A Reversible Redox Strategy for SWCNT-Based Supercapacitors Using a High-Performance Electrolyte

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  • Haijun Yu,

    1. Engineering Research Center of Environment-Friendly Functional Materials, Ministry of Education; Institute of Materials Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, No. 269 Chenhua North road, Quanzhou, Fujian Province (China), Fax: (+86) 595-22692229
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  • Prof. Jihuai Wu,

    Corresponding author
    1. Engineering Research Center of Environment-Friendly Functional Materials, Ministry of Education; Institute of Materials Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, No. 269 Chenhua North road, Quanzhou, Fujian Province (China), Fax: (+86) 595-22692229
    • Engineering Research Center of Environment-Friendly Functional Materials, Ministry of Education; Institute of Materials Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, No. 269 Chenhua North road, Quanzhou, Fujian Province (China), Fax: (+86) 595-22692229
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  • Prof. Jianming Lin,

    1. Engineering Research Center of Environment-Friendly Functional Materials, Ministry of Education; Institute of Materials Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, No. 269 Chenhua North road, Quanzhou, Fujian Province (China), Fax: (+86) 595-22692229
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  • Dr. Leqing Fan,

    1. Engineering Research Center of Environment-Friendly Functional Materials, Ministry of Education; Institute of Materials Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, No. 269 Chenhua North road, Quanzhou, Fujian Province (China), Fax: (+86) 595-22692229
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  • Miaoliang Huang,

    1. Engineering Research Center of Environment-Friendly Functional Materials, Ministry of Education; Institute of Materials Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, No. 269 Chenhua North road, Quanzhou, Fujian Province (China), Fax: (+86) 595-22692229
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  • Youzhen Lin,

    1. Engineering Research Center of Environment-Friendly Functional Materials, Ministry of Education; Institute of Materials Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, No. 269 Chenhua North road, Quanzhou, Fujian Province (China), Fax: (+86) 595-22692229
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  • Yan Li,

    1. Engineering Research Center of Environment-Friendly Functional Materials, Ministry of Education; Institute of Materials Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, No. 269 Chenhua North road, Quanzhou, Fujian Province (China), Fax: (+86) 595-22692229
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  • Fuda Yu,

    1. Engineering Research Center of Environment-Friendly Functional Materials, Ministry of Education; Institute of Materials Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, No. 269 Chenhua North road, Quanzhou, Fujian Province (China), Fax: (+86) 595-22692229
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  • Zhaoyuan Qiu

    1. Engineering Research Center of Environment-Friendly Functional Materials, Ministry of Education; Institute of Materials Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, No. 269 Chenhua North road, Quanzhou, Fujian Province (China), Fax: (+86) 595-22692229
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  • SWCNT: single-wall carbon nanotube

Abstract

In order to achieve pesudocapacitive performance of single-wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) electrodes, a high-efficient and reversible redox strategy utilizing a redox-mediated electrolyte for SWCNT-based supercapacitors is reported. In this novel redox-mediated electrolyte, the single-electrode specific capacitance of the supercapacitor is heightened four times, reaching C=162.66 F g−1 at 1 A g−1. The quick charge-discharge ability of the supercapacitor is also enhanced, and the relaxation time is as low as 0.58 s. Furthermore, the supercapacitor shows an excellent cycling performance of 96.51 % retention after 4000 cycles. The remarkable results presented here illustrate that the redox strategy is a facile and straightforward approach to improve the performances of SWCNT electrodes.

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