Here, we report the synthesis of nanoporous carbons (NCs) derived from a low-cost and renewable biomass, jute, by a chemical activation process using KOH. Jute is one of the least expensive and most abundant crops, with a staggering 2.8 million metric tons of jute produced each year. In this study, we synthesize NCs from three different parts of jute fibers through a chemical activation technique using KOH. The NCs prepared from the bottom portion of the fiber show a high surface area (2682 m2 g−1) with the presence of both micropores and mesopores. The ultra-high surface area of jute makes it an economically viable, environmentally friendly precursor for NCs, with a wide variety of applications from energy storage to environmental and biomedical applications.
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This work was supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow (grant FT150100479 ), JSPS KAKENHI (grants 17H05393 and 17K19044 ), and the research fund from the Suzuken Memorial Foundation . The authors extend their appreciation to the International Scientific Partnership Program (ISPP-024) at King Saud University (KSU) for funding this research work. This research is also supported by the Global Connections Fund (Priming grant scheme) of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) in 2018.
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials