A number of years ago the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at York discovered new high surface area forms of polysaccharides. Further study of these materials has found that after controlled thermal treatment they exhibit remarkable thermal properties, which have enabled us to make an entirely new class of materials with properties ranging from starch-like to carbon-like (see figure 1). Trademarked Starbon® this novel family of mesoporous materials have surface functionalities ranging from hydrophilic to hydrophobic and utilizes the natural ability for polysaccharides to retain their organized structure during pyrolysis. The mesoporous Starbon® family now consists of a continuum of materials from a number of different polysaccharides from renewable sources. This technology has been applied to a number of areas such as solid acid/base catalysis, catalyst supports, water purification, and chromatography and has recently been developed into a scalable commercial product.
|Title of host publication||Technical Proceedings of the 2011 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2011|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 23 Nov 2011|
|Event||Nanotechnology 2011: Electronics, Devices, Fabrication, MEMS, Fluidics and Computational - 2011 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2011 - Boston, MA, United States|
Duration: 13 Jun 2011 → 16 Jun 2011
|Conference||Nanotechnology 2011: Electronics, Devices, Fabrication, MEMS, Fluidics and Computational - 2011 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2011|
|Period||13/06/11 → 16/06/11|