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Title: Functional microporous carbons for energy and environmental applications
Author: Lee, J. M.
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2018
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Porous materials are useful in various energy and environmental applications such as electrodes for supercapacitive energy storage, gas storage media, and sieves for the removal of toxic chemicals. Carbonaceous materials derived from biomass have been widely used, but the properties obtained are variable as a result of the variation in the composition of the biomass often used to form them. The use of functionalised polymers as carbonisation precursors allows greater control of the structure and heteroatom doping in the resulting carbon. This thesis examines the largely unexplored route of carbonising porous organic networks, which have multiple advantages over non-porous and pre-carbonised analogues. This yields interesting properties for energy and gas storage applications. Only a few papers had been published in this area prior to the start of this PhD project, and there were no reports of carbonisation for the polymer networks investigated here. Thus, a range of methods and conditions were tested to prepare materials with excellent performance in their respective applications. This project also tackles the problem of toxic mercury contamination in water by developing microporous materials synthesised from low-cost, waste by-products.
Supervisor: Cooper, Andrew Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral