Toray Industries has developed what it says is the world’s first porous carbon fiber with a nanosized continuous pore structure. According to the company, using this fiber as a support layer could make the membranes used in greenhouse gas separation and hydrogen production lighter and more compact.

The material, which makes use of thin, flexible fibers, can be set with uniformly continuous nano through to micro-level pore sizes for porous structures. Another option is to create a hollow fiber-shaped porous carbon fiber in the center of a fiber, Toray says.

Other applications for the material include electrode materials and catalyst carriers (base substances for fixing other substances) in high-performance batteries, according to the company.

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