A facile soft-template synthesis of mesoporous polymeric and carbonaceous nanospheres

Liu, Jian, Yang, Tianyu, Wang, Da-Wei, Lu, Gao Qing (Max), Zhao, Dongyuan and Qiao, Shi Zhang (2013) A facile soft-template synthesis of mesoporous polymeric and carbonaceous nanospheres. Nature Communications, 4 . doi:10.1038/ncomms3798

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Author Liu, Jian
Yang, Tianyu
Wang, Da-Wei
Lu, Gao Qing (Max)
Zhao, Dongyuan
Qiao, Shi Zhang
Title A facile soft-template synthesis of mesoporous polymeric and carbonaceous nanospheres
Journal name Nature Communications   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2041-1723
Publication date 2013-12-17
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/ncomms3798
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Volume 4
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Language eng
Abstract Owing to the weak self-assembly ability of precursor components and the serious crosslinking of neighbouring nanospheres during a hydrothermal process, the synthesis of monodisperse mesoporous polymer nanospheres with diameters below 500 nm remains a great challenge. Here we extend the synthesis method of mesoporous silica nanospheres to enable the preparation of ordered mesoporous resorcinol formaldehyde nanospheres with particle size from 80 to 400 nm and mesopores of ∼3.5 nm in diameter. By finely tuning the synthesis parameters, multi-layered mesoporous resorcinol formaldehyde hollow nanospheres can be successfully synthesized. Mesoporous carbon nanospheres and hollow nanospheres with high surface area are further obtained through carbonization of the polymer spheres. The resulting mesoporous carbon nanospheres are demonstrated as the host cathode material for lithium-sulphur batteries. The synthesis strategy provides a benchmark for fabricating well-defined porous carbonaceous nanospheres with potential for energy storage and conversion applications.
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