Project TitleInnovative Fabrication of Carbon Nanocages (15082)
Track Code15082
Short DescriptionNone


Features and Benefits

  • Facile, scalable, low-cost method of producing carbon nanocages
  • High surface area electrodes for uses in various areas of need; supercapacitors, fuel cells, secondary lithium batteries, ect.
  • Method can be used to produce metal nanoparticles which can be germane in biomedical applications



Carbon nanocages are synthesized during thermal treatment through templating on a surface of catalyst nanoparticles. The common disadvantage of most nanocages and other nanoporous carbons is that despite their high surface area they do not provide a high rate performance due to their small and/or incompatible pore size. This novel method of constructing nanocages meets those needs by designing a well-developed 3D network of densely-packed interconnected carbon nanocages formed on the surface of homogeneously nucleated nickel nanoparticles (NPs). This novel synthesis process utilizes two key components; citric acid and nickel acetate, working as the carbon and catalyst precursors, respectively, facilitate the graphitization of amorphous carbon. Using high temperatures the formation of graphene shells and development of 3D network takes place, resulting in a better electric current flow. The successful development of these carbon nanocages opens doors for a wide variety of uses in a manner that is low-cost, manageable, and innovative. 


Market Opportunities 

In recent years, novel carbon nanostructures such as carbon nanocages are coming to the forefront as candidates for supercapacitor, battery and electrocatalyst electrode materials, due to their high surface area, high conductivity and homogenous, porous structure. Currently, there are progressively growing challenges of increasing energy demands and urgent need to curb the greenhouse gas emissions. Addressing these challenges can be done through pursuing alternative environmental renewable energy sources and the development of necessary technologies such as fuel cells, supercapacitors, etc.. This great demand for the development of a carbon support that is intrinsically stable, reliable and cost efficient is pushing researchers into the discovery of structures like carbon nanocages. This novel method is very facile and practical for mass production, which can help to speed up commercialization of several technologies, including high-performance electrochemical storage devices or metal-free electrocatalysts.  With further advancements this specific technology can be a scalable alternative method of producing 3D carbon nanocages in large quantities which can be used in energy conversion and storage, as well as, environmental and biomedical applications.


Technology Status

  • IP Status: Patent pending
  • Development Status: Carbon nanocages have been synthesized and tested for electrochemical performance 
  • Publications: Coming soon
Tagsnanotechnology; nanocages;
Posted DateFeb 8, 2016 4:17 PM


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