High-strength porous carbon and a method of its manufacture are described for multifunctional applications, such as ballistic protection, structural components, ultracapacitor electrodes, gas storage, and radiation shielding. The carbon is produced from a polymer precursor via carbonization, and optionally by surface activation and post-treatment.
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The United States Government has rights in this invention under the following contracts: National Aeronautics and Space Administration contracts No. NAS9-19470, NAS9-97012, NNL06AA47P, NAS1-03030, NNL05AA91P, NNL06AA08C, U.S. Department of Energy grant No. DE-FG02-01ER83137, and National Science Foundation award No. HP-0638001.