Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 1:25 PM
The Merlins (Boise Centre on the Grove)

Design and synthesis of functional mesoporous carbon architectures

Yongsoon Shin, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, Glen E. Fryxell, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, Charles A. Johnson II, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, and Michael M. Haley, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.

In recent years, there has been a great deal of interest in the templated synthesis of mesoporous carbons. Most of these attempts have involved carbonization of sugars or various polymeric precursors inside of a mesoporous silica template, followed by removal of the template out from under the carbon skeleton. Functionality obtained by this approach tends to be a random mixture of oxygenated functionalities and is not readily controlled or dictated. We have developed a novel synthetic strategy for building functional mesoporous carbons around specific heteroaromatic functionality, creating a new class of materials that are useful for chemical separations and catalyst supports. Examples of three different synthetic strategies, built around thiophene, pyridine and 1,10-phenanthroline will be presented.