In this paper, a direction carbonization method was used to prepare porous carbon from Allium cepa for supercapacitor applications. In this method, calcium acetate was used to assist carbonization process. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and N2 adsorption/desorption method were used to characterize the morphology, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) specific surface area and pore size distribution of porous carbon derived from Allium cepa (onion derived porous carbon, OPC). OPC is of hierarchical porous structure with high specific surface area and relatively high specific capacitance. OPC possesses relatively high specific surface area of 533.5 m2/g. What’s more, OPC possesses a specific capacitance of 133.5 F/g at scan rate of 5 mV/s.
Bibliographical noteKAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The research group acknowledges the financial support provided by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 21573093), National Key Research and Development Program (Nos. 2016YFC1102802, 2017YFB0307501) and Guangdong Innovative and Entrepreneurial Research Team Program (No. 2013C092).