Morphology dependence of the lithium storage capability and rate performance of amorphous TiO2 electrodes

Yong Mao Lin, Paul R. Abel, David W. Flaherty, Jing Wu, Keith J. Stevenson, Adam Heller, C. Buddie Mullins

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Amorphous TiO2 film electrodes of controllable and reproducible nanostructure and porosity were grown via evaporation of titanium in an oxygen ambient (i.e., reactive ballistic deposition (RBD)). The cyclability, rate capability, and Coulombic capacity of the electrodes depended on their morphology and porosity, which varied with the angle of incidence of the evaporated titanium. When films are deposited via evaporation at a glancing angle of 80° with respect to surface normal, nanocolumnar arrays with high internal porosity, high surface area, and optimal pore size and connectivity can be prepared. The optimized films deposited at 80° exhibit a reversible lithium capacity of ∼285 mA h g-1 at a low cycling rate (0.2 C) and maintain a reversible capacity near 200 mA h g-1 at rates as high as 5 C. About 70% of the theoretical capacity (235 mA h g-1) was retained with indiscernible capacity decay after 100 cycles at 1 C. The total charge stored in the TiO2 RBD films involves both surface capacitive and diffusional processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2585-2591
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 10 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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