Recently, molybdenum oxide (MoO2) has been found to be a chemically stable and relatively inexpensive material for the application as the anode in a lithium ion battery [1-5]. We believe the use of MoO2 in battery applications has been hindered due to a long, complicated, and multistep synthesis process. We present a simple one-pot hydrothermal technique to synthesize MoO2 nanoparticles directly onto a copper (Cu) substrate.
We believe this is a first report of the synthesis of MoO2 directly onto a Cu substrate, and could lead to the ability to both fabricate other materials in a similar manner as well as depositing MoO2 onto other substrates. This technique can reduce anode production time by eliminating the coating process, and also decrease the total amount of chemicals used when compared to a typical powder synthesis and coating processes. The MoO2 coated Cu electrode was characterized using Raman Spectroscopy, Grazing Incident X-ray Diffraction (GIXRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques to confirm the composition, crystallinity and structure of the synthesized MoO2 nanomaterial.