Boron doped ZnO embedded into reduced graphene oxide for electrochemical supercapacitors

Alver U., Tanriverdi A.

APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, vol.378, pp.368-374, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 378
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2016.04.015
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.368-374
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this work, reduced graphene oxide/boron doped zinc oxide (RGO/ZnO:B) composites were fabricated by a hydrothermal process and their electrochemical properties were investigated as a function of dopant concentration. First, boron doped ZnO (ZnO:B) particles was fabricated with different boron concentrations (5, 10, 15 and 20 wt%) and then ZnO:B particles were embedded into RGO sheets. The physical properties of sensitized composites were characterized by XRD and SEM. Characterization indicated that the ZnO:B particles with plate-like structure in the composite were dispersed on graphene sheets. The electrochemical properties of the RGO/ZnO:B composite were investigated through cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge/discharge measurements in a 6M KOH electrolyte. Electrochemical measurements show that the specific capacitance values of RGO/ZnO: B electrodes increase with increasing boron concentration. RGO/ZnO:B composite electrodes (20 wt% B) display the specific capacitance as high as 230.50 F/g at 5 mV/s, which is almost five times higher than that of RGO/ZnO (52.71 F/g). (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.