Conductive Carbon Nitride for Excellent Energy Storage

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  • Feng Xu
  • Meng Qian
  • Fangfang Xu
  • Zhanglian Hong
  • Fuqiang Huang


Original languageEnglish
Article number1701674
Journal / PublicationAdvanced Materials
Issue number31
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes


Conductive carbon nitride, as a hypothetical carbon material demonstrating high nitrogen doping, high electrical conductivity, and high surface area, has not been fabricated. A major challenge towards its fabrication is that high conductivity requires high temperature synthesis, but the high temperature eliminates nitrogen from carbon. Different from conventional methods, a facile preparation of conductive carbon nitride from novel thermal decomposition of nickel hydrogencyanamide in a confined space is reported. New developed nickel hydrogencyanamide is a unique precursor which provides self-grown fragments of ⋅NCN⋅ or NCCN and conductive carbon (C-sp<sup>2</sup>) catalyst of Ni metal during the decomposition. The final product is a tubular structure of rich mesoporous and microporous few-layer carbon with extraordinarily high N doping level (≈15 at%) and high extent of sp<sup>2</sup> carbon (≈65%) favoring a high conductivity (&gt;2 S cm<sup>−1</sup>); the ultrahigh contents of nongraphitic nitrogen, redox active pyridinic N (9 at%), and pyrrolic N (5 at%), are stabilized by forming NiN bonds. The conductive carbon nitride harvests a large capacitance of 372 F g<sup>−1</sup> with &gt;90% initial capacitance after 10 000 cycles as a supercapacitor electrode, far exceeding the activated carbon electrodes that have &lt;250 F g<sup>−1</sup>. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

Research Area(s)

  • conductive carbon nitride, electrochemical capacitors, few-layer carbon, nickel hydrogencyanamide, nongraphitic nitrogen

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Conductive Carbon Nitride for Excellent Energy Storage. / Xu, Jijian; Xu, Feng; Qian, Meng et al.
In: Advanced Materials, Vol. 29, No. 31, 1701674, 18.08.2017.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review