Developing effective electrodes for supercapacitors by grafting of trihydroxybenzene onto activated carbons

David Malka, Shaul Bublil, Ran Attias, Michal Weitman, Reut Cohen, Yuval Elias, Yosef Gofer, Thierry Brousse, Doron Aurbach

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Abstract

The specific capacity of activated carbon electrodes for supercapacitors may be enhanced with additional faradaic redox reactions by grafting of electroactive aromatic molecules with heteroatoms that act as redox centers. Such enrichment was demonstrated recently with anthraquinone and catechol using diazonium chemistry. Here, trihydroxybenzene, which has obvious advantages, was successfully grafted, yielding a mass enrichment of 25%. Electrochemical characterization in acidic aqueous solution after in situ methoxy deprotection demonstrated an initial specific capacity of 65 mAh g−1, which faded only slightly to 55 mAh g−1 after about 2000 cycles and remained stable for over 4500 cycles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number050520
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Volume168
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2021

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