Core-double shell ZnO/ZnS@Co3O4 heterostructure as high performance pseudocapacitor

Sanjit Sarkar, Sandipan Maiti, Sourindra Mahanty, Durga Basak

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In recent times, a great deal of attention has been paid to the balanced design and fabrication of core-shell heterostructures for enhanced pseudocapacitor (SC) performance. In this paper, we report the synthesis of ZnO@Co3O4 based core-shell heterostructures with controllable shell thickness for the first time by a simple low-temperature solution-based method and their detailed electrode performance as SC wherein a highly enhanced pseudocapacitance of 296 C g-1 at a current density of 0.5 A g-1 has been observed. Further, modifying the surface of ZnO by its sulfur analogue (i.e., by creating a ZnO/ZnS heterostructure), an improved capacitance of 317 C g-1 at a current density of 0.5 A g-1 for ZnO/ZnS@Co3O4 has been obtained along with a better rate performance. This is attributed to an efficient charge transfer from ZnS to ZnO. Impressively, the core-double shell heterostructure exhibits high energy density of 36 Wh kg-1 at a power density of 204.3 W kg-1. Even at a very high power density of 10.9 kW kg-1, it shows an energy density of 14.7 Wh kg-1. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study of the electrochemical properties of ZnO/ZnS@Co3O4 heterostructure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9103-9112
Number of pages10
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number22
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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