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Inorganics 2016, 4(3), 22; doi:10.3390/inorganics4030022

Mesoporous C/CrN and C/VN Nanocomposites Obtained by One-Pot Soft-Templating Process

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Université de Strasbourg, Université de Haute-Alsace, Institut de Science des Matériaux de Mulhouse—IS2M—UMR CNRS 7361, 15 rue Jean Starcky—BP 2488, Mulhouse Cedex 68057, France
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Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg, UMR 7504 CNRS—Université de Strasbourg, 23 rue du Loess, BP 43, Strasbourg Cedex 2 67034, France
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editors: Samuel Bernard, André Ayral, Philippe Miele and Duncan H. Gregory
Received: 28 February 2016 / Revised: 10 June 2016 / Accepted: 30 June 2016 / Published: 15 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mesoporous Materials)
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Abstract

Nanocomposites of ordered mesoporous carbon associated with chromium nitride (CrN) or vanadium nitride (VN) nanoparticles were obtained by a simple one-pot synthesis based on the solvent evaporation induced self-assembly (EISA) process using Pluronic triblock surfactant as soft-template and a phenol-based resin (resol) as carbon precursor. These nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, nitrogen physisorption and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) techniques. Electron tomography (or 3D-TEM) technique was particularly useful for providing direct insight on the internal architecture of C/CrN nanocomposite. Nanocomposites showed a very well organized hexagonal mesoporous carbon structure and a relatively high concentration of nanoparticles well distributed in the porous network. The chromium and vanadium nitrides/mesoporous carbon nanocomposites could have many potential applications in catalysis, Li-ion batteries, and supercapacitors. View Full-Text
Keywords: mesopores; soft-template; one-pot; CrN; VN; nitride; Evaporation Induced Self-Assembly (EISA); nanocomposite; hybrid material; electron tomography mesopores; soft-template; one-pot; CrN; VN; nitride; Evaporation Induced Self-Assembly (EISA); nanocomposite; hybrid material; electron tomography
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Kiener, J.; Ersen, O.; Parmentier, J. Mesoporous C/CrN and C/VN Nanocomposites Obtained by One-Pot Soft-Templating Process. Inorganics 2016, 4, 22.

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