Ribbon-like activated carbon with a multi-structure for supercapacitors

Mok Hwa Kim, Kwang Bum Kim, Kisuk Kang, Joong Tark Han, Kwang Chul Roh

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Ribbon-like activated carbon (RAC) has been successfully developed by a two-step activation process based on alkali activation and an electrochemical activation route. The multi-structure of the RAC features a porous graphitic structure with the coexistence of micropores and graphitic structures, mainly originating from the loose packing of the graphite sheets as a result of the degree of graphitization controlled by the carbonization conditions. RAC provides the tremendous benefits of excellent cycle life, high power (3.2 kW kg-1), and high energy density (43.5 W h kg-1) for electric double-layer capacitors, because of its graphitic architecture comprised of micropores and ring-shaped crystalline structures. In addition to investigating the improved electrochemical performance, we observed an interesting feature of the RAC: the obtained RAC has a high structural stability as shown by ex situ high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). These extraordinary results are attributed to the unique structure of RAC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14008-14012
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number44
Publication statusPublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)


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