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Title: Enhanced performance of HRGO-RuO 2 solid state flexible supercapacitors fabricated by electrophoretic deposition

Ruthenium oxide (RuO 2) nanomaterials exist as excellent materials for electrochemical capacitors. However, they tend to suffer from low mechanical flexibility when cast into films, which makes them unsuitable for flexible device applications. Herein, we report an environmentally friendly and solution-processable approach to fabricate RuO 2-based composite electrodes for flexible solid state supercapacitors. The composites were produced by anchoring RuO 2 nanoparticles onto holey reduced graphene oxide (HRGO) via a sol-gel method, followed by the electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of the material into thin films. The uniform anchoring of ultra-small RuO 2 nanoparticles on the two-dimensional HRGO sheets resulted in HRGO-RuO 2 hybrid sheets with excellent mechanical flexibility of HRGO. EPD induced a layer-by-layer assembly mechanism for the HRGO-RuO 2 hybrid sheets, which resulted in a binder-free, flexible electrode. The obtained HRGO-RuO 2 flexible supercapacitors exhibited excellent electrochemical capacitive performance in a PVA-H 2SO 4 gel electrolyte with a specific capacitance of 418 F g -1 and superior cycling stability of 88.5% capacitance retention after 10,000 cycles. Additionally, these supercapacitors exhibited high rate performance with capacitance retention of 85% by increasing the current density from 1.0 to 20.0 Ag -1, and excellent mechanical flexibility with only 4.9% decay in the performancemore » when bent 180°.« less
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  1. Winthrop Univ., Rock Hill, SC (United States). Dept. of Chemistry, Physics and Geology
  2. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0008-6223; KC0403020
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Journal Volume: 107; Journal ID: ISSN 0008-6223
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Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
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United States
77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; supercapacitors; ruthenium oxide; reduced graphene oxide; Center for Functional Nanomaterials
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OSTI ID: 1358878