Improving Hydrothermal Carbonization by Using Poly(ionic liquid)s


  • Financial support from the Joint Petroleum and Petrochemical Funds of the National Natural Science Foundation of China and China National Petroleum Corporation (U1162124), Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education (J20130060), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, the Program for Zhejiang Leading Team of S&T Innovation, and the Partner Group Program of the Zhejiang University and the Max-Planck Society are greatly appreciated.


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Pores for thought: Porous nitrogen-doped carbon materials (HTC Carbon with PILs) composed of spherical nanoparticles, and also those with Au–Pd core–shell nanoparticles embedded (Au–Pd@N-Carbon) were synthesized. These materials can be prepared from sugars by hydrothermal carbonization (160–200 °C) in the presence of poly(ionic liquid)s (PILs), which act as a stabilizer, pore-generating agent, and nitrogen source.