Posted on 24 April 2017
The team, which includes scientists from York’s Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), will be trialling different methods for converting three bio-based starting materials into a porous carbon: potato starch, alginic acid and fruit pectin.
Scientists say the resulting material could be used for energy storage for electric vehicles and as a green catalyst for the chemicals industry.
Duncan Macquarrie, of the University of York’s Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, said: “The first step in our conversion uses expansion technologies, then we freeze dry the material before converting it into a carbon material using a furnace.
“We are investigating using this as a catalyst for chemical processes and to make batteries for electric vehicles.”
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The four-year project is funded by the EU’s Horizon2020 programme: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-horizon-2020