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Ferrous Nitrate–Nickel Oxide (Fe(NO3)2–NiO) Nanospheres Incorporated With Carbon Black and Polyvinylidenefluoride for Supercapacitor Applications

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Aqib Muzaffar, Keerthana Muthusamy

Department of Physics,
B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute
of Science and Technology,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600048, India

M. Basheer Ahamed

Department of Physics,
B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute
of Science and Technology,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600048, India
e-mail: basheerahamed@crescent.education

1Corresponding author.

Manuscript received October 9, 2018; final manuscript received January 27, 2019; published online March 13, 2019. Assoc. Editor: Eui-Hyeok Yang.

J. Electrochem. En. Conv. Stor. 16(3), 031008 (Mar 13, 2019) (6 pages) Paper No: JEECS-18-1109; doi: 10.1115/1.4042727 History: Received October 09, 2018; Revised January 27, 2019

Ferrous nitrate/nickel oxide {Fe(NO3)2–NiO} nanocomposite was synthesized via two-step facile hydrothermal route. The nanocomposite exhibits crystalline structure as unveiled by X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern, while as the scanning electron microscope (SEM) images divulge spherical morphologies for both Fe(NO3)2 as well as NiO nanoparticles differentiating from each other in size. Cyclic voltammetry (CV), galvanostatic charge–discharge (GCD), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) techniques were used to investigate supercapacitive behavior of the symmetrically fabricated nanocomposite electrode configuration using aqueous KOH as the electrolyte. The CV analyses demonstrate dominant electrical double layer capacitance (EDLC) behavior in the potential range of 0–1 V. From charge–discharge curves, the maximum specific capacitance calculated was 460 F g−1 corresponding to the energy density of 16 W h kg−1 at a high power density of 250 W kg−1. EIS data affiliate well with the CV and GCD results justifying the maximum contribution of specific capacitance due to double layer capacitance. The nanocomposite retained 84% of its original capacitance after 1000 cycles and yielded maximum efficiency of 78%.

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Fig. 1

Schematic illustration of the synthesis procedure of Fe(NO3)2–NiO nanoparticles

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Fig. 2

Schematic representation of electrode fabrication

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X-ray diffraction patterns of Fe(NO3)2–NiO nanoparticles

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(a)–(d) Scanning electron microscope images of Fe(NO3)2–NiO nanoparticles at different resolutions

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Energy dispersive X-ray spectrum Fe(NO3)2–NiO nanoparticles with elemental composition (inset)

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Cyclic voltammetry analysis of Fe(NO3)2–NiO at scan rates of 1–50 mV s−1

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Galvanostatic charge–discharge of Fe(NO3)2–NiO at current densities of 1–5 A g−1

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Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (Nyquist plot) of the Fe(NO3)2–NiO electrode material at low-frequency range and high-frequency range (inset)

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Coulombic efficiency and cyclic performance of Fe(NO3)2–NiO symmetric capacitor at 5 A g−1



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