Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Mataz Alcoutlabi

Second Advisor

Dr. Horacio Vasquez

Third Advisor

Dr. Rogelio Benitez


Metal oxides have been gaining interest as electrode materials for rechargeable Li-ion batteries due to various properties including low cost, low toxicity, and high theoretical capacity. In this research work the effect of two different metal oxide/carbon fiber composites, Fe3O4/C and ZnO/C, on the electrochemical performance for Li-ion batteries will be explored. This is also the first time that results are reported, to the best of our knowledge, of these fiber composites through the Forcespinning ® method. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Energy-Dispersive X-ray Analysis (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), and electrochemical analysis were used to investigate the morphology, structure and the electrochemical performance of these metal oxide/carbon composites fiber.


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