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Starbons® - A new family of bio-based mesoporous materials derived from polysaccharides

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Title of host publicationTechnical Proceedings of the 2012 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2012
DatePublished - 1 Jan 2012
Pages493-494
Number of pages2
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Porous carbon materials have been prepared which a wide range of technologically important applications, including separation science, heterogeneous catalyst supports, water purification filters, stationary phase materials, as well as energy generation and storage applications. Templated routes to ordered mesoporous carbons are well established, but the surface of the material is difficult to chemically post-modify and processing is energy and resource intensive and laborious. The production of carbon materials from biomass (i.e. sugars or polysaccharides) is a relatively new but rapidly expanding research area. Here we describe mesoporous polysaccharide-derived "Starbons" carbonaceous material technology which is based on food waste valorization and yielding materials with flexible surface chemistries and remarkably mesoporous structures.

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