Titanium Containing γ-MnO2 (TM) Hollow Spheres: One-Step Synthesis and Catalytic Activities in Li/Air Batteries and Oxidative Chemical Reactions

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  • Lei Jin,

    1. Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, U-3060, 55 North Eagleville Rd., Storrs, Connecticut 06269 (USA)
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  • Linping Xu,

    1. Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, U-3060, 55 North Eagleville Rd., Storrs, Connecticut 06269 (USA)
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  • Christine Morein,

    1. Yardney Technical Products Inc., 82 Mechanic Street, Pawcatuck, Connecticut 06379 (USA)
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  • Chun-hu Chen,

    1. Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, U-3060, 55 North Eagleville Rd., Storrs, Connecticut 06269 (USA)
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  • Monique Lai,

    1. Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, U-3060, 55 North Eagleville Rd., Storrs, Connecticut 06269 (USA)
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  • Saminda Dharmarathna,

    1. Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, U-3060, 55 North Eagleville Rd., Storrs, Connecticut 06269 (USA)
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  • Arthur Dobley,

    1. Yardney Technical Products Inc., 82 Mechanic Street, Pawcatuck, Connecticut 06379 (USA)
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  • Steven L. Suib

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, U-3060, 55 North Eagleville Rd., Storrs, Connecticut 06269 (USA)
    • Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, U-3060, 55 North Eagleville Rd., Storrs, Connecticut 06269 (USA).
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Abstract

Titanium containing γ-MnO2 octahedral molecular sieves having hollow sphere structures are successfully prepared for the first time using a one-step synthesis method. Titanium cations are used as structure-directing agents in the synthesis process. The assembly of the hollow spheres is carried out at the beginning of the process. Various techniques including XRD, N2 adsorption, SEM, EDX, RAMAN, TEM, XPS, and TGA are employed for the materials characterization. Ti is incorporated into the MnO2 framework in isolated sites, and TiO2 phases (anatase and rutile) are not observed. When introduced in medium-sized lithium-air batteries, the materials give very high specific capacity (up to 2.3 A h g−1). These materials are also catalytically tested in the oxidation of toluene with molecular oxygen at atmospheric pressure, showing significant oxidative catalytic activities in this difficult chemical reaction.

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