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Revealing Molecular Mechanisms in Hierarchical Nanoporous Carbon via Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

  • Author(s): Mao, H
  • Tang, J
  • Xu, J
  • Peng, Y
  • Chen, J
  • Wu, B
  • Jiang, Y
  • Hou, K
  • Chen, S
  • Wang, J
  • Lee, HR
  • Halat, DM
  • Zhang, B
  • Chen, W
  • Plantz, AZ
  • Lu, Z
  • Cui, Y
  • Reimer, JA
  • et al.

© 2020 Elsevier Inc. Hierarchical nanoporous carbons combining pore sizes of different length scales are highly important for separation processes. However, critical questions remain regarding the hierarchical structure regulation and the molecular mechanisms of gaseous adsorbate uptake and interactions within the hierarchical nanoporous carbons. These materials present characterization challenges in that there are no experimental techniques that can elucidate the molecular mechanisms of the organic compounds and CO2 within the materials. We deployed multidimensional solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to generate maps of guest-framework interactions as a function of adsorbate concentrations and adsorption times. The NMR spectra provide insight toward the design of effective hierarchical pore structures. Our materials show a high volatile organic compounds/CO2 physisorption capacity, which reveals promising application to carbon-capture strategies to mitigate global warming.

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