Applied Surface Science, Vol.469, 941-950, 2019
Manganese doped Co3O4 mesoporous nanoneedle array for long cycle-stable supercapacitors
Long-term cycling stability is an important criterion and big challenge for pseudocapacitive materials. Ultra-stable manganese doped Co3O4 mesoporous nanoneedles were synthesized via one-step hydrothermal reaction followed by annealing grown on nickel foam (noted as MnxCoyO/NF, x + y = 2.25) for supercapacitors. The Mn doping in Co3O4 was confirmed by several techniques. Among various MnxCoyO/NF electrodes, the Mn1.5Co0.75O/NF demonstrated the superior electrochemical performance, with an excellent cycling stability of 104% capacitance retention after 10 000 charge-discharge cycles at 6 A g(-1), as well as a good capability (668.4 F g(-1) at 1 A g(-1 )compared to that of undoped Co3O4 which is 201.3 F g(-1)). Moreover, the assembled asymmetric supercapacitor based on Mn1.5Co0.75O/NF//graphene performs a high energy density of 25.88 Wh kg(-1) (at 359.5 W kg(-1)) and a high power density of 14.7 kW kg(-1) (at 10.63 Wh kg(-1)). The improved electrochemical properties are mainly owing to the enhanced intrinsic conductivity and electrochemical activity of Co3O4 after doped with appropriate Mn concentration. The three-dimensional nanostructure of mesoporous nanoneedle array grown on NF also provides short ion diffusion path and large active surface areas, contributing to the high rate performance and high energy density. This study may offer a new approach to fabricate the unique 3D nanostructured electrode materials based on doped metal oxides for supercapacitors with long-term cycling stability and high energy density.