Roll-to-roll synthesis of vertically aligned carbon nanotube electrodes for electrical double layer capacitors

Arcila-Velez M. R., Zhu J., Childress A., KARAKAYA M., Podila R., Rao A. M., ...More

NANO ENERGY, vol.8, pp.9-16, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2014.05.004
  • Journal Name: NANO ENERGY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.9-16
  • Keywords: Roll-to-roll synthesis, Chemical vapor deposition, Vertically aligned carbon nanotubes, Supercapacitor, Ultracapacitor, GROWTH, ENERGY
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


Research in carbon nanomaterials has seen tremendous growth in recent years; however, technological advances are limited by the lack of continuous and scalable synthesis methods. Here we present a scalable roll-to-roll process for synthesizing vertically-aligned multi-walled carbon nanotubes (VACNTs) on Al foil ribbons which are continuously drawn through a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) reactor operating at ambient pressure and a relatively low growth temperature (600 degrees C). Electrodes comprised of VACNT forests synthesized in this process are directly assembled into supercapacitor cells, which yield high power densities (1270 W/kg) and energy densities (11.5 Wh/kg). These devices exhibit excellent cycle stability with no loss in performance over more than a thousand cycles. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.