Edge-plane-rich nitrogen-doped carbon nanoneedles and efficient metal-free electrocatalysts

Rafael Silva, Jafar Al-Sharab, Tewodros Asefa

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CNN news: N-doped carbon nanoneedles (CNNs) are synthesized by self-assembling core-shell nanostructures and nanoreactors around cellulose nanoneedles, and subsequent graphitization. The resulting graphitic nanoneedles (see picture) have well-organized graphitic multi-layers and large proportions of N-doped edge planes. The materials serve as efficient metal-free electrocatalysts for hydrazine oxidation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7171-7175
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - Jul 16 2012


  • Carbon nanoneedles
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Fuel cells
  • Metal-free catalysis
  • Nitrogen-doped nanomaterials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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