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CHAPTER 11

Microscopy and Related Techniques in the Analysis of Porous Carbonaceous Materials

The underlying imaging principles of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and their application in recent TEM technique development (e.g. TEM tomography) for the nanostructural description of various types of porous carbonaceous materials is discussed. Key points regarding the characterisation by microscopy of carbonaceous materials produced from sustainable precursors (e.g. carbohydrates) in contrast with conventional carbons are also addressed. The importance of selection and optimisation of observation conditions in tandem with those of specimen preparation are emphasised, leading to increasingly precise nanostructure determination (i.e., pore size/symmetry/connectivity, wall thickness/texture, and degree of metal distribution on carbon matrix) of porous carbonaceous materials as well as porous carbon–metal composites are highlighted.

Print publication date: 20 Feb 2015
Copyright year: 2015
Print ISBN: 978-1-84973-832-3
PDF eISBN: 978-1-78262-227-7
ePub eISBN: 978-1-78262-443-1
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From the book series:
Green Chemistry Series