Performance loss of aqueous MnO2/carbon supercapacitors at elevated temperature: Cycling vs. storage

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Abstract

Birnessite MnO2 nanotubes of high specific surface area have been used as one electrode material in supercapacitors with a commercial-carbon-based second electrode ((NH4)2SO 4(aq.) electrolyte). Assembled cells have been subjected to full electrochemical testing at temperatures ≤80 °C. At elevated temperatures, specific capacitance as high as 700 F g-1 has been observed. The increase in specific capacitance with temperature has been found to be at a cost to cycling performance. Furthermore, the time spent at elevated temperatures "at rest" has been shown to have a major effect on device lifetime. It has been found that at 80 °C, without cycling, such devices lose all significant capacitance after 21 days. The findings herein are believed to have major implications for transport, storage lifetime and ultimate utilization of such systems. © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Roberts, A. J., & Slade, R. C. T. (2013). Performance loss of aqueous MnO2/carbon supercapacitors at elevated temperature: Cycling vs. storage. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 1(45), 14140–14146. https://doi.org/10.1039/c3ta13213g

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