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Mesoporous Titania Nanotubes: Their Preparation and Application as Electrode Materials for Rechargeable Lithium Batteries

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  • K. Wang,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Materials Section and Supercritical Fluid Centre, University College Cork, Cork (Ireland)
    2. Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN), Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2 (Ireland)
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  • M. Wei,

    1. Light and Control Research Group, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), PRESTO, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan)
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  • M. A. Morris,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Materials Section and Supercritical Fluid Centre, University College Cork, Cork (Ireland)
    2. Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN), Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2 (Ireland)
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  • H. Zhou,

    1. Energy Technology Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Umezono 1-1-1, Tsukuba, 305-8568 (Japan)
    2. Light and Control Research Group, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), PRESTO, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan)
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  • J. D. Holmes

    1. Department of Chemistry, Materials Section and Supercritical Fluid Centre, University College Cork, Cork (Ireland)
    2. Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN), Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2 (Ireland)
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  • K.W. and M.W. contributed equally to this work. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support from Science Foundation Ireland (Grant number: 03/IN3/I375). K.W. thanks Dr. Xueyan Wu for kindly supplying the 50 nm AAO membranes. Supporting information is available online at Wiley InterScience or from the author.

Abstract

Mesoporous titania nanotubes with tunable dimension have been fabricated within the pores of alumina membranes by a simple sol-gel templating method. The 3D network structures of these mesoporous nanotubes (see figure) can provide both electron pathway and lithium ion pathway which benefit their applications in a high rate rechargeable lithium battery.

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