The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 224, Issue 9, pp 1655–1668 | Cite as

Integrative Chemistry: Advanced functional cellular materials bearing multiscale porosity

  • M. Depardieu
  • N. Kinadjian
  • R. BackovEmail author
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Advances in Design and Modeling of Porous Materials


With this mini review we show through the sol-gel and emulsion-based Integrative Chemistry how it is possible to trigger materials dimensionality and beyond their functionalities when reaching enhanced applications. In here we focus on 3D macrocellular monolithic foams bearing hierarchical porosities and applications thereof. We first depict the general background of emulsions focusing on concentrated ones, acting as soft templates for the design of PolyHIPE foams, HIPE being the acronym of High Internal Phase Emulsions while encompassing both sol-gel and polymer chemistry. Secondly we extend this approach toward the design of hybrid organic-inorganic foams, labeled Organo-Si(HIPE), where photonics and heterogeneous catalysis applications are addressed. In a third section we show how inorganic Si(HIPE) matrices can be employed as sacrificial hard templates for the generation carbonaceous foams, labeled Carbon(HIPE). These foams being conductive we show applications when employed as electrodes for Li-S battery and as hosts for Li(BH4)-based hydrogen storage.


Foam European Physical Journal Special Topic Carbon Foam Order Mesoporous Carbon Carbon Monolith 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CRPP UPR CNRS 8641PessacFrance

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