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Novel Potassium-Ion Hybrid Capacitor Based on an Anode of K2Ti6O13 Microscaffolds

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posted on 2018-04-23, 00:00 authored by Shengyang Dong, Zhifei Li, Zhenyu Xing, Xianyong Wu, Xiulei Ji, Xiaogang Zhang
To fill the gap between batteries and supercapacitors requires integration of the following features in a single system: energy density well above that of supercapacitors, cycle life much longer than Li-ion batteries, and low cost. Along this line, we report a novel nonaqueous potassium-ion hybrid capacitor (KIC) that employs an anode of K2Ti6O13 (KTO) microscaffolds constructed by nanorods and a cathode of N-doped nanoporous graphenic carbon (NGC). K2Ti6O13 microscaffolds are studied for potential applications as the anode material in potassium-ion storage for the first time. This material exhibits an excellent capacity retention of 85% after 1000 cycles. In addition, the NGC//KTO KIC delivers a high energy density of 58.2 Wh kg–1 based on the active mass in both electrodes, high power density of 7200 W kg–1, and outstanding cycling stability over 5000 cycles. The usage of K ions as the anode charge carrier instead of Li ions and the amenable performance of this device suggest that hybrid capacitor devices may welcome a new era of beyond lithium.

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