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Transforming collagen wastes into doped nanocarbons for sustainable energy applications

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Abstract

Leather industry produces huge quantities of bio-waste that can be used as raw material for the bulk synthesis of carbonaceous materials. Here we report the synthesis of multifunctional carbon nanostructures from pristine collagen wastes by a simple high temperature treatment. Our studies reveal that the nanocarbons derived from the bio-waste have a partially graphitized structure with onion-like morphology and are naturally doped with nitrogen and oxygen, resulting in multifunctional properties. This synthetic route from bio-waste raw material provides a cost-effective alternative to existing chemical vapor deposition methods for the synthesis of functional nanocarbon materials and presents a sustainable approach to tailor nanocarbons for applications such as battery electrodes.

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The article was received on 21 Feb 2012, accepted on 19 Mar 2012 and first published on 10 Apr 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2GC35262A
Citation: Green Chem., 2012,14, 1689-1695
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    Transforming collagen wastes into doped nanocarbons for sustainable energy applications

    M. Ashokkumar, N. T. Narayanan, A. L. Mohana Reddy, B. K. Gupta, B. Chandrasekaran, S. Talapatra, P. M. Ajayan and P. Thanikaivelan, Green Chem., 2012, 14, 1689
    DOI: 10.1039/C2GC35262A

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