Generation of Hierarchical Meso- and Macroporous Carbon from Mesophase Pitch by Spinodal Decomposition using Polymer Templates


  • Financial support from Merck KGaA is gratefully acknowledged. The authors are indebted to the Max Planck Society, and also acknowledge support under the framework of the ENERCHEM project. We thank Mitsubishi Chemical Company for providing the mesophase pitch AR. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the author.


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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.