Cobalt oxide-decorated silicon carbide nano-tree array electrode for micro-supercapacitor application

Chuan Pei Lee, Bayu Tri Murti, Po Kang Yang, Francesca Rossi, Carlo Carraro, Roya Maboudian

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Abstract

A cobalt oxide (Co3 O4 )-decorated silicon carbide (SiC) nano-tree array (denoted as Co3 O4 /SiC NTA) electrode is synthesized, and it is investigated for the use in the micro-supercapacitor. Firstly, the well-standing SiC nanowires (NWs) are prepared by nickel (Ni)-catalyzed chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method, and then the thin layer of Co3 O4 and the hierarchical Co3 O4 nano-flower-clusters are, respectively fabricated on the side-walls and the top side of the SiC NWs via electrodeposition. The deposition of Co3 O4 on the SiC NWs benefits for the charge transfer at the electrode/aqueous electrolyte interface due to its extremely hydrophilic surface characteristic after Co3 O4 decoration. Furthermore, the Co3 O4 /SiC NTA electrode would possess a directional charge transport route along the nanowire length of SiC NWs owing to their well-standing architecture. By using the Co3 O4 /SiC NTA electrode for micro-supercapacitor, the areal capacitance obtained from cyclic voltammetry measurement reaches 845 mF cm−2 at a 10 mV s−1 scan rate. Finally, the capacitance durability is also evaluated by the cycling test of cyclic voltammetry at a high scan rate of 150 mV s−1 for 2000 cycles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4514
JournalMaterials
Volume14
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Chemical vapor deposition
  • Cobalt oxide
  • Micro-supercapacitor
  • Nanowire
  • Silicon carbide

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