Nano Research

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 242–253

Facile fabrication of hierarchically porous carbonaceous monoliths with ordered mesostructure via an organic organic self-assembly

Open Access
Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12274-009-9022-y

Cite this article as:
Xue, C., Tu, B. & Zhao, D. Nano Res. (2009) 2: 242. doi:10.1007/s12274-009-9022-y


A simple strategy for the synthesis of macro-mesoporous carbonaceous monolith materials has been demonstrated through an organic-organic self-assembly at the interface of an organic scaffold such as polyurethane (PU) foam. Hierarchically porous carbonaceous monoliths with cubic (Im\( \bar 3 \)m) or hexagonal (p6mm) mesostructure were prepared through evaporation induced self-assembly of the mesostructure on the three-dimensional (3-D) interconnecting struts of the PU foam scaffold. The preparation was carried out by using phenol/formaldehyde resol as a carbon precursor, triblock copolymer F127 as a template for the mesostructure and PU foam as a sacrificial monolithic scaffold. Their hierarchical pore system was macroscopically fabricated with cable-like mesostructured carbonaceous struts. The carbonaceous monoliths exhibit macropores of diameter 100–450 μm, adjustable uniform mesopores (3.8–7.5 nm), high surface areas (200–870 m2/g), and large pore volumes (0.17–0.58) cm3/g. Compared with the corresponding evaporation induced self-assembly (EISA) process on a planar substrate, this facile process is a time-saving, labor-saving, space-saving, and highly efficient pathway for mass production of ordered mesoporous materials.


Self-assembly synthesis mesoporous materials carbonaceous monolith templating macroporous materials 

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© Tsinghua University Press and Springer-Verlag GmbH 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Lab of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymers, Laboratory of Advanced MaterialsFudan UniversityShanghaiChina

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