, Volume 21, Issue 9, pp 2623–2631 | Cite as

NiO hybrid nanoarchitecture-based pseudocapacitor in organic electrolyte with high rate capability and cycle life

  • N. Padmanathan
  • S. Selladurai
  • K. Mani Rahulan
  • Colm O’Dwyer
  • Kafil M. Razeeb
Original Paper


A 3D hierarchical NiO nanostructures with combined microstructure of nanoflakes and nanoflowers have been fabricated on carbon fibre cloth (CFC). Unique nano-micro structural features of NiO/CFC electrode showed an enhanced electrochemical activity in organic electrolyte (1 M tetraethylammonium tetrafluorborate (TEABF4) in propylene carbonate) in terms of rate capability, specific energy and power performance as well as potential limit. The electrode showed a specific capacitance of 170 Fg−1 for a current density of 5 Ag−1. Configured as a two-electrode symmetric supercapacitor, the device showed a specific capacitance of 34.9 Fg−1 at 1 Ag−1 current density. It delivered a maximum specific energy density of 19.4 Wh kg−1 at a high power density of 1002.8 W kg−1 at a constant current density of 1 Ag−1. The cell is also capable of long-term cycling stability with an efficiency of 58 % after 25,000 cycles with a potential window of 0 to ±2 V. This superior electrochemical activity of the NiO electrode is due to their structural benefits of well-connected hybrid nano/mesoporous structure and rapid ion intercalation within the porous electrode surface.


Nickel oxide Nanomaterials Flexible electrode Pseudocapacitor Supercapacitor 



The author acknowledges the financial support from EU FP7 project MANpower (contract number: 604360) to carry out this work.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Padmanathan
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. Selladurai
    • 2
  • K. Mani Rahulan
    • 3
  • Colm O’Dwyer
    • 1
    • 4
  • Kafil M. Razeeb
    • 1
  1. 1.Tyndall National InstituteUniversity College CorkCorkIreland
  2. 2.Ionics Lab, Department of PhysicsAnna UniversityChennaiIndia
  3. 3.Department of Physics and NanotechnologySRM UniversityChennaiIndia
  4. 4.Department of ChemistryUniversity College CorkCorkIreland

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