverse opals as cathode materials for lithium ion battery applications. First, through the manipulation of different experimental factors, several methods of affecting or directing opal growth towards realizing different structures, improving order and/or achieving faster formation on a variety of substrates are presented. The addition of the surfactant sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) at a concentration above the critical micelle concentr...
free text keywords: Artificial opals, Photonic crystals, Inverse opals, Colloidal crystals, Vanadium oxide, Lithium ion batteries
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