Electrochemical performance of potato-derived activated carbon: Effect of compressive stress

Yulin Zhang, Wei Sun, Fuqian Yang

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The progress in smart electronics and photonics has imposed a great need for the development of portable, flexible devices and systems for energy storage from sustainable and eco-friendly resources. In this work, we synthesize porous activated carbon (AC) from potato mash via hydrothermal process and H2O-steam activation and construct symmetrical supercapacitors with the potato-derived ACs as electrode material and 6 M KOH aqueous solution as electrolyte. The effects of the mass loading of the electrode material and compressive stress in a range of 1.69~6.92 MPa on the electrochemical performance of the supercapacitors are investigated. The experimental results reveal that increasing the compressive stress increases the specific capacitance of the supercapacitors and the diffusivity for ionic migration in the supercapacitors and causes the decreases of the IR drop, the series resistance and the intrinsic resistance. The method used in this work provides a feasible technique to increase the energy storage in supercapacitors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102476
JournalJournal of Energy Storage
StatePublished - May 2021

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  • Biomass
  • Compressive stress
  • IR drop
  • Specific capacitance
  • Supercapacitor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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