Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Sanju Gupta (Director), Michael Carini, and Ivan Novikov
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Master of Science
Technological progress is determined to a great extent by developments of novel materials from new combinations of known substances with different dimensionality and functionality. We investigate the development of 3D ‘hybrid’ nanomaterials by utilizing graphene based systems coupled with transition metal oxides (e.g. manganese oxides MnO2 and Mn3O4). This lays the groundwork for high performance electrochemical electrodes for alternative energy owing to their higher specific capacitance, wide operational window and stability through charge-discharge cycling, environmental benignity, cost effective, easily processed, and reproducible in a larger scale.
Thus far, very few people have investigated the potential of combining carbon sheets that can function as a supercapacitor in certain systems with transition metals that have faradaic properties to create electrochemical capacitors. Previous work by Wang et al. has focused on the structural combination of Mn3O4 and graphene based materials,1 and research by Jafta et al. studied the electrochemical properties of MnO2 with GO.2
We find that both physical and chemical attachment of manganese oxide on graphene allows for electrical interplay of the materials as indicated in electrochemical analysis and Raman spectroscopy. Attachment of the two materials is also characterized by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction.
Chemistry | Physics
Van Meveren, Mayme Marie, "Graphene-Based ‘Hybrids’ as High-Performance Electrodes with Tailored Interfaces for Alternative Energy Applications: Synthesis, Structure and Electrochemical Properties" (2017). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 2048.