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Nanomaterials 2015, 5(2), 755-777; doi:10.3390/nano5020755

Multifunctional Carbon Nanostructures for Advanced Energy Storage Applications

Integrated Composites Laboratory (ICL), Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37976, USA
Materials Engineering and Nanosensor Laboratory (MEAN), Dan F. Smith Department of Chemical Engineering, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX 77710, USA
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX 77710, USA
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Academic Editor: Jiye Fang
Received: 9 April 2015 / Revised: 1 May 2015 / Accepted: 5 May 2015 / Published: 8 May 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanomaterials for Energy and Sustainability Applications)
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Carbon nanostructures—including graphene, fullerenes, etc.—have found applications in a number of areas synergistically with a number of other materials. These multifunctional carbon nanostructures have recently attracted tremendous interest for energy storage applications due to their large aspect ratios, specific surface areas, and electrical conductivity. This succinct review aims to report on the recent advances in energy storage applications involving these multifunctional carbon nanostructures. The advanced design and testing of multifunctional carbon nanostructures for energy storage applications—specifically, electrochemical capacitors, lithium ion batteries, and fuel cells—are emphasized with comprehensive examples. View Full-Text
Keywords: multifunctional; nanocarbon; nanocomposite; nanomaterial; energy storage; capacitor; battery; fuel cell; graphene; CNT multifunctional; nanocarbon; nanocomposite; nanomaterial; energy storage; capacitor; battery; fuel cell; graphene; CNT

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Wang, Y.; Wei, H.; Lu, Y.; Wei, S.; Wujcik, E.K.; Guo, Z. Multifunctional Carbon Nanostructures for Advanced Energy Storage Applications. Nanomaterials 2015, 5, 755-777.

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