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Substantial LIB Anode Performance of Graphitic Carbon Nanoflakes Derived from Biomass Green-Tea Waste

Department of Semiconductor Science, Dongguk University-Seoul, Seoul 04620, Korea
Quantum-functional Semiconductor Research Center, Dongguk University-Seoul, Seoul 04620, Korea
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Nanomaterials 2019, 9(6), 871;
Received: 16 May 2019 / Revised: 3 June 2019 / Accepted: 5 June 2019 / Published: 7 June 2019
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Biomass-derived carbonaceous constituents constitute fascinating green technology for electrochemical energy-storage devices. In light of this, interconnected mesoporous graphitic carbon nanoflakes were synthesized by utilizing waste green-tea powders through the sequential steps of air-assisted carbonization, followed by potassium hydroxide activation and water treatment. Green-tea waste-derived graphitic carbon displays an interconnected network of aggregated mesoporous nanoflakes. When using the mesoporous graphitic carbon nanoflakes as an anode material for the lithium-ion battery, an initial capacity of ~706 mAh/g and a reversible discharge capacity of ~400 mAh/g are achieved. Furthermore, the device sustains a large coulombic efficiency up to 96% during 100 operation cycles under the applied current density of 0.1 A/g. These findings depict that the bio-generated mesoporous graphitic carbon nanoflakes could be effectively utilized as a high-quality anode material in lithium-ion battery devices. View Full-Text
Keywords: biomass; mesoporous graphitic carbon; anode; lithium-ion battery biomass; mesoporous graphitic carbon; anode; lithium-ion battery

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Sekar, S.; Lee, Y.; Kim, D.Y.; Lee, S. Substantial LIB Anode Performance of Graphitic Carbon Nanoflakes Derived from Biomass Green-Tea Waste. Nanomaterials 2019, 9, 871.

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