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Keywords:

  • hydrothermal synthesis;
  • nanostructures;
  • nitrogen doping;
  • poly(ionic liquid)s;
  • porous materials
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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.