Synthesis and Characterization of Fe2O3/Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite as a High-Performance Anode Material for Sodium-Ion Batteries

Synthesis and Characterization of Fe2O3/Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite as a High-Performance Anode Material for Sodium-Ion Batteries

Vincenza Modafferi Michele Fiore Enza Fazio Salvatore Patanè Claudia Triolo Saveria Santangelo Riccardo Ruffo Fortunato Neri Maria G. Musolino*

DICEAM, Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Reggio Calabria 89122, Italy

Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali, Università di Milano Bicocca, Milano 20125, Italy

MIFT, Università di Messina, Messina 98166, Italy

Corresponding Author Email: 
mariagrazia.musolino@unirc.it
Page: 
129-134
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DOI: 
https://doi.org/10.18280/mmc_b.870303
Received: 
5 March 2018
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Accepted: 
16 April 2018
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Published: 
30 September 2018
| Citation

OPEN ACCESS

Abstract: 

Hematite/reduced graphene oxide (Fe2O3/rGO) nanocomposite was successfully fabricated via a facile solvothermal reaction of iron precursor solution and GO leading to simultaneous deposition of iron oxide nanoparticles and in situ reduction of GO without any reducing agent. Texture and morphology, microstructure, chemical and surface composition of the nanocomposite were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, thermo-gravimetric analysis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. Its electrochemical performance as anode material for sodium ion batteries was preliminarily evaluated via galvanostatic cycling. The results prove that the Fe2O3 nanoparticles are uniformly anchored onto the surface of graphene nanosheets and that the Fe2O3/rGO nanocomposite shows interestingly higher specific capacities compared to the bare Fe2O3.

Keywords: 

α- Fe2O3, reduced graphene oxide, solvothermal method, anode, sodium-ion batteries

1. Introduction
2. Experimental Section
3. Results and Discussion
4. Conclusions
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