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Mechanistic insights into the formation of porous carbons from gelatin

Danks, AE; Hollamby, M; Hammouda, B; Fletcher, DC; Johnston-Banks, F; Rogers, SE; Schnepp, Z


AE Danks

B Hammouda

DC Fletcher

F Johnston-Banks

SE Rogers

Z Schnepp


Porous carbons are important for many energy applications. The biopolymer gelatin provides a simple and sustainable route to functional carbon foams with multimodal porosity. In this paper, small angle neutron scattering is applied alongside other techniques to elucidate the mechanism of formation of these foams. Analysis of the data demonstrates that combinations of different metal nitrates can be used to control foam macrostructure. Synergistic interaction of metal ions with the gelatin polypeptide changes the viscoelastic properties and thus controls foam formation.


Danks, A., Hollamby, M., Hammouda, B., Fletcher, D., Johnston-Banks, F., Rogers, S., & Schnepp, Z. (2017). Mechanistic insights into the formation of porous carbons from gelatin. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 5(23), 11644-11651.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 5, 2017
Publication Date Jan 5, 2017
Journal Journal of Materials Chemistry A
Print ISSN 2050-7488
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 23
Pages 11644-11651
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