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Polynuclear Complexes as Precursor Templates for Hierarchical Microporous Graphitic Carbon: An Unusual Approach

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25967-25971
Number of pages5
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number31
Early online date17 Jul 2018
DateAccepted/In press - 17 Jul 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 17 Jul 2018
DatePublished (current) - 8 Aug 2018


A highly porous carbon was synthesised using a coordination complex as an unusual precursor. During controlled pyrolysis a trinuclear copper complex, [CuII
3Cl4(H2L)2]•CH3OH, undergoes phase changes with melt and expulsion of different gases to produce a unique morphology of copper-doped carbon which, upon acid treatment, produces highly porous graphitic carbon with a surface area of 857 m2g-1 and a gravimetric hydrogen uptake of 1.1 wt% at 0.5 bar pressure at 77 K.

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  • complex-derived carbon, coordination complex, graphitic carbon, hydrogen storage, polynuclear complex, porous carbon, template precursor

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