Indexed on: 25 Jan '17Published on: 25 Jan '17Published in: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Ultrathin dual phase nanosheets consisting of alternating spinel Li4Ti5O12 (LTO) and rutile TiO2 (RT) lamellas are synthesized through a facile and scalable hydrothermal method, and the formation mechanism is explored. The thickness of constituent lamellas can be controlled exactly by adjusting the mole ratio of Li:Ti in the original reactants. Alternating insertion of the RT lamellas significantly improves the electrochemical performance of LTO nanosheets, especially at high charge/discharge rates. As anodes in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), the dual phase nanosheet electrode with the optimized phase ratio can deliver stable discharge capacities of 178.5, 154.9, 148.4, 142.3, 138.2, and 131.4 mA h g(-1) at current densities of 1, 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 C, respectively. Meanwhile, they inherit the excellent cyclic stability of pure spinel LTO and exhibit a capacity retention of 93.1% even after 500 cycles at 50 C. Our results indicate that the alternating nanoscaled lamella structure is a good alternative to facilitate the transfer of both the Li ions and electrons into the spinel LTO, giving rise to an excellent cyclability and fast rate performance. Therefore, the newly prepared carbon-free LTO-RT nanosheets with high safety provide a new opportunity to develop high-power anodes for LIBs.