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Molecular-level understanding of the carbonisation of polysaccharides

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JournalChemistry : A European Journal
DateE-pub ahead of print - 5 Jun 2013
DatePublished (current) - 8 Jul 2013
Issue number28
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)9351-9357
Early online date5/06/13
Original languageEnglish


Understanding of both the textural and functionality changes occurring during (mesoporous) polysaccharide carbonisation at the molecular level provides a deeper insight into the whole spectrum of material properties, from chemical activity to pore shape and surface energy, which is crucial for the successful application of carbonaceous materials in adsorption, catalysis and chromatography. Obtained information will help to identify the most appropriate applications of the carbonaceous material generated during torrefaction and different types of pyrolysis processes and therefore will be important for the development of cost- and energy-efficient zero-waste biorefineries. The presented approach is informative and semi-quantitative with the potential to be extended to the formation of other biomass-derived carbonaceous materials.

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  • carbon, green chemistry, nanotechnology, renewable resources, sustainable chemistry

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