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Title: Facile fabrication of MnO x and N co-doped hierarchically porous carbon microspheres for high-performance supercapacitors

Facile fabrication of manganese oxide (MnO x, 0 < x < 2) and nitrogen (N) co-doped carbon microspheres (MnO x-N-CS) has been firstly developed by one-pot construction of Mn-functionalized melamine-formaldehyde (Mn-MF) resin spheres before pyrolysis. The resulting hybrids bear evenly dispersed MnO x and N moieties in situ anchored on hierarchically porous carbon microspheres formed simultaneously. The capacitive performance is greatly tailored by varying the Mn/melamine molar ratio in the synthetic mixture and pyrolysis temperature. It is found that the MnO x-N-CS hybrid (0.008 wt% Mn, pyrolyzed at 800 °C) exhibits the highest specific capacitance up to 258 F g –1 at a scan rate of 1 mV s –1 (in 6 M KOH), and keeps a high capacitance retention ratio of 98% after 5000 cycles. The synergism between MnO x, N moieties and carbon spheres proves to be responsible for the remarkably improved performance, as compared to the pure carbon sphere and MnO x (N)-doped carbon sphere. Lastly, the well-developed MnO x-N-CS hybrids highlight the great potentials for widespread supercapacitor applications.
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  1. China Univ. of Petroleum, Beijing (China)
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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Journal Name:
Electrochimica Acta
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 191; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0013-4686
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22) National Natural Science Foundation of China; USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22). Scientific User Facilities Division
Country of Publication:
United States
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; carbon microsphere; Mn-functionalized melamine-formaldehyde; manganese oxide; nitrogen; supercapacitors
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OSTI ID: 1359037