Chiral nematic mesoporous carbons from self-assembled nanocrystalline cellulose

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C-ing cellulose in a new light: The self-assembly of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) with tetraalkoxysilane produces a chiral nematic NCC-silica composite material, which upon carbonization, and then etching of the silica with dilute base solution produces a novel high surface area chiral nematic mesoporous carbon (see picture).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2008-2010
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Feb 27 2012


  • cellulose
  • chiral nematic carbon
  • mesoporous carbon
  • nanomaterials
  • self-assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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