A high performance asymmetric supercapacitor based on in situ prepared CuCo2O4 nanowires and PPy nanoparticles on a two-ply carbon nanotube yarn†
One-dimensional supercapacitors (SCs) are of great interest for future wearable electronics, but improvement in both high capacitance and high flexibility is still a challenge. Herein, we fabricate a high performance yarn asymmetric SC (ASC) using in situ prepared CuCo2O4 nanowires and polypyrrole (PPy) nanoparticles on the surface of a two-ply carbon nanotube (CNT) yarn. The parallel-shaped yarn ASC not only shows outstanding redox pseudocapacitance, including a high areal capacitance (59.55 mF cm−2), specific energy density (20 μW h cm−2) and power density (5.115 mW cm−2), but also exhibits good flexibility because of its well maintained capacitance during repeated dynamic bending states. The capacitance retention still remains 80.1% under 8000 cycles, suggesting relatively good reversibility and stability.