Porous graphene-organic networks for super capacitors

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Natural graphite (Hoffmann & Co Elektrokohle AG) is a rich resource for the production of graphene flakes.

G-ONET is investigating functional materials made from graphene flakes which have been cross-linked via organic chemistry. The intended use is as an electrode material in super capacitors, for example in electric cars. Their production is supposed to be cost-efficient and scalable while meeting green chemistry standards. The goal is to develop an electrode material which makes it possible to store large amounts of electric energy and at the same time allows for fast charge and discharge cycles.

Project title G-ONET  
Project duration 2015 − 2018  
Funding source
  • Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg
  • Ministry of Finance and Economics of Baden-Württemberg
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Project partners
  • Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Freiburg
  • Department of Microsystems Engineering, University of Freiburg
Project manager Sarah Roscher  
  • Development of an industry-standard electrochemical production technology for highly conductive graphene flakes
  • Organic cross-linking of graphene flakes  to an electrode material with optimized porosity
  • Super capacitors with a higher power density and life span.
Publication Electrochemical generation of hydrogenated graphene flakes
M. Zhao, X.-Y. Guo, O. Ambacher, C. E. Nebel, R. Hoffmann
Carbon N. Y., vol. 3, Nov. 2014.