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Current Organic Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1385-2728
ISSN (Online): 1875-5348

A Review of Electrospun Carbon Fibers as Electrode Materials for Energy Storage

Author(s): Xianwen Mao, T. Alan Hatton and Gregory C. Rutledge

Volume 17, Issue 13, 2013

Page: [1390 - 1401] Pages: 12

DOI: 10.2174/1385272811317130006


The applications of electrospun carbon fiber webs to the development of energy storages devices, including both supercapacitors and lithium ion batteries (LIBs), are reviewed. Following a brief discussion of the fabrication process and characterization methods for ultrafine electrospun carbon fibers, recent advances in their performance as supercapacitors and LIB anode materials are summarized. Optimization of the overall electrochemical properties of these materials through choice of thermal treatment conditions, incorporation of additional active components (such as carbon nanotubes, metal oxides, and catalysts), and generation of novel fibrous structures (such as core-shell, multi-channel or porous fibers) is highlighted. Further challenges related to improving the conductivity, surface area, and mechanical properties of the carbon nanofiber webs, as well as the scale-up ability of the fabrication technique, are discussed.

Keywords: Electrospinning, Carbon nanofiber, Energy storage, Supercapacitor, Lithium-ion battery.

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