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Carbon coated nickel–cobalt bimetallic sulfides hollow dodecahedrons for a supercapacitor with enhanced electrochemical performance

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Due to the high power density and long cycle life, supercapacitors have been regarded as one of the most promising energy storage devices. In the present work, by the sulfuration of Ni–Co coexisting well-defined ZIF-67 dodecahedrons, hollow bimetal sulfides composed of Ni3xCo3−3xS4 nanobuilding blocks were successfully achieved. Subsequently, after hydrothermal treatment by glucose, the bimetallic sulfides were coated by carbon, leading to the formation of Ni3xCo3−3xS4@carbon (NCSC-x, x = 0.2) hollow dodecahedrons. When evaluated as a supercapacitor electrode, the specific capacitance of NCSC-0.2 can reach 696 F g−1 and 480 F g−1 in KOH (6 M) at the current densities of 1 A g−1 and 20 A g−1, respectively, which are much higher than those (305 F g−1 and 116.7 F g−1) of bare Ni3xCo3−3xS4 (NCS-0.2, x = 0.2) under the same measurement conditions. Furthermore, the NCSC-0.2 electrode presents a better cyclic stability, with 73% capacitance retention after 2000 charge and discharge cycles at a current density of 10 A g−1. The synergistic effect of the bimetallic components, hollow structures and carbon coating accounts for the enhanced electrochemical performance, paving the way towards other advanced supercapacitors for future high-performance energy storage by using structurally designed and suitably functionalized MOFs based nano-precursors.

Graphical abstract: Carbon coated nickel–cobalt bimetallic sulfides hollow dodecahedrons for a supercapacitor with enhanced electrochemical performance

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The article was received on 06 Dec 2017, accepted on 16 Feb 2018 and first published on 19 Feb 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ04806H
Citation: New J. Chem., 2018,42, 5128-5134
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    Carbon coated nickel–cobalt bimetallic sulfides hollow dodecahedrons for a supercapacitor with enhanced electrochemical performance

    T. Huang, X. Song, X. Chen, X. Chen, F. Sun, Q. Su, L. Li and Z. Tan, New J. Chem., 2018, 42, 5128
    DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ04806H

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