Materials Research Bulletin, Vol.64, 6-11, 2015
Enhanced supercapacitive performance of porous activated carbon derived from polyaniline prepared by electrochemical synthesis
The activated carbon was prepared from polyaniline by using electrochemical synthesis, subsequent carbonization and activation under the condition of mixed oxygen and nitrogen. The electrochemical measurements result showed that the activation led to better capacitive performances. The carbon reached a high specific gravimetric capacitance of 285 F g(-1), with rectangular cyclic voltammetry curves at a scan rate of 2 mV s(-1) in 6.0 mol L-1 KOH solution, and it remained 83.7% even at a high scan rate of 50 mV s(-1). Furthermore, the porous carbon electrodes exhibited durable operation. After 10,000 cycles, the specific capacitance is still about 98.6% of the initial specific capacitance. These demonstrated that-the activated carbon would be a promising electrode material for supercapacitors. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.