Electrochemical properties of most supercapacitor devices degrade quickly when the operating temperature deviates from room temperature. To exploit the potential of rGO in supercapacitors at extreme temperatures, a resilient electrolyte that is functional over a wide temperature range is also required. In this study, we have implemented a flexible, low-resistant solid-state electrolyte membrane (SSEM) into symmetric rGO electrodes to realize supercapacitor devices that operate in the temperature range-70 to 220 °C. The SSEM consists of a polycation-polybenzimidazole blend that is doped with phosphoric acid (H3PO4), and this material displays uniquely high conductivity values that range from 50 to 278 mS cm-1 in the temperature range-25 to 220 °C. The fabricated supercapacitor produced a maximum capacitance of 6.8 mF cm-2 at 100 °C. Energy and power densities ranged from 0.83 to 2.79 mW h cm-2 and 90 to 125 mW cm-2, respectively. The energy storage mechanism with a SSEM occurs by excess H3PO4 migrating from the membrane host into the electrochemical double layer in rGO electrodes. The high-temperature operation is enabled by the polycation in the SSEM anchoring phosphate type of anions preventing H3PO4 evaporation. Low-temperature operation of the supercapacitor with the SSEM is attributed to the PC-PBI matrix depressing the freezing point of H3PO4 to maintain structural proton diffusion.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Materials Chemistry
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering