Open Access NANO REVIEW

Hollow Nanostructured Anode Materials for Li-Ion Batteries

Jun Liu and Dongfeng Xue*

Author Affiliations

State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, 116012, Dalian, China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2010, 5:1525-1534  doi:10.1007/s11671-010-9728-5

Published: 13 August 2010

Abstract

Hollow nanostructured anode materials lie at the heart of research relating to Li-ion batteries, which require high capacity, high rate capability, and high safety. The higher capacity and higher rate capability for hollow nanostructured anode materials than that for the bulk counterparts can be attributed to their higher surface area, shorter path length for Li+ transport, and more freedom for volume change, which can reduce the overpotential and allow better reaction kinetics at the electrode surface. In this article, we review recent research activities on hollow nanostructured anode materials for Li-ion batteries, including carbon materials, metals, metal oxides, and their hybrid materials. The major goal of this review is to highlight some recent progresses in using these hollow nanomaterials as anode materials to develop Li-ion batteries with high capacity, high rate capability, and excellent cycling stability.

Keywords:
Li-ion batteries; Anode; Hollow nanomaterials; Nanotubes; Nanocomposites