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Graphene-based ultracapacitors.

Nano Letters

chemistry, Surface Properties, methods, Electric Conductivity, Electrochemistry, Crystallization, Electrolytes, Graphite, Microscopy, Electron, Scanning, Nanostructures, Nanotechnology, Nanotubes, Carbon, Oxides, Carbon

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      The surface area of a single graphene sheet is 2630 m(2)/g, substantially higher than values derived from BET surface area measurements of activated carbons used in current electrochemical double layer capacitors. Our group has pioneered a new carbon material that we call chemically modified graphene (CMG). CMG materials are made from 1-atom thick sheets of carbon, functionalized as needed, and here we demonstrate in an ultracapacitor cell their performance. Specific capacitances of 135 and 99 F/g in aqueous and organic electrolytes, respectively, have been measured. In addition, high electrical conductivity gives these materials consistently good performance over a wide range of voltage scan rates. These encouraging results illustrate the exciting potential for high performance, electrical energy storage devices based on this new class of carbon material.

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