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Tuneable Mesoporous Materials from α-D-Polysaccharides



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Holey starch! Mesoporous materials with tuneable characteristics have been prepared from biomass-derived α-D-polysaccharides by a microwave-assisted strategy. Careful selection of the preparation temperature allows control of the crystallinity, particle morphology and textural properties of the resulting materials, leading to surface areas approaching 200 m2 g−1 and mesopore volumes over 0.6 cm3 g−1.