Departmental Papers (MSE)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

September 2003


Postprint version. Published in Nature Materials, Volume 2, Issue 9, September 2003, pages 591-594.
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During the past decades major efforts in the field of porous materials have been directed toward control of the size, shape and uniformity of the pores. Carbide-derived carbons (CDCs) represent a new class of nanoporous carbons with porosity that can be tuned with sub-Ångström accuracy in the range 0.5-2 nm. CDCs have a more narrow pore size distribution than single-wall carbon nanotubes or activated carbons; their pore size distribution is comparable with that of zeolites. CDCs are produced at temperatures from 200-1200oC as a powder, a coating, a membrane or parts with near-final shapes, with or without mesopores. They can find applications in molecular sieves, gas storage, catalysts, adsorbents, battery electrodes, supercapacitors, water/air filters and medical devices.



Date Posted: 31 July 2005

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