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Tuneable porous carbonaceous materials from renewable resources

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JournalChemical Society Reviews
DatePublished - 2009
Issue number12
Volume38
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)3401-3418
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Porous carbon materials are ubiquitous with a wide range of technologically important applications, including separation science, heterogeneous catalyst supports, water purification filters, stationary phase materials, as well as the developing future areas of energy generation and storage applications. Hard template routes to ordered mesoporous carbons are well established, but whilst offering different mesoscopic textural phases, the surface of the material is difficult to chemically post-modify and processing is energy, resource and step intensive. The production of carbon materials from biomass (i.e. sugars or polysaccharides) is a relatively new but rapidly expanding research area. In this tutorial review, we compare and contrast recently reported routes to the preparation of porous carbon materials derived from renewable resources, with examples of our previously reported mesoporous polysaccharide-derived "Starbon (R)'' carbonaceous material technology.

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  • ORDERED MESOPOROUS CARBONS, HYDROTHERMAL CARBONIZATION, ACTIVATED CARBON, CHEMICAL-PROCESS, PORE STRUCTURE, SUCCINIC ACID, SURFACE-AREA, BIOMASS, TEMPLATES, CATALYSIS

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