Advanced Materials

Aerographite: Ultra Lightweight, Flexible Nanowall, Carbon Microtube Material with Outstanding Mechanical Performance

Authors

  • Matthias Mecklenburg,

    1. Istitute of Polymers and Composites, Hamburg University of Technology, Denickestr. 15, D- 21073 Hamburg, Germany
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  • Arnim Schuchardt,

    1. Institute for Materials Science, Functional Nanomaterials, University of Kiel, Kaiserstr. 2, D-24143 Kiel, Germany
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  • Yogendra Kumar Mishra,

    1. Institute for Materials Science, Functional Nanomaterials, University of Kiel, Kaiserstr. 2, D-24143 Kiel, Germany
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  • Sören Kaps,

    1. Institute for Materials Science, Functional Nanomaterials, University of Kiel, Kaiserstr. 2, D-24143 Kiel, Germany
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  • Rainer Adelung,

    Corresponding author
    1. Institute for Materials Science, Functional Nanomaterials, University of Kiel, Kaiserstr. 2, D-24143 Kiel, Germany
    • Institute for Materials Science, Functional Nanomaterials, University of Kiel, Kaiserstr. 2, D-24143 Kiel, Germany.
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  • Andriy Lotnyk,

    1. Institute for Materials Science, Synthesis and Real Structure, University of Kiel, Kaiserstr. 2, D-24143 Kiel, Germany
    Current affiliation:
    1. Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification (IOM) Permoserstr. 15, D-04318, Leipzig, Germany
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  • Lorenz Kienle,

    1. Institute for Materials Science, Synthesis and Real Structure, University of Kiel, Kaiserstr. 2, D-24143 Kiel, Germany
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  • Karl Schulte

    1. Istitute of Polymers and Composites, Hamburg University of Technology, Denickestr. 15, D- 21073 Hamburg, Germany
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Abstract

An ultra lightweight carbon microtube material called Aerographite is synthesized by a novel single-step chemical vapor deposition synthesis based on ZnO networks, which is presently the lightest known material with a density smaller than μg/cm3. Despite its low density, the hierarchical design leads to remarkable mechanical, electrical, and optical properties. The first experiments with Aerographite electrodes confirm its applicability.

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