Symmetric EDLCs made using high purity carbon electrodes derived from coconut char were tested using 1 M Tetraethylammonium hexafluorophosphate dissolved in two different solvents namely acetonitrile and propylene carbonate. The cell voltage of the capacitor made using propylene carbonate can be extended to 3.5 V and it exhibited good cycling and thermal stability upto 70 °C while the voltage was limited to below 3.0 V in acetonitrile. XPS analysis of the positive and negative electrodes of EDLCs post cycling showed that the primary degradation products were related to ring opening reactions in propylene carbonate based electrolytes while water played a key role in degradation of acetonitrile based EDLCs.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering