Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology

, Volume 89, Issue 2, pp 486–491 | Cite as

NiCo2O4 nanolayer cover on carbon cloth as anode materials for supercapacitors

  • Zhihong DengEmail author
  • Jianzhe Luo
  • Linyu Yang
  • Jun LiuEmail author
  • Kunjie Zhu
  • Jie Min
  • Guoyou WangEmail author
Original Paper: Nano-structured materials (particles, fibers, colloids, composites, etc.)


NiCo2O4 nano-layer covered on surface of carbon cloth for high-performance supercapacitors is successfully fabricated by a one-step route which only involved a modified sol–gel method. The binder-free electrode only with simple layer covering on carbon cloth displays outstanding pseudocapacitive behaviors in 2 M KOH, which exhibits high specific capacitances of 944.5 F g−1 at 1 A g−1 and 702.4 F g−1 at 20 A g−1after activation, as well as excellent cycling stability. The specific capacitance can still retain 859.5 F g−1 (91% retention) at a current density of 1 A g−1 after 3500 cycles.

A uniform ultrathin active substance NiCo2O4 supercapacitor electrode was formed directly on carbon cloth by modified sol–gel method. This supercapacitor electrode has high specific capacity and excellent rate performance.


  • In this paper, we report the synthesis of nanostructured NiCo2O4@carbon cloth (NC@C) electrodes by sol–gel method.

  • The synthesis strategy involves a novel method:sol–gel method to fabricate binder-less electrode.

  • The synthesized NiCo2O4 nano layer uniformly covered on the surface of carbon nanofibers.

  • The synthesized NiCo2O4@carbon cloth electrode exhibits excellent electrochemical performance.


Supercapacitor Sol–gel NiCo2O4 Binder-free 



This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant Nos. 51472271, 51772331).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Materials Science and EngineeringCentral South UniversityChangshaChina
  2. 2.College of ScienceHunan University of TechnologyZhuzhouChina
  3. 3.Education Ministry Key Laboratory of Non-ferrous Materials Science and EngineeringCentral South UniversityChangshaChina

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