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Pseudocapacitive Polycationic Oxides for Supercapacitors Operating in Aqueous Electrolytes

Wednesday, 4 October 2017: 10:40
Chesapeake 6 (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center)
O. Crosnier (IMN, CNRS/University of Nantes, RS2E), N. Goubard-Brétésché (CNRS-IMN, RS2E), G. Buvat (Solvay), C. Douard (RS2E), A. Iadecola (Réseau sur le Stockage Electrochimique de l’Energie, RS2E, Synchrotron SOLEIL), F. Favier (Réseau sur le Stockage Electrochimique de l’Energie), and T. Brousse (IMN JR CNRS UMR 6502)
Electrochemical double-layer capacitors (EDLCs) represent the most important family of today’s commercially available Electrochemical Capacitors (ECs). Such systems store charges electrostatically in the electrochemical double-layer that arises from the separation of charges at the electrode / organic electrolyte interfaces when polarizing the electrodes, and exhibit an excellent cycling stability combined with fair gravimetric and volumetric energy densities. Other types of ECs use “pseudocapacitive” materials, i.e. materials that use fast and reversible surface redox (faradic) reactions to store energy. To combine the advantages of both organic EDLCs and aqueous symmetric systems, the design of aqueous asymmetric supercapacitors was proposed. These devices comprise either two pseudocapacitive materials, or a pseudocapacitive and a capacitive carbon-based material which exhibit complementary electroactive windows. As a result, operating cell voltages approaching 2 V can be obtained, leading to competitive energy densities without the disadvantages of using an organic electrolyte [1].

Both specific energy and power densities have to be increased and improving the volumetric capacitance of supercapacitors, which is one of the limiting factors of today’s stationary applications, is essential [2]. In order to meet those requirements, solid state chemistry is an extremely powerful tool to design new materials. Our strategy was based on the study of materials that are electrochemically active in aqueous media, with transition metals and/or high density elements, with the possibility to use low-temperature synthesis methods in order to get nanosized particles with high specific surface areas, and the possibility to have several redox couples that could be involved in the charge storage mechanism. Among the studied materials, our interest has focused on different materials such as transition metal oxides (MnO2, Fe3O4,…) and polycationic oxides MWO4 (M=Fe, Mn, Co,…) [3]. Synthesis conditions and materials characterizations of the electrodes and also of full devices will be detailed in the presentation, highlighting the crucial role of the electroactive elements, the crystallographic structure, and the morphology of the synthesized materials on their electrochemical performance.

  1. J.W. Long et al., MRS Bulletin., 36, 513 (2011).
  2. N. Goubard-Bretesché et al., Electrochem. Commun., 57, 61 (2015).
  3. N. Goubard-Bretesché et al., Electrochim. Acta 206, 458 (2016).