Nanomaterial-Enhanced All-Solid Flexible Zinc-Carbon Batteries

Hiralal P., Imaizumi S., ÜNALAN H. E. , Matsumoto H., Minagawa M., Rouvala M., ...More

ACS NANO, vol.4, no.5, pp.2730-2734, 2010 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1021/nn901391q
  • Journal Name: ACS NANO
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2730-2734
  • Keywords: battery, flexible, solid electrolyte, carbon fiber, carbon nanotubes, titanium dioxide, POLYMER ELECTROLYTES, PERFORMANCE


Solid-state and flexible zinc carbon (or Leclanche) batteries are fabricated using a combination of functional nanostructured materials for optimum performance. Flexible carbon nanofiber mats obtained by electrospinning are used as a current collector and cathode support for the batteries. The cathode layer consists of manganese oxide particles combined with single-walled carbon nanotubes for improved conductivity. A polyethylene oxide layer containing titanium oxide nanoparticles forms the electrolyte layer, and a thin zinc foil is used as the anode. The battery is shown to retain its performance under mechanically stressed conditions. The results show that the above configuration can achieve solid-state mechanical flexibility and increased shelf life with little sacrifice in performance.