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B and N Co-Doped Wood Scrap Charcoal for Decorated Supercapacitor with High Conductivity

Forests 2023, 14(5), 965;
by Gaojun Chen 1, Yudong Li 2, Enshan Han 1, Ziqiang Zhang 1, Xiaohui Yang 3,*, Desheng Zhou 4 and Yanzhen He 1,*
Reviewer 1:
Reviewer 2: Anonymous
Forests 2023, 14(5), 965;
Submission received: 12 February 2023 / Revised: 20 March 2023 / Accepted: 18 April 2023 / Published: 7 May 2023
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Wood Chemical Traits)

Round 1

Reviewer 1 Report

In this work, the authors had presented their work on boron and nitrogen co-doped activated carbon for supercapacitor applications. Detailed methodology is provided in this work and the electrochemical performance of the activated carbon shows the materials exhibited electrochemical capacitive behaviour in three electrode system and two electrode symmetrical supercapacitor device. However, some of the suggestions must be considered before accepted for publication.

1. Introduction - Bibliography: citing of the original papers would be suggested. Synthesis and characterization NS-reduced graphene oxide hydrogel and its electrochemical properties. Letters on Materials, 12(2), pp.169-174. Synergistic effect of sulfur-doped reduced graphene oxide created via microwave-assisted synthesis for supercapacitor applications. Diamond and Related Materials, 120, p.108696. Rapid microwave synthesis of molybdenum disulfide-decorated reduced-graphene oxide nanosheets for use in high electrochemical performance supercapacitors. Journal of Energy Storage, 52, p.104991.

2. What is the mass loading of sample on the nickel foam and what is the electrolyte used in this study?

3. The elemental mapping images of BNPCM show include the scale bar and the original SEM image as reference.

4. Why does the PNCM has higher higher ID/IG ratio than NCM?

5. What is the possible redox reaction occurred on the B and N groups in the electrode?

6. The electrochemical performance such as EIS and cyclic stability of the SSC should be added in this study to compare its performance in 3 electrode system.

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Reviewer 2 Report

Adding more information about previous reports could improve the introduction

Define abbreviations, PANI (line 52)

Add all the characteristics of the equipment used in the research (materials and methods section) 

Compare the results obtained for specific surface area, XDR, and Raman spectroscopy with other reports (lines 185-203) (208-224).

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Round 2

Reviewer 1 Report

The author had made all the changes based on the comments and suggestions. But there is one error on the redox equation (below). The hydrogen in left side and right side of equation is not balanced.


Author Response

Thanks for the comment. The redox equation has been corrected as follows:


and the correction has been highlighted in the revised manuscript.


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