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Hierarchical Mn2O3 Microspheres In-Situ Coated with Carbon for Supercapacitors with Highly Enhanced Performances

Institute of Applied Chemistry, Xinjiang University, Urumqi 830046, China
State Laboratory of Surface and Interface Science and Technology, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Zhengzhou 450002, China
School of Environmental and Biological Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094, China
American Advanced Nanotechnology, Houston, TX 77459, USA
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Nanomaterials 2017, 7(12), 409;
Received: 7 October 2017 / Revised: 12 November 2017 / Accepted: 21 November 2017 / Published: 23 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanomaterials Based Fuel Cells and Supercapacitors)
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Porous Mn2O3 microspheres have been synthesized and in-situ coated with amorphous carbon to form hierarchical C@Mn2O3 microspheres by first producing MnCO3 microspheres in solvothermal reactions, and then annealing at 500 °C. The self-assembly growth of MnCO3 microspheres can generate hollow structures inside each of the particles, which can act as micro-reservoirs to store biomass-glycerol for generating amorphous carbon onto the surfaces of Mn2O3 nanorods consisting of microspheres. The C@Mn2O3 microspheres, prepared at 500 °C, exhibit highly enhanced pseudocapacitive performances when compared to the particles after annealed at 400 °C and 600 °C. Specifically, the C@Mn2O3 microspheres prepared at 500 °C show high specific capacitances of 383.87 F g−1 at current density of 0.5 A g−1, and excellent cycling stability of 90.47% of its initial value after cycling for 5000 times. The asymmetric supercapacitors assembled with C@Mn2O3 microspheres after annealed at 500 °C and activated carbon (AC) show an energy density of up to 77.8 Wh kg−1 at power density of 500.00 W kg−1, and a maximum power density of 20.14 kW kg−1 at energy density of 46.8 Wh kg−1. We can attribute the enhanced electrochemical performances of the materials to their three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical structure in-situ coated with carbon. View Full-Text
Keywords: Mn2O3 microspheres; in-situ carbonization; amorphous carbon; hierarchical materials; pseudocapacitors Mn2O3 microspheres; in-situ carbonization; amorphous carbon; hierarchical materials; pseudocapacitors

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Gong, F.; Lu, S.; Peng, L.; Zhou, J.; Kong, J.; Jia, D.; Li, F. Hierarchical Mn2O3 Microspheres In-Situ Coated with Carbon for Supercapacitors with Highly Enhanced Performances. Nanomaterials 2017, 7, 409.

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