A holey graphene additive for boosting performance of electric double-layer supercapacitors

Jun Bin Huang, Jagabandhu Patra, Ming Hsien Lin, Ming Der Ger*, Yih Ming Liu, Nen Wen Pu, Chien Te Hsieh, Meng Jey Youh, Quan Feng Dong, Jeng Kuei Chang

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Abstract

We demonstrate a facile and effective method, which is low-cost and easy to scale up, to fabricate holey graphene nanosheets (HGNSs) via ultrafast heating during synthesis. Various heating temperatures are used to modify the material properties of HGNSs. First, we use HGNSs as the electrode active materials for electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs). A synthesis temperature of 900 °C seems to be optimal, i.e., the conductivity and adhesion of HGNSs reach a compromise. The gravimetric capacitance of this HGNS sample (namely HGNS-900) is 56 F•g-1. However, the volumetric capacitance is low, which hinders its practical application. Secondly, we incorporate activated carbon (AC) into HGNS-900 to make a composite EDLC material. The effect of the AC:HGNS-900 ratio on the capacitance, high-rate performance, and cycling stability are systematically investigated. With a proper amount of HGNS-900, both the electrode gravimetric and volumetric capacitances at high rate charging/discharging are clearly higher than those of plain AC electrodes. The AC/HGNS-900 composite is a promising electrode material for nonaqueous EDLC applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number765
JournalPolymers
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • Composite electrode
  • Graphene nanosheets
  • Holey structure
  • Nonaqueous electrolyte
  • Volumetric capacitance

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