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Article: Structural evolution of a Ni/NiOx based supercapacitor in cyclic charging-discharging: A polarized neutron and X-ray reflectometry study

TitleStructural evolution of a Ni/NiOx based supercapacitor in cyclic charging-discharging: A polarized neutron and X-ray reflectometry study
Authors
KeywordsNickel
Nickel oxide
Supercapacitor
Polarized neutron reflectometry
X-ray reflectometry
Issue Date2018
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/electacta
Citation
Electrochimica Acta, 2018, v. 290, p. 118-127 How to Cite?
AbstractNi/Ni-oxide based supercapacitors with their excellent stability and long cycle lifetime are favorable due to their cost effectiveness and practicality. And yet, the full picture of their cyclic charging-discharging process is not well understood, and the influential factors on the cycle life of a supercapacitor are complicated. Using a combined polarized neutron and X-ray reflectometry approach, we have studied the structural evolution of a layered Ni/NiOx supercapacitor electrode, operated in an alkaline electrolyte for cyclic charging-discharging. For the lower thousands of cycles, oxidation of Ni current-collecting backbone and dissolution of outer Ni oxide electroactive materials contribute to a total thickness consumption of 2 nm. Upon higher thousands of cycles, the two-dimensional NiOx surface-layer evolves into a three-dimensional porous network as a result of the “hole drilling” depletion behavior of Ni oxide, i.e., dissolution of the “more porous” part and preservation of the “more compact” part in the NiOx layer. The extra surface area of the Ni/NiOx supercapacitor generated after cyclic charging-discharging gives rise to an increased capacitance. Evidenced by the increased derived density, the crystal defects of inner-layer NiOx are also eliminated with cycling, probably through Ni atom rearrangement, filling of oxygen vacancies within NiOx, or both.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/272195
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2020 Impact Factor: 6.901
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.391
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dc.contributor.authorLi, Z-
dc.contributor.authorLiu, X-
dc.contributor.authorCauser, GL-
dc.contributor.authorLin, KW-
dc.contributor.authorPong, P-
dc.contributor.authorHolt, SA-
dc.contributor.authorKlose, F-
dc.contributor.authorLi, YY-
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-20T10:37:32Z-
dc.date.available2019-07-20T10:37:32Z-
dc.date.issued2018-
dc.identifier.citationElectrochimica Acta, 2018, v. 290, p. 118-127-
dc.identifier.issn0013-4686-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/272195-
dc.description.abstractNi/Ni-oxide based supercapacitors with their excellent stability and long cycle lifetime are favorable due to their cost effectiveness and practicality. And yet, the full picture of their cyclic charging-discharging process is not well understood, and the influential factors on the cycle life of a supercapacitor are complicated. Using a combined polarized neutron and X-ray reflectometry approach, we have studied the structural evolution of a layered Ni/NiOx supercapacitor electrode, operated in an alkaline electrolyte for cyclic charging-discharging. For the lower thousands of cycles, oxidation of Ni current-collecting backbone and dissolution of outer Ni oxide electroactive materials contribute to a total thickness consumption of 2 nm. Upon higher thousands of cycles, the two-dimensional NiOx surface-layer evolves into a three-dimensional porous network as a result of the “hole drilling” depletion behavior of Ni oxide, i.e., dissolution of the “more porous” part and preservation of the “more compact” part in the NiOx layer. The extra surface area of the Ni/NiOx supercapacitor generated after cyclic charging-discharging gives rise to an increased capacitance. Evidenced by the increased derived density, the crystal defects of inner-layer NiOx are also eliminated with cycling, probably through Ni atom rearrangement, filling of oxygen vacancies within NiOx, or both.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/electacta-
dc.relation.ispartofElectrochimica Acta-
dc.subjectNickel-
dc.subjectNickel oxide-
dc.subjectSupercapacitor-
dc.subjectPolarized neutron reflectometry-
dc.subjectX-ray reflectometry-
dc.titleStructural evolution of a Ni/NiOx based supercapacitor in cyclic charging-discharging: A polarized neutron and X-ray reflectometry study-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailPong, P: ppong@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityPong, P=rp00217-
dc.description.naturelink_to_subscribed_fulltext-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.electacta.2018.09.051-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85054692024-
dc.identifier.hkuros299248-
dc.identifier.volume290-
dc.identifier.spage118-
dc.identifier.epage127-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000447008700014-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-
dc.identifier.issnl0013-4686-

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