With the aim of understanding three-dimensional graphene-based frameworks in detail, a realistic structure model of zeolite-templated carbon (ZTC) is constructed by using computer simulation, and its simulated physical properties are compared with experimental data. The proposed structure model provides the insight into a unique X-ray diffraction pattern of ZTC: disordered building units comprised of curved and non-stacked graphene fragments are connected along the ordered zeolite nanochannels, forming a long-range structure order derived from zeolite (111) and (220) planes. Though ZTC is one of the superporous carbons with a very large Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) surface area (3935 m2 g−1), the simulation study indicates a possibility to achieve further higher BET surface area up to 4845 m2 g−1. Moreover, the presence of carbon polygons other than hexagon in graphene matrices is analyzed by a high-resolution pair distribution function obtained from neutron diffraction measurement. The comparison between experimental data and simulation suggests that ZTC framework contains a diverse range of carbon polygons such as hexagons, heptagons and octagons, while pentagons are minor. Such distribution of carbon polygons demonstrates interesting similarity between the real three-dimensional graphene-based framework and imaginary ones like Mackay crystals and carbon Schwarzites.
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