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Mesoporous Carbon Nanocapsules from Enzymatically Polymerized Poly(4-ethylphenol) Confined in Silica Aerosol Particles


  • The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support of this work by the National Science Foundation (NSF Grant 0329311 and a CAREER grant to Y. Lu), the Environmental Protection Agency (Grant EPA-GR832374), and NASA (Grant NAG-1-02070). Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the author.


Mesoporous carbon nanocapsules (see figure) have been synthesized through the direct carbonization of silica aerosol particles encapsulating enzymatically polymerized poly(4-ethylphenol) and subsequent removal of silica. This method provides a simple and efficient approach to synthesize mesoporous carbon nanocapsules using an environmentally benign biocatalyzed carbon precursor.

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