Novel technique for producing porous carbon nanofiber mate for supercapacitors application

M. H. El-Shafei, Engy Ghoniem, Ahmed H. Hassanin, A. A. El-Moneim

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In this work, Carbon Nanofiber mates (CNF) were fabricated by carbonization of electrospun non-conducting PolyAcryloNitrile (PAN) and PAN/PolyvinylAlcohol (PVA) nanofiber mates at 1100°C. PAN acts as a carbon source while PVA acts as a scarifying material to create porosity which leads to increase the accessible surface area. Two types of samples have been produced, carbon nanofiber mate (CNF) and Porous carbon nanofiber mate (P-CNF). The samples were first characterized by XRD, FTIR and SEM then examined as novel electrodes for supercapacitor applications. The specific capacitance (SC) results of the CNFs based on electrospun PAN mate and P-CNF based on electrospun PAN/PVA mate precursors, were 170 and 202 Fgm-1 respectively. The porous structure of P-CNF mate not only increased SC but also increased the capacitive retention and cyclic stability at discharging current density three times higher than that applied in case of CNFs. These results confirm that the tailored P-CNFs have potential for lightweight and durable flexible supercapacitor applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Materials Research VII
EditorsS. Zhuiykov
PublisherTrans Tech Publications Ltd
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783035710878
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Advanced Materials Research, ICAMR 2017 - kowloon, Hong Kong
Duration: 20 Jan 201722 Jan 2017

Publication series

NameKey Engineering Materials
Volume735 KEM
ISSN (Print)1013-9826
ISSN (Electronic)1662-9795


Conference7th International Conference on Advanced Materials Research, ICAMR 2017
Country/TerritoryHong Kong

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