Departmental Papers (MSE)

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Journal Article

Date of this Version

September 2003


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.


Postprint version. Published in Nature Materials, Volume 2, Issue 9, September 2003, pages 591-594.
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Date Posted: 31 July 2005

This document has been peer reviewed.