Enhanced rate performance of mesoporous Co3O4 nanosheet supercapacitor electrodes by hydrous RuO2 nanoparticle decoration

Rakhi Raghavan Baby, Wěi Chén, Mohamed N. Hedhili, Dong Kyu Cha, Husam N. Alshareef

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Mesoporous cobalt oxide (Co3O4) nanosheet electrode arrays are directly grown over flexible carbon paper substrates using an economical and scalable two-step process for supercapacitor applications. The interconnected nanosheet arrays form a three-dimensional network with exceptional supercapacitor performance in standard two electrode configuration. Dramatic improvement in the rate capacity of the Co3O4 nanosheets is achieved by electrodeposition of nanocrystalline, hydrous RuO 2 nanoparticles dispersed on the Co3O4 nanosheets. An optimum RuO2 electrodeposition time is found to result in the best supercapacitor performance, where the controlled morphology of the electrode provides a balance between good conductivity and efficient electrolyte access to the RuO2 nanoparticles. An excellent specific capacitance of 905 F/g at 1 A/g is obtained, and a nearly constant rate performance of 78% is achieved at current density ranging from 1 to 40 A/g. The sample could retain more than 96% of its maximum capacitance even after 5000 continuous charge-discharge cycles at a constant high current density of 10 A/g. Thicker RuO2 coating, while maintaining good conductivity, results in agglomeration, decreasing electrolyte access to active material and hence the capacitive performance. © 2014 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4196-4206
Number of pages11
JournalACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 10 2014

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: Authors thank Advanced nanofabricationNanofabrication, Imaging and Characterization Laboratory and Analytical Chemistry Core Laboratory at KAUST and Olga Zausalina for the graphical illustration design. R.B.R. acknowledges the financial support from SABIC Post-Doctoral Fellowship. W.C. acknowledges support from KAUST Graduate Fellowship. H.N.A. acknowledges the generous support from KAUST Baseline Fund.

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