Intrinsically Microporous Polymer Retains Porosity in Vacuum Thermolysis to Electroactive Heterocarbon

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Vacuum carbonization of organic precursors usually causes considerable structural damage and collapse of morphological features. However, for a polymer with intrinsic microporosity (PIM-EA-TB with a Brunauer–Emmet–Teller (BET) surface area of 1027 m2g–1), it is shown here that the rigidity of the molecular backbone is retained even during 500 °C vacuum carbonization, yielding a novel type of microporous heterocarbon (either as powder or as thin film membrane) with properties between those of a conducting polymer and those of a carbon. After carbonization, the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) morphology and the small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) Guinier radius remain largely unchanged as does the cumulative pore volume. However, the BET surface area is decreased to 242 m2g–1, but microporosity is considerably increased. The new material is shown to exhibit noticeable electrochemical features including two pH-dependent capacitance domains switching from ca. 33 Fg–1 (when oxidized) to ca. 147 Fg–1 (when reduced), a low electron transfer reactivity toward oxygen and hydrogen peroxide, and a four-point-probe resistivity (dry) of approximately 40 MΩ/square for a 1–2 μm thick film.


  • Yuanyang Rong
  • Daping He
  • Adrian Sanchez-fernandez
  • Craig Evans
  • Karen J. Edler
  • Richard Malpass-evans
  • Mariolino Carta
  • Neil B. Mckeown
  • Tomos J. Clarke
  • Stuart H. Taylor
  • Andrew J. Wain
  • John M. Mitchels
  • Frank Marken
Externa organisationer
  • University of Bath
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Cardiff University
  • National Physical Laboratory
Sidor (från-till)12300-12306
StatusPublished - 2015 nov 10
Peer review utfördJa
Externt publiceradJa