Performance loss of aqueous MnO2/carbon supercapacitors at elevated temperature: Cycling vs. storage

Alexander J. Roberts, Robert C.T. Slade

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Abstract

Birnessite MnO2nanotubes of high specific surface area have been used as one electrode material in supercapacitors with a commercial-carbon-based second electrode ((NH4)2SO4(aq.) electrolyte). Assembled cells have been subjected to full electrochemical testing at temperatures ≤80 °C. At elevated temperatures, specific capacitance as high as 700 F g-1has been observed. The increase in specific capacitance with temperature has been found to be at a cost to cycling performance. Furthermore, the time spent at elevated temperatures "at rest" has been shown to have a major effect on device lifetime. It has been found that at 80 °C, without cycling, such devices lose all significant capacitance after 21 days. The findings herein are believed to have major implications for transport, storage lifetime and ultimate utilization of such systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14140-14146
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Volume1
Issue number45
Early online date9 Oct 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2013

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