Scalable slot-die coated flexible supercapacitors from upcycled PET face shields

Reddygunta, Kiran Kumar Reddy and Callander, Andrew and Šiller, Lidija and Faulds (She/Her), Karen and Berlouis, Leonard and Ivaturi, Aruna (2022) Scalable slot-die coated flexible supercapacitors from upcycled PET face shields. RSC Advances. ISSN 2046-2069 (In Press)

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Upcycling Covid19 plastic waste into valuable carbonaceous materials for energy storage applications is a sustainable and green approach to minimize the burden of waste plastic on the environment. Herein, we developed a facile single step activation technique for producing activated carbon consisting of spherical flower like carbon nanosheets and amorphous porous flakes from used PET [poly (ethylene terephthalate)] face shields for supercapacitor applications. The as-obtained activated carbon exhibited high specific surface area of 1571 m2 g1 and pore volume of 1.64 cm3 g1. The specific capacitance of these carbon nanostructures coated stainless steel electrodes reached 228.2 F g1 at 1 A g1 current density with excellent charge transport features and good rate capability in 1 M Na2SO4 aqueous electrolyte. We explored slot-die coating technique for large-area coatings of flexible high-performance activated carbon electrodes with special emphasis on optimizing binder concentration. Significant improvement in electrochemical performance was achieved for the electrodes with 15 wt% Nafion concentration. The flexible supercapacitors fabricated using these electrodes showed high energy and power density of 21.8 Wh Kg1 and 20600 W kg1 respectively, and retained 96.2% of the initial capacitance after 10000 cycles at 2 A g1 current density. The present study thus provides a promising sustainable approach for upcycling PET plastic waste for large area printable supercapacitors.


Reddygunta, Kiran Kumar Reddy, Callander, Andrew, Šiller, Lidija, Faulds (She/Her), Karen ORCID logoORCID:, Berlouis, Leonard ORCID logoORCID: and Ivaturi, Aruna;