A Strategy to Optimize the Performance of Bio-Derived Carbon Aerogels by a Structuring Additive

Marcelina Kubicka, Monika Bakierska, Krystian Chudzik, Marcin Molenda
2020 Nanomaterials  
In this work, we investigated the influence of gum arabic (GA) as a structuring additive, on the electrochemical behavior of bio-derived carbon aerogels (CAGs). Modified carbonaceous materials were prepared by the gelatinization process of potato starch (PS) with the addition of GA in various quantities, followed by the thermal treatment of the obtained gels in an inert gas atmosphere. The obtained anode materials were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), elemental analysis (EA), galvanostatic
more » ... EA), galvanostatic charge/discharge tests (GCDT), extensive cycling (LT-GCDT) and cyclic voltammetry (CV) methods. The highest electrochemical performance was achieved for carbon aerogel material, in which 1% w/w GA was added. The results showed that the proper composition of carbon precursor with a structuring promoter improves the rheological properties of starch gel and stabilizes the final aerogel structure affecting CAG functional properties.
doi:10.3390/nano10091811 pmid:32932801 fatcat:mhizt5i4snerznil2srt4k4nni