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Issue 9, 2011
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A sustainable synthesis of nitrogen-doped carbon aerogels

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The hydrothermal synthesis of nitrogen-doped monolithic carbon aerogels derived from sustainable precursors (i.e.D-glucose and ovalbumin) is presented. The protein acts as nitrogen donor and surface stabilizing agent in this saccharide hydrothermal carbonization, to generate high surface area aerogels (>240 m2g−1) composed of functional continuous large diameter mesopores with excellent hierarchical transport architecture. Post-carbonization treatment controls surface chemistry (e.g. C or N condensation), facilitating tuneable physicochemical properties on a unique continuous 3D carbonaceous pore structure. This highly flexible synthesis lays the basis for the development of a new generation of sustainable (heteroatom-doped) porous carbon aerogels suitable for a range of high value applications.

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The article was received on 31 Mar 2011, accepted on 25 May 2011 and first published on 12 Jul 2011

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1GC15349H
Citation: Green Chem., 2011,13, 2428-2434

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    A sustainable synthesis of nitrogen-doped carbon aerogels

    R. J. White, N. Yoshizawa, M. Antonietti and M. Titirici, Green Chem., 2011, 13, 2428
    DOI: 10.1039/C1GC15349H

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