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Multi-porous Co3O4 nanoflakes @ sponge-like few-layer partially reduced graphene oxide hybrids: towards highly stable asymmetric supercapacitors

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The controlled growth of metal oxide nanostructures within hierarchically porous conductive carbon-based frameworks is critically important to achieving high volumetric performance and appropriate channel size for energy storage applications. Herein, we grow cobalt oxide (Co3O4) nanoflakes, using a sequential-electrodeposition process, into spherically porous sponge-like few-layer partially reduced graphene oxide (SrGO) synthesized by template-directed ordered assembly. Maximum specific/volumetric capacitances of 1112 F gCo3O4−1 (at 3.3 A gCo3O4−1), 178 F cm−3 (at 2.6 A cm−2), and 406 F gtotal−1 (at 1 A gtotal−1) and sensible rate capability (80% retention by increasing the charge/discharge current from 1 A g−1 to 16 A g−1) are obtained for the Co3O4 nanoflakes@SrGO hybrid electrodes. Besides, an asymmetric supercapacitor is made with the Co3O4[63%]@SrGO[37%] hybrid and activated carbon as a positive and a negative electrode, respectively. Electrochemical results indicate an energy density of 23.3 W h kg−1 at a high power density of 2300 W kg−1 (discharge time of about 42 s) and 62% retention even at a remarkable power density of 36 600 W kg−1 (discharge time of 1.6 s). Moreover, it shows excellent cycling stability with no decay after 20 000 charge/discharge cycles. This performance is attributed to the unique pore-sizes for an ion to channel into the porous structures, conductivity, and mechanical stability of the SrGO framework, which makes it promising for next-generation supercapacitors.

Graphical abstract: Multi-porous Co3O4 nanoflakes @ sponge-like few-layer partially reduced graphene oxide hybrids: towards highly stable asymmetric supercapacitors

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The article was received on 20 Jan 2017, accepted on 27 Apr 2017 and first published on 27 Apr 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA00694B
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017,5, 12569-12577
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    Multi-porous Co3O4 nanoflakes @ sponge-like few-layer partially reduced graphene oxide hybrids: towards highly stable asymmetric supercapacitors

    M. Qorbani, T. Chou, Y. Lee, S. Samireddi, N. Naseri, A. Ganguly, A. Esfandiar, C. Wang, L. Chen, K. Chen and A. Z. Moshfegh, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 12569
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TA00694B

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