Congratulations to Josefa, whose recent work on single source precursors for the synthesis of electrode materials has been accepted for publication in Chemical Communications.
Microwave or ultrasonic treatment of metal alkoxides presents a fast, low cost route to both anode and cathode nanomaterials for Li-ion battery applications. Here, we demonstrate the formation of LiMPO4 (M = Fe, Mn) and Mn3O4 nanostructures via this simple route which exhibit excellent electrochemical performances. This approach opens up a new avenue for the targeted design of nanostructured materials, where co-location of the desired metals in a single starting material shortens reaction times and temperatures since there is a decrease in diffusional energy requirements usually needed for these reactions to proceed. You can access this paper here:
J. Vidal Laveda, V. Chandhok, C. A. Murray, G. W. Paterson and S. A. Corr