From Well-Defined Carbon-Rich Precursors to Monodisperse Carbon Particles with Hierarchic Structures


  • This work was financially supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (SFB 625) and the Max Planck Society through the progam ENERCHEM. We thank Prof. G. J. Bodwell and Dr. K. Plunkett for their help in the preparation of the manuscript. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the authors.


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A method for preparing carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) with controllable hierarchic structures is developed by combining the precursor-defined pyrolysis and the template method. Well-organized monodisperse CNPs, such as spherical particles with 3D porous structures (a), hollow carbon orbs containing small Pt particles (b), and graphitic microbeads with or without slits (c), are prepared by using structurally different precursors (see figure).