Biosourced Nitrogen-Doped Microcellular Carbon Monoliths

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  • Dr. Nicolas Brun,

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    1. Department of Colloid Chemistry, Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Am Mühlenberg 1, 14476 Golm/Potsdam (Germany)
    2. Current address: Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kitashirakawa Sakyo-ku, 606-8502 Kyoto (Japan)
    • Department of Colloid Chemistry, Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Am Mühlenberg 1, 14476 Golm/Potsdam (Germany)

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  • Dr. Petre Osiceanu,

    1. Institute of Physical Chemistry, Ilie Murgulescu, 060021 Bucharest (Romania)
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  • Dr. Magdalena M. Titirici

    1. School of Materials Science and Engineering, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, E1 4NS, London (United Kingdom)
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Abstract

An original approach based on the hydrothermal carbonization of nitrogen-containing biomass derivatives within the continuous phase of a direct concentrated emulsion is reported for the synthesis of nitrogen-doped microcellular carbon monoliths. These biosourced foams show promising performances as intrinsic electrocatalysts in the oxygen reduction reaction. Preliminary catalytic properties of powdered versus monolithic samples are discussed and suggest interesting prospects for their introduction within electrochemical devices.

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