Imperial College London

Professor Erich A. Muller

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Professor of Thermodynamics



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BibTex format

author = {Berreda, D and Pérez-Mas, AM and Casco, ME and Rudi, S and Herdes, C and Muller, EA and Blanco, C and Santamaria, R and Silvestre-Albero, J and Rodriguez-Reinoso, F},
doi = {10.1016/j.carbon.2017.01.046},
journal = {Carbon},
pages = {539--545},
title = {Unusual flexibility of mesophase pitch-derived carbon materials: An approach to the synthesis of graphene},
url = {},
volume = {115},
year = {2017}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Structural flexibility in a petroleum pitch-derived carbon material has been indirectly evaluated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), immersion calorimetry and inelastic neutron scattering (INS) measurements. Exposure of the carbon material to an organic solvent (e.g., n-nonane) gives rise to a large internal rearrangement, associated with a drastic re-ordering of the graphitic microdomains. These structural changes are also associated with a high flexibility of the internal porous network, as observed by inelastic neutron scattering measurements. The internal rearrangement and the structural flexibility could be responsible for the excellent performance of this kind of activated carbons in a wide variety of adsorption processes. Last but not least, the structural characteristics of these carbon materials composed of graphitic microdomains has been used to synthesize graphene “egg-like” flakes following a simple procedure based on exfoliation with organic solvents.
AU - Berreda,D
AU - Pérez-Mas,AM
AU - Casco,ME
AU - Rudi,S
AU - Herdes,C
AU - Muller,EA
AU - Blanco,C
AU - Santamaria,R
AU - Silvestre-Albero,J
AU - Rodriguez-Reinoso,F
DO - 10.1016/j.carbon.2017.01.046
EP - 545
PY - 2017///
SN - 0008-6223
SP - 539
TI - Unusual flexibility of mesophase pitch-derived carbon materials: An approach to the synthesis of graphene
T2 - Carbon
UR -
UR -
VL - 115
ER -