Porous carbon derived from petroleum waste is the focus of this project. The cheap locally available raw material (vacuum residue) will be used as the carbon precursor for generating the ultra-high surface area (at about 4200 m2/g) porous carbon materials with tunable surface functional groups that make this approach appealing. This project will try to answer the scientific question whether the petroleum waste derived porous carbon interface can serve as an anode or cathode surface to host ions with efficient separation. Another approach that will be pursued in this work is to enhance the thermal stability and increased conductivity of porous carbons by incorporating carbon nanotubes (CNTs) or graphite as composite materials. The incorporation of CNT or graphite into porous carbons is expected to increase the kinetics of ion transport allowing the longer cyclability of the petroleum waste derived porous carbon electrodes as important components for the supercapacitors.
|Effective start/end date
|1/09/20 → 1/03/23
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