Bipolarly stacked electrolyser for energy and space efficient fabrication of supercapacitor electrodes

Xiaojuan Liu, Tao Wu, Zengxin Dai, Keran Tao, Yong Shi, Chuang Peng, Xiaohang Zhou, George Z. Chen

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Stacked electrolysers with titanium bipolar plates are constructed for electrodeposition of polypyrrole electrodes for supercapacitors. The cathode side of the bipolar Ti plates are pre-coated with activated carbon. In this new design, half electrolysis occurs which significantly lowers the deposition voltage. The deposited electrodes are tested in a symmetrical unit cell supercapacitor and an asymmetrical supercapacitor stack. Both devices show excellent energy storage performances and the capacitance values are very close to the design value, suggesting a very high current efficiency during the electrodeposition. The electrolyser stack offers multi-fold benefits for preparation of conducting polymer electrodes, i.e. low energy consumption, facile control of the electrode capacitance and simultaneous preparation of a number of identical electrodes. Therefore, the stacked bipolar electrolyser is a technology advance that offers an engineering solution for mass production of electrodeposited conducting polymer electrodes for supercapacitors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-213
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • Conducting polymer
  • Electrode fabrication
  • Electrodeposition
  • Half electrolysis
  • Stacked bipolar electrolyser
  • Supercapacitor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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