Plastic wastes-derived electro-spun nanofiber/MnO2 nanocomposite for flexible supercapacitor application

Xiaoyan Li, Gang Wu, Zhihui Zhang, Jiming Yao, Kaili Song, Sridhar Komarneni

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Abstract

The usage of plastic bottles in large quantities will cause serious pollution to the environment due to its poor biodegradability. The recycling of plastic waste with high added value for expanded applications needs to be explored and the poor mechanical properties should be resolved at the meantime. Herein, plastic waste was recycled into flexible nanofiber electrode based on electrospinning associated with acidified carbon nanotubes loaded inside/outside and electrodeposition of nano-MnO2 film outside. The fabricated plastic waste-based composites could be directly used as a supportable electrode with high conductivity, multistage aperture structure and efficient pseudo-capacitance. And the further assembled symmetric supercapacitors exhibited excellent flexibility, high energy capacity as the specific capacitance of 118.8 mF/cm2 at a scan rate of 10 mV/s and desirable cycle stability as 97.6 % capacitance retention over 5000 charge/discharge cycles. The strategies presented herein help alleviate the white pollution problem and realize the recycling and utilization of waste plastic products with high added value, which is a cost-effective and sustainable option to promote circular economy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number126623
JournalPolymer
Volume292
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 19 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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