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Phosphorus-doped ordered mesoporous carbons (POMCs) with different lengths were synthesized using a metal-free nanocasting method of SBA-15 mesoporous silica with different sizes as template and triphenylphosphine and phenol as phosphorus and carbon sources, respectively. The resultant POMC with a small amount of P doping is demonstrated as a metal-free… (More)
A highly graphitized ordered nanoporous carbon (ONC) was synthesized by using commercial mesophase pitch as carbon precursor and siliceous colloidal crystal as template. Since silica colloids of different sizes (above 6 nm) and narrow particle size distribution are commercially available, the pore size tailoring in the resulting ONCs is possible.
Hierarchical nanostructured carbon with a hollow macroporous core of ca. 60 nm in diameter in combination with mesoporous shell of ca. 30 nm in thickness has been explored as counter electrode in metal-free organic dye-sensitized solar cell. Compared with other porous carbon counterparts such as activated carbon and ordered mesoporous carbon CMK-3 and Pt… (More)
Human urine, otherwise potentially polluting waste, is an universal unused resource in organic form disposed by the human body. We present for the first time "proof of concept" of a convenient, perhaps economically beneficial, and innovative template-free route to synthesize highly porous carbon containing heteroatoms such as N, S, Si, and P from human… (More)
Nitrogen-doped turbostratic carbon nanoparticles (NPs) are prepared using fast single-step flame synthesis by directly burning acetonitrile in air atmosphere and investigated as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries. The as-prepared N-doped carbon NPs show excellent Li-ion stoarage properties with initial discharge capacity of 596 mA h g(-1), which is… (More)
CdS quantum dot sensitized solar cells based on TiO(2) photoanode and nanostructured carbon as well as Pt as counter electrodes using iodide/triiodide and polysulfide electrolytes were fabricated to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of solar cells. Compared with conventional Pt (η = 1.05%) and CMK-3 (η = 0.67%) counter electrodes, hollow… (More)
Ternary spinel NiCo2S4 nanorods are tested for the first time as anode electrodes for Li ion batteries. When the electrode is fabricated using the carboxymethyl cellulose-polyacryl amide composite binder, it is found to restrict or suppress the formation of a polymeric gel passivation layer. As a result, the electrode not only delivers excellent specific… (More)
An ordered macroporous carbon with 62 nm spherical pores was synthesized using colloidal-crystal templating and found to exhibit unique gas adsorption properties that have been so far attributed to adsorption in mesopores (size below 50 nm).
Ordered uniform porous carbon frameworks showing interesting morphology variations were synthesized against removable colloidal silica crystalline templates through simply altering acid catalyst sites for acid-catalyzed polymerization. These highly ordered uniform porous carbons as a catalyst supporter resulted in much improved catalytic activity for… (More)
Carbon capsules with hollow cores and mesoporous shells (HCMS) containing entrapped Au particles were prepared by template replication from solid core/mesoporous shell silica spheres with encapsulated Au particles. The resulting HCMS carbon capsules were then nanocast one step further to generate Au-trapping hollow core silica capsules with nanostructured… (More)