Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Chemistry

Content Description

1 online resource (viii, 191 pages) : color illustrations.

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Evgeny V. Dikarev

Committee Members

Marina A. Petrukhina, Rabi A. Musah, Paul J. Toscano


Electrode Materials, Low-Temperature, Rechargeable Batteries, Single-Source Precursors, Battery chargers, Electric batteries, Lithium cells, Sodium ions

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Lithium ion batteries have revolutionized the portable electronics market and are being intensively pursued now for transportation and for stationary storage of renewable energies. As one of the most promising alternatives, sodium ion batteries are also being actively studied owing to the high abundance and low cost of sodium sources. Electrodes play a critical role in defining the overall performance of secondary batteries, while the morphologies of electrode materials greatly determine their properties. Different synthetic methods afford electrode materials with specific morphology. Compared to traditional electrode preparation techniques, the single-source precursor approach can produce materials at significantly lower temperatures, with higher product purity and composition homogeneity at the molecular level. Moreover, the technique can be utilized for the preparation of nanostructured and thin film electrode materials, which represent two favorable morphologies for improving electrode performance.

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