Laser irradiated graphene for extre

Laser irradiated graphene for extremely stable microsupercapacitor

Dr. Ramendra S. Dey and his research team have recently shown that interconnected porous graphene plays a crucial role as supercapacitive material as well as a current collector in developing metal free microsupercapacitor (MSC) because of its unique structure and superior conductivity. Electrochemical reduction followed by use of a laser irradiation method shows advances for the fabrication of the conductive graphene-based robust device. The laser irradiation method is capable of healing the defects with fused interconnected sheets, as a result, high conductivity and improved crystallinity of the laser irradiated graphene (LIG) sample is achieved. The LIG film on a flexible substrate was patterned with the aim to develop an on-chip flexible MSC, which offers a large cell voltage of 10.8 V and 100% retention of the initial capacitance after 100 000 continuous cycles. The array of LIG-MSC was integrated with a commercial solar cell module for hybrid energy harvesting and as a storage device. This study provides an effective strategy to build a metal-free supercapacitor with exceptional cycle life and facilitates progress towards self-sustainable energy in the future. More details: Energy Environ. Sci., 2019,12, 2507-2517 
Laser irradiated graphene for extre