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Shi, Y., Gao, J., Abruna, H. D., Liu, H., Li, H., Wang, J. & Wu, Y. (2014). Rapid synthesis of Li4Ti5O12/graphene composite with superior rate capability by a microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. Nano Energy, 8 297-304.

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A corrigendum to this paper has been published, it can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nanoen.2014.09.016


Li4Ti5O12 microspheres composed of nanoflakes wrapped in graphene nanosheets have been synthesized by an advanced microwave-hydrothermal (MW-HT) method for the preparation following by an annealing step. Microwave-assisted synthesis processes are appealing, as they can rapidly synthesize materials with a high degree of control of particle size and morphology at low cost. The resultant composite reveals a unique loose structure which could avoid the restacking of graphene sheets and offer rapid lithium ion diffusion paths. Therefore the Li4Ti5O12/graphene electrode has highly desirable properties: a specific capacity approaching the theoretical value, stable cycling, and exceptional rate capability. The composite also can be a good indicator of the remained charge and discharge capacity since it presents a curved charge and discharge line instead of a stable plateau.



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