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Carbonaceous hydrogels based on hydrothermal carbonization of glucose with chitin nanofibers

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Abstract

Carbonaceous hydrogels can be generated with good mechanical strength by hydrothermal carbonization of glucose dissolved in a dilute (0.08%, w/v) chitin nanofiber viscose. Carbonaceous nanoparticles were observed along the surface of the nano-fibrous structure of the hydrogels. The carbonaceous materials also cross-link the entangled nanofibers and lead to durable 3D hydrogel formation. Hydrothermal carbonization of 0.2 M glucose with chitin nanofibers at 180 °C for 4 h resulted in a carbonaceous hydrogel with optimal strength and 99.3% water content.

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The article was received on 24 Dec 2011, accepted on 16 Feb 2012 and first published on 28 Feb 2012


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM07462A
Soft Matter, 2012,8, 3522-3525

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    Carbonaceous hydrogels based on hydrothermal carbonization of glucose with chitin nanofibers

    I. F. Nata, S. S. Wang, T. Wu and C. Lee, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 3522
    DOI: 10.1039/C2SM07462A

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