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Keywords:

  • Carbon;
  • Carbonization;
  • Electrodes;
  • Mesoporous carbon
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A novel strategy for the synthesis of hierarchical porous carbon is presented here based on the spinodal phase separation of mesophase pitch, which acts as a carbon precursor, and a soft polymer template. A continuous macropore structure and mesopores are obtained upon carbonization, as shown in the figure. The material exhibits remarkable performance as the anode material in lithium-ion batteries.