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Carbon aerogels with improved flexibility by sphere templating

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Abstract

Mechanically reversible compressible resorcinol–formaldehyde (RF) aerogels can be converted into mechanically reversible compressible carbon aerogels (CA) by carbonization in an inert atmosphere. By incorporation of polystyrene spheres into the RF gels as a sacrificial template, it is possible to create macropores with controlled size within the carbon framework during carbonization. The resulting templated carbon aerogel shows enhanced mechanical flexibility during compression compared to pristine samples. In addition, the presence of hierarchical porosity provides a porous architecture attractive for energy storage applications, such as supercapacitors.

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The article was received on 06 Jun 2018, accepted on 24 Jul 2018 and first published on 31 Jul 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8RA04848G
Citation: RSC Adv., 2018,8, 27326-27331
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    Carbon aerogels with improved flexibility by sphere templating

    M. Salihovic, N. Hüsing, J. Bernardi, V. Presser and M. S. Elsaesser, RSC Adv., 2018, 8, 27326
    DOI: 10.1039/C8RA04848G

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