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Title: Ice-templated porous carbons for energy storage applications
Author: Roberts, Aled Deakin
ISNI:       0000 0004 6422 365X
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2016
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Porous carbons prepared via templating methodologies have shown excellent performance for various energy storage applications, such as electrodes in batteries, supercapacitors and as gas storage materials. Despite the impressive performances often reported, various issues such as complex and multi-step synthesis strategies have impeded their implementation in practical devices, and so there is a need to develop new, low-cost and commercially viable strategies for their fabrication. This thesis explores an unconventional method for the preparation of templated carbons - a process termed ice-templating. Ice-templating, as will be discussed in the forthcoming chapters, is a relatively simple technique holds several advantages over more conventional templating strategies. Having its own difficulties and shortcomings, only a few papers had been published on ice-templated porous carbons (ITPCs) prior to the commencement of this PhD. This thesis describes the ways in which we explored and overcame these difficulties to successfully prepare a number of ice-templated porous carbons, before evaluating their performance as materials for various energy storage devices.
Supervisor: Zhang, H. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral