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, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 999–1006 | Cite as

Synthesis of sulfonated graphene/carbon nanotubes/manganese dioxide composite with high electrochemical properties

  • Wei LiEmail author
  • Huizhong Xu
  • Mengjie Cui
  • Jie Zhao
  • Faqian LiuEmail author
  • Tangfeng Liu
Original Paper
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Abstract

Combining MnO2 with conductive carbon materials is an efficient approach to improve the electrical conductivity of MnO2-based electrodes, which could greatly improve the electrochemical performance of supercapacitors. Here, a ternary composite consisting of sulfonated graphene, carbon nanotubes, and manganese dioxide (SG/CNTs/MnO2) has been successfully fabricated by a facile yet efficient method. The electrochemical properties are evaluated by cyclic voltammetry (CV), galvanostatic charge/discharge (GCD), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) techniques. The results show a prominent improvement of electrochemical performance of MnO2-based electrodes. For instance, the specific capacitance of SG/CNTs/MnO2 composite is 336.4 F g−1 at the current density of 0.5 A g−1, which is much higher than pure MnO2 (77.1 F g−1) and binary SG/MnO2 (213.0 F g−1). Moreover, SG/CNTs/MnO2 composite shows good cycling stability with 91.3% capacitance retention after 10,000 cycles at a current density of 5 A g−1.

Keywords

MnO2 Electrical conductivity Sulfonated graphene (SG) Supercapacitors 

Notes

Acknowledgments

FL acknowledges the support from the National Science Foundation of China (21371105), the Scientific Development Plan of Qingdao (14-2-4-41-jch) and the Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province (ZR2018LB034).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Engineering Research Center of High Performance Polymer and Molding Technology, Ministry of EducationQingdao University of Science and TechnologyQingdaoChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Corrosion and Bio-fouling, Chinese Academy of SciencesInstitute of OceanologyQingdaoChina

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