• Meijuan Fan

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    • Controlled synthesis and electrochemical properties of vanadium oxides with different nanostructures

      Yifu Zhang Meijuan Fan Min Zhou Chi Huang Chongxue Chen Yuliang Cao Guangyong Xie Houbin Li Xinghai Liu

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      Vanadium oxides (V3O7.H2O and VO2) with different morphologies have been selectively synthesized by a facile hydrothermal approach using glucose as the reducing and structure-directing reagent. The as-obtained V3O7.H2O nanobelts have a length up to several tens of micrometers, width of about 60–150 nm and thickness of about 5–10 nm, while the as-prepared VO2(B) nanobelts have a length of about 1.0–2.7 𝜇m, width, 80–140 nm and thickness, 2–8 nm. It was found that the quantity of glucose, the reaction temperature and the reaction time had significant influence on the compositions and morphologies of final products. Vanadium oxides with different morphologies were easily synthesized by controlling the concentration of glucose. The formation mechanism was also briefly discussed, indicating that glucose played different roles in synthesizing various vanadium oxides. The phase transition from VO2(B) to VO2(M) were investigated and the phase transition temperature of the VO2(M) appeared at around 68 °C. Furthermore, the electrochemical properties of V3O7.H2O nanobelts, VO2(B) nanobelts and VO2(B) nanosheets were investigated and they exhibited a high initial discharge capacity of 296, 247 and 227 mAh/g, respectively.

    • Exploring a novel approach to fabricate vanadium carbide encapsulated into carbon nanotube (VC@C) with large specific surface area

      Yifu Zhang Juecheng Zhang Meijuan Fan Yan’an Long Yalan Zhong Xinghai Liu Chi Huang

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      A novel approach to the fabrication of vanadium carbide encapsulated into carbon nanotube (VC@C) core-shell structured composite by thermal treatment with the precursor V3O7.H2O@C was developed for the first time. The as-obtained VC@C were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Raman spectrum, energydispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX), elemental analysis (EA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT)–(IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET). The results showed that VC@C with core-shell structures could be successfully synthesized at 1000 °C for 2 h. The specific surface area, average pore size and measured pore volume of VC@C were 135.46 m2/g, 4.443 nm and 0.180 cm3/g, respectively indicating that the as-obtained VC@C composite could be used as a mesoporous material. Furthermore, thermal behaviour of the as-obtained VC@C composite in air was investigated by thermogravimetric/differential thermal analyser (TG/DTA). The experimental result revealed that the carbon coated on the surface of VC has high activity with O2 in air atmosphere.

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