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2022, 15(1): 285–295


Ultrahigh rate capability of 1D/2D polyaniline/titanium carbide (MXene) nanohybrid for advanced asymmetric supercapacitors

Jinhua Zhou1, Qi Kang2, Shuchi Xu1, Xiaoge Li1, Cong Liu1, Lu Ni1, Ningna Chen1, Chunliang Lu3, Xizhang Wang1, Luming Peng1, Xuefeng Guo1, Weiping Ding1, and Wenhua Hou1 (✉)

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1 Key Laboratory of Mesoscopic Chemistry of MOE, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210023, China
2 Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Thermal Aging, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China
3 Analytical Testing Center, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225009, China

Keywords: MXene, polyaniline, nanohybrid, asymmetric supercapacitor, rate capability
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High energy density and enhanced rate capability are highly sought-after for supercapacitors in today’s mobile world. In this work, polyaniline/titanium carbide (MXene) (PANI/Ti3C2Tx) nanohybrid is synthesized through a facile and cost-effective self-assembly of one-dimensional (1D) PANI nanofibers and two-dimensional (2D) Ti3C2Tx nanosheets. PANI/Ti3C2Tx delivers greatly improved specific capacitance, ultrahigh rate capability (67% capacitance retention from 1 to 100 A·g−1) as well as good cycle stability. Electrochemical kinetic analysis reveals that PANI/Ti3C2Tx is featured with surface capacitance-dominated process and has a quasi-reversible kinetics at high scan rates, giving rise to an ultrahigh rate capability. By using PANI/Ti3C2Tx as positive electrode, an 1.8 V aqueous asymmetric supercapacitor (ASC) is successfully assembled, showing a maximum energy density of 50.8 Wh·kg−1 (at 0.9 kW·kg−1) and a power density of 18 kW·kg−1 (at 26 Wh·kg−1). Moreover, an 3.0 V organic ASC is also elaborately fabricated by using PANI/Ti3C2Tx, achieving an ultrahigh energy density of 67.2 Wh·kg−1 (at 1.5 kW·kg−1) and a power density of 30 kW·kg−1 (at 26.8 Wh·kg−1). The present work not only improves fundamental understanding of the structure-property relationship towards ultrahigh rate capability electrode materials, but also provides valuable guideline for the rational design of high-performance energy storage devices with both high energy and power densities.
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Ultrahigh rate capability of 1D/2D polyaniline/titanium carbide (MXene) nanohybrid for advanced asymmetric supercapacitors. Nano Res. 2022, 15(1): 285–295

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