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Title: Fabrication and study of prototype supercapacitors with conducting polymers and advanced carbons
Author: Zhou, Xiaohang
ISNI:       0000 0004 2745 1004
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2012
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Climate change, overpopulation and the decreasing availability of fossil fuels require the society to move towards sustainable and renewable resources. It can be anticipated that renewable energies will inevitably replace fossil fules and dominate the world's energy supply system in the long term. In order for these new energy sources to become completely reliable to meet with the growing energy demand, much research effort has been focused on energy storage technologies, especially those realted with electricity, such as supercapacitors. With regards to electrical energy storage devices, supercapacitors could fill the gap between batteries and conventional solid state and electrolytic capacitors. They store electrical energy through double layer charging, faradaic processes, or a combination of both. This thesis deals with the fabrication and study of prototype supercapacitors using conducting polymers and advanced carbons as the electrode materials. The work includes the synthesis of PPy-CNT and PANi-CNT nanocomposites, fundamental and electrochemical characterisations of conducting polymers and advanced carbons, electrode fabrication, and electrochemical performance of prototype supercapacitors. Additionally, this thesis aims to enhance the performance of prototype supercapacitors by improving the electrochemical properties of the existing electrode materials for supercapacitors, optimising the design of unit cells and stacks, and simplifying electrode fabrication.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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