Shin-ichi Hirano

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X-ray phase-contrast tomography can significantly increase the contrast-resolution of conventional attenuation-contrast imaging, especially for soft-tissue structures that have very similar attenuation. Just as in attenuation-based tomography, phase contrast tomography requires a linear dependence of aggregate beam direction on the incremental direction(More)
Using amorphous TiO2 microspheres as precursors, we obtain mesoporous TiO2-Sn@C core-shell microspheres. Sn is encapsulated into a TiO2 matrix, and carbon is coated outside. This intriguing architecture can effectively buffer volume change and structural stress, thus contributing to excellent long-term cycling stability and superior high-rate cyclability.
Oxygen vacancies can help to capture oxygen-containing species and act as active centers for oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Unfortunately, effective methods for generating a high amount of oxygen vacancies on the surface of various nanocatalysts are rather limited. Here, we described an effective way to generate oxygen-vacancy-rich surface of transition(More)
High-voltage layered lithium transition-metal oxides are very promising cathodes for high-energy Li-ion batteries. However, these materials often suffer from a fast degradation of cycling stability due to structural evolutions. It seriously impedes the large-scale application of layered lithium transition-metal oxides. In this work, an ultralong life(More)
Si has the second highest theoretical capacity among all the known anode materials for lithium ion batteries, whereas it is vulnerable to pulverization and crumbling upon lithiation/delithiation. Herein, Si mesoporous nanowires prepared by a scalable and cost-effective procedure are reported for the first time. Such nanowire morphology and mesoporous(More)
∼1 V lithium intercalation materials are promising anodes for lithium-ion batteries, because such materials give consideration to both the tolerance of lithium plating (e.g., graphite with ∼0.1 V versus Li+/Li easily results in lithium plating due to a too low potential) and the energy density of the batteries (e.g., Li4Ti5O12 with ∼1.55 V decreases the(More)
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