Mesoporous Vertical Co3O4 Nanosheet Arrays on Nitrogen-doped Graphene Foam with enhanced charge-storage performance

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A hierarchical electrode structure, consisting of cobalt oxide and nitrogen-doped graphene foam (NGF), has been fabricated with the aim of achieving enhanced charge-storage performance. Characterization of the material via electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy demonstrates that the Co3O4 nanosheets grow vertically on NGF and the nanosheets are mesoporous with pore diameters between 3 and 8 nm. The Co3O4/NGF electrode shows an enhanced charge-storage performance, attributed to the 3D hierarchical structure and the synergistic effect of Co3O4 and NGF. The present study shows that specific capacitances as high as 451 F g(-1) can be obtained, indicating that high-performance electrochemical capacitors can be made using electrode materials with advanced structures. The present electrode design can be readily extended to other electroactive materials and their composites.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22831-22838
Number of pages7
JournalA C S Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number41
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2015