Synthesis and Catalytic Applications of Self-Assembled Carbon Nanofoams

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  • J. García-Martínez,

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307 (USA)
    2. Current Address: Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Universidad de Alicante, Ap. 99, Alicante, Spain
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  • T. M. Lancaster,

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307 (USA)
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  • J. Y. Ying

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307 (USA)
    2. Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, 31 Biopolis Way, The Nanos, Singapore 138669 (Singapore)
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  • This work was sponsored by the Singapore-MIT Alliance. J.G.M. is grateful to the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deportes de España for a Ramón y Cajal contract. T.M.L. appreciates the support of a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Supporting Information is available on line at Wiley InterScience or from the author.

Abstract

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A new surfactant-templated carbon material, carbon nanofoam (CNF), has been synthesized with a semicrystalline and conductive framework, high surface area and interconnected porous structure, and prepared in a wide variety of bulk shapes and forms. CNF was also successfully applied as a support for palladium in the Heck coupling reaction. Pd/CNF catalyst exhibited negligible Pd cluster growth and agglomeration, and retained high activity even after multiple runs.

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