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Flexible Multiwall Carbon Nano-Tubes/Conductive Polymer Composite Electrode for Supercapacitor Applications

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Ka Yeung Terence Lee, Hani Naguib, Keryn Lian

University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Paper No. SMASIS2014-7735, pp. V001T01A033; 7 pages
  • ASME 2014 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems
  • Volume 1: Development and Characterization of Multifunctional Materials; Modeling, Simulation and Control of Adaptive Systems; Structural Health Monitoring; Keynote Presentation
  • Newport, Rhode Island, USA, September 8–10, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4614-8
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


The present paper investigates three types of electrically conductive polymers (ECPs), namely polyaniline, polypyrrole and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) PEDOT composite with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for supercapacitor applications. Their capacitive performance has been evaluated in both three electrodes half-cell and two electrodes cell setup. The nanocomposite were fabricated by polymerizing pseudocapacitive conductive polymer onto the MWCNT surface through the in-situ chemical polymerization approach. The composites were aimed to be optimized through varying the ECPs to MWCNT ratios. Half-cell electrochemical study was conducted to determine the optimal proportion of MWCNT and ECP in this parametric study. Two electrodes cell electrochemical study unveiled the potential device’s energy storage performance. MWCNT was found to act as the framework for the polymerization of the ECP into a tubular structure. Among the three composites, Ppy/MWCNT composite showed superior supercapacitor characteristics at scan rates of up to 500mV/s.

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