Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 497–501 | Cite as

A self-assembly template approach for preparing hollow carbon microspheres

  • Boyang LiuEmail author
  • Dechang Jia
  • Jiancun Rao
  • Pengjian Zuo
  • Yingfeng Shao
Original Paper


Hollow carbon microspheres (HCMs) are prepared in a sealed quartz tube via the reaction between ferrocene and ammonium bromide. The morphology and microstructure of the product are characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, focused ion beam workstation, transmission electron microscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry analysis. The diameter of the HCMs ranges from 1 to 13 μm and the thickness of shells ranges from 70 nm to 450 nm. It is concluded that the self-generated spherical droplets of iron amine bromide serve as the core templates for the formation of HCMs.


Hollow carbon microspheres Ferrocene Synthesis Self-assembly Differential scanning calorimetry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Boyang Liu
    • 1
  • Dechang Jia
    • 2
  • Jiancun Rao
    • 2
  • Pengjian Zuo
    • 3
  • Yingfeng Shao
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Marine Materials Science and EngineeringShanghai Maritime UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Institute for Advanced CeramicsHarbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinChina
  3. 3.Department of Applied ChemistryHarbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinChina

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