Synthesis of n-doped mesoporous carbon by silica assistance as electrode for supercapacitor

  • Meng Liu
  • Lei Liu
  • Yixin Zhang
  • Yifeng Yu
  • Aibing ChenEmail author


We developed a simple approach to synthesize N-doped mesoporous carbon (NMC) material by using silica assistance. Hexamethylenetetramine is converted into formaldehyde and ammonia under hydrothermal conditions, which served as carbon and nitrogen source at the same time. Carbon precursor was formed by self-polymerization of formaldehyde in alkaline condition and nitrogen was in-situ introduced. Silica hydrolyzed from tetraethyl orthosilicate and carbon precursor form resin–silica composite first, which transformed into NMC after carbonization and removal of silica. As a result, the obtained NMC exhibited rich porous structure and specific surface area (569 m2 g−1). As the electrode material, NMC exhibited a specific capacitance (192 F g−1 at the current density of 0.5 A g−1) and good cycling stability (92.9% even after 5000 cycles at 5 A g−1).



We thank the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 21676070), Hebei Natural Science Foundation (Grant No. B2015208109), Hebei Training Program for Talent Project (Grant No. A201500117), Hebei One Hundred-Excellent Innovative Talent Program (III) (Grant No. SLRC2017034), Hebei Science and Technology Project (Grant Nos. 17214304D, 16214510D), Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Chemical and Pharmaceutical EngineeringHebei University of Science and TechnologyShijiazhuangChina

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