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Template Synthesis of Three-Dimensional Cubic Ordered Mesoporous Carbon With Tunable Pore Sizes

Weijie Dai1, Mingbo Zheng1, Yu Zhao12, Shutian Liao1, Guangbin Ji1 and Jieming Cao1*

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1 Nanomaterials Research Institute, College of Materials Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 210016, Nanjing, People’s Republic of China

2 Key Laboratory of Mesoscopic Chemistry of MOE and Jiangsu Provincial Laboratory for Nano Technology, Department of Chemistry, Nanjing University, 210093, Nanjing, People’s Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2009, 5:103-107  doi:10.1007/s11671-009-9450-3

Published: 14 October 2009

Abstract

Three-dimensional cubic ordered mesoporous carbons with tunable pore sizes have been synthesized by using cubic Ia3d mesoporous KIT-6 silica as the hard template and boric acid as the pore expanding agent. The prepared ordered mesoporous carbons were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and nitrogen adsorption–desorption analysis. The results show that the pore sizes of the prepared ordered mesoporous carbons with three-dimensional cubic structure can be regulated in the range of 3.9–9.4 nm. A simplified model was proposed to analyze the tailored pore sizes of the prepared ordered mesoporous carbons on the basis of the structural parameters of the silica template.

Keywords:
Template synthesis; Mesoporous carbon; Mesoporous silica; Pore size control; KIT-6