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Hybrid Nanocomposites of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs) and CuO as Electrode Materials for Energy Storage Devices

  • Niaz Ahmad Niaz
  • Fayyaz HussainEmail author
  • Rana M. Arif Khalil
  • Muhammad ImranEmail author
  • A. Shakoor
  • N. R. Khalid
  • Bushra Choudhry
  • Muhammad Abdullah Khan
  • Sungjun KimEmail author
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Abstract

The search for electrode materials as a potential candidate for Li-ion based batteries is important to achieve high-performance devices. This work constitutes the experimental and theoretical investigation of structural stability and electrochemical behavior of cupric oxide and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CuO/MWNNTs) nanocomposites. The electrochemical performance of nanocomposites was gauged employing charge/discharge and cyclic voltammetry studies. It is shown that electrochemical properties of pure materials, due to the synergistic effect, are considerably enhanced in CuO/MWNNTs composites. As a result, high rate capability and better cycling stability is observed in CuO-5%MWCNTs samples. In addition, this composite possesses better specific capacity 810 mAh g−1 and a high columbic efficiency of 80.86%. The DFT calculations also confirmed the improved electrochemical properties of MWCNTs in the presence of CuO nanoparticles.

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MWCNT DFT co-precipitation energy storage nanocomposites 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Materials Research Simulation Laboratory, Department of PhysicsBahauddin Zakariya University Multan PakistanMultanPakistan
  2. 2.School of Electronics EngineeringChungbuk National UniversityCheongjuSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsGovernment College University FaisalabadFaisalabadPakistan
  4. 4.Department of PhysicsUniversity of GujratGujratPakistan
  5. 5.Department of Enviromental SciencesQuid-e-Azam University IslambadIslambadPakistan

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