A paper titled "Synthesis of nitrogen-doped ordered mesoporous carbons for catalytic dehydrochlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane" delivered by Dr. Jinming Xu was published in Carbon.
Nitrogen-doped ordered mesoporous carbons (N-OMCs) were prepared via a two-step approach (Carbon 2012, 50(5):1807–1816), using resorcinol (R) and formaldehyde (F) as the carbon precursor and dicyandiamide (DCD) as the nitrogen precursor. In this approach, dicyandiamide, formaldehyde and resorcinol were pre-polymerized in the first step using a basic catalyst to produce DCD-RF resol. The DCD-RF resol was mixed with a solution of triblock copolymer Pluronic F127 followed by the addition of an acid catalyst to facilitate the self-assembly and condensation in the second step. The well-prepared N-OMCs were evaluated for the catalytic dehydrochlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane and exhibited superior catalytic performances and excellent stability over 72 hours.