Covalently Interlayer-Confined Organic–Inorganic Heterostructures for Aqueous Potassium Ion Supercapacitors

Jianping Chen, Bin Liu, Hang Cai, Shude Liu, Yusuke Yamauchi, Seong Chan Jun

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Artificial assembly of organic–inorganic heterostructures for electrochemical energy storage at the molecular level is promising, but remains a great challenge. Here, a covalently interlayer-confined organic (polyaniline [PANI])–inorganic (MoS2) hybrid with a dual charge-storage mechanism is developed for boosting the reaction kinetics of supercapacitors. Systematic characterizations reveal that PANI induces a partial phase transition from the 2H to 1T phases of MoS2, expands the interlayer spacing of MoS2, and increases the hydrophilicity. More in-depth insights from the synchrotron radiation-based X-ray technique illustrate that the covalent grafting of PANI to MoS2 induces the formation of Mo-N bonds and unsaturated Mo sites, leading to increased active sites. Theoretical analysis reveals that the covalent assembly facilitates cross-layer electron transfer and decreases the diffusion barrier of K+ ions, which favors reaction kinetics. The resultant hybrid material exhibits high specific capacitance and good rate capability. This design provides an effective strategy to develop organic–inorganic heterostructures for superior K-ion storage. The K-ion storage mechanism concerning the reversible insertion/extraction upon charge/discharge is revealed through ex situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2204275
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Jan 25

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Biotechnology
  • General Materials Science
  • Biomaterials


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