Synergetic design of enlarged surface area and pseudo-capacitance for fiber-shaped supercapacitor yarn

Thi Suong Le, Thuy Kieu Truong, Van Ngoc Huynh, Joonho Bae, Dongseok Suh

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In various wearable energy storage devices, the shape of fiber or yarn has many advantages owing to their compatibility with the environment in which they are deployed. We present a systematic approach to maximizing the capacitance of a supercapacitor yarn by significantly increasing the yarn's surface area by growing a high density of nanorods around the yarn, followed by coating the surface with a pseudo-capacitive material. The two-step strategy is implemented using a dry-spun carbon nanotube yarn-based electrode, which is surrounded by a zinc oxide nanorod forest that is coated by a pseudo-capacitive nickel-cobalt layered double hydroxide material. The flexible as-prepared electrode exhibits a maximum capacitance of 1065 mF cm−2 (1278 F g−1) at a scan rate of 5 mV s−1 and an excellent capacitance retention of 60.5% over 7000 cycles at a current density of 30 mA cm−2. The outstanding performance of the composite yarn supercapacitor can be ascribed to the enhanced ion accessibility to the deep surface of the nickel-cobalt layered double hydroxide layer through the porous carbon nanotube yarn. Furthermore, the symmetric supercapacitor configuration demonstrated nearly 100% capacity retention at a bending angle of 150°.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104198
JournalNano Energy
StatePublished - Jan 2020

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  • Carbon nanotube yarn
  • Flexible symmetric supercapacitor yarn
  • Nickel-cobalt layered double hydroxide
  • Yarn/fiber supercapacitor electrode
  • Zinc oxide nanorod


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