An easy soft-template route to synthesis of wormhole-like mesoporous tungsten carbide/carbon composites

Liaoyuan Xia, Mingqiu Zhang, Minzhi Rong, Kunkun Guo, Yunchu Hu, Yiqiang Wu, Tibor Czigany

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Wormhole-like mesoporous tungsten carbide/carbon (WC/C) composites can be prepared by an easy method that combines emulsion processing with triblock copolymer self-assembly strategy, followed by a high-temperature carbothermal reduction. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and N 2 sorption techniques were employed to characterize the mesoporous WC/C composites. The results show that the resultant materials have a wormhole-like mesostructure containing nanoscale (~40nm) tungsten carbide particles, and high surface areas (up to 314.9cm 2/g). It is proposed that a general assemble procedures are responsible for the wormhole-like mesoporous WC/C composites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1651-1655
Number of pages5
JournalComposites Science and Technology
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - Sep 17 2012



  • A. Hybrid composites
  • A. Nano composites
  • A. Wormhole-like mesostructure
  • E. Sol-gel methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Engineering(all)

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