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    Oxygen Vacancies Evoked Blue TiO2(B) Nanobelts with Efficiency Enhancement in Sodium Storage Behaviors

    Zhang, Y, Ding, Z, Foster, CW, Banks, CE, Qiu, X and Ji, X (2017) Oxygen Vacancies Evoked Blue TiO2(B) Nanobelts with Efficiency Enhancement in Sodium Storage Behaviors. Advanced Functional Materials, 27 (27). ISSN 1616-301X


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    © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim Oxygen vacancies (OVs) dominate the physical and chemical properties of metal oxides, which play crucial roles in the various fields of applications. Density functional theory calculations show the introduction of OVs in TiO 2 (B) gives rise to better electrical conductivity and lower energy barrier of sodiation. Here, OVs evoked blue TiO 2 (B) (termed as B-TiO 2 (B)) nanobelts are successfully designed upon the basis of electronically coupled conductive polymers to TiO 2 , which is confirmed by electron paramagnetic resonance and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The superiorities of OVs with the aid of carbon encapsulation lead to higher capacity (210.5 mAh g −1 (B-TiO 2 (B)) vs 102.7 mAh g −1 (W-TiO 2 (B)) at 0.5 C) and remarkable long-term cyclability (the retention of 94.4% at a high rate of 10 C after 5000 times). In situ X-ray diffractometer analysis spectra also confirm that an enlarged interlayer spacing stimulated by OVs is beneficial to accommodate insertion and removal of sodium ions to accelerate storage kinetics and preserve its original crystal structure. The work highlights that injecting OVs into metal oxides along with carbon coating is an effective strategy for improving capacity and cyclability performances in other metal oxide based electrochemical energy systems.

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