The main objective of the project
is the development of coal liquids-based carbon
materials (activated carbons, graphenes and
composites) with superior properties for their
use as electrodes in electrochemical energy
storage devices such as supercapacitors (SCs)
and hybrid systems.
With this aim, the following points will
Production of optimized coal-liquids based
carbon precursors by conventional and
Study of the parameters involved in the
synthesis of polymerized isotropic and mesophase
pitches and an evaluation of their
the properties of these precursors.
Synthesis and preliminary characterization of
activated carbons (ACs) and selection of the
most promising for use as electrodes in the
energy storage devices under study. Evaluation
of the influence of the synthesis processes on
Synthesis of graphenes (Gs) by different routes:
optimization of the thermal
exfoliation/reduction of graphite oxides and
graphene oxides and development of a new
alternative based on the direct exfoliation of
graphites by supercritical fluids.
Preliminary characterization of the graphenes obtained.
Design of activated carbon/graphene
composites as new electrode materials.
Investigation of the suitability of the
synthesized carbon materials as electrodes in
SCs and a new battery-capacitor device with
improved energy and power density values.
Establishment of the relationships
between the processing conditions of the
coal-derived liquids and the properties of the
final carbon materials by means of their