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Vermisoglou E.C.,Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Demokritos | Giannakopoulou T.,Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Demokritos | Romanos G.E.,Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Demokritos | Boukos N.,Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Demokritos | And 4 more authors.
Applied Surface Science | Year: 2015

Microwave irradiation of graphite oxide constitutes a facile route toward production of reduced graphene oxide, since during this treatment both exfoliation and reduction of graphite oxide occurs. In this work, the effect of pristine graphite (type, size of flakes), pretreatment and oxidation cycles on the finally produced expanded material was examined. All the types of graphite that were tested afforded materials with high BET surface areas ranging from 940m2/g to 2490m2/g, without intervening an activation stage at elevated temperature. SEM and TEM images displayed exfoliated structures, where the flakes were significantly detached and curved. The quality of the reduced graphene oxide sheets was evidenced both by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The electrode material capacitance was determined via electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. The materials with PEDOT binder had better performance (~97F/g) at low operation rates while those with PVDF binder performed better (~20F/g) at higher rates, opening up perspectives for their application in supercapacitors. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.

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