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Nitrogen-doped ordered mesoporous carbon using task-specific ionic liquid as a dopant for high-performance supercapacitors

  • Jie Zhou (a1), Li Bao (a1), Shengji Wu (a1), Wei Yang (a1) and Hui Wang (a1)...


Ordered mesoporous carbons (OMCs) are appealing alternatives to conventional porous activated carbon applied to electronic energy storage and conversion devices. Nitrogen-doped OMC (NOMC) was prepared with a soft-template strategy directly using task-specific ionic liquid with dicyanamide anion as the nitrogen dopant, and utilized as supercapacitors for the first time. Compared with pristine OMC, NOMC showed excellent electrochemical capacitive behavior in 6 M KOH electrolyte. NOMC possessed a high specific capacitance of 427 F/g at a current density of 1 A/g and exhibited a stable cycle life (almost 98% retained at a current density of 5 A/g after 2000 cycles). The outstanding capacitive performance of NOMC was ascribed to the synergetic effects of its bimodal mesoporous structure, large specific surface area (1919 m2/g), and nitrogen doping (3.52 wt%), which help to accelerate the ion diffusion, increase the surface charge storage, and intensify pseudo-capacitive reactions.


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