High-performance nanostructured supercapacitors on a sponge

Wei Chen, Rakhi Raghavan Baby, Liangbing Hu, Xing Xie, Yi Cui, Husam N. Alshareef

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A simple and scalable method has been developed to fabricate nanostructured MnO 2-carbon nanotube (CNT)-sponge hybrid electrodes. A novel supercapacitor, henceforth referred to as "sponge supercapacitor", has been fabricated using these hybrid electrodes with remarkable performance. A specific capacitance of 1230 F/g (based on the mass of MnO 2) can be reached. Capacitors based on CNT-sponge substrates (without MnO 2) can be operated even under a high scan rate of 200 V/s, and they exhibit outstanding cycle performance with only 2% degradation after 100000 cycles under a scan rate of 10 V/s. The MnO 2-CNT-sponge supercapacitors show only 4% of degradation after 10000 cycles at a charge-discharge specific current of 5 A/g. The specific power and energy of the MnO 2-CNT-sponge supercapacitors are high with values of 63 kW/kg and 31 Wh/kg, respectively. The attractive performances exhibited by these sponge supercapacitors make them potentially promising candidates for future energy storage systems. © 2011 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5165-5172
Number of pages8
JournalNano Letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 14 2011

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Acknowledgements: The authors thank for the characterization analysis provided by KAUST Advanced Imaging and Characterization Laboratory and Analytic Core Laboratory. W.C. acknowledges support from KAUST Graduate Fellowship. H.A. acknowledges the support from KAUST baseline fund. Y.C. acknowledges support from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Investigator Award (No. KUS11-001-12) and the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford. X.X. acknowledges support from the Stanford Graduate Fellowship.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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