Extremely Stable Polypyrrole Achieved via Molecular Ordering for Highly Flexible Supercapacitors

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  • Yan Huang
  • Yang Huang
  • Huiyuan Geng

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2435-2440
Journal / PublicationACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2016


The cycling stability of flexible supercapacitors with conducting polymers as electrodes is limited by the structural breakdown arising from repetitive counterion flow during charging/discharging. Supercapacitors made of facilely electropolymerized polypyrrole (e-PPy) have ultrahigh capacitance retentions of more than 97, 91, and 86% after 15000, 50000, and 100000 charging/discharging cycles, respectively, and can sustain more than 230000 charging/discharging cycles with still approximately half of the initial capacitance retained. To the best of our knowledge, such excellent long-term cycling stability was never reported. The fully controllable electropolymerization shows superiority in molecular ordering, favoring uniform stress distribution and charge transfer. Being left at ambient conditions for even 8 months, e-PPy supercapacitors completely retain the good electrochemical performance. The extremely stable supercapacitors with excellent flexibility and scalability hold considerable promise for the commerical application of flexible and wearable electronics.

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  • cycling stability, electropolymerization, flexible supercapacitors, molecular ordering, polypyrrole