, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 675–683 | Cite as

From amorphous to crystalline: in situ growth Ni-Co chalcogenides hybrid nanostructure on carbon cloth for supercapacitor

  • Ji YanEmail author
  • Lathankan Rasenthiram
  • Hua Fang
  • Ricky Tjandra
  • Lixia WangEmail author
  • Lizhen Wang
  • Yong Zhang
  • Linsen Zhang
  • Aiping Yu
Original Paper


In this work, Ni-Co chalcogenides with controllable amorphous structure were successfully grown on carbon cloth via a facile surfactant-assisted hydrothermal route. The interacted reaction between NiCo2(OH)6 precursor and thioacetamide plays a critical role in altering the morphology and crystal structure of Ni-Co chalcogenides. The varying active sites in NiCo2(OH)6 and the H2S gas decomposed from thioacetamide are found to be the key factors for the formation of amorphous Ni-Co chalcogenides. By benefiting from the amorphous structure and hybrid nanosheet morphology, the as-prepared Ni-Co chalcogenides delivers a specific capacitance of 2361.5 F g−1 while retaining 75.8% of its highest capacitance over 2000 cycles at 20 A g−1. The crystallized NiCo2S4 possesses excellent cycling stability but low specific capacitance. This work paves a promising and simple way for precise synthesis amorphous/crystal metal chalcogenides as active materials in aqueous supercapacitors and other high-performance energy storage devices.


Amorphous NiCo2S4 Hybrid nanocluster Flexible Supercapacitors 



This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 21471135, 21506198, U1504204) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Ontario government for Ontario Early Research Award Program.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ji Yan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lathankan Rasenthiram
    • 2
  • Hua Fang
    • 1
  • Ricky Tjandra
    • 2
  • Lixia Wang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lizhen Wang
    • 1
  • Yong Zhang
    • 1
  • Linsen Zhang
    • 1
  • Aiping Yu
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Materials and Chemical EngineeringZhengzhou University of Light IndustryZhengzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Chemical Engineering, Waterloo Institute for NanotechnologyUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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