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Studies Conducted at Monash University on Nanoporous Recently Reported

June 6, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Current study results on Nanoporous have been published. According to news reporting originating from Clayton, Australia, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Highly mesoporous titanium carbide (TiC) based composites were synthesized through a simple carbothermal reduction of homogenous monoliths which were prepared by a one-pot sal-gel process. Their application properties as a counter electrode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) were evaluated in this paper."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from Monash University, "The surface area (116-368 m(2)/g), average particles size (14-87 nm) and pore size (4-9.2 nm) of the mesoporous composites can be easily tuned by altering chemical compositions of the precursor. Introduction of silicon into the Ti-C-O system significantly reduced the average carbide grain size and also enhanced the mesoporousity of TiC composites. The dye-sensitized solar cell using a PEDOT:PSS doped TiC-SiC-C composite as the counter electrode showed a notable efficiency of 5.7%, which doubled that of pure PEDOT:PSS cell."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Potentially, the reported method could be a convenient route to fabricate porous TiC based composites for other functional applications."

For more information on this research see: Facile synthesis of nanoporous TiC-SiC-C composites as a novel counter-electrode for dye sensitized solar cells. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2014;190():309-315. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Bv, PO Box 211, 1000 Ae Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Elsevier -; Microporous and Mesoporous Materials -

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J. Zhong, Monash University, Dept. of Chem Engn, Clayton, Vic 3800, Australia. Additional authors for this research include Y. Peng, M.Y. Zhou, J. Zhao, S.Q. Liang, H.T. Wang and Y.B. Cheng (see also Nanoporous).

Keywords for this news article include: Clayton, Nanoporous, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies, Australia and New Zealand

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