International Journal of Material Science and Research

ISSN: 2638-1559


International Conference on Materials Science and Research
November 16-18, 2017 Dubai, UAE

Two-Steps Electrode Position of Manganese Oxides Nanoflakes on Carbon Fibers for Flexible and High Performance Wearable Super Capacitors

Amjid Rafique1*, Usman Zubair1, Marco Fontana1,2, Mara Serrapede1, Stefano Bianco1,2, Candido F. Pirri1,2 and Andrea Lamberti1,2

1Politecnico di Torino, Dipartimento di Scienza Applicata e Tecnologia (DISAT), Italy
2Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Center for Sustainable Future Technologies, Italy

DOI: 10.18689/2638-1559.a1.004

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Internet of things and big data acquisition demand portable and compatible energy storage devices for retrieving and processing information. Supercapacitors being high power, high rate capable and long cyclic life energy devices are promising candidates among its commercial counterparts. Aforementioned, energy requests can be addressed by integrating fiber shaped flexible supercapacitors on to physical substrates and textiles. Therefore, current collectors must be flexible and should be configurable into complex devices such as pacemakers, artificial skins, foldable displays, wireless sensors and smart cards. In current study, we report the two-steps electro deposition of stoichiometric MnO2 nanoflakes on carbon fiber and their H-inserted MnO2-x phases for high performance flexible super capacitors. The two-steps deposition of MnO2 enable to achieve uniform and crack free nano flakestructured films. As deposited electrodes showed promising capacitive performance in neutral electrolyte (0.5M Na2SO4) at slightly basic conditions with specific capacitance as high as 575 F/g. KOH-activation of the carbon fibers shows an improvement in capacitance up to 600 F/g at 1 A/g current density. We have also worked on a reliable and low cost approach to enhance the capacitive performance of these electrodeposited carbon fibers. The hydrogenation of these MnO2 electrodeposited electrodes exhibited remarkable improvement in capacitance up to 835 F/g. The superior capacitive performance can be attributed to the hierarchal deposition of two uniform, continuous and highly porous layers of stochiometric and H-inserted MnO2-x. Surface oxygen vacancies contribute to improve conductivity and kinetics of the surface redox reactions.