As a potential anode material, tin (Sn) has attracted great attention due to its low cost and its high theoretical specific capacity. However, its electrochemical performance is strongly related to its structure, including the crystalline nature, particle size, dimensionality, interface, and so on. In this review article, we will outline Sn-based nanomaterials with different dimensionalities from 0D to 3D, covering the synthesis procedures and their structure-related electrochemical performances when applied as anode materials in lithium ion batteries (LIBs). By discussing their structural dimensionalities, we aim to provide some scientific insights into the development of advanced Sn-based anode nanomaterials for next-generation LIBs.

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DOI: 10.1016/S1369-7021(13)70012-9