Mg2+-assisted hydrothermal growth of vertically-aligned Ni3S2 nanorod bundles on nickel foam for application as binder-free supercapacitor electrodes

  • H. Heidari
  • K. Malaie
  • M. Saremi


Vertically-aligned Ni3S2 nanorod bundles were grown on nickel foam through a novel hydrothermal method for application as supercapacitor electrode. In this method, Fe3+ ions were utilized as the etching agent for the nickel foam substrate; the nickel foam itself is both the nickel source for Ni3S2 and the scaffold substrate. Furthermore, it was revealed that Mg2+ ions can act as growth modifiers and afford vertically-aligned nanorod bundles of Ni3S2. A crystal growth mechanism was proposed and the vital roles of Fe3+ and Mg2+ were explained. Electrochemical studies of the Ni3S2 electrodes were conducted in 3 M KOH solution, and the cyclic voltammetric tests revealed that the charge storage of the Ni3S2 nanorod bundles involves both capacitive and charge-transfer mechanisms identified by high base currents and broad redox peaks, respectively. A specific capacitance of 230 mF cm−2 at a high potential scan rate of 100 mV s−1 with a stable performance up to 1000 cycles attests the superiority of the supercapacitor electrode.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of chemistryRazi UniversityKermanshahIran
  2. 2.Center of Excellence in Electrochemistry, School of Chemistry, College of ScienceUniversity of TehranTehranIran
  3. 3.Department of electronics, West Tehran BranchIslamic Azad UniversityTehranIran

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