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3D carbon based nanostructures for advanced supercapacitors

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Supercapacitors have attracted intense attention due to their great potential to meet the demand of both high energy density and power density in many advanced technologies. Various carbon-based nanocomposites are currently pursued as supercapacitor electrodes because of the synergistic effect between carbon (high power density) and pseudo-capacitive nanomaterials (high energy density). This feature article aims to review most recent progress on 3D (3D) carbon based nanostructures for advanced supercapacitor applications in view of their structural intertwinement which not only create the desired hierarchical porous channels, but also possess higher electrical conductivity and better structural mechanical stability. The carbon nanostructures comprise of CNTs-based networks, graphene-based architectures, hierarchical porous carbon-based nanostructures and other even more complex carbon-based 3D configurations. Their advantages and disadvantages are compared and summarized based on the results published in the literature. In addition, we also discuss and view the ongoing trends in materials development for advanced supercapacitors.

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26 Aug 2012
12 Oct 2012
First published
12 Oct 2012

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013,6, 41-53
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Review Article

3D carbon based nanostructures for advanced supercapacitors

H. Jiang, P. S. Lee and C. Li, Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6, 41
DOI: 10.1039/C2EE23284G

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