Our Mission

We develop nanoporous materials with adjustable pore geometry, connectivity, and pore size, all tailorable from the Angström- to the micrometer level. We are interested in sustainable syntheses that are scalable, time-, energy-, and resource-efficient. By using mechanochemistry, we develop solvent-free syntheses starting from renewable precursors or waste products. We correlate the textural properties of these materials with their performances in various applications, most notably in electrochemical energy storage systems such as lithium-sulfur batteries and electrochemical double layer capacitors.

Uniform and tailorable properties of porous materials are key to gain fundamental understanding of many adsorption-related phenomena. Our model carbons allow to investigate diffusion in pores, to shed light on the interactions between carbon and electrolyte ions in electrochemical double-layer capacitors, and to follow the growth of methane hydrate in confined spaces.

Rational Design of Porous Nanocarbons

  • Tailoring porosity in carbons. Adjusting pore sizes from the Angström to the micrometer level
  • Development of model carbon materials with well-defined properties
  • Sustainable syntheses of nanocarbons via mechanochemical approaches

Fundamental understanding of adsorption-related phenomena in porous carbons

  • Investigating Carbon-Electrolyte interactions in electrochemical energy storage devices by NMR spectroscopy
  • Methane hydrate formation in confined spaces

Applications of Nanocarbons

  • Lithium-Sulfur battery
  • Supercapacitors
  • Adsorptive separation of biomolecules
  • Gas storage