Zinc cobalt sulfide (ZCS) is a promising and high performance electrode material for pseudocapacitors due to its good electrical conductivity, abundant active sites and rich valence states. In this work, zinc cobalt oxide (ZCO) nanoparticles are firstly synthesized via a hydrothermal method assisted by hexadecyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB), and then transformed into zinc cobalt sulfide nanoparticles (ZCS NPs) using a facile sulfuration process. The average diameter of ZCS NPs is estimated to be about 15 nm, which is beneficial for Faradaic redox reactions in energy storage process due to their numerous active surfaces. The ZCS NPs are then coated onto a nickel foam to form the working electrode of supercapacitors. Because the ZCS electrode has lower series and charge transfer resistance, and also higher ion diffusion rate than that of the ZCO electrode, it achieves a large specific capacitance of 1269.1 F g−1 at 0.5 A g−1 in 2 M KOH electrolyte, which is four times more than that of the ZCO electrode (e.g., 295.8 F g−1 at 0.5 A g−1). In addition, an asymmetric supercapacitor using the ZCS NPs as the positive electrode and activated carbon as the negative electrode is assembled, which delivers a high energy density of 45.4 Wh kg−1 at a power density of 805.0 W kg−1, with an excellent cycling stability (91.6% retention of the initial capacitance over 5000 cycles).
|Early online date||10 Jul 2019|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Oct 2019|