Synthesis of single-crystal-like nanoporous carbon membranes and their application in overall water splitting

Hong Wang, Shixiong Min, Chun Ma, Zhixiong Liu, Weiyi Zhang, Qiang Wang, Debao Li, Yangyang Li, Stuart Turner, Yu Han, Haibo Zhu, Edy Abou-Hamad, Mohamed N. Hedhili, Jun Pan, Weili Yu, Kuo-Wei Huang, Lain-Jong Li, Jiayin Yuan, Markus Antonietti, Tao Wu

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Nanoporous graphitic carbon membranes with defined chemical composition and pore architecture are novel nanomaterials that are actively pursued. Compared with easy-to-make porous carbon powders that dominate the porous carbon research and applications in energy generation/conversion and environmental remediation, porous carbon membranes are synthetically more challenging though rather appealing from an application perspective due to their structural integrity, interconnectivity and purity. Here we report a simple bottom–up approach to fabricate large-size, freestanding and porous carbon membranes that feature an unusual single-crystal-like graphitic order and hierarchical pore architecture plus favourable nitrogen doping. When loaded with cobalt nanoparticles, such carbon membranes serve as high-performance carbon-based non-noble metal electrocatalyst for overall water splitting.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 4 2017

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: We thank the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) for financial support. J.Y. is grateful for financial support from the Max Planck society, Germany, and the ERC (European Research Council) Starting Grant (project number 639720-NAPOLI).


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