1,1-Dimethylpyrrolidinium tetrafluoroborate as novel salt for high-voltage electric double-layer capacitors

Hoai Van T. Nguyen, Kyungwon Kwak, Kyung Koo Lee

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A novel quaternary ammonium salt—1,1-dimethylpyrrolidinium tetrafluoroborate (DMPBF 4 ), tetraethylammonium tetrafluoroborate (TEABF 4 ), and spiro-(1,1′)-bipyrrolidinium tetrafluoroborate (SBPBF 4 ) were prepared and dissolved in acetonitrile (ACN) and propylene carbonate (PC) for electrolyte systems of electric double-layer capacitors (EDLC). Physical properties such as thermal stability, solubility, and ionic conductivity were determined and six different electrolyte systems with 1 M concentration were electrochemically evaluated by linear sweep voltammetry, cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge-discharge, and float test. To investigate the origin of the physical and electrochemical properties at the molecular level, quantum calculations for the chemical species in the electrolytes were also carried out. Compared to the standard electrolytes TEABF 4 and SBPBF 4 , the novel DMPBF 4 electrolyte exhibits a higher gravimetric capacitance, superior rate capability, and improved cycling stability. The energy and power density of EDLCs using DMPBF 4 in the ACN electrolyte reach 40.61 Wh kg −1 and 8.09 kW kg −1 , respectively, at the working voltage of 3.0 V. Moreover, EDLCs with DMPBF 4 in ACN (PC) retain 87.9% (87.5%) of their initial capacitance after 1000 h of float testing at 3.0 V. The results indicate that DMPBF 4 can be a promising electrolyte salt for EDLC application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-106
Number of pages9
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Mar 10

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Korea government (MSIT) ( NRF-2017R1C1B2004307 ) and the mid- and long-term nuclear research and development program through the National Research Foundation of Korea ( NRF-2017M2A8A5014710 ) funded by the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT .

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  • 1,1-Dimethylpyrrolidinium tetrafluoroborate
  • Cycling stability
  • Electrolyte salt
  • Specific capacitance
  • Supercapacitor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Electrochemistry


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