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Hai-Xia WU(haixiawu@sjtu.edu.cn)


Nanocomposites of polypyrrole (Ppy) and chemically reduced graphene oxide (CRGO), Ppy/CRGO, have been fabricated through in-situ polymerization of pyrrole on graphene oxide (GO) sheets. The as-synthesized Ppy/CRGO composites were characterized complementarily using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). By controlling the initial ratio of the GO to pyrrole, the layered composites could be obtained and their thickness could be tuned properly. The Ppy/CRGO electrodes were prepared using a mechanical compressing technique and their electrical conductivity and electrochemical properties were characterized systematically. We demonstrated that as electrodes for supercapacitor, the Ppy/CRGO composites with Ppy to CRGO ratio of 10:1 showed a competitive capacitance of 421 F?g-1 that could be further increased to 509 F?g-1 by introducing pores in it, which is higher than that of Ppy alone. Given the manifest electrical and electrochemical properties, we envisage that the Ppy/CRGO composites should find applications in supercapacitors.

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Graphene Oxide, Chemically reduced graphene oxide, Polypyrrole, Composite, Supercapacitor

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