Nanostructured ZnFe2O4 powder with crystallite size from 4 to 55 nm was synthesized via coprecipitation method followed by calcination process carried out at different temperatures. The obtained samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, XPS and ICP-AES methods; magnetic properties at 298 and 77 K were measured and analyzed, the electrochemical behavior of anode materials was tested. The Fe – Zn ratio and oxygen vacancies amount were established. It was found that the magnetization values depend on the crystallite size, and the Fe – Zn ratio determine magnetic performance of the samples in the case of field cooling curves. The sample calcined at 500 °С showed the highest Coulombic efficiency of 76.2 % (at the first cycle) and initial discharge and charge specific capacity of 1400 and 1067 mAh·g−1 at current densities of 0.2 A·g−1. Also, it was demonstrated that the initial capacity depends on oxygen vacancies amount, the highest specific capacity value was for sample with crystallite size 46.9 nm and with a smallest oxygen vacancies amount. © 2024 Acta Materialia Inc.
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 1 May 2024

    Research areas

  • Anode materials, Electrochemical performance, Lithium-ion batteries, Magnetization, Oxygen-deficient spinel structure, ZnFe2O4, Anodes, Atomic emission spectroscopy, Calcination, Electric discharges, Iron compounds, Phase diagrams, Zinc compounds, Anode material, Calcinations process, Coprecipitation method, Magnetic performance, Nano-structured, Oxygen deficient, Spinel structure, Synthesised, Crystallite size

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