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Keywords:

  • Carbon;
  • Composite materials;
  • Mesostructured materials;
  • Nanocomposites;
  • Self-assembly;
  • Titanium carbide;
  • Transition metals
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Ordered mesoporous nanocrystalline titanium-carbide/carbon composites are synthesized by using a solvent-evaporation-induced self-assembly process combined with in situ carbothermal reduction (see figure). The composites comprise crystalline titanium carbides confined in a matrix of amorphous carbon pore walls. The nanocomposites possess a highly ordered 2D hexagonal mesostructure, large uniform pores, high surface areas and controllable titanium content. The TiC nanocrystals enhance the oxidation resistance of carbon frameworks.