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Keywords:

  • mesoporous carbon;
  • carbon nanotubes;
  • nanocomposite;
  • Li-ion battery;
  • high capacity;
  • rate performance
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Mesoporous carbon with homogeneously dispersed multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) are synthesized via a one-step “brick and mortar” soft-templating approach. Nanocomposites exhibit a reversible lithium storage capacity of 900 mA h g−1 and a good rate performance. Such homogeneous nanocomposites are ideal candidates for electric vehicle applications where high power and energy density are primary requirements.