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Multi-material 3D printing of Graphene-based electrodes for Electrochemical Energy Storage using Thermo-Responsive Inks

Garcia Rocha, Victoria, Garcia-Tunon, Esther, Botas, Cristina, Markoulidis, Foivos, Feilden, Ezra, D'Elia, Eleonora, Ni, Na, Shaffer, Milo Sebastian Peter and Saiz, Eduardo 2018. Multi-material 3D printing of Graphene-based electrodes for Electrochemical Energy Storage using Thermo-Responsive Inks. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 9 (42) , pp. 37136-37145. 10.1021/acsami.7b10285

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Abstract

The current lifestyles, increasing population, and limited resources result in energy research being at the forefront of worldwide grand challenges, increasing the demand for sustainable and more efficient energy devices. In this context, additive manufacturing brings the possibility of making electrodes and electrical energy storage devices in any desired three-dimensional (3D) shape and dimensions, while preserving the multifunctional properties of the active materials in terms of surface area and conductivity. This paves the way to optimized and more efficient designs for energy devices. Here, we describe how threedimensional (3D) printing will allow the fabrication of bespoke devices, with complex geometries, tailored to fit specific requirements and applications, by designing water-based thermoresponsive inks to 3D-print different materials in one step, for example, printing the active material precursor (reduced chemically modified graphene (rCMG)) and the current collector (copper) for supercapacitors or anodes for lithium-ion batteries. The formulation of thermoresponsive inks using Pluronic F127 provides an aqueous-based, robust, flexible, and easily upscalable approach. The devices are designed to provide low resistance interface, enhanced electrical properties, mechanical performance, packing of rCMG, and low active material density while facilitating the postprocessing of the multicomponent 3D-printed structures. The electrode materials are selected to match postprocessing conditions. The reduction of the active material (rCMG) and sintering of the current collector (Cu) take place simultaneously. The electrochemical performance of the rCMG-based self-standing binder-free electrode and the two materials coupled rCMG/Cu printed electrode prove the potential of multimaterial printing in energy applications.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: American Chemical Society
ISSN: 1944-8244
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 October 2017
Date of Acceptance: 18 September 2017
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2018 07:57
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/104755

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