Advanced Materials

Aerographite: Ultra Lightweight, Flexible Nanowall, Carbon Microtube Material with Outstanding Mechanical Performance (Adv. Mater. 26/2012)

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

ZnO network templates are converted into aerographite, a novel carbon-based material, by R. Adelung and co-workers on page 3486. While parts of the ZnO crystals are missing and etched, on the outside carbon tubes have already been formed. Aerographite tubes are like an inflated version of multiwalled carbon nanotubes, with increased microscopic diameter but unchanged nanoscopic wall thickness. These tubes are interconnected to form a superlow-density material with a volume of several cubic centimeters and remarkable mechanical, electrical, and optical properties.

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