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  1. Mesoporous carbon materials

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    Dai, Sheng; Wang, Xiqing

    2012-02-14

    The invention is directed to a method for fabricating a mesoporous carbon material, the method comprising subjecting a precursor composition to a curing step followed by a carbonization step, the precursor composition comprising: (i) a templating component comprised of a block copolymer, (ii) a phenolic compound or material, (iii) a crosslinkable aldehyde component, and (iv) at least 0.5 M concentration of a strong acid having a pKa of or less than -2, wherein said carbonization step comprises heating the precursor composition at a carbonizing temperature for sufficient time to convert the precursor composition to a mesoporous carbon material. The invention is also directed to a mesoporous carbon material having an improved thermal stability, preferably produced according to the above method.

  2. Mesoporous carbon materials

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    Dai, Sheng; Fulvio, Pasquale Fernando; Mayes, Richard T.; Wang, Xiqing; Sun, Xiao-Guang; Guo, Bingkun

    2014-09-09

    A conductive mesoporous carbon composite comprising conductive carbon nanoparticles contained within a mesoporous carbon matrix, wherein the conductive mesoporous carbon composite possesses at least a portion of mesopores having a pore size of at least 10 nm and up to 50 nm, and wherein the mesopores are either within the mesoporous carbon matrix, or are spacings delineated by surfaces of said conductive carbon nanoparticles when said conductive carbon nanoparticles are fused with each other, or both. Methods for producing the above-described composite, devices incorporating them (e.g., lithium batteries), and methods of using them, are also described.

  3. Engineered monodisperse mesoporous materials

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    Saunders, R.S.; Small, J.H.; Lagasse, R.R.; Schroeder, J.L.; Jamison, G.M.

    1997-08-01

    Porous materials technology has developed products with a wide variety of pore sizes ranging from 1 angstrom to 100`s of microns and beyond. Beyond 15{angstrom} it becomes difficult to obtain well ordered, monodisperse pores. In this report the authors describe efforts in making novel porous material having monodisperse, controllable pore sizes spanning the mesoporous range (20--500 {angstrom}). They set forth to achieve this by using unique properties associated with block copolymers--two linear homopolymers attached at their ends. Block copolymers phase separate into monodisperse mesophases. They desired to selectively remove one of the phases and leave the other behind, giving the uniform monodisperse pores. To try to achieve this the authors used ring-opening metathesis polymerization to make the block copolymers. They synthesized a wide variety of monomers and surveyed their polymers by TGA, with the idea that one phase could be made thermally labile while the other phase would be thermally stable. In the precipitated and sol-gel processed materials, they determined by porosimetry measurements that micropores, mesopores, and macropores were created. In the film processed sample there was not much porosity present. They moved to a new system that required much lower thermal treatments to thermally remove over 90% of the labile phase. Film casting followed by thermal treatment and solvent extraction produced the desired monodisperse materials (based solely on SEM results). Modeling using Density Functional Theory was also incorporated into this project. The modeling was able to predict accurately the domain size and spacing vs. molecular weight for a model system, as well as accurate interfacial thicknesses.

  4. Mesoporous materials for antihydrogen production.

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    Consolati, Giovanni; Ferragut, Rafael; Galarneau, Anne; Di Renzo, Francesco; Quasso, Fiorenza

    2013-05-01

    Antimatter is barely known by the chemist community and this article has the vocation to explain how antimatter, in particular antihydrogen, can be obtained, as well as to show how mesoporous materials could be used as a further improvement for the production of antimatter at very low temperatures (below 1 K). The first experiments with mesoporous materials highlighted in this review show very promising and exciting results. Mesoporous materials such as mesoporous silicon, mesoporous material films, pellets of MCM-41 and silica aerogel show remarkable features for antihydrogen formation. Yet, the characteristics for the best future mesoporous materials (e.g. pore sizes, pore connectivity, shape, surface chemistry) remain to be clearly identified. For now among the best candidates are pellets of MCM-41 and aerogel with pore sizes between 10 and 30 nm, possessing hydrophobic patches on their surface to avoid ice formation at low temperature. From a fundamental standpoint, antimatter experiments could help to shed light on open issues, such as the apparent asymmetry between matter and antimatter in our universe and the gravitational behaviour of antimatter. To this purpose, basic studies on antimatter are necessary and a convenient production of antimatter is required. It is exactly where mesoporous materials could be very useful.

  5. Mesoporous Silicate Materials in Sensing

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    Melde, Brian J.; Johnson, Brandy J.; Charles, Paul T.

    2008-01-01

    Mesoporous silicas, especially those exhibiting ordered pore systems and uniform pore diameters, have shown great potential for sensing applications in recent years. Morphological control grants them versatility in the method of deployment whether as bulk powders, monoliths, thin films, or embedded in coatings. High surface areas and pore sizes greater than 2 nm make them effective as adsorbent coatings for humidity sensors. The pore networks also provide the potential for immobilization of enzymes within the materials. Functionalization of materials by silane grafting or through co-condensation of silicate precursors can be used to provide mesoporous materials with a variety of fluorescent probes as well as surface properties that aid in selective detection of specific analytes. This review will illustrate how mesoporous silicas have been applied to sensing changes in relative humidity, changes in pH, metal cations, toxic industrial compounds, volatile organic compounds, small molecules and ions, nitroenergetic compounds, and biologically relevant molecules.

  6. Mesoporous metal oxide graphene nanocomposite materials

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    Liu, Jun; Aksay, Ilhan A.; Kou, Rong; Wang, Donghai

    2016-05-24

    A nanocomposite material formed of graphene and a mesoporous metal oxide having a demonstrated specific capacity of more than 200 F/g with particular utility when employed in supercapacitor applications. A method for making these nanocomposite materials by first forming a mixture of graphene, a surfactant, and a metal oxide precursor, precipitating the metal oxide precursor with the surfactant from the mixture to form a mesoporous metal oxide. The mesoporous metal oxide is then deposited onto a surface of the graphene.

  7. Ecodesign of ordered mesoporous silica materials.

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    Gérardin, Corine; Reboul, Julien; Bonne, Magali; Lebeau, Bénédicte

    2013-05-01

    Characterized by a regular porosity in terms of pore size and pore network arrangement, ordered mesoporous solids have attracted increasing interest in the last two decades. These materials have been identified as potential candidates for several applications. However, more environmentally friendly and economical synthesis routes of mesoporous silica materials were found to be necessary in order to develop these applications on an industrial scale. Consequently, ecodesign of ordered mesoporous silica has been considerably developed with the objective of optimizing the chemistry and the processing aspects of the material synthesis. In this review, the main strategies developed with this aim are presented and discussed. PMID:23407854

  8. Surface-functionalized mesoporous carbon materials

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    Dai, Sheng; Gorka, Joanna; Mayes, Richard T.

    2016-02-02

    A functionalized mesoporous carbon composition comprising a mesoporous carbon scaffold having mesopores in which polyvinyl polymer grafts are covalently attached, wherein said mesopores have a size of at least 2 nm and up to 50 nm. Also described is a method for producing the functionalized mesoporous composition, wherein a reaction medium comprising a precursor mesoporous carbon, vinyl monomer, initiator, and solvent is subjected to sonication of sufficient power to result in grafting and polymerization of the vinyl monomer into mesopores of the precursor mesoporous carbon. Also described are methods for using the functionalized mesoporous carbon, particularly in extracting metal ions from metal-containing solutions.

  9. Recycle of silicate waste into mesoporous materials.

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    Kim, Jung Ho; Kim, Minwoo; Yu, Jong-Sung

    2011-04-15

    Template synthesis of porous carbon materials usually requires selective removal of template silica from the carbon/silica composites. It not only involves waste of valuable chemicals, but also poses significant environmental concerns including high waste treatment cost. Recycling of silicates released from such nanocasting methods is successfully performed for the first time to regenerate valuable mesoporous MCM and SBA type silica materials, which will not only help in saving valuable chemicals, but also in decreasing chemical waste, contributing in improvement of our environmental standards. This approach can thus improve cost effectiveness for the mass production of nanostructured carbon and others utilizing silica directed nanocasting method by recycling otherwise silicate waste into highly desirable valuable mesoporous silica.

  10. The Synthesis of Functional Mesoporous Materials

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    Fryxell, Glen E.

    2006-11-01

    The ability to decorate a silica surface with specific ligand fields and/or metal complexes creates powerful new capabilities for catalysis, chemical separations and sensor development. Integrating this with the ability to control the spacing of these complexes across the surface, as well as the symmetry and size of the pore structure, allows the synthetic chemist to hierarchically tailor these structured nanomaterials to specific needs. The next step up the “scale ladder” is provided by the ability to coat these mesoporous materials onto complex shapes, allowing for the intimate integration of these tailored materials into device interfaces. The ability to tailor the pore structure of these mesoporous supports is derived from the surfactant templated synthesis of mesoporous materials, an area which has seen an explosion of activity over the last decade.[1,2] The ability to decorate the surface with the desired functionality requires chemical modification of the oxide interface, most commonly achieved using organosilane self-assembly.[3-6] This manuscript describes recent results from the confluence of these two research areas, with a focus on synthetic manipulation of the morphology and chemistry of the interface, with the ultimate goal of binding metal centers in a chemically useful manner.

  11. Synthesis and catalytic applications of combined zeolitic/mesoporous materials

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    Vernimmen, Jarian; Cool, Pegie

    2011-01-01

    Summary In the last decade, research concerning nanoporous siliceous materials has been focused on mesoporous materials with intrinsic zeolitic features. These materials are thought to be superior, because they are able to combine (i) the enhanced diffusion and accessibility for larger molecules and viscous fluids typical of mesoporous materials with (ii) the remarkable stability, catalytic activity and selectivity of zeolites. This review gives an overview of the state of the art concerning combined zeolitic/mesoporous materials. Focus is put on the synthesis and the applications of the combined zeolitic/mesoporous materials. The different synthesis approaches and formation mechanisms leading to these materials are comprehensively discussed and compared. Moreover, Ti-containing nanoporous materials as redox catalysts are discussed to illustrate a potential implementation of combined zeolitic/mesoporous materials. PMID:22259762

  12. Mesoporous silicates: Materials science and biological applications

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    Roggers, Robert Anthony

    This thesis dissertation presents the collective research into the advancement of mesoporous silicate particles as biointerface devices, the development of new materials and the application of these particles as solid supports for heterogeneous catalysis. Mesoporous silica has been utilized in the aforementioned applications due to several reasons; the first being the ability to achieve high surface areas (500 - 1000 m2 g-1) with controlled pore sizes and particle morphology. Another reason for their popularity is their robustness in applications of heterogeneous catalysis and the ability to functionalize the surface with a wide variety of organic functional groups. In the field of biointerface devices, mesoporous silica nanoparticles represent a class of materials that exhibit high biocompatibility. In addition, the ability to functionalize the surfaces (outer surface and pore interiors) allows the particles to be targeted to specific cell types as well as the ability to release many different therapeutic molecules under specific stimuli. A unique particle coating consisting of a chemically cleavable lipid bilayer that allows for the encapsulation of a fluorescent molecule and increases the biocompatibility of the particle has been developed. The lipid bilayer coated mesoporous silica nanoparticle (LB-MSN) was characterized using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and nitrogen `sorption isotherms. The finished LB-MSN was then incubated with mammalian cells in order to prove their biocompatibility. Confocal micrographs demonstrate the endocytosis of the particles into the cells. In addition the micrographs also show that the LB-MSNs are separate from the endosomal compartments, however due to the lipophilic nature of the dye used to label the endosome there is some debate regarding this conclusion. The lipid bilayer coating was then applied to a large pore MSN (l-MSN) which had been previously shown to cause lysis of red blood cells (RBCs) at low

  13. Surface functionalized mesoporous material and method of making same

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    Feng, Xiangdong [West Richland, WA; Liu, Jun [West Richland, WA; Fryxell, Glen E [Kennewick, WA

    2001-12-04

    According to the present invention, an organized assembly of functional molecules with specific interfacial functionality (functional group(s)) is attached to available surfaces including within mesopores of a mesoporous material. The method of the present invention avoids the standard base soak that would digest the walls between the mesopores by boiling the mesoporous material in water for surface preparation then removing all but one or two layers of water molecules on the internal surface of a pore. Suitable functional molecule precursor is then applied to permeate the hydrated pores and the precursor then undergoes condensation to form the functional molecules on the interior surface(s) of the pore(s).

  14. Gated Silica Mesoporous Materials in Sensing Applications

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    Sancenón, Félix; Pascual, Lluís; Oroval, Mar; Aznar, Elena; Martínez-Máñez, Ramón

    2015-01-01

    Silica mesoporous supports (SMSs) have a large specific surface area and volume and are particularly exciting vehicles for delivery applications. Such container-like structures can be loaded with numerous different chemical substances, such as drugs and reporters. Gated systems also contain addressable functions at openings of voids, and cargo delivery can be controlled on-command using chemical, biochemical or physical stimuli. Many of these gated SMSs have been applied for drug delivery. However, fewer examples of their use in sensing protocols have been reported. The approach of applying SMSs in sensing uses another concept—that of loading pores with a reporter and designing a capping mechanism that is selectively opened in the presence of a target analyte, which results in the delivery of the reporter. According to this concept, we provide herein a complete compilation of published examples of probes based on the use of capped SMSs for sensing. Examples for the detection of anions, cations, small molecules and biomolecules are provided. The diverse range of gated silica mesoporous materials presented here highlights their usefulness in recognition protocols. PMID:26491626

  15. Gated Silica Mesoporous Materials in Sensing Applications.

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    Sancenón, Félix; Pascual, Lluís; Oroval, Mar; Aznar, Elena; Martínez-Máñez, Ramón

    2015-08-01

    Silica mesoporous supports (SMSs) have a large specific surface area and volume and are particularly exciting vehicles for delivery applications. Such container-like structures can be loaded with numerous different chemical substances, such as drugs and reporters. Gated systems also contain addressable functions at openings of voids, and cargo delivery can be controlled on-command using chemical, biochemical or physical stimuli. Many of these gated SMSs have been applied for drug delivery. However, fewer examples of their use in sensing protocols have been reported. The approach of applying SMSs in sensing uses another concept-that of loading pores with a reporter and designing a capping mechanism that is selectively opened in the presence of a target analyte, which results in the delivery of the reporter. According to this concept, we provide herein a complete compilation of published examples of probes based on the use of capped SMSs for sensing. Examples for the detection of anions, cations, small molecules and biomolecules are provided. The diverse range of gated silica mesoporous materials presented here highlights their usefulness in recognition protocols. PMID:26491626

  16. Mesoporous silicates: Materials science and biological applications

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    Roggers, Robert Anthony

    This thesis dissertation presents the collective research into the advancement of mesoporous silicate particles as biointerface devices, the development of new materials and the application of these particles as solid supports for heterogeneous catalysis. Mesoporous silica has been utilized in the aforementioned applications due to several reasons; the first being the ability to achieve high surface areas (500 - 1000 m2 g-1) with controlled pore sizes and particle morphology. Another reason for their popularity is their robustness in applications of heterogeneous catalysis and the ability to functionalize the surface with a wide variety of organic functional groups. In the field of biointerface devices, mesoporous silica nanoparticles represent a class of materials that exhibit high biocompatibility. In addition, the ability to functionalize the surfaces (outer surface and pore interiors) allows the particles to be targeted to specific cell types as well as the ability to release many different therapeutic molecules under specific stimuli. A unique particle coating consisting of a chemically cleavable lipid bilayer that allows for the encapsulation of a fluorescent molecule and increases the biocompatibility of the particle has been developed. The lipid bilayer coated mesoporous silica nanoparticle (LB-MSN) was characterized using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and nitrogen `sorption isotherms. The finished LB-MSN was then incubated with mammalian cells in order to prove their biocompatibility. Confocal micrographs demonstrate the endocytosis of the particles into the cells. In addition the micrographs also show that the LB-MSNs are separate from the endosomal compartments, however due to the lipophilic nature of the dye used to label the endosome there is some debate regarding this conclusion. The lipid bilayer coating was then applied to a large pore MSN (l-MSN) which had been previously shown to cause lysis of red blood cells (RBCs) at low

  17. Mesoporous materials for clean energy technologies.

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    Linares, Noemi; Silvestre-Albero, Ana M; Serrano, Elena; Silvestre-Albero, Joaquín; García-Martínez, Javier

    2014-11-21

    Alternative energy technologies are greatly hindered by significant limitations in materials science. From low activity to poor stability, and from mineral scarcity to high cost, the current materials are not able to cope with the significant challenges of clean energy technologies. However, recent advances in the preparation of nanomaterials, porous solids, and nanostructured solids are providing hope in the race for a better, cleaner energy production. The present contribution critically reviews the development and role of mesoporosity in a wide range of technologies, as this provides for critical improvements in accessibility, the dispersion of the active phase and a higher surface area. Relevant examples of the development of mesoporosity by a wide range of techniques are provided, including the preparation of hierarchical structures with pore systems in different scale ranges. Mesoporosity plays a significant role in catalysis, especially in the most challenging processes where bulky molecules, like those obtained from biomass or highly unreactive species, such as CO2 should be transformed into most valuable products. Furthermore, mesoporous materials also play a significant role as electrodes in fuel and solar cells and in thermoelectric devices, technologies which are benefiting from improved accessibility and a better dispersion of materials with controlled porosity. PMID:24699503

  18. Mesoporous materials for clean energy technologies.

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    Linares, Noemi; Silvestre-Albero, Ana M; Serrano, Elena; Silvestre-Albero, Joaquín; García-Martínez, Javier

    2014-11-21

    Alternative energy technologies are greatly hindered by significant limitations in materials science. From low activity to poor stability, and from mineral scarcity to high cost, the current materials are not able to cope with the significant challenges of clean energy technologies. However, recent advances in the preparation of nanomaterials, porous solids, and nanostructured solids are providing hope in the race for a better, cleaner energy production. The present contribution critically reviews the development and role of mesoporosity in a wide range of technologies, as this provides for critical improvements in accessibility, the dispersion of the active phase and a higher surface area. Relevant examples of the development of mesoporosity by a wide range of techniques are provided, including the preparation of hierarchical structures with pore systems in different scale ranges. Mesoporosity plays a significant role in catalysis, especially in the most challenging processes where bulky molecules, like those obtained from biomass or highly unreactive species, such as CO2 should be transformed into most valuable products. Furthermore, mesoporous materials also play a significant role as electrodes in fuel and solar cells and in thermoelectric devices, technologies which are benefiting from improved accessibility and a better dispersion of materials with controlled porosity.

  19. Solar hydrogen and solar electricity using mesoporous materials

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    Mahoney, Luther

    The development of cost-effective materials for effective utilization of solar energy is a major challenge for solving the energy problems that face the world. This thesis work relates to the development of mesoporous materials for solar energy applications in the areas of photocatalytic water splitting and the generation of electricity. Mesoporous materials were employed throughout the studies because of their favorable physico-chemical properties such as high surface areas and large porosities. The first project was related to the use of a cubic periodic mesoporous material, MCM-48. The studies showed that chromium loading directly affected the phase of mesoporous silica formed. Furthermore, within the cubic MCM-48 structure, the loading of polychromate species determined the concentration of solar hydrogen produced. In an effort to determine the potential of mesoporous materials, titanium dioxide was prepared using the Evaporation-Induced Self-Assembly (EISA) synthetic method. The aging period directly determined the amount of various phases of titanium dioxide. This method was extended for the preparation of cobalt doped titanium dioxide for solar simulated hydrogen evolution. In another study, metal doped systems were synthesized using the EISA procedure and rhodamine B (RhB) dye sensitized and metal doped titania mesoporous materials were evaluated for visible light hydrogen evolution. The final study employed various mesoporous titanium dioxide materials for N719 dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) materials for photovoltaic applications. The materials were extensively characterized using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen physisorption, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), UV-Vis spectroscopy, Fourier-Transform-Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR), Raman spectroscopy, chemisorption, photoluminescence (PL), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In addition, photoelectrochemical measurements were completed using

  20. Interactions of Plutonium and Lanthanides with Ordered Mesoporous Materials

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    Parsons-Moss, Tashi

    Ordered mesoporous materials are porous solids with a regular, patterned structure composed of pores between 2 and 50 nm wide. Such materials have attracted much attention in the past twenty years because the chemistry of their synthesis allows control of their unique physicochemical properties, which can be tuned for a variety of applications. Generally, ordered mesoporous materials have very high specific surface areas and pore volumes, and offer unique structures that are neither crystalline nor amorphous. The large tunable interface provided by ordered mesoporous solids may be advantageous in applications involving sequestration, separation, or detection of actinides and lanthanides in solution. However, the fundamental chemical interactions of actinides and lanthanides must be understood before applications can be implemented. This dissertation focuses primarily on the fundamental interactions of plutonium with organically modified mesoporous silica, as well as several different porous carbon materials, both untreated and chemically oxidized. A method for functionalizing mesoporous silica by self assembly and molecular grafting of functional organosilane ligands was optimized for the 2D-hexagonal ordered mesoporous silica known as SBA-15 (Santa Barbara amorphous silica). Four different organically-modified silica materials were synthesized and characterized with several techniques. To confirm that covalent bonds were formed between the silane anchor of the ligand and the silica substrate, functionalized silica samples were analyzed with 29Si nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Infrared spectroscopy was used in combination with 13C and 31P nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to verify the molecular structures of the ligands after they were synthesized and grafted to the silica. The densities of the functional silane ligands on the silica surface were estimated using thermogravimetric analysis. Batch sorption experiments were conducted with solutions of

  1. Phosphorus recovery by mesoporous structure material from wastewater.

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    Lee, S H; Lee, B C; Lee, K W; Lee, S H; Choi, Y S; Park, K Y; Iwamoto, M

    2007-01-01

    This study was designed to investigate the fundamental aspects of a possible removal of phosphorous from wastewater by using the mesoporous structure materials for wastewater reuse. The zirconium sulphate with mesoporous structure as a new type of ion exchangers was synthesised by hydrothermal reaction. From the results of X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope, it was discovered that the synthesised material had hexagonal mesoporous structure with a pore size of approximately 40-50A. Experimental results showed that the zirconium sulphate with mesoporous structure had very high sorption capacity for the phosphorus. The novel ion exchange occurred between PO4(3-) and SO4(2-), OH-. The amount of phosphate ions exchanged into the solid was as great as 3.4 mmol/g-ZS. Furthermore, it is possible to obtain a higher removal efficiency than other ion exchange media and adsorbents.

  2. Mesoporous carbon/zirconia composites: a potential route to chemically functionalized electrically-conductive mesoporous materials.

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    Oh, Jung-Min; Kumbhar, Amar S; Geiculescu, Olt; Creager, Stephen E

    2012-02-14

    Mesoporous nanocomposite materials in which nanoscale zirconia (ZrO(2)) particles are embedded in the carbon skeleton of a templated mesoporous carbon matrix were prepared, and the embedded zirconia sites were used to accomplish chemical functionalization of the interior surfaces of mesopores. These nanocomposite materials offer a unique combination of high porosity (e.g., ∼84% void space), electrical conductivity, and surface tailorability. The ZrO(2)/carbon nanocomposites were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis, nitrogen-adsorption porosimetry, helium pychnometry, powder X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Comparison was made with templated mesoporous carbon samples prepared without addition of ZrO(2). Treatment of the nanocomposites with phenylphosphonic acid was undertaken and shown to result in robust binding of the phosphonic acid to the surface of ZrO(2) particles. Incorporation of nanoscale ZrO(2) surfaces in the mesoporous composite skeleton offers unique promise as a means for anchoring organophosphonates inside of pores through formation of robust covalent Zr-O-P bonds. PMID:22248432

  3. Mesoporous materials for energy conversion and storage devices

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    Li, Wei; Liu, Jun; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2016-06-01

    To meet the growing energy demands in a low-carbon economy, the development of new materials that improve the efficiency of energy conversion and storage systems is essential. Mesoporous materials offer opportunities in energy conversion and storage applications owing to their extraordinarily high surface areas and large pore volumes. These properties may improve the performance of materials in terms of energy and power density, lifetime and stability. In this Review, we summarize the primary methods for preparing mesoporous materials and discuss their applications as electrodes and/or catalysts in solar cells, solar fuel production, rechargeable batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells. Finally, we outline the research and development challenges of mesoporous materials that need to be overcome to increase their contribution in renewable energy applications.

  4. Location of laccase in ordered mesoporous materials

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    Mayoral, Álvaro; Gascón, Victoria; Blanco, Rosa M.; Márquez-Álvarez, Carlos; Díaz, Isabel

    2014-11-01

    The functionalization with amine groups was developed on the SBA-15, and its effect in the laccase immobilization was compared with that of a Periodic Mesoporous Aminosilica. A method to encapsulate the laccase in situ has now been developed. In this work, spherical aberration (C{sub s}) corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy combined with high angle annular dark field detector and electron energy loss spectroscopy were applied to identify the exact location of the enzyme in the matrix formed by the ordered mesoporous solids.

  5. Transport properties of hierarchical micro-mesoporous materials.

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    Schneider, Daniel; Mehlhorn, Dirk; Zeigermann, Philipp; Kärger, Jörg; Valiullin, Rustem

    2016-06-13

    Adding mesopore networks in microporous materials using the principles of hierarchical structure design is recognized as a promising route for eliminating their transport limitations and, therefore, for improving their value in technological applications. Depending on the routes of physico-chemical procedures or post-synthesis treatments used, very different geometries of the intentionally-added transport mesopores can be obtained. Understanding the structure-dynamics relationships in these complex materials with multiple porosities under different thermodynamical conditions remains a challenging task. In this review, we summarize the results obtained so far on experimental and theoretical studies of diffusion in micro-mesoporous materials. By considering four common classes of bi-porous materials, which are differing by the inter-connectivities of their sup-spaces as one of the most important parameter determining the transport rates, we discuss their generic transport properties and correlate the results delivered by the equilibrium and non-equilibrium techniques of diffusion measurements.

  6. Mesoporous materials used in medicine and environmental applications.

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    Gunduz, Oguzhan; Yetmez, Mehmet; Sonmez, Maria; Georgescu, Mihai; Alexandrescu, Laura; Ficai, Anton; Ficai, Denisa; Andronescu, Ecaterina

    2015-01-01

    Mesoporous materials synthesized in the presence of templates, are commonly used for environment and medical applications. Due to the properties it holds, mesoporous silica nanoparticles is an excellent material for use in medical field, biomaterials, active principles delivery systems, enzyme immobilization and imaging. Their structure allows embedding large and small molecules, DNA adsorption and genetic transfer. Using mesoporous silica nanoparticles for delivery of bioactive molecules can protect them against degradation under physiological conditions, allow controlled drugs release and minimize side effects on healthy tissues. Cellular tests performed on mesoporous silica nanoparticles demonstrate that MSN's cytotoxicity is dependent on the size and concentration and suggests the use of larger size nanoparticles is optimal for medical applications. Mesoporous materials possess high biological compatibility, are non-toxic and can be easily modified by functionalizing the surface or inside the pores by grafting or co-condensation method. The structure, composition and pores size of this material can be optimized during synthesis by varying the stoichiometric reactants, reaction conditions, nature of the template's molecules or by functionalization method. PMID:25877095

  7. Ordered mesoporous materials based on interfacial assembly and engineering.

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    Li, Wei; Yue, Qin; Deng, Yonghui; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2013-10-01

    Ordered mesoporous materials have inspired prominent research interest due to their unique properties and functionalities and potential applications in adsorption, separation, catalysis, sensors, drug delivery, energy conversion and storage, and so on. Thanks to continuous efforts over the past two decades, great achievements have been made in the synthesis and structural characterization of mesoporous materials. In this review, we summarize recent progresses in preparing ordered mesoporous materials from the viewpoint of interfacial assembly and engineering. Five interfacial assembly and synthesis are comprehensively highlighted, including liquid-solid interfacial assembly, gas-liquid interfacial assembly, liquid-liquid interfacial assembly, gas-solid interfacial synthesis, and solid-solid interfacial synthesis, basics about their synthesis pathways, princples and interface engineering strategies.

  8. Novel organic-inorganic hybrid mesoporous materials and nanocomposites

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    Feng, Qiuwei

    Organic-inorganic hybrid mesoporous materials have been prepared successfully via the nonsurfactant templated sol-gel pathway using dibenzoyl-L-tartaric acid (DBTA) as the templating compound. Styrene and methyl methacrylate polymers have been incorporated into the mesoporous silica matrix on the molecular level. The synthetic conditions have been systematically studied and optimized. Titania based mesoporous materials have also been made using nonionic polyethylene glycol surfactant as the pore forming or structure-directing agent. In all of the above mesoporous materials, pore structures have been studied in detail by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) characterizations. The relationship between the template concentration and the pore parameters has been established. This nonsurfactant templated pathway possesses many advantages over the known surfactant approaches such as low cost, environment friendly and biocompatability. To overcome the drawback of nonsurfactant templated mesoporous materials that lack a well ordered pore structure, a flow induced synthesis has been attempted to orientate the sol-gel solution in order to obtain aligned pore structures. The versatility of this nonsurfactant templated pathway can even be extended to the making of organic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposite materials. On the basis of this approach, polymer-silica nanocomposite materials have been prepared using a polymerizable template. It is shown that the organic monomer such as hydroxyethyl methacrylate can act as a template in making nanoporous silica materials and then be further polymerized through a post synthesis technique. The properties and morphology of this new material have been studied by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Infrared Absorption Spectroscopy (FTIR). Electroactive organic-inorganic hybrid materials have also been synthesized via the sol-gel process. A

  9. DEVELOPMENT OF MESOPOROUS MEMBRANE MATERIALS FOR CO2 SEPARATION

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    Wei-Heng Shih; Qiang Zhao; Nanlin Wang

    2002-05-01

    Mesoporous and precipitated alumina were synthesized as the base material for CO{sub 2} adsorbent. The porous alumina is doped with Ba to enhance it CO{sub 2} affinity due to the basicity of Ba. it is shown by gas chromatograph (GC) that the addition of Ba enhances the separation CO{sub 2} from N{sub 2}. It was found that mesoporous alumina has larger specific surface area and better selectivity of CO{sub 2} than precipitated alumina. Ba improves the affinity of mesoporous alumina with CO{sub 2}. Phase may play an important role in selective adsorption of CO{sub 2}. It is speculated that mesoporous alumina is more reactive than precipitated alumina creating the xBaO {center_dot} Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase that may be more affinity to CO{sub 2} than N{sub 2}. On the other hand, the barium aluminate phase (Ba{sub 3}Al{sub 2}O{sub 6}) in the mesoporous sample does not help the adsorption of CO{sub 2}.

  10. Textural manipulation of mesoporous materials for hosting of metallic nanocatalysts.

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    Sun, Junming; Bao, Xinhe

    2008-01-01

    The preparation and stabilization of nanoparticles are becoming very crucial issues in the field of so-called "nanocatalysis". Recent developments in supramolecular self-assembled porous materials have opened a new way to get nanoparticles hosted in the channels of such materials. In this paper, a new approach towards monodisperse and thermally stable metal nanoparticles by confining them in ordered mesoporous materials is presented, and three aspects are illustrated. Firstly, the recent progress in the functional control of mesoporous materials will be briefly introduced, and the rational tuning of the textures, pore size, and pore length is demonstrated by controlling supramolecular self-assembly behavior. A novel synthesis of short-pore mesoporous materials is emphasized for their easy mass transfer in both biomolecule absorption and the facile assembly of metal nanocomposites within their pore channels. In the second part, the different routes for encapsulating monodisperse nanoparticles inside channels of porous materials are discussed, which mainly includes the ion-exchange/conventional incipient wetness impregnation, in situ encapsulation routes, organometallic methodologies, and surface functionalization schemes. A facile in situ autoreduction route is highlighted to get monodisperse metal nanoparticles with tunable sizes inside the channels of mesoporous silica. Finally, confinement of mesoporous materials is demonstrated to improve the thermal stability of monodisperse metal nanoparticles catalysts and a special emphasis will be focused on the stabilization of the metal nanoparticles with a low Tammann temperature. Several catalytic reactions concerning the catalysis of nanoparticles will be presented. These uniform nanochannels, which confine monodisperse and stable metal nanoparticles catalysts, are of great importance in the exploration of size-dependent catalytic chemistry and further understanding the nature of catalytic reactions. PMID:18668502

  11. Interactions of Plutonium and Lanthanides with Ordered Mesoporous Materials

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    Parsons-Moss, Tashi

    Ordered mesoporous materials are porous solids with a regular, patterned structure composed of pores between 2 and 50 nm wide. Such materials have attracted much attention in the past twenty years because the chemistry of their synthesis allows control of their unique physicochemical properties, which can be tuned for a variety of applications. Generally, ordered mesoporous materials have very high specific surface areas and pore volumes, and offer unique structures that are neither crystalline nor amorphous. The large tunable interface provided by ordered mesoporous solids may be advantageous in applications involving sequestration, separation, or detection of actinides and lanthanides in solution. However, the fundamental chemical interactions of actinides and lanthanides must be understood before applications can be implemented. This dissertation focuses primarily on the fundamental interactions of plutonium with organically modified mesoporous silica, as well as several different porous carbon materials, both untreated and chemically oxidized. A method for functionalizing mesoporous silica by self assembly and molecular grafting of functional organosilane ligands was optimized for the 2D-hexagonal ordered mesoporous silica known as SBA-15 (Santa Barbara amorphous silica). Four different organically-modified silica materials were synthesized and characterized with several techniques. To confirm that covalent bonds were formed between the silane anchor of the ligand and the silica substrate, functionalized silica samples were analyzed with 29Si nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Infrared spectroscopy was used in combination with 13C and 31P nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to verify the molecular structures of the ligands after they were synthesized and grafted to the silica. The densities of the functional silane ligands on the silica surface were estimated using thermogravimetric analysis. Batch sorption experiments were conducted with solutions of

  12. Magnetic mesoporous materials for removal of environmental wastes

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    Kim, Byoung Chan; Lee, Jinwoo; Um, Wooyong; Kim, Jaeyun; Joo, Jin; Lee, Jin Hyung; Kwak, Ja Hun; Kim, Jae Hyun; Lee, Changha; Lee, Hongshin; Addleman, Raymond S.; Hyeon, Taeghwan; Gu, Man Bock; Kim, Jungbae

    2011-09-15

    We have synthesized two different magnetic mesoporous materials that can be easily separated from aqueous solutions by applying a magnetic field. Synthesized magnetic mesoporous materials, Mag-SBA-15 (magnetic ordered mesoporous silica) and Mag-OMC (magnetic ordered mesoporous carbon), have a high loading capacity of contaminants due to high surface area of the supports and high magnetic activity due to the embedded iron oxide particles. Application of surface-modified Mag-SBA-15 was investigated for the collection of mercury from water. The mercury adsorption using Mag-SBA-15 was rapid during the initial contact time and reached a steady-state condition, with an uptake of approximately 97% after 7 hours. Application of Mag-OMC for collection of organics from water, using fluorescein as an easily trackable model analyte, was explored. The fluorescein was absorbed into Mag-OMC within minutes and the fluorescent intensity of solution was completely disappeared after an hour. In another application, Mag-SBA-15 was used as a host of tyrosinase, and employed as recyclable catalytic scaffolds for tyrosinase-catalyzed biodegradation of catechol. Tyrosinase aggregates in Mag-SBA-15, prepared in a two step process of tyrosinase adsorption and crosslinking, could be used repeatedly for catechol degradation with no serious loss of enzyme activity. Considering these results of cleaning up water from toxic inorganic, organic and biochemical contaminants, magnetic mesoporous materials have a great potential to be employed for the removal of environmental contaminants and potentially for the application in large-scale wastewater treatment plants.

  13. Functionalized mesoporous silica materials for molsidomine adsorption: Thermodynamic study

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    Alyoshina, Nonna A.; Parfenyuk, Elena V.

    2013-09-15

    A series of unmodified and organically modified mesoporous silica materials was prepared. The unmodified mesoporous silica was synthesized via sol–gel synthesis in the presence of D-glucose as pore-forming agent. The functionalized by phenyl, aminopropyl and mercaptopropyl groups silica materials were prepared via grafting. The fabricated adsorbent materials were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis, N{sub 2} adsorption/desorption and elemental analysis methods. Then their adsorption properties for mesoionic dug molsidomine were investigated at 290–313 K and physiological pH value. Thermodynamic parameters of molsidomine adsorption on the synthesized materials have been calculated. The obtained results showed that the adsorption process of molsidomine on the phenyl modified silica is the most quantitatively and energetically favorable. The unmodified and mercaptopropyl modified silica materials exhibit significantly higher adsorption capacities and energies for molsidomine than the aminopropyl modified sample. The effects are discussed from the viewpoint of nature of specific interactions responsible for the adsorption. - Graphical abstract: Comparative analysis of the thermodynamic characteristics of molsidomine adsorption showed that the adsorption process on mesoporous silica materials is controlled by chemical nature of surface functional groups. Molsidomine adsorption on the phenyl modified silica is the most quantitatively and energetically favorable. Taking into account ambiguous nature of mesoionic compounds, it was found that molsidomine is rather aromatic than dipolar. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Unmodified and organically modified mesoporous silica materials were prepared. • Molsidomine adsorption on the silica materials was studied. • Phenyl modified silica shows the highest adsorption capacity and favorable energy. • Molsidomine exhibits the lowest affinity to aminopropyl modified silica.

  14. Packaging biological cargoes in mesoporous materials: opportunities for drug delivery

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    Siefker, Justin; Karande, Pankaj; Coppens, Marc-Olivier

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Confinement of biomolecules in structured nanoporous materials offers several desirable features ranging from chemical and thermal stability, to resistance to degradation from the external environment. A new generation of mesoporous materials presents exciting new possibilities for the formulation and controlled release of biological agents. Such materials address niche applications in enteral and parenteral delivery of biologics, such as peptides, polypeptides, enzymes and proteins for use as therapeutics, imaging agents, biosensors, and adjuvants. Areas covered: Mesoporous silica Santa Barbara Amorphous-15 (SBA-15), with its unique, tunable pore diameter, and easily functionalized surface, provides a representative example of this new generation of materials. Here, we review recent advances in the design and synthesis of nanostructured mesoporous materials, focusing on SBA-15, and highlight opportunities for the delivery of biological agents to various organ and tissue compartments. Expert opinion: The SBA-15 platform provides a delivery carrier that is inherently separated from the active biologic due to distinct intra and extra-particle environments. This permits the SBA-15 platform to not require direct modification of the active biological therapeutic. Additionally, this makes the platform universal and allows for its application independent of the desired methods of discovery and development. The SBA-15 platform also directly addresses issues of targeted delivery and controlled release, although future challenges in the implementation of this platform reside in particle design, biocompatibility, and the tunability of the internal and external material properties. Examples illustrating the flexibility in the application of the SBA-15 platform are also discussed. PMID:25016923

  15. Magnetic mesoporous material for the sequestration of algae

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    Trewyn, Brian G.; Kandel, Kapil; Slowing, Igor Ivan; Lee, Show-Ling

    2014-09-09

    The present invention provides a magnetic mesoporous nanoparticle that includes a mesoporous silicate nanoparticle and iron oxide. The present invention also provides a method of using magnetic mesoporous nanoparticles to sequester microorganisms from a media.

  16. Transformation of layered polyoxometallate cluster salts into mesoporous materials

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    Holland, B.T.; Isbester, P.K.; Munson, E.J.; Stein, A. . Dept. of Chemistry)

    1999-02-01

    A new approach to the formation of mesoporous materials has been developed, based on a two-step salt-gel'' synthesis, in which mesoporous aluminophosphates, galloaluminophosphates, and aluminosilicates have been created. The first step involves pre-organizing charged inorganic clusters (MO[sub 4]Al[sub 12](OH)[sub 24](H[sub 2]O)[sub 12][sup 7+], M = Al or Ga) into a layered mesoscopic material with oppositely charged organic surfactant molecules. In the second step, phosphate or silicate linker molecules are added, which diffuse through the cluster/surfactant salt, react with the clusters, and transform the layered precursor into a non-lamellar mesostructured material. Removal of the surfactant from the alumino- and galloaluminophosphates by anion-exchange and from the aluminosilicates by calcination results in mesoporous materials with BET surface areas up to 630, 455, and 431 m[sup 2]/g, respectively. Direct condensation by calcination of polyoxoaluminate cluster salts without additional linkers produces nanometer-sized one-dimensional strings.

  17. Fluorescent Functionalized Mesoporous Silica for Radioactive Material Extraction

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    Li, Juan; Zhu, Kake; Shang, Jianying; Wang, Donghai; Nie, Zimin; Guo, Ruisong; Liu, Chongxuan; Wang, Zheming; Li, Xiaolin; Liu, Jun

    2012-08-01

    Mesoporous silica with covalently bound salicylic acid molecules incorporated in the structure was synthesized with a one-pot, co-condensation reaction at room temperature. The as-synthesized material has a large surface area, uniform particle size, and an ordered pore structure as determined by characterization with transmission electron microscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis, and infrared spectra, etc. Using the strong fluorescence and metal coordination capability of salicylic acid, functionalized mesoporous silica (FMS) was developed to track and extract radionuclide contaminants, such as uranyl [U(VI)] ions encountered in subsurface environments. Adsorption measurements showed a strong affinity of the FMS toward U(VI) with a Kd value of 105 mL/g, which is four orders of magnitude higher than the adsorption of U(VI) onto most of the sediments in natural environments. The new materials have a potential for synergistic environmental monitoring and remediation of the radionuclide U(VI) from contaminated subsurface environments.

  18. Mesoporous material Al-MCM-41 from natural halloysite

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    Xie, Yaling; Zhang, Yi; Ouyang, Jing; Yang, Huaming

    2014-07-01

    Aluminum-containing hexagonally ordered mesoporous silica (Al-MCM-41) with specific surface area of 509.4 m2/g was first synthesized using natural halloysite as source material by hydrothermal treatment, without addition of silica or aluminum regents. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, N2 adsorption-desorption measurements, and Fourier transform infrared spectra techniques. The results indicate that process parameters, including calcination temperature, pH value, n(SiO2)/ n(CTAB)/ n(H2O) ratio, and hydrothermal reaction time, show moderate effects on the preparation of Al-MCM-41. SiO2/Al2O3 molar ratio could be effectively modulated by the calcination temperature for halloysite. Furthermore, we first clarified the structural evolution from natural halloysite to mesoporous material Al-MCM-41 at the atomic level.

  19. Paramagnetic muon states in mesoporous carbon materials

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    Macrae, R. M.; Upchurch, C.; Rose, D. K.; Miyake, Y.; Koda, A.; Lord, J. S.; Shuttleworth, P. S.

    2014-12-01

    We present results of longitudinal field repolarisation measurements carried out at J-PARC and ISIS on the "green" functional carbon materials Starbon 300 and Starbon 800, synthesized using starch as a template and subjected to pyrolysis treatments at different temperatures (300°C and 800°C respectively); pyrolysis at low temperature may be expected to yield a material retaining more of the "hydrophilic" properties of the original starch material in its chemically active voids, while high temperature pyrolysis may be expected to lead to "hydrophobic" voids and a more graphitic material. The hydrophilic material shows a larger repolarising fraction than the hydrophobic material, with a hyperfine constant on the order of 200-300 MHz. This is likely to be a superposition of the repolarisation of multiple radicals. Several candidate and model species are investigated through accompanying density functional theory calculations.

  20. Breakthrough and future: nanoscale controls of compositions, morphologies, and mesochannel orientations toward advanced mesoporous materials.

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    Yamauchi, Yusuke; Suzuki, Norihiro; Radhakrishnan, Logudurai; Wang, Liang

    2009-01-01

    Currently, ordered mesoporous materials prepared through the self-assembly of surfactants have attracted growing interests owing to their special properties, including uniform mesopores and a high specific surface area. Here we focus on fine controls of compositions, morphologies, mesochannel orientations which are important factors for design of mesoporous materials with new functionalities. This Review describes our recent progress toward advanced mesoporous materials. Mesoporous materials now include a variety of inorganic-based materials, for example, transition-metal oxides, carbons, inorganic-organic hybrid materials, polymers, and even metals. Mesoporous metals with metallic frameworks can be produced by using surfactant-based synthesis with electrochemical methods. Owing to their metallic frameworks, mesoporous metals with high electroconductivity and high surface areas hold promise for a wide range of potential applications, such as electronic devices, magnetic recording media, and metal catalysts. Fabrication of mesoporous materials with controllable morphologies is also one of the main subjects in this rapidly developing research field. Mesoporous materials in the form of films, spheres, fibers, and tubes have been obtained by various synthetic processes such as evaporation-mediated direct templating (EDIT), spray-dried techniques, and collaboration with hard-templates such as porous anodic alumina and polymer membranes. Furthermore, we have developed several approaches for orientation controls of 1D mesochannels. The macroscopic-scale controls of mesochannels are important for innovative applications such as molecular-scale devices and electrodes with enhanced diffusions of guest species.

  1. Selective catalysis utilizing bifunctionalized MCM-41 mesoporous materials

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    Strosahl, Kasey Jean

    2005-01-01

    Selective catalysis is a field that has been under intense investigation for the last 100 years. The most widely used method involves catalysts with stereochemical selectivity. In this type of catalysis, the catalyst controls which reactants will be transformed into the desired product. The secret to employing this type of catalysis, though, is to design the proper catalyst, which can be difficult. One may spend as much time developing the catalyst as spent separating the various products achieved. Another method of selective catalysis is now being explored. The method involves utilizing a multifunctional mesoporous silica catalyst with a gate-keeping capability. Properly functionalized mesoporous materials with well-defined pore morphology and surface properties can provide an ideal three-dimensional environment for anchoring various homogeneous catalysts. These materials can circumvent the multi-sited two-dimensional nature most heterogeneous systems have without adversely impacting the reactant diffusivity. These single-site nanostructured catalysts with ordered geometrical structure are advantageous in achieving high selectivity and reactivity. Mesoporous materials can be prepared to include pores lined homogeneously with tethered catalysts via co-condensation. Additionally, these materials can be reacted with another (RO)3Si~Z group by using the traditional grafting method; this group is anchored predominantly at the entrances to the pores rather than inside the pores. Thus, if these ~Z groups are chosen properly, they can select certain molecules to enter the pores and be converted to products (Scheme 1). In such multifunctional catalysts, the selectivity depends on the discrimination of the gatekeeper. Gate-keeping MCM-41 materials are at the forefront of catalytic substances.

  2. Introduction of bridging and pendant organic groups into mesoporous alumina materials.

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    Grant, Stacy M; Woods, Stephan M; Gericke, Arne; Jaroniec, Mietek

    2011-11-01

    Incorporation of organic functionalities into soft-templated mesoporous alumina was performed via organosilane-assisted evaporation induced self-assembly using aluminum alkoxide precursors and block copolymer templates. This strategy permits one to obtain mesoporous alumina-based materials with tailorable adsorption, surface and structural properties. Isocyanurate, ethane, mercaptopropyl, and ureidopropyl-functionalized mesoporous alumina materials were synthesized with relatively high surface area and large pore volume with uniform and wormhole-like mesopores. The presence of organosilyl groups within these hybrid materials was confirmed by IR or Raman spectroscopy and their concentration was determined by elemental analysis.

  3. Method for rapidly producing microporous and mesoporous materials

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    Coronado, P.R.; Poco, J.F.; Hrubesh, L.W.; Hopper, R.W.

    1997-11-11

    An improved, rapid process is provided for making microporous and mesoporous materials, including aerogels and pre-ceramics. A gel or gel precursor is confined in a sealed vessel to prevent structural expansion of the gel during the heating process. This confinement allows the gelation and drying processes to be greatly accelerated, and significantly reduces the time required to produce a dried aerogel compared to conventional methods. Drying may be performed either by subcritical drying with a pressurized fluid to expel the liquid from the gel pores or by supercritical drying. The rates of heating and decompression are significantly higher than for conventional methods. 3 figs.

  4. Method for rapidly producing microporous and mesoporous materials

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    Coronado, Paul R.; Poco, John F.; Hrubesh, Lawrence W.; Hopper, Robert W.

    1997-01-01

    An improved, rapid process is provided for making microporous and mesoporous materials, including aerogels and pre-ceramics. A gel or gel precursor is confined in a sealed vessel to prevent structural expansion of the gel during the heating process. This confinement allows the gelation and drying processes to be greatly accelerated, and significantly reduces the time required to produce a dried aerogel compared to conventional methods. Drying may be performed either by subcritical drying with a pressurized fluid to expel the liquid from the gel pores or by supercritical drying. The rates of heating and decompression are significantly higher than for conventional methods.

  5. Industrial water treatment, by adsorption, using organized mesoporous materials

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    Koubaissy, Bachar; Toufaily, Joumana; Kafrouny, Lina; Joly, Guy; Magnoux, Patrick; Hamieh, Tayssir

    In this work, pure silica SBA-15 was synthesized by a sol-gel method and in-situ functionalized by a series of organosilane. These mesoporous materials are used to absorb polluants from wastewater. We studied the influence of functional groups on adsorption of phenol drifts. The carboxylic acid groups and substituted chlorine on phenol have been studied. There is a sharp increase of adsorption (more than double compared to phenol) which is very encouraging. Furthermore we note that the percentage of grafted ligands also plays an important role in adsorption. Finally, the adsorption capacity also depends on the nature and percentage of ligands present.

  6. DEVELOPMENT OF MESOPOROUS MEMBRANE MATERIALS FOR CO2 SEPARATION

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    Wei-Heng Shih; Tejas Patil; Qiang Zhao

    2003-03-25

    The huge emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel fired power plants and industrial plants over the last century have resulted in an increase of the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration. Climatological modeling work has predicted severe climate disruption as a result of the trapping of heat due to CO{sub 2}. As an attempt to address this global warming effect, DOE has initiated the Vision 21 concept for future power plants. We first synthesized mesoporous aluminosilicates that have high surface area and parallel pore channels for membrane support materials. Later we synthesized microporous aluminosilicates as the potential thin membrane materials for selective CO{sub 2} adsorption. The pore size is controlled to be less that 1 nm so that the adsorption of CO{sub 2} on the pore wall will block the passage of N{sub 2}. Mesoporous and precipitated alumina were synthesized as the base material for CO{sub 2} adsorbent. The porous alumina is doped with Ba to enhance its CO{sub 2} affinity due to the basicity of Ba. It is shown by gas chromatograph (GC) that the addition of Ba enhances the separation CO{sub 2} from N{sub 2}. It was found that mesoporous alumina has larger specific surface area and better selectivity of CO{sub 2} than precipitated alumina. Ba improves the affinity of mesoporous alumina with CO{sub 2}. Phase may play an important role in selective adsorption of CO{sub 2}. It is speculated that mesoporous alumina is more reactive than precipitated alumina creating the xBaO {center_dot}Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase that may be more affinitive to CO{sub 2} than N{sub 2}. On the other hand, the barium aluminates phase (Ba{sub 3}Al{sub 2}O{sub 6}) in the mesoporous sample does not help the adsorption of CO{sub 2}. Microporous aluminosilicate was chosen as a suitable candidate for CO{sub 2}/N{sub 2} separation because the pore size is less than 10 {angstrom}. If a CO{sub 2} adsorbent is added to the microporous silica, the adsorption of CO{sub 2} can block the

  7. Mesoporous silica as carrier of antioxidant for food packaging materials

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    Buonocore, Giovanna Giuliana; Gargiulo, Nicola; Verdolotti, Letizia; Liguori, Barbara; Lavorgna, Marino; Caputo, Domenico

    2014-05-01

    Mesoporous silicas have been long recognized as very promising materials for the preparation of drug delivery systems. In this work SBA-15 mesoporous silica has been functionalized with amino-silane to be used as carrier of antioxidant compound in the preparation of active food packaging materials exhibiting tailored release properties. Active films have been prepared by loading the antioxidant tocopherol, the purely siliceous SBA-15 and the aminofunctionalized SBA-15 loaded with tocopherol into LDPE matrix trough a two-step process (mixing+extrusion). The aim of the present work is the study of the effect of the pore size and of the chemical functionality of the internal walls of the mesophase on the migration of tocopherol from active LDPE polymer films. Moreover, it has been proved that the addition of the active compound do not worsen the properties of the film such as optical characteristic and water vapor permeability, thus leading to the development of a material which could be favorably used mainly, but not exclusively, in the sector of food packaging.

  8. Micro-mesoporous materials obtained by zeolite recrystallization: synthesis, characterization and catalytic applications.

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    Ivanova, Irina I; Knyazeva, Elena E

    2013-05-01

    The review covers the recent developments in the field of novel micro-mesoporous materials obtained by zeolite recrystallization. The materials are classified into three distinctly different groups depending on the degree of recrystallization: (i) coated mesoporous zeolites (RZEO-1); (ii) micro-mesoporous nanocomposites (RZEO-2); and (iii) mesoporous materials with zeolitic fragments in the walls (RZEO-3). The first part of the review is focused on the analysis of the synthetic strategies leading to different types of recrystallized materials. In the second part, a comprehensive view on their structure, texture and porosity in connection with acidic and diffusion properties is given. The last part is devoted to the catalytic applications of recrystallized materials. The advantages and disadvantages with respect to pure micro- and mesoporous molecular sieves and other hierarchical zeolites are critically analyzed and the future opportunities and perspectives are discussed.

  9. Enhancing pseudocapacitive charge storage in polymer templated mesoporous materials.

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    Rauda, Iris E; Augustyn, Veronica; Dunn, Bruce; Tolbert, Sarah H

    2013-05-21

    Growing global energy demands coupled with environmental concerns have increased the need for renewable energy sources. For intermittent renewable sources like solar and wind to become available on demand will require the use of energy storage devices. Batteries and supercapacitors, also known as electrochemical capacitors (ECs), represent the most widely used energy storage devices. Supercapacitors are frequently overlooked as an energy storage technology, however, despite the fact that these devices provide greater power, much faster response times, and longer cycle life than batteries. Their limitation is that the energy density of ECs is significantly lower than that of batteries, and this has limited their potential applications. This Account reviews our recent work on improving pseudocapacitive energy storage performance by tailoring the electrode architecture. We report our studies of mesoporous transition metal oxide architectures that store charge through surface or near-surface redox reactions, a phenomenon termed pseudocapacitance. The faradaic nature of pseudocapacitance leads to significant increases in energy density and thus represents an exciting future direction for ECs. We show that both the choice of material and electrode architecture is important for producing the ideal pseudocapacitor device. Here we first briefly review the current state of electrode architectures for pseudocapacitors, from slurry electrodes to carbon/metal oxide composites. We then describe the synthesis of mesoporous films made with amphiphilic diblock copolymer templating agents, specifically those optimized for pseudocapacitive charge storage. These include films synthesized from nanoparticle building blocks and films made from traditional battery materials. In the case of more traditional battery materials, we focus on using flexible architectures to minimize the strain associated with lithium intercalation, that is, the accumulation of lithium ions or atoms between the

  10. Mesoporous Carbon-based Materials for Alternative Energy Applications

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    Cross, Kimberly Michelle

    Increasing concerns for the escalating issues activated by the effect of carbon dioxide emissions on the global climate from extensive use of fossil fuels and the limited amount of fossil resources has led to an in-depth search for alternative energy systems, primarily based on nuclear or renewable energy sources. Recent innovations in the production of more efficient devices for energy harvesting, storage, and conversion are based on the incorporation of nanostructured materials into electrochemical systems. The aforementioned nano-electrochemical energy systems hold particular promise for alternative energy transportation related technologies including fuel cells, hydrogen storage, and electrochemical supercapacitors. In each of these devices, nanostructured materials can be used to increase the surface area where the critical chemical reactions occur within the same volume and mass, thereby increasing the energy density, power density, electrical efficiency, and physical robustness of the system. Durable corrosion resistant carbon support materials for fuel cells have been designed by adding conductive low cost carbon materials with chemically robust ceramic materials. Since a strict control of the pore size is mandatory to optimize properties for improved performance, chemical activation agents have been utilized as porogens to tune surface areas, pore size distributions, and composition of carbon-based mesoporous materials. Through the use of evaporative self-assembly methods, both randomly disordered and surfactant-templated, ordered carbon-silica nanocomposites have been synthesized with controlled surface area, pore volume, and pore size ranging from 50-800 m2/g, 0.025-0.75 cm3/g, and 2-10 nm, respectively. Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) ranging from 0.05-1.0 wt. % were added to the aforementioned carbon-silica nanocomposites, which provided an additional increase in surface area and improved conductivity. Initially, a conductivity value of 0.0667 S

  11. Studies on Supercapacitor Electrode Material from Activated Lignin-Derived Mesoporous Carbon

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    Saha, Dipendu; Li, Yunchao; Bi, Zhonghe; Chen, Jihua; Keum, Jong Kahk; Hensley, Dale K; Grappe, Hippolyte A.; Meyer III, Harry M; Dai, Sheng; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Naskar, Amit K

    2014-01-01

    We synthesized mesoporous carbon from pre-cross-linked lignin gel impregnated with a surfactant as the pore-forming agent, and then activated the carbon through physical and chemical methods to obtain activated mesoporous carbon. The activated mesoporous carbons exhibited 1.5- to 6-fold increases in porosity with a maximum BET specific surface area of 1148 m2/g and a pore volume of 1.0 cm3/g. Slow physical activation helped retain dominant mesoporosity; however, aggressive chemical activation caused some loss of the mesopore volume fraction. Plots of cyclic voltammetric data with the capacitor electrode made from these carbons showed an almost rectangular curve depicting the behavior of ideal double-layer capacitance. Although the pristine mesoporous carbon exhibited the same range of surface-area-based capacitance as that of other known carbon-based supercapacitors, activation decreased the surface-area-based specific capacitance and increased the gravimetric-specific capacitance of the mesoporous carbons. Surface activation lowered bulk density and electrical conductivity. Warburg impedance as a vertical tail in the lower frequency domain of Nyquist plots supported good supercapacitor behavior for the activated mesoporous carbons. Our work demonstrated that biomass-derived mesoporous carbon materials continue to show potential for use in specific electrochemical applications.

  12. Mixed surfactants-directed the mesoporous silica materials with various morphologies and structures

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    Lin Huiming; Qu Fengyu; Wu Xiang; Xue Ming; Zhu Guangshan; Qiu Shilun

    2011-06-15

    A new mixed surfactants system using alkyl carboxylic acids and quaternized poly[bis(2-chloroethyl)ether-alt-1,3-bis[3-(dimethylamino)propyl] urea] (PEPU) as the co-template was used to synthesize mesoporous silica materials with various morphologies and structures, including flakes, regular spheres, nanoparticles, and tube-spheres. The cationic polymer connected the anionic surfactant micelle to the anionic polysilicate species to induce the synthesis of the mesoporous silica materials. The structure and property of the surfactant and the cationic polymer determined the formation of mesoporous silica, and also had a signification influence on the morphology and structure of the final materials. To further explore the possible formation mechanism of these mesoporous materials, zeta potential was utilized to evaluate the interaction between the anionic surfactant and the cationic co-template. In addition, the structure, morphology, and porosity of these materials were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption measurements. - Graphical abstract: A new mixed surfactants system using alkyl carboxylic acids and PEPU as the co-template was used to synthesize mesoporous silica materials with various morphologies and structures. Highlights: {yields}A new mixed surfactants system induced the mesoporous silica materials with various morphologies and structure. > It is a development of the type S{sup -}N{sup +}I{sup -} route of the mesoporous formation. > Zeta potential was utilized to evaluate the interaction between the anionic surfactant and the cationic co-template. > The property and amount of surfactant and polymer determined the formation of the mesoporous materials.

  13. A general approach to crystalline and monomodal pore size mesoporous materials.

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    Poyraz, Altug S; Kuo, Chung-Hao; Biswas, Sourav; King'ondu, Cecil K; Suib, Steven L

    2013-01-01

    Mesoporous oxides attract a great deal of interest in many fields, including energy, catalysis and separation, because of their tunable structural properties such as surface area, pore volume and size, and nanocrystalline walls. Here we report thermally stable, crystalline, thermally controlled monomodal pore size mesoporous materials. Generation of such materials involves the use of inverse micelles, elimination of solvent effects, minimizing the effect of water content and controlling the condensation of inorganic frameworks by NO(x) decomposition. Nanosize particles are formed in inverse micelles and are randomly packed to a mesoporous structure. The mesopores are created by interconnected intraparticle voids and can be tuned from 1.2 to 25 nm by controlling the nanoparticle size. Such phenomena allow the preparation of multiple phases of the same metal oxide and syntheses of materials having compositions throughout much of the periodic table, with different structures and thermal stabilities as high as 800 °C. PMID:24335918

  14. Functionalized mesoporous materials for adsorption and release of different drug molecules: A comparative study

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    Wang Gang; Otuonye, Amy N.; Blair, Elizabeth A.; Denton, Kelley; Tao Zhimin; Asefa, Tewodros

    2009-07-15

    The adsorption capacity and release properties of mesoporous materials for drug molecules can be improved by functionalizing their surfaces with judiciously chosen organic groups. Functionalized ordered mesoporous materials containing various types of organic groups via a co-condensation synthetic method from 15% organosilane and by post-grafting organosilanes onto a pre-made mesoporous silica were synthesized. Comparative studies of their adsorption and release properties for various model drug molecules were then conducted. Functional groups including 3-aminopropyl, 3-mercaptopropyl, vinyl, and secondary amine groups were used to functionalize the mesoporous materials while rhodamine 6G and ibuprofen were utilized to investigate the materials' relative adsorption and release properties. The self-assembly of the mesoporous materials was carried out in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) surfactant, which produced MCM-41 type materials with pore diameters of {approx}2.7-3.3 nm and moderate to high surface areas up to {approx}1000 m{sup 2}/g. The different functional groups introduced into the materials dictated their adsorption capacity and release properties. While mercaptopropyl and vinyl functionalized samples showed high adsorption capacity for rhodamine 6G, amine functionalized samples exhibited higher adsorption capacity for ibuprofen. While the diffusional release of ibuprofen was fitted on the Fickian diffusion model, the release of rhodamine 6G followed Super Case-II transport model. - Graphical abstract: The adsorption capacity and release properties of mesoporous materials for various drug molecules are tuned by functionalizing the surfaces of the materials with judiciously chosen organic groups. This work reports comparative studies of the adsorption and release properties of functionalized ordered mesoporous materials containing different hydrophobic and hydrophilic groups that are synthesized via a co-condensation and post

  15. Functionalization of mesoporous materials for lanthanide and actinide extraction.

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    Florek, Justyna; Giret, Simon; Juère, Estelle; Larivière, Dominic; Kleitz, Freddy

    2016-10-14

    Among the energy sources currently available that could address our insatiable appetite for energy and minimize our CO2 emission, solar, wind, and nuclear energy currently occupy an increasing portion of our energy portfolio. The energy associated with these sources can however only be harnessed after mineral resources containing valuable constituents such as actinides (Ac) and rare earth elements (REEs) are extracted, purified and transformed into components necessary for the conversion of energy into electricity. Unfortunately, the environmental impacts resulting from their manufacture including the generation of undesirable and, sometimes, radioactive wastes and the non-renewable nature of the mineral resources, to name a few, have emerged as challenges that should be addressed by the scientific community. In this perspective, the recent development of functionalized solid materials dedicated to selective elemental separation/pre-concentration could provide answers to several of the above-mentioned challenges. This review focuses on recent advances in the field of mesoporous solid-phase (SP) sorbents designed for REEs and Ac liquid-solid extraction. Particular attention will be devoted to silica and carbon sorbents functionalized with commonly known ligands, such as phosphorus or amide-containing functionalities. The extraction performances of these new systems are discussed in terms of sorption capacity and selectivity. In order to support potential industrial applications of the silica and carbon-based sorbents, their main drawbacks and advantages are highlighted and discussed. PMID:27240525

  16. Functionalization of mesoporous materials for lanthanide and actinide extraction.

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    Florek, Justyna; Giret, Simon; Juère, Estelle; Larivière, Dominic; Kleitz, Freddy

    2016-10-14

    Among the energy sources currently available that could address our insatiable appetite for energy and minimize our CO2 emission, solar, wind, and nuclear energy currently occupy an increasing portion of our energy portfolio. The energy associated with these sources can however only be harnessed after mineral resources containing valuable constituents such as actinides (Ac) and rare earth elements (REEs) are extracted, purified and transformed into components necessary for the conversion of energy into electricity. Unfortunately, the environmental impacts resulting from their manufacture including the generation of undesirable and, sometimes, radioactive wastes and the non-renewable nature of the mineral resources, to name a few, have emerged as challenges that should be addressed by the scientific community. In this perspective, the recent development of functionalized solid materials dedicated to selective elemental separation/pre-concentration could provide answers to several of the above-mentioned challenges. This review focuses on recent advances in the field of mesoporous solid-phase (SP) sorbents designed for REEs and Ac liquid-solid extraction. Particular attention will be devoted to silica and carbon sorbents functionalized with commonly known ligands, such as phosphorus or amide-containing functionalities. The extraction performances of these new systems are discussed in terms of sorption capacity and selectivity. In order to support potential industrial applications of the silica and carbon-based sorbents, their main drawbacks and advantages are highlighted and discussed.

  17. Neutron imaging of ion transport in mesoporous carbon materials.

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    Sharma, Ketki; Bilheux, Hassina Z; Walker, Lakeisha M H; Voisin, Sophie; Mayes, Richard T; Kiggans, Jim O; Yiacoumi, Sotira; DePaoli, David W; Dai, Sheng; Tsouris, Costas

    2013-07-28

    Neutron imaging is presented as a tool for quantifying the diffusion of ions inside porous materials, such as carbon electrodes used in the desalination process via capacitive deionization and in electrochemical energy-storage devices. Monolithic mesoporous carbon electrodes of ∼10 nm pore size were synthesized based on a soft-template method. The electrodes were used with an aqueous solution of gadolinium nitrate in an electrochemical flow-through cell designed for neutron imaging studies. Sequences of neutron images were obtained under various conditions of applied potential between the electrodes. The images revealed information on the direction and magnitude of ion transport within the electrodes. From the time-dependent concentration profiles inside the electrodes, the average value of the effective diffusion coefficient for gadolinium ions was estimated to be 2.09 ± 0.17 × 10(-11) m(2) s(-1) at 0 V and 1.42 ± 0.06 × 10(-10) m(2) s(-1) at 1.2 V. The values of the effective diffusion coefficient obtained from neutron imaging experiments can be used to evaluate model predictions of the ion transport rate in capacitive deionization and electrochemical energy-storage devices.

  18. Studies on supercapacitor electrode material from activated lignin-derived mesoporous carbon.

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    Saha, Dipendu; Li, Yunchao; Bi, Zhonghe; Chen, Jihua; Keum, Jong K; Hensley, Dale K; Grappe, Hippolyte A; Meyer, Harry M; Dai, Sheng; Paranthaman, M Parans; Naskar, A K

    2014-01-28

    We synthesized mesoporous carbon from pre-cross-linked lignin gel impregnated with a surfactant as the pore-forming agent and then activated the carbon through physical and chemical methods to obtain activated mesoporous carbon. The activated mesoporous carbons exhibited 1.5- to 6-fold increases in porosity with a maximum Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) specific surface area of 1148 m(2)/g and a pore volume of 1.0 cm(3)/g. Both physical and chemical activation enhanced the mesoporosity along with significant microporosity. Plots of cyclic voltammetric data with the capacitor electrode made from these carbons showed an almost rectangular curve depicting the behavior of ideal double-layer capacitance. Although the pristine mesoporous carbon exhibited a range of surface-area-based capacitance similar to that of other known carbon-based supercapacitors, activation decreased the surface-area-based specific capacitance and enhanced the gravimetric specific capacitance of the mesoporous carbons. A vertical tail in the lower-frequency domain of the Nyquist plot provided additional evidence of good supercapacitor behavior for the activated mesoporous carbons. We have modeled the equivalent circuit of the Nyquist plot with the help of two constant phase elements (CPE). Our work demonstrated that biomass-derived mesoporous carbon materials continue to show potential for use in specific electrochemical applications.

  19. Ordered mesoporous ternary mixed oxide materials as potential adsorbent of biomolecules

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    Pal, Nabanita; Bhaumik, Asim

    2012-05-01

    Designing a suitable mesoporous framework material for the selective adsorption or immobilization of biomolecules is a very challenging area of research. Mesoporous ternary Co-Si-Al oxide materials with large mesopore and their nanoscale ordering have been reported. The synthesis of these ternary oxides are accomplished through evaporation induced self-assembly (EISA) method using Pluronic non-ionic surfactant F127 under non-aqueous sol-gel route. N2 sorption study revealed high BET surface areas for these materials. These materials exhibited very efficient and selective adsorption for the essential biomolecules like vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin B3 (nicotinic acid) from their respective aqueous solutions.

  20. Adsorption of hydrocarbons on mesoporous SBA-15 and PHTS materials.

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    Van Bavel, Ellen; Meynen, Vera; Cool, Pegie; Lebeau, Kurt; Vansant, Etienne F

    2005-03-15

    Plugged hexagonal templated silica (PHTS) materials are synthesized using a high TEOS/EO(20)PO(70)EO(20) ratio in the SBA-15 synthesis. This generates internal microporous nanocapsules or plugs in part of the channels, which could be inferred from the two-step desorption branch. These materials exhibit a tunable amount of open and plugged pores and a very high micropore volume (up to 0.24 mL/g) and are more stable than the conventional micellar templated structures known so far. In this study the adsorption properties of PHTS are investigated and compared to those of its plug-free analogue SBA-15. For this purpose nitrogen, n-hexane, n-heptane, c-hexane, 3-methylpentane, 1-hexene, and water were adsorbed on SBA-15 and PHTSs with a different ratio of open and plugged mesopores. The adsorption of n-hexane, c-hexane, n-heptane, and 3-methylpentane on SBA-15 and PHTS-A demonstrated that the presence of the plugs had an effect on the uptake of adsorbate in the low relative pressure region, the position of the capillary condensation step, and the total adsorbed amount of adsorbate. The results showed that n-heptane and 3-methylpentane cannot access part of the micropore system of SBA-15 and PHTS-A. Adsorption of c-hexane and n-hexane on PHTS-A indicated that not only the kinetic diameter but also the shape of the molecule is an important factor for being able to be adsorbed into the micropores or past the plugs. Moreover, these two adsorbates were the most efficient in filling up the available pore volume. From the adsorption of n-hexane on PHTSs with a different ratio of open and plugged pores, it was concluded that the size of the plugs differed, which depends on the synthesis conditions. Water adsorption isotherms proved SBA-15 and PHTS-B to be more hydrophobic than PHTS-A. n-Hexane, 1-hexene, and toluene were adsorbed on SBA-15 and the PHTSs to investigate the influence of the polarity of the adsorbate. The isotherms showed higher uptakes for polar adsorbates on more

  1. Preparation of bicontinuous mesoporous silica and organosilica materials containing gold nanoparticles by co-synthesis method

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    Lee, Byunghwan; Zhu, Haoguo; Zhang, Zongtao; Overbury, Steven {Steve} H; Dai, Sheng

    2004-01-01

    Catalytic activities of gold strongly depend on its particle size. It is necessary to have homogeneous distributions of small gold nanoparticles with diameters between 2 and 5 nm for excellent catalytic activities. In this study, gold-containing mesoporous silica materials were prepared by a co-synthesis method. The essence of this sol-gel co-synthesis method is to combine together neutral surfactant template synthesis of mesoporous silica materials with the introduction of metal ions via bifunctional silane ligands, so that the formation of mesostructures and metal-ion doping occur simultaneously. The formation of gold nanoparticles with size less than 5 nm inside mesoporous materials (HMS, MSU, and PMO) has been achieved by this co-synthesis sol-gel process. In addition, the effects of post-treatments, such as calcination and reduction, on pore structures and nanoparticle size distributions were also investigated.

  2. Bio-templated synthesis of highly ordered macro-mesoporous silica material for sustained drug delivery

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    Qu, Fengyu; Lin, Huiming; Wu, Xiang; Li, Xiaofeng; Qiu, Shilun; Zhu, Guangshan

    2010-05-01

    The bimodal porous structured silica materials consisting of macropores with the diameter of 5-20 μm and framework-like mesopores with the diameter of 4.7-6.0 nm were prepared using natural Manchurian ash and mango linin as macropored hard templates and P123 as mesopore soft templates, respectively. The macroporous structures of Manchurian ash and mango linin were replicated with the walls containing highly ordered mesoporous silica as well. As-synthesized dual porous silica was characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and nitrogen adsorption/desorption, fourier transform IR (FTIR) spectroscopy, and thermo-gravimetric analyzer (TGA). Ibuprofen (Ibu) was employed as a model drug and the release profiles showed that the dual porous material had a sustained drug delivery capability. And such highly ordered dual pore silica materials may have potential applications for bimolecular adsorption/separation and tissue repairing.

  3. Hierarchically ordered mesoporous Co3O4 materials for high performance Li-ion batteries.

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    Sun, Shijiao; Zhao, Xiangyu; Yang, Meng; Wu, Linlin; Wen, Zhaoyin; Shen, Xiaodong

    2016-01-01

    Highly ordered mesoporous Co3O4 materials have been prepared via a nanocasting route with three-dimensional KIT-6 and two-dimensional SBA-15 ordered mesoporous silicas as templates and Co(NO3)2 · 6H2O as precursor. Through changing the hydrothermal treating temperature of the silica template, ordered mesoporous Co3O4 materials with hierarchical structures have been developed. The larger pores around 10 nm provide an efficient transport for Li ions, while the smaller pores between 3-5 nm offer large electrochemically active areas. Electrochemical impedance analysis proves that the hierarchical structure contributes to a lower charge transfer resistance in the mesoporous Co3O4 electrode than the mono-sized structure. High reversible capacities around 1141 mAh g(-1) of the hierarchically mesoporous Co3O4 materials are obtained, implying their potential applications for high performance Li-ion batteries. PMID:26781265

  4. Hierarchically ordered mesoporous Co3O4 materials for high performance Li-ion batteries

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    Sun, Shijiao; Zhao, Xiangyu; Yang, Meng; Wu, Linlin; Wen, Zhaoyin; Shen, Xiaodong

    2016-01-01

    Highly ordered mesoporous Co3O4 materials have been prepared via a nanocasting route with three-dimensional KIT-6 and two-dimensional SBA-15 ordered mesoporous silicas as templates and Co(NO3)2 · 6H2O as precursor. Through changing the hydrothermal treating temperature of the silica template, ordered mesoporous Co3O4 materials with hierarchical structures have been developed. The larger pores around 10 nm provide an efficient transport for Li ions, while the smaller pores between 3–5 nm offer large electrochemically active areas. Electrochemical impedance analysis proves that the hierarchical structure contributes to a lower charge transfer resistance in the mesoporous Co3O4 electrode than the mono-sized structure. High reversible capacities around 1141 mAh g−1 of the hierarchically mesoporous Co3O4 materials are obtained, implying their potential applications for high performance Li-ion batteries. PMID:26781265

  5. Synthesis of mesoporous silica materials from municipal solid waste incinerator bottom ash.

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    Liu, Zhen-Shu; Li, Wen-Kai; Huang, Chun-Yi

    2014-05-01

    Incinerator bottom ash contains a large amount of silica and can hence be used as a silica source for the synthesis of mesoporous silica materials. In this study, the conditions for alkaline fusion to extract silica from incinerator bottom ash were investigated, and the resulting supernatant solution was used as the silica source for synthesizing mesoporous silica materials. The physical and chemical characteristics of the mesoporous silica materials were analyzed using BET, XRD, FTIR, SEM, and solid-state NMR. The results indicated that the BET surface area and pore size distribution of the synthesized silica materials were 992 m2/g and 2-3.8 nm, respectively. The XRD patterns showed that the synthesized materials exhibited a hexagonal pore structure with a smaller order. The NMR spectra of the synthesized materials exhibited three peaks, corresponding to Q(2) [Si(OSi)2(OH)2], Q(3) [Si(OSi)3(OH)], and Q(4) [Si(OSi)4]. The FTIR spectra confirmed the existence of a surface hydroxyl group and the occurrence of symmetric Si-O stretching. Thus, mesoporous silica was successfully synthesized from incinerator bottom ash. Finally, the effectiveness of the synthesized silica in removing heavy metals (Pb2+, Cu2+, Cd2+, and Cr2+) from aqueous solutions was also determined. The results showed that the silica materials synthesized from incinerator bottom ash have potential for use as an adsorbent for the removal of heavy metals from aqueous solutions. PMID:24656468

  6. Adsorption of Methyl Blue on Mesoporous Materials Using Rice Husk Ash as Silica Source.

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    Nguyen, Nhat Thien; Chen, Shiao-shing; Nguyen, Nguyen Cong; Nguyen, Hau Thi; Tsai, Hsiao Hsin; Chang, Chang Tang

    2016-04-01

    It is recognized that recycling and reuse of waste can result in significant savings in materials and energy. In this research, the adsorption of methyl blue (MB) using waste rice husk ash (Rha) and mesoporous silica materials made from Rha (R-MCM) were analyzed. Mesoporous silica materials were synthesized using cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) as a cationic surfactant and Rha as the silica source. The prepared samples were characterized by Brunnaur-Emmet-Teller (BET) adsorption isotherm analyzer and transmission electron microscope (TEM) analysis. The results showed the surface area of R-MCM materials was 1347 m2g-1 and the pore volume was 0.906 cm3g-1. TEM analysis showed that the mesoporous materials generally exhibited ordered hexagonal arrays of mesopores with a uniform pore size. The effects on adsorption performance under different initial dye concentrations, different pH values and different dosages of adsorbent were also studied. Both Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption models were applied to describe the equilibrium isotherms. The results show that the maximum removal efficiency of MB more than 99%. PMID:27451772

  7. Importance of Micropore-Mesopore Interfaces in Carbon Dioxide Capture by Carbon-Based Materials.

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    Durá, Gema; Budarin, Vitaliy L; Castro-Osma, José A; Shuttleworth, Peter S; Quek, Sophie C Z; Clark, James H; North, Michael

    2016-08-01

    Mesoporous carbonaceous materials (Starbons®) derived from low-value/waste bio-resources separate CO2 from CO2 /N2 mixtures. Compared to Norit activated charcoal (AC), Starbons® have much lower microporosities (8-32 % versus 73 %) yet adsorb up to 65 % more CO2 . The presence of interconnected micropores and mesopores is responsible for the enhanced CO2 adsorption. The Starbons® also showed three-four times higher selectivity for CO2 adsorption rather than N2 adsorption compared to AC.

  8. Importance of Micropore-Mesopore Interfaces in Carbon Dioxide Capture by Carbon-Based Materials.

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    Durá, Gema; Budarin, Vitaliy L; Castro-Osma, José A; Shuttleworth, Peter S; Quek, Sophie C Z; Clark, James H; North, Michael

    2016-08-01

    Mesoporous carbonaceous materials (Starbons®) derived from low-value/waste bio-resources separate CO2 from CO2 /N2 mixtures. Compared to Norit activated charcoal (AC), Starbons® have much lower microporosities (8-32 % versus 73 %) yet adsorb up to 65 % more CO2 . The presence of interconnected micropores and mesopores is responsible for the enhanced CO2 adsorption. The Starbons® also showed three-four times higher selectivity for CO2 adsorption rather than N2 adsorption compared to AC. PMID:27336368

  9. Fabrication and testing of engineered forms of self-assembled monolayers on mesoporous silica (SAMMS) material

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    Mattigod, S.V.; Liu, J.; Fryxell, G.E.; Baskaran, S.; Gong, M.; Nie, Z.; Feng, X.; Klasson, K.T.

    1998-09-01

    A number of engineered forms such as flexible extrudates, beads, and rods were fabricated using thiol-SAMMS (Self-Assembled Monolayers on Mesoporous Silica) and tested for their mercury adsorption capacities. The flexible extrudate form had a mercury adsorption capacity of 340 mg/g but was found to be structurally unstable. A structurally sound bead form of thiol-SAMMS was fabricated with 5, 10, 25, and 40% by weight clay binder (attapulgite) and successfully functionalized. A structurally stable but non-optimized rod form of thiol-SAMMS was also fabricated. Bench-scale processes were developed to silanize and functionalize mesoporous silica beads made with attapulgite clay binder. Contact angle measurements were conducted to assess the degree of surface coverage by functional groups on mesoporous silica materials.

  10. Validity of the t-plot method to assess microporosity in hierarchical micro/mesoporous materials.

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    Galarneau, Anne; Villemot, François; Rodriguez, Jeremy; Fajula, François; Coasne, Benoit

    2014-11-11

    The t-plot method is a well-known technique which allows determining the micro- and/or mesoporous volumes and the specific surface area of a sample by comparison with a reference adsorption isotherm of a nonporous material having the same surface chemistry. In this paper, the validity of the t-plot method is discussed in the case of hierarchical porous materials exhibiting both micro- and mesoporosities. Different hierarchical zeolites with MCM-41 type ordered mesoporosity are prepared using pseudomorphic transformation. For comparison, we also consider simple mechanical mixtures of microporous and mesoporous materials. We first show an intrinsic failure of the t-plot method; this method does not describe the fact that, for a given surface chemistry and pressure, the thickness of the film adsorbed in micropores or small mesopores (< 10σ, σ being the diameter of the adsorbate) increases with decreasing the pore size (curvature effect). We further show that such an effect, which arises from the fact that the surface area and, hence, the free energy of the curved gas/liquid interface decreases with increasing the film thickness, is captured using the simple thermodynamical model by Derjaguin. The effect of such a drawback on the ability of the t-plot method to estimate the micro- and mesoporous volumes of hierarchical samples is then discussed, and an abacus is given to correct the underestimated microporous volume by the t-plot method.

  11. Tubular structured hierarchical mesoporous titania material derived from natural cellulosic substances and application as photocatalyst for degradation of methylene blue

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    Huang, Haiqing; Liu, Xiaoyan; Huang, Jianguo

    2011-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Bio-inspired, tubular structured hierarchical mesoporous titania material with high photocatalytic activity under UV light was fabricated employing natural cellulosic substance (cotton) as hard template and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) surfactant as soft template using a one-pot sol-gel method. Highlights: {yields} Tubular structured mesoporous titania material was fabricated by sol-gel method. {yields} The titania material faithfully recorded the hierarchical structure of the template substrate (cotton). {yields} The titania material exhibited high photocatalytic activity in decomposition of methylene blue. -- Abstract: Bio-inspired, tubular structured hierarchical mesoporous titania material was designed and fabricated employing natural cellulosic substance (cotton) as hard template and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) surfactant as soft template by one-pot sol-gel method. The tubular structured hierarchical mesoporous titania material processes large specific surface area (40.23 m{sup 2}/g) and shows high photocatalytic activity in the photodegradation of methylene blue under UV light irradiation.

  12. TOWARDS A NEW CLASS OF MESOPOROUS MATERIALS FOR APPLICATIONS IN PETROLEUM REFINING

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    Conrad Ingram; Mark Mitchell

    2005-03-21

    This project focuses on the synthesis of mesoporous aluminophosphates, silicates and aluminosilicates as catalysts for applications in the conversion of large petroleum feedstock compounds to useful middle distillates and naphtha transportation fuels. Summarized herein is our research progress from September 1, 2003, to August 31, 2004. In previous reports it was demonstrated that mesoporous aluminophosphates with neutral framework (containing Al, P and O) could be synthesized, but their thermal stabilities were limited. In general, the materials' pore structure collapsed when calcined at 500-550 C in air or extracted in ethanol/HCl mixture to remove the surfactants, which were used as synthesis templates. New methods to improve the thermal stability of the materials needed to be explored. It was conceived that by adding divalent metals cations, such as Mg and Co, not only that the acid sites would be created by balancing the negatively charged framework (balanced by H{sup +}), but the thermal stability of the materials would be improved. In addition, methods to facilitate the interaction of hydrocarbon substrates with acid sites within the mesoporous are also needed. One concept towards improving this was to incorporate organic functional groups within or attached to the otherwise purely inorganic aluminophosphate (containing Co or Mg) or aluminosilicate pore walls of the mesopores. In the last report we detailed that mesoporous organosilicates were synthesized using block copolymer under acid conditions containing silica and phenylene (-C{sub 6}H{sub 4}-). Materials prepared with phenylene group among the silica pore walls was found to be thermally stable up to 550 C which is almost 100 C higher than the temperature used for the mild hydrocracking of petroleum. It was also highlighted that this area was the subject of recent intense research activities by other researchers. Building on precedence of the last report and on the results of other researchers, we

  13. Application of mesoporous silica materials for the immobilization of polyphenol oxidase.

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    Corell Escuin, Paula; García-Bennett, Alfonso; Ros-Lis, Jose Vicente; Argüelles Foix, Angel; Andrés, Ana

    2017-02-15

    The ability of a number of mesoporous silica materials (SBA-15, SBA-3, and MCM-48) to immobilize polyphenol oxidase (PPO) at different pH has been tested. Pore size and volume are the structural characteristics with higher influence on the PPO immobilization. Mesoropous material SBA-15 adsorbs a larger quantity of PPO at pH 4.00 and offers an inhibition of enzymatic activity close the 50% in apple extracts. PMID:27664646

  14. Mesoporous materials modified by aptamers and hydrophobic groups assist ultra-sensitive insulin detection in serum.

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    Lei, Chang; Xu, Chun; Noonan, Owen; Meka, Anand Kumar; Zhang, Long; Nouwens, Amanda; Yu, Chengzhong

    2015-09-14

    A novel mesoporous material modified with both insulin-binding-aptamers and hydrophobic methyl groups is synthesized. With rationally designed pore structures and surface chemistry, this material is applied in sample pre-treatment for ELISA, and enables the quantification (0.25-5 pg ml(-1)) of insulin in serum, 30-fold enhancement of the limit-of-detection compared to the commercial ELISA kit.

  15. Application of mesoporous silica materials for the immobilization of polyphenol oxidase.

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    Corell Escuin, Paula; García-Bennett, Alfonso; Ros-Lis, Jose Vicente; Argüelles Foix, Angel; Andrés, Ana

    2017-02-15

    The ability of a number of mesoporous silica materials (SBA-15, SBA-3, and MCM-48) to immobilize polyphenol oxidase (PPO) at different pH has been tested. Pore size and volume are the structural characteristics with higher influence on the PPO immobilization. Mesoropous material SBA-15 adsorbs a larger quantity of PPO at pH 4.00 and offers an inhibition of enzymatic activity close the 50% in apple extracts.

  16. Nanocasting of Periodic Mesoporous Materials as an Effective Strategy to Prepare Mixed Phases of Titania.

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    Mahoney, Luther; Rasalingam, Shivatharsiny; Wu, Chia-Ming; Koodali, Ranjit T

    2015-01-01

    Mesoporous titanium dioxide materials were prepared using a nanocasting technique involving silica SBA-15 as the hard-template. At an optimal loading of titanium precursor, the hexagonal periodic array of pores in SBA-15 was retained. The phases of titanium dioxide could be easily varied by the number of impregnation cycles and the nature of titanium alkoxide employed. Low number of impregnation cycles produced mixed phases of anatase and TiO₂(B). The mesoporous TiO₂ materials were tested for solar hydrogen production, and the material consisting of 98% anatase and 2% TiO₂(B) exhibited the highest yield of hydrogen from the photocatalytic splitting of water. The periodicity of the pores was an important factor that influenced the photocatalytic activity. This study indicates that mixed phases of titania containing ordered array of pores can be prepared by using the nanocasting strategy. PMID:26670222

  17. CuO nanoparticles encapsulated inside Al-MCM-41 mesoporous materials via direct synthetic route

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    Huo, Chengli; Ouyang, Jing; Yang, Huaming

    2014-01-01

    Highly ordered aluminum-containing mesoporous silica (Al-MCM-41) was prepared using attapulgite clay mineral as a Si and Al source. Mesoporous complexes embedded with CuO nanoparticles were subsequently prepared using various copper sources and different copper loadings in a direct synthetic route. The resulting CuO/Al-MCM-41 composite possessed p6mm hexagonally symmetry, well-developed mesoporosity, and relatively high BET surface area. In comparison to pure silica, these mesoporous materials embedded with CuO nanoparticles exhibited smaller pore diameter, thicker pore wall, and enhanced thermal stability. Long-range order in the aforementioned samples was observed for copper weight percentages as high as 30%. Furthermore, a significant blue shift of the absorption edge for the samples was observed when compared with that of bulk CuO. H2-TPR measurements showed that the direct-synthesized CuO/Al-MCM-41 exhibited remarkable redox properties compared to the post-synthesized samples, and most of the CuO nanoparticles were encapsulated within the mesoporous structures. The possible interaction between CuO and Al-MCM-41 was also investigated. PMID:24419589

  18. Selective opening of nanoscopic capped mesoporous inorganic materials with nerve agent simulants; an application to design chromo-fluorogenic probes.

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    Candel, Inmaculada; Bernardos, Andrea; Climent, Estela; Marcos, M Dolores; Martínez-Máñez, Ramón; Sancenón, Félix; Soto, Juan; Costero, Ana; Gil, Salvador; Parra, Margarita

    2011-08-01

    A hybrid nanoscopic capped mesoporous material, that is selectively opened in the presence of nerve agent simulants, has been prepared and used as a probe for the chromo-fluorogenic detection of these chemicals. PMID:21691625

  19. Periodic mesoporous hydridosilica--synthesis of an "impossible" material and its thermal transformation into brightly photoluminescent periodic mesoporous nanocrystal silicon-silica composite.

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    Xie, Zhuoying; Henderson, Eric J; Dag, Ömer; Wang, Wendong; Lofgreen, Jennifer E; Kübel, Christian; Scherer, Torsten; Brodersen, Peter M; Gu, Zhong-Ze; Ozin, Geoffrey A

    2011-04-01

    There has always been a fascination with "impossible" compounds, ones that do not break any rules of chemical bonding or valence but whose structures are unstable and do not exist. This instability can usually be rationalized in terms of chemical or physical restrictions associated with valence electron shells, multiple bonding, oxidation states, catenation, and the inert pair effect. In the pursuit of these "impossible" materials, appropriate conditions have sometimes been found to overcome these instabilities and synthesize missing compounds, yet for others these tricks have yet to be uncovered and the materials remain elusive. In the scientifically and technologically important field of periodic mesoporous silicas (PMS), one such "impossible" material is periodic mesoporous hydridosilica (meso-HSiO(1.5)). It is the archetype of a completely interrupted silica open framework material: its pore walls are comprised of a three-connected three-dimensional network that should be so thermodynamically unstable that any mesopores present would immediately collapse upon removal of the mesopore template. In this study we show that meso-HSiO(1.5) can be synthesized by template-directed self-assembly of HSi(OEt)(3) under aqueous acid-catalyzed conditions and after template extraction remains stable to 300 °C. Above this temperature, bond redistribution reactions initiate a metamorphic transformation which eventually yields periodic mesoporous nanocrystalline silicon-silica, meso-ncSi/SiO(2), a nanocomposite material in which brightly photoluminescent silicon nanocrystallites are embedded within a silica matrix throughout the mesostructure. The integration of the properties of silicon nanocrystallinity with silica mesoporosity provides a wealth of new opportunities for emerging nanotechnologies.

  20. Synthesis of mesoporous silica materials from municipal solid waste incinerator bottom ash

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    Liu, Zhen-Shu Li, Wen-Kai; Huang, Chun-Yi

    2014-05-01

    Highlights: • The optimal alkaline agent for the extraction of silica from bottom ash was Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}. • The pore sizes for the mesoporous silica synthesized from bottom ash were 2–3.8 nm. • The synthesized materials exhibited a hexagonal pore structure with a smaller order. • The materials have potential for the removal of heavy metals from aqueous solutions. - Abstract: Incinerator bottom ash contains a large amount of silica and can hence be used as a silica source for the synthesis of mesoporous silica materials. In this study, the conditions for alkaline fusion to extract silica from incinerator bottom ash were investigated, and the resulting supernatant solution was used as the silica source for synthesizing mesoporous silica materials. The physical and chemical characteristics of the mesoporous silica materials were analyzed using BET, XRD, FTIR, SEM, and solid-state NMR. The results indicated that the BET surface area and pore size distribution of the synthesized silica materials were 992 m{sup 2}/g and 2–3.8 nm, respectively. The XRD patterns showed that the synthesized materials exhibited a hexagonal pore structure with a smaller order. The NMR spectra of the synthesized materials exhibited three peaks, corresponding to Q{sup 2} [Si(OSi){sub 2}(OH){sub 2}], Q{sup 3} [Si(OSi){sub 3}(OH)], and Q{sup 4} [Si(OSi){sub 4}]. The FTIR spectra confirmed the existence of a surface hydroxyl group and the occurrence of symmetric Si–O stretching. Thus, mesoporous silica was successfully synthesized from incinerator bottom ash. Finally, the effectiveness of the synthesized silica in removing heavy metals (Pb{sup 2+}, Cu{sup 2+}, Cd{sup 2+}, and Cr{sup 2+}) from aqueous solutions was also determined. The results showed that the silica materials synthesized from incinerator bottom ash have potential for use as an adsorbent for the removal of heavy metals from aqueous solutions.

  1. Simple Synthesis of Hierarchically Ordered Mesocellular Mesoporous Silica Materials Hosting Crosslinked Enzyme Aggregates

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    Lee, Jinwoo; Kim, Jungbae; Kim, Jaeyun; Jia, Hongfei; Kim, Moon Il; Kwak, Ja Hun; Jin, Sunmi; Dohnalkova, Alice; Park, Hyun-Gyu; Chang, Ho Nam; Wang, Ping; Grate, Jay W.; Hyeon, Taeghwan

    2005-07-01

    : Hierarchically ordered mesocellular mesoporous silica materials (MMS) were synthesized using a single structure directing agent under neutral conditions for the first time. The mesocellular pores are synthesized without adding any pore expander, and the walls of cellular pores in MMS are composed of SBA-15 type mesopores. The small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) pattern of MMS revealed the presence of ordered pore structures with two different length scales. The current MMS possesses four different pore systems; complementary micro/mesopores, main 13 nm mesopores, 40 nm mesocellular spherical pores, and textural inter-particle macropores. Nanometer-scale enzyme reactors (NER) were developed in mesocellular mesoporous silica (MMS) via a ship-in-a-bottle approach, which employs adsorption of enzymes followed by cross-linking using glutaraldehyde (GA) treatment. The resulting NER show an impressive stability and activity with an extremely high loading of enzymes. For example, NER containing α-chymotrypsin (NER-CT) could hold 0.5 g CT in 1 g of silica, but the specific activity of NER-CT was 10.4 times higher than that of the adsorbed CT with a lower loading (0.07 g CT per 1 g of silica), which was further decreased by a continuous leaching of adsorbed CT. NER-CT showed excellent stability without any leaching, i.e. no activity decrease at all in a rigorously-shaking condition for two weeks (a half-life with 3.8 years), while the conventional adsorption method resulted in a half-life of 3.6 days in the same condition.

  2. Organic materials as templates for the formation of mesoporous inorganic materials and ordered inorganic nanocomposites

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    Ziegler, Christopher R.

    Hierarchically structured inorganic materials are everywhere in nature. From unicellular aquatic algae such as diatoms to the bones and/or cartilage that comprise the skeletal systems of vertebrates. Complex mechanisms involving site-specific chemistries and precision kinetics are responsible for the formation of such structures. In the synthetic realm, reproduction of even the most basic hierarchical structure effortlessly produced in nature is difficult. However, through the utilization of self-assembling structures or "templates", such as polymers or amphiphilic surfactants, combined with some favorable interaction between a chosen inorganic, the potential exists to imprint an inorganic material with a morphology dictated via synthetic molecular self-assembly. In doing so, a very basic hierarchical structure is formed on the angstrom and nanometer scales. The work presented herein utilizes the self-assembly of either surfactants or block copolymers with the desired inorganic or inorganic precursor to form templated inorganic structures. Specifically, mesoporous silica spheres and copolymer directed calcium phosphate-polymer composites were formed through the co-assembly of an organic template and a precursor to form the desired mesostructured inorganic. For the case of the mesoporous silica spheres, a silica precursor was mixed with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide and cysteamine, a highly effective biomimetic catalyst for the conversion of alkoxysilanes to silica. Through charge-based interactions between anionic silica species and the micelle-forming cationic surfactant, ordered silica structures resulted. The incorporation of a novel, effective catalyst was found to form highly condensed silica spheres for potential application as catalyst supports or an encapsulation media. Ordered calcium phosphate-polymer composites were formed using two routes. Both routes take advantage of hydrogen bonding and ionic interactions between the calcium and phosphate precursors

  3. Mesoporous carbon -Cr2O3 composite as an anode material for lithium ion batteries

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    Guo, Bingkun; Chi, Miaofang; Sun, Xiao-Guang; Dai, Sheng

    2012-01-01

    Mesoporous carbon-Cr2O3 (M-C-Cr2O3) composite was prepared by co-assembly of in-situ formed phenolic resin, chromium precursor, and Pluronic block copolymer under acidic conditions, followed by carbonization at 750oC under Argon. The TEM results confirmed that the Cr2O3 nanoparticles, ranging from 10 to 20 nm, were well dispersed in the matrix of mesoporous carbon. The composite exhibited an initial reversible capacity of 710 mAh g-1 and good cycling stability, which is mainly due to the synergic effects of carbons within the composites, i.e. confining the crystal growth of Cr2O3 during the high temperature treatment step and buffering the volume change of Cr2O3 during the cycling step. This composite material is a promising anode material for lithium ion batteries.

  4. Molecular simulation of RMM: ordered mesoporous SBA-15 type material having microporous ZSM-5 walls.

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    Sonwane, C G; Li, Q

    2005-09-29

    SBA-15 is a novel porous material with uniform size mesopores arranged in a regular pattern. The adjacent mesopores are connected to each other by microporous walls. The major disadvantages of these materials are that the walls are amorphous and have low thermal, hydrothermal, and mechanical stability. Recently, there have been a few attempts to either coat the walls of SBA-15 by microporous crystalline zeolites or to fabricate SBA-15 using CMK-3 in such a way that the walls are made up of ZSM-5. The present work provides a first-ever study of RMM (replicated mesoporous materials, which are SBA-15 like ordered mesoporous materials with walls made up of ZSM-5) using molecular modeling. A random orientation of the unit cells and the distribution of sizes of the supercells located at nucleation sites would be ideal to model the RMM. However, such a study would introduce more uncertainties with regard to voids between the individual supercells, noncrystalline silica, and the location of active sites where the nucleation occurs. In a simpler model studied in the present work, the walls of SBA-15 were made up of regularly arranged ZSM-5 having the same orientation. The structure was characterized by estimating the nitrogen accessible area/volume by Connolly surfaces, small-angle and wide-angle X-ray diffraction patterns, methane adsorption, and ice as a probe to study the pore structure. It was found that RMMs have significantly higher methane adsorption capacity compared to SBA-15 and the majority of methane is adsorbed in the microporous walls of RMM. Further research in the field of RMM is needed to obtain the details of zeolitic wall structure. PMID:16853309

  5. Multifunctional mesoporous silica catalyst

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    Lin, Victor Shang-Yi; Tsai, Chih-Hsiang; Chen, Hung-Ting; Pruski, Marek; Kobayashi, Takeshi

    2015-03-31

    The present invention provides bifunctional silica mesoporous materials, including mesoporous silica nanoparticles ("MSN"), having pores modified with diarylammonium triflate and perfluoroaryl moieties, that are useful for the acid-catalyzed esterification of organic acids with organic alcohols.

  6. Importance of Internal Porosity for Glucan Adsorption in Mesoporous Carbon Materials.

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    Chung, Po-Wen; Charmot, Alexandre; Click, Timothy; Lin, Yuchun; Bae, YounJue; Chu, Jhih-Wei; Katz, Alexander

    2015-07-01

    To better understand the adsorption of long-chain poly(1 → 4)-β-D-glucans on carbon surfaces as well as interactions responsible for this adsorption, we use a comparative study involving mesoporous carbon-silica composite materials that have been etched to varying degrees and all-atom molecular dynamics simulations. The materials synthesized as part of this etching study consist of an as-synthesized composite material (MCN-MSN), MCN-MSN-0.5 (composite materials consisting of 50% carbon by mass), MCN-MSN-0.3 (composite materials consisting of 70% carbon by mass), and MCN, in which silica etching was conducted using an aqueous ethanolic solution of either NaOH or HF. Data for the adsorption of long-chain glucans to these materials from concentrated aqueous HCl (37 wt %) solution demonstrate a direct relationship between the amount of β-glu adsorption and the magnitude of exposed carbon mesopore surface area, which systematically increases and is also accompanied by an increase in the mesopore size during silica etching. This demonstrates β-glu adsorption as occurring on internal carbon mesopores rather than exclusively on the external carbon surface. These experimental data on adsorption were corroborated by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of β-glu adsorption to a graphene bilayer separated by a distance of 3.2 nm, chosen to correspond to the carbon mesopore diameter of the experimental system. Simulation results using a variety of β-glu solvent systems demonstrate the rapid adsorption of a β-glu strand on the graphitic carbon surface via axial coupling and are consistent with experimentally observed trends in fast adsorption kinetics. Solvent-mediated effects such as small-scale hydrophobicity and preferential interactions with ions are shown to play important roles in modulating glucan adsorption to carbon surfaces, whereas experimental data on hydrophobically modified silica demonstrate that hydrophobicity in and of itself is insufficient to cause

  7. Steam-assisted crystallization of TPA{sup +}-exchanged MCM-41 type mesoporous materials with thick pore walls

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    Chen, Hong Li; Zhang, Kun; Wang, Yi Meng

    2012-07-15

    Highlights: ► Mesoporous Ti-containing silica with thicker pore walls was synthesized. ► Ion-exchange and steam-assisted crystallization led to MCM-41/MFI composite. ► The introduction of Ti inhibited the formation of separated MFI particles. ► Lower temperature favored retaining mesoporous characteristics and morphology. -- Abstract: Hierarchical MCM-41/MFI composites were synthesized through ion-exchange of as-made MCM-41 type mesoporous materials with tetrapropylammonium bromide and subsequent steam-assisted recrystallization. The obtained samples were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermogravimetric analysis, FT-IR, {sup 1}H–{sup 13}C CP/MAS and nitrogen adsorption–desorption. The XRD patterns show that the MCM-41/MFI composite possesses both ordered MCM-41 phase and zeolite MFI phase. SEM and TEM images indicate that the recrystallized materials retained the mesoporous characteristics and the morphology of as-made mesoporous materials without the formation of bulky zeolite, quite different from the mechanical mixture of MCM-41 and MFI structured zeolite. Among others, lower recrystallization temperature and the introduction of the titanium to the parent materials are beneficial to preserve the mesoporous structure during the recrystallization process.

  8. Structural investigation of nonionic fluorinated micelles by SANS in relation to mesoporous silica materials.

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    Michaux, Florentin; Blin, Jean-Luc; Teixeira, José; Stébé, Marie José

    2012-01-12

    In an attempt to answer the question if there is dependence between the pore ordering of the mesoporous silica, obtained through the cooperative template mechanism, and the shape of the micellar aggregates of the surfactant solutions, the micellar structures of two nonionic fluorinated surfactant based-systems are studied by SANS. By fitting the experimental spectra with theoretical models, the structural evolution of the molecular aggregates can be described, and some important parameters can be obtained, such as the water and eventually oil penetration into the surfactant film, the aggregation number, the area per polar head of the surfactant, and the surfactant chain conformations. We have shown that for the C(8)F(17)C(2)H(4)(OC(2)H(4))(9)OH system, the micelles are prolate spheroids. The increase of the surfactant concentration in water does not change the characteristics of the interfacial film, but the aggregation number raises and the particles become more elongated. By contrast, the experimental curves of C(7)F(15)C(2)H(4)(OC(2)H(4))(8)OH cannot be fitted considering a small particle model. However, progressive incorporation of fluorocarbon induces a change of size and shape of the globules, which become smaller and more and more spherical. Regarding the material mesopore ordering, it appears that the micelles that lead to hexagonal mesoporous silica materials are described with a model of quasi-spherical globules. On the contrary, when large micelles are found, only wormhole-like structures are obtained.

  9. Potential of hybrid functionalized meso-porous materials for the separation and immobilization of radionuclides

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    Luca, V.

    2013-07-01

    Functionalized meso-porous materials are a class of hybrid organic-inorganic material in which a meso-porous metal oxide framework is functionalized with multifunctional organic molecules. These molecules may contain one or more anchor groups that form strong bonds to the pore surfaces of the metal oxide framework and free functional groups that can impart and or modify the functionality of the material such as for binding metal ions in solution. Such materials have been extensively studied over the past decade and are of particular interest in absorption applications because of the tremendous versatility in choosing the composition and architecture of the metal oxide framework and the nature of the functional organic molecule as well as the efficient mass transfer that can occur through a well-designed hierarchically porous network. A sorbent for nuclear applications would have to be highly selective for particular radio nuclides, it would need to be hydrolytically and radiolytically stable, and it would have to possess reasonable capacity and fast kinetics. The sorbent would also have to be available in a form suitable for use in a column. Finally, it would also be desirable if once saturated with radio nuclides, the sorbent could be recycled or converted directly into a ceramic or glass waste form suitable for direct repository disposal or even converted directly into a material that could be used as a transmutation target. Such a cradle-to- grave strategy could have many benefits in so far as process efficiency and the generation of secondary wastes are concerned.This paper will provide an overview of work done on all of the above mentioned aspects of the development of functionalized meso-porous adsorbent materials for the selective separation of lanthanides and actinides and discuss the prospects for future implementation of a cradle-to-grave strategy with such materials. (author)

  10. The electrochemical performance of ordered mesoporous carbon/nickel compounds composite material for supercapacitor

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    Feng, Jicheng; Zhao, Jiachang; Tang, Bohejin; Liu, Ping; Xu, Jingli

    2010-12-15

    A series of high performance ordered mesoporous carbon/nickel compounds composites have been synthesized by a combination of incipient wetness impregnation and hydrothermal method for the first time. X-ray diffraction (XRD), N{sub 2} adsorption/desorption isotherms and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) are used to characterize the composites derived at the hydrothermal temperature of 125, 150, 175, 200, 250, 275 and 300 {sup o}C. The formation of nanosized nickel compounds, fully inside the mesopore system, was confirmed with XRD and TEM. An N{sub 2} adsorption/desorption isotherms measurements still revealed mesoporosity for the host/guest compounds. It is noteworthy that an OMC/nickel nitrate hydroxide hydrate composite (OMCN-150) exhibits more excellent performance. Based on the various hydrothermal temperatures of the composite, the capacitance of an OMCN-150 delivering the best electrochemical performance is about 2.4 (5 mV s{sup -1}) and 1.5 (50 mV s{sup -1}) times of the pristine OMC. The capacitance retention of an OMCN-150 is 96.1%, which indicates that the electrochemical performance of the supercapacitor is improved greatly, and represents novel research and significant advances in the field of electrode composite materials for supercapacitor. -- Graphical abstract: A series of high performance nickel compound/ordered mesoporous carbon composites were synthesized by a combination of incipient wetness impregnation and hydrothermal method for the first time. Display Omitted

  11. Studies on ordered mesoporous materials for potential environmental and clean energy applications

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    Sun, Yan; Liu, Xiu-Wu; Su, Wei; Zhou, Yaping; Zhou, Li

    2007-04-01

    Two series of ordered mesoporous materials, SBA-15 silica and CMK-3 carbon were synthesized. The ordered nanostructure of these materials was confirmed by TEM and XRD analysis. Structural parameters including the specific surface area, pore volume and pore size distribution were determined on the basis of nitrogen adsorption data at 77 K. Potential applications of these materials were explored in relation to the CO 2 sequestering, methane storage and fuel desulfurization. Initial studies of both materials showed their usefulness for environmental and clean energy applications. SBA-15 modified with triethanolamine showed a very good adsorption selectivity for CO 2 while its adsorption reversibility was retained. Also, this material after CuCl deposition was useful for removal of fuel thiophenes. However, CMK-3 was shown to be promising material for storage of natural gas. As high as 41 wt.% of methane was stored in this material in the presence of appropriate amount of water.

  12. Fluorescent and Magnetic Mesoporous Hybrid Material: A Chemical and Biological Nanosensor for Hg2+ Ions

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    Suresh, Moorthy; Anand, Chokkalingam; Frith, Jessica E.; Dhawale, Dattatray S.; Subramaniam, Vishnu P.; Strounina, Ekaterina; Sathish, Clastinrusselraj I.; Yamaura, Kazunari; Cooper-White, Justin J.; Vinu, Ajayan

    2016-02-01

    We introduce “sense, track and separate” approach for the removal of Hg2+ ion from aqueous media using highly ordered and magnetic mesoporous ferrosilicate nanocages functionalised with rhodamine fluorophore derivative. These functionalised materials offer both fluorescent and magnetic properties in a single system which help not only to selectively sense the Hg2+ ions with a high precision but also adsorb and separate a significant amount of Hg2+ ion in aqueous media. We demonstrate that the magnetic affinity of these materials, generated from the ultrafine γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles present inside the nanochannels of the support, can efficiently be used as a fluorescent tag to sense the Hg2+ ions present in NIH3T3 fibroblasts live cells and to track the movement of the cells by external magnetic field monitored using confocal fluorescence microscopy. This simple approach of introducing multiple functions in the magnetic mesoporous materials raise the prospect of creating new advanced functional materials by fusing organic, inorganic and biomolecules to create advanced hybrid nanoporous materials which have a potential use not only for sensing and the separation of toxic metal ions but also for cell tracking in bio-separation and the drug delivery.

  13. Production of Cost-Effective Mesoporous Materials from Prawn Shell Hydrocarbonization.

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    Román, S; Ledesma, B; Álvarez-Murillo, A; Sabio, E; González, J F; González, C M

    2016-12-01

    In this work, prawn shell was studied as raw material for the production of mesoporous adsorbents via hydrocarbonization, studying the effect of temperature and time on the process reactivity and final characteristics of the hydrochars. By suitable characterization technique analyses (N2 adsorption at 77 K, SEM observation, ultimate analysis, surface composition), the materials were examined. It was found that in both cases mesoporous materials with low values of S BET due to the presence of CaCO3 on the material structure. In order to provide a potential application for these materials, the adsorption behaviour of hydrochars (HCs) as well as that of pristine prawn shells and ashes from prawn shell combustion was studied for the first time with the model compound p-nitrophenol (PNP). The results indicated that HC treatment was beneficial and enhanced adsorption performance, especially at high values of equilibrium concentration, attaining adsorption capacities up to 1.6 mg g(-1). PMID:27680741

  14. Fluorescent and Magnetic Mesoporous Hybrid Material: A Chemical and Biological Nanosensor for Hg(2+) Ions.

    PubMed

    Suresh, Moorthy; Anand, Chokkalingam; Frith, Jessica E; Dhawale, Dattatray S; Subramaniam, Vishnu P; Strounina, Ekaterina; Sathish, Clastinrusselraj I; Yamaura, Kazunari; Cooper-White, Justin J; Vinu, Ajayan

    2016-01-01

    We introduce "sense, track and separate" approach for the removal of Hg(2+) ion from aqueous media using highly ordered and magnetic mesoporous ferrosilicate nanocages functionalised with rhodamine fluorophore derivative. These functionalised materials offer both fluorescent and magnetic properties in a single system which help not only to selectively sense the Hg(2+) ions with a high precision but also adsorb and separate a significant amount of Hg(2+) ion in aqueous media. We demonstrate that the magnetic affinity of these materials, generated from the ultrafine γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles present inside the nanochannels of the support, can efficiently be used as a fluorescent tag to sense the Hg(2+) ions present in NIH3T3 fibroblasts live cells and to track the movement of the cells by external magnetic field monitored using confocal fluorescence microscopy. This simple approach of introducing multiple functions in the magnetic mesoporous materials raise the prospect of creating new advanced functional materials by fusing organic, inorganic and biomolecules to create advanced hybrid nanoporous materials which have a potential use not only for sensing and the separation of toxic metal ions but also for cell tracking in bio-separation and the drug delivery. PMID:26911660

  15. Fluorescent and Magnetic Mesoporous Hybrid Material: A Chemical and Biological Nanosensor for Hg2+ Ions

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    Suresh, Moorthy; Anand, Chokkalingam; Frith, Jessica E.; Dhawale, Dattatray S.; Subramaniam, Vishnu P.; Strounina, Ekaterina; Sathish, Clastinrusselraj I.; Yamaura, Kazunari; Cooper-White, Justin J.; Vinu, Ajayan

    2016-01-01

    We introduce “sense, track and separate” approach for the removal of Hg2+ ion from aqueous media using highly ordered and magnetic mesoporous ferrosilicate nanocages functionalised with rhodamine fluorophore derivative. These functionalised materials offer both fluorescent and magnetic properties in a single system which help not only to selectively sense the Hg2+ ions with a high precision but also adsorb and separate a significant amount of Hg2+ ion in aqueous media. We demonstrate that the magnetic affinity of these materials, generated from the ultrafine γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles present inside the nanochannels of the support, can efficiently be used as a fluorescent tag to sense the Hg2+ ions present in NIH3T3 fibroblasts live cells and to track the movement of the cells by external magnetic field monitored using confocal fluorescence microscopy. This simple approach of introducing multiple functions in the magnetic mesoporous materials raise the prospect of creating new advanced functional materials by fusing organic, inorganic and biomolecules to create advanced hybrid nanoporous materials which have a potential use not only for sensing and the separation of toxic metal ions but also for cell tracking in bio-separation and the drug delivery. PMID:26911660

  16. Treatment of Volatile Organic Compounds with Mesoporous Materials Prepared from Calcium Fluoride Sludge.

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    Kang, Sv-Yuan; Tsai, Hsiao-Hsin; Nguyen, Nhat-Thien; Chang, Chang-Tang; Tseng, Chao-Heng

    2016-02-01

    Large amount of calcium fluoride sludge was generated by semiconductor industry every year. It also needs high requirement of fuel consumption using rotor concentrator and thermal oxidizer to treat VOCs. The mesoporous catalyst prepared by calcium fluoride sludge was used for VOCs treatment in this study. Acetone is a kind of solvent and used in a large number of laboratories and factories. The serious problems will be caused when it exposed to the environmental. Economic and practical technology is needed to eliminate this kind of hazardous air pollutant. In this research, the adsorption of acetone was tested with CF-MCM (mesoporous silica materials synthesized from calcium fluoride). The raw material was mixed with cationic cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) surfactants, firstly. The prepared mesoporous silica materials were characterized by nitrogen adsorption and desorption analysis, transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray powder diffractometer (XRPD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The results showed that the surface area, large pore volume and pore diameter could be up to 862 m2 g(-1), 0.57 cm3 g(-1) and 2.9 nm, respectively. The crystal patterns of CF-MCM were similar with MCM-41 from TEM image. The adsorption capacity of acetone with CF-MCM was 118, 190, 194 and 201 mg g(-1), respectively, under 500, 1000, 1500 and 2000 ppm. Furthermore, the adsorption capacity of MCM-41 and CF-MCM was almost the same. The effects of operation parameters, such as contact time and mixture concentration, on the performance of CF-MCM were also discussed in this study. PMID:27433709

  17. A highly resilient mesoporous SiOx lithium storage material engineered by oil-water templating.

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    Park, Eunjun; Park, Min-Sik; Lee, Jaewoo; Kim, Ki Jae; Jeong, Goojin; Kim, Jung Ho; Kim, Young-Jun; Kim, Hansu

    2015-02-01

    Mesoporous silicon-based materials gained considerable attention as high-capacity lithium-storage materials. However, the practical use is still limited by the complexity and limited number of available synthetic routes. Here, we report carbon-coated porous SiOx as high capacity lithium storage material prepared by using a sol-gel reaction of hydrogen silsesquioxane and oil-water templating. A hydrophobic oil is employed as a pore former inside the SiOx matrix and a precursor for carbon coating on the SiOx . The anode exhibits a high capacity of 730 mAh g(-1) and outstanding cycling performance over 100 cycles without significant dimensional changes. Carbon-coated porous SiOx also showed highly stable thermal reliability comparable to that of graphite. These promising properties come from the mesopores in the SiOx matrix, which ensures reliable operation of lithium storage in SiOx . The scalable sol-gel process presented here can open up a new avenue for the versatile preparation of porous SiOx lithium storage materials.

  18. Soft templating strategies for the synthesis of mesoporous materials: inorganic, organic-inorganic hybrid and purely organic solids.

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    Pal, Nabanita; Bhaumik, Asim

    2013-03-01

    With the discovery of MCM-41 by Mobil researchers in 1992 the journey of the research on mesoporous materials started and in the 21st century this area of scientific investigation have extended into numerous branches, many of which contribute significantly in emerging areas like catalysis, energy, environment and biomedical research. As a consequence thousands of publications came out in large varieties of national and international journals. In this review, we have tried to summarize the published works on various synthetic pathways and formation mechanisms of different mesoporous materials viz. inorganic, organic-inorganic hybrid and purely organic solids via soft templating pathways. Generation of nanoscale porosity in a solid material usually requires participation of organic template (more specifically surfactants and their supramolecular assemblies) called structure-directing agent (SDA) in the bottom-up chemical reaction process. Different techniques employed for the syntheses of inorganic mesoporous solids, like silicas, metal doped silicas, transition and non-transition metal oxides, mixed oxides, metallophosphates, organic-inorganic hybrids as well as purely organic mesoporous materials like carbons, polymers etc. using surfactants are depicted schematically and elaborately in this paper. Moreover, some of the frontline applications of these mesoporous solids, which are directly related to their functionality, composition and surface properties are discussed at the appropriate places.

  19. Characterization of micro- and mesoporous materials using accelerated dynamics adsorption.

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    Qajar, Ali; Peer, Maryam; Rajagopalan, Ramakrishnan; Foley, Henry C

    2013-10-01

    Porosimetry is a fundamental characterization technique used in development of new porous materials for catalysis, membrane separation, and adsorptive gas storage. Conventional methods like nitrogen and argon adsorption at cryogenic temperatures suffer from slow adsorption dynamics especially for microporous materials. In addition, CO2, the other common probe, is only useful for micropore characterization unless being compressed to exceedingly high pressures to cover all required adsorption pressures. Here, we investigated the effect of adsorption temperature, pressure, and type of probe molecule on the adsorption dynamics. Methyl chloride (MeCl) was used as the probe molecule, and measurements were conducted near room temperature under nonisothermal condition and subatmospheric pressure. A pressure control algorithm was proposed to accelerate adsorption dynamics by manipulating the chemical potential of the gas. Collected adsorption data are transformed into pore size distribution profiles using the Horvath-Kavazoe (HK), Saito-Foley (SF), and modified Kelvin methods revised for MeCl. Our study shows that the proposed algorithm significantly speeds up the rate of data collection without compromising the accuracy of the measurements. On average, the adsorption rates on carbonaceous and aluminosilicate samples were accelerated by at least a factor of 4-5. PMID:23919893

  20. Synthesis of butenes through 2-butanol dehydration over mesoporous materials produced from ferrierite

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    Jeong, Soyeon; Kim, Hyeonjoo; Bae, Jung A.; Kim, Do Heui; Peden, Charles HF; Park, Young-Kwon; Jeon, Jong Ki

    2012-05-20

    Mesoporous materials synthesized from commercial ferrierite (MMZ-FER) were applied to butanol dehydration. The MMZ-FER was produced by disassembling ferrierite into unit structures in the presence of an alkali solution, adding a surfactant as a templating material, followed by hydrothermal treatment. The effect of the alkali/(Si+Al) ratio in the disassembling step on the characteristics of the catalyst and butanol dehydration performance were investigated. The MMZ-FER materials, synthesized in a condition in which the NaOH/(Si + Al) mole ratio in the disassembling step was 0.67 and 1.0, demonstrated similar textural properties to those of MCM-41. Many weak acid sites developed on the MMZ-FER(0.67) and MMZ-FER(1.0) samples, which is attributed to the creation of ferrierite-induced acid sites. The MMZ-FER materials showed excellent catalytic activity, selectivity, and stability during the dehydration of 2-butanol.

  1. Experimental and theoretical investigation of a mesoporous K(x)WO3 material having superior mechanical strength.

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    Dey, Sonal; Anderson, Sean T; Mayanovic, Robert A; Sakidja, Ridwan; Landskron, Kai; Kokoszka, Berenika; Mandal, Manik; Wang, Zhongwu

    2016-02-01

    Mesoporous materials with tailored properties hold great promise for energy harvesting and industrial applications. We have synthesized a novel tungsten bronze mesoporous material (K(x)WO3; x ∼ 0.07) having inverse FDU-12 type pore symmetry and a crystalline framework. In situ small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) measurements of the mesoporous K(0.07)WO3 show persistence of a highly ordered meso-scale pore structure to high pressure conditions (∼18.5 GPa) and a material with remarkable mechanical strength despite having ∼35% porosity. Pressure dependent in situ SAXS measurements reveal a bulk modulus κ = 44 ± 4 GPa for the mesoporous K(x)WO3 which is comparable to the corresponding value for the bulk monoclinic WO3 (γ-WO3). Evidence from middle angle (MAXS) and wide angle X-ray scattering (WAXS), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and Raman spectroscopy shows that the presence of potassium leads to the formation of a K-bearing orthorhombic tungsten bronze (OTB) phase within a monoclinic WO3 host structure. Our ab initio molecular dynamics calculations show that the formation of the OTB phase provides superior strength to the mesoporous K(0.07)WO3. PMID:26781181

  2. Enhancing stabilities of lipase by enzyme aggregate coating immobilized onto ionic liquid modified mesoporous materials

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    Zou, Bin; Song, Chunyan; Xu, Xiaping; Xia, Jiaojiao; Huo, Shuhao; Cui, Fengjie

    2014-08-01

    Mesoporous material SBA-15 as the matrix and hydrophilic methyl imidazolium ionic liquids [MSiIM]+BF4- as modifier were involved in preparing ionic liquid modified materials as enzyme carriers through after-grafting silane coupling reaction. The method of enzyme aggregates coating was firstly used to immobilize porcine pancreatic lipase (PPL) onto ionic liquid modified SBA-15. Characterization before and after modification and immobilization were conducted using infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), differential thermal-thermal analysis (DTA-TG) and N2 adsorption-desorption method (BET). The results indicated that the ordering degree of SBA-15 declined after ionic liquid modification, but mesoporous structure remained. After enzyme immobilization, pore size and specific surface area of carrier became smaller. The cross-linking agent amount, reaction temperature and pH were optimized in this paper. The result demonstrated that the initial activity of enzyme was raised from 35% to 53% after five times recycle by enzyme aggregate coating. 74% of the original activity remained after 25 days storage.

  3. A mesoporous carbon–sulfur composite as cathode material for high rate lithium sulfur batteries

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    Choi, Hyunji; Zhao, Xiaohui; Kim, Dul-Sun; Ahn, Hyo-Jun; Kim, Ki-Won; Cho, Kwon-Koo; Ahn, Jou-Hyeon

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • CMK-3 mesoporous carbon was synthesized as conducting reservoir for housing sulfur. • Sulfur/CMK-3 composites were prepared by two-stage thermal treatment. • The composite at 300 °C for 20 h shows improved electrochemical properties. - Abstract: Sulfur composite was prepared by encapsulating sulfur into CMK-3 mesoporous carbon with different heating times and then used as the cathode material for lithium sulfur batteries. Thermal treatment at 300 °C plays an important role in the sulfur encapsulation process. With 20 h of heating time, a portion of sulfur remained on the surface of carbon, whereas with 60 h of heating time, sulfur is confined deeply in the small pores of carbon that cannot be fully exploited in the redox reaction, thus causing low capacity. The S/CMK-3 composite with thermal treatment for 40 h at 300 °C contained 51.3 wt.% sulfur and delivered a high initial capacity of 1375 mA h g{sup −1} at 0.1 C. Moreover, it showed good capacity retention of 704 mA h g{sup −1} at 0.1 C and 578 mA h g{sup −1} at 2 C even after 100 cycles, which proves its potential as a cathode material for high capability lithium sulfur batteries.

  4. The electrochemical performance of ordered mesoporous carbon/nickel compounds composite material for supercapacitor

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    Feng, Jicheng; Zhao, Jiachang; Tang, Bohejin; Liu, Ping; Xu, Jingli

    2010-12-01

    A series of high performance ordered mesoporous carbon/nickel compounds composites have been synthesized by a combination of incipient wetness impregnation and hydrothermal method for the first time. X-ray diffraction (XRD), N 2 adsorption/desorption isotherms and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) are used to characterize the composites derived at the hydrothermal temperature of 125, 150, 175, 200, 250, 275 and 300 °C. The formation of nanosized nickel compounds, fully inside the mesopore system, was confirmed with XRD and TEM. An N 2 adsorption/desorption isotherms measurements still revealed mesoporosity for the host/guest compounds. It is noteworthy that an OMC/nickel nitrate hydroxide hydrate composite (OMCN-150) exhibits more excellent performance. Based on the various hydrothermal temperatures of the composite, the capacitance of an OMCN-150 delivering the best electrochemical performance is about 2.4 (5 mV s -1) and 1.5 (50 mV s -1) times of the pristine OMC. The capacitance retention of an OMCN-150 is 96.1%, which indicates that the electrochemical performance of the supercapacitor is improved greatly, and represents novel research and significant advances in the field of electrode composite materials for supercapacitor.

  5. Carboxylic acid-grafted mesoporous material and its high catalytic activity in one-pot three-component coupling reaction

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    Gomes, Ruth; Dutta, Saikat; Bhaumik, Asim

    2014-11-01

    A new carboxylic acid functionalized mesoporous organic polymer has been synthesized via in situ radical polymerization of divinylbenzene and acrylic acid using a mesoporous silica as a seed during the polymerization process under solvothermal conditions. The mesoporous material MPDVAA-1 has been thoroughly characterized employing powder XRD, solid state 13C cross polarization magic angle spinning-nuclear magnetic resonance, FT-IR spectroscopy, N2 sorption, HR-TEM, and NH3 temperature programmed desorption-thermal conductivity detector (TPD-TCD) analysis to understand its porosity, chemical environment, bonding, and surface properties. The mesoporous polymer was used as a catalyst for a three comp onent Biginelli condensation between various aldehydes, β-keto esters, and urea/thioureas to give 3,4-dihydropyrimidine-2(1H)-ones. The reactions were carried out under conventional heating as well as solvent-free microwave irradiation of solid components, and in both the cases, the mesoporous polymer MPDVAA-1 proved to be a powerful, robust, and reusable catalyst with high catalytic efficiency.

  6. A Micelle Fusion-Aggregation Assembly Approach to Mesoporous Carbon Materials with Rich Active Sites for Ultrasensitive Ammonia Sensing.

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    Luo, Wei; Zhao, Tao; Li, Yuhui; Wei, Jing; Xu, Pengcheng; Li, Xinxin; Wang, Youwei; Zhang, Wenqing; Elzatahry, Ahmed A; Alghamdi, Abdulaziz; Deng, Yonghui; Wang, Lianjun; Jiang, Wan; Liu, Yong; Kong, Biao; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2016-09-28

    Nanostructured carbon materials have received considerable attention due to their special physicochemical properties. Herein, ordered mesoporous carbons (OMCs) with two-dimension (2D) hexagonal mesostructure and unique buckled large mesopores have successfully been synthesized via a micelle fusion-aggregation assembly method by using poly(ethylene oxide)-block-polystyrene (PEO-b-PS) diblock copolymers as a template and resorcinol-based phenolic resin as a carbon precursor. The obtained ordered mesoporous carbons possess unique fiber-like morphology, specific surface area of 571-880 m(2)/g, pore volume of 0.54 cm(3)/g and large mesopores (up to 36.3 nm) and high density of active sites (i.e., carboxylic groups) of 0.188/nm(2). Gas sensor based on the ordered mesoporous carbons exhibits an excellent performance in sensing NH3 at a low temperature with fast response (<2 min), ultralow limit of detection (<1 ppm), and good selectivity, due to the large pore sizes, high surface area and rich active sites in the carbon pore walls.

  7. Carboxylic acid-grafted mesoporous material and its high catalytic activity in one-pot three-component coupling reaction

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    Gomes, Ruth; Bhaumik, Asim; Dutta, Saikat

    2014-11-01

    A new carboxylic acid functionalized mesoporous organic polymer has been synthesized via in situ radical polymerization of divinylbenzene and acrylic acid using a mesoporous silica as a seed during the polymerization process under solvothermal conditions. The mesoporous material MPDVAA-1 has been thoroughly characterized employing powder XRD, solid state {sup 13}C cross polarization magic angle spinning-nuclear magnetic resonance, FT-IR spectroscopy, N{sub 2} sorption, HR-TEM, and NH{sub 3} temperature programmed desorption-thermal conductivity detector (TPD-TCD) analysis to understand its porosity, chemical environment, bonding, and surface properties. The mesoporous polymer was used as a catalyst for a three comp onent Biginelli condensation between various aldehydes, β-keto esters, and urea/thioureas to give 3,4-dihydropyrimidine-2(1H)-ones. The reactions were carried out under conventional heating as well as solvent-free microwave irradiation of solid components, and in both the cases, the mesoporous polymer MPDVAA-1 proved to be a powerful, robust, and reusable catalyst with high catalytic efficiency.

  8. Preparation, characterization and catalytic properties of MCM-48 supported tungstophosphoric acid mesoporous materials for green synthesis of benzoic acid

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    Wu, Hai-Yan; Zhang, Xiao-Li; Chen, Xi; Chen, Ya; Zheng, Xiu-Cheng

    2014-03-01

    MCM-48 and tungstophosphoric acid (HPW) were prepared and applied for the synthesis of HPW/MCM-48 mesoporous materials. The characterization results showed that HPW/MCM-48 obtained retained the typical mesopore structure of MCM-48, and the textural parameters decreased with the increase loading of HPW. The catalytic oxidation results of benzyl alcohol and benzaldehyde with 30% H2O2 indicated that HPW/MCM-48 was an efficient catalyst for the green synthesis of benzoic acid. Furthermore, 35 wt% HPW/MCM-48 sample showed the highest activity under the reaction conditions.

  9. Mass transfer in mesoporous materials: the benefit of microscopic diffusion measurement.

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    Kärger, Jörg; Valiullin, Rustem

    2013-05-01

    We introduce the various options of experimentally observing mass transfer in mesoporous materials. It shall be demonstrated that the exploration of the underlying mechanisms is excessively complicated by the complexity of the phenomena contributing to molecular transport in such systems and their mutual interdependence. Microscopic diffusion measurement by the pulsed field gradient (PFG) technique of NMR offers the unique option to measure both the relative amount of molecules adsorbed and the probability distribution of their displacements over space scales relevant to fundamental adsorption science just as for technological application. These advantages are shown to have cared for a recent breakthrough in our understanding. The examples presented include the measurement of diffusion in purely mesoporous materials and the rationalization of the complex concentration patterns revealed by such studies on the basis of suitably chosen micro-kinetic models. As an interesting feature, transition into the supercritical state is shown to become directly observable by monitoring a jump in the diffusivities during temperature enhancement, occurring at temperatures notably below the bulk critical temperature. PFG NMR studies with hierarchical materials are shown to permit selective diffusion measurement with each of the involved subspaces, in parallel with the measurement of the overall diffusivity as the key parameter for the technological exploitation of such materials. We refer to the occurrence of diffusion hysteresis as a novel phenomenon, found to accompany phase transitions quite in general. Though further complicating the measuring procedure and the correlation between experimental observation and the underlying mechanisms, diffusion hysteresis is doubtlessly among the new options provided by diffusion studies for gaining deeper insight into the structure and dynamics of complex porous systems.

  10. Carbon dioxide adsorption on amine-impregnated mesoporous materials prepared from spent quartz sand.

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    Su, Yiteng; Peng, Lihong; Shiue, Angus; Hong, Gui-Bing; Qian, Zhang; Chang, Chang-Tang

    2014-07-01

    Mesoporous MCM-41 was synthesized using cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) as a cationic surfactant and spent quartz sand as the silica source. Modification of the mesoporous structure to create an absorbent was then completed using 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane. Amine-Quartz-MCM (The A-Q-MCM) adsorbents were then characterized by N2 adsorption/desorption, elemental analysis (EA), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), as well as the carbon dioxide (CO2) adsorption/desorption performance. In this study, spent quartz sand was utilized to synthesize Quartz-MCM (Q-MCM) and the amine functionalized material, A-Q-MCM, which exhibited a higher uptake of CO2 at room temperature compared with the nongrafted material. The results showed that Q-MCM is similar to MCM-41 synthesized using commercial methods. The surface area, pore volume, and pore diameter were found to be as high as 1028 m2/g, 0.907 cm3/g, and 3.04 nm, respectively. Under the condition of CO2 concentration of 5000 ppm, retention time of 50 cc/min, and the dosage of 1 g/cm3, the mean adsorption capacity of CO2 onto A-Q-MCM was about 89 mg/g, and the nitrogen content of A-Q-MCM was 2.74%. The adsorption equilibrium was modeled well using a Freundlich isotherm. Implications: In this study, spent quartz sand was utilized to synthesize Q-MCM. The amine functionalized material exhibited a higher uptake of CO2 at room temperature compared with the nongrafted material. The results showed that Q-MCM is similar to MCM-41 synthesized using commercial methods. The adsorption equilibrium was modeled well using a Freundlich isotherm.

  11. Preparation, characterization and catalytic properties of MCM-48 supported tungstophosphoric acid mesoporous materials for green synthesis of benzoic acid

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    Wu, Hai-Yan; Zhang, Xiao-Li; Chen, Xi; Chen, Ya; Zheng, Xiu-Cheng

    2014-03-15

    MCM-48 and tungstophosphoric acid (HPW) were prepared and applied for the synthesis of HPW/MCM-48 mesoporous materials. The characterization results showed that HPW/MCM-48 obtained retained the typical mesopore structure of MCM-48, and the textural parameters decreased with the increase loading of HPW. The catalytic oxidation results of benzyl alcohol and benzaldehyde with 30% H{sub 2}O{sub 2} indicated that HPW/MCM-48 was an efficient catalyst for the green synthesis of benzoic acid. Furthermore, 35 wt% HPW/MCM-48 sample showed the highest activity under the reaction conditions. Highlights: • 5–45 wt% HPW/MCM-48 mesoporous catalysts were prepared and characterized. • Their catalytic activities for the green synthesis of benzoic acid were investigated. • HPW/MCM-48 was approved to be an efficient catalyst. • 5 wt% HPW/MCM-48 exhibited the highest catalytic activity.

  12. Sructure and dynamics of fluids in micropous and mesoporous earth and engineered materials

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    Cole, David R; Mamontov, Eugene; Rother, Gernot

    2009-01-01

    The behavior of liquids in confined geometries (pores, fractures) typically differs, due to the effects of large internal surfaces and geometri-cal confinement, from their bulk behavior in many ways. Phase transitions (i.e., freezing and capillary condensation), sorption and wetting, and dy-namical properties, including diffusion and relaxation, may be modified, with the strongest changes observed for pores ranging in size from <2 nm to 50 nm the micro- and mesoporous regimes. Important factors influ-encing the structure and dynamics of confined liquids include the average pore size and pore size distribution, the degree of pore interconnection, and the character of the liquid-surface interaction. While confinement of liq-uids in hydrophobic matrices, such as carbon nanotubes, or near the sur-faces of mixed character, such as many proteins, has also been an area of rapidly growing interest, the confining matrices of interest to earth and ma-terials sciences usually contain oxide structural units and thus are hydro-philic. The pore size distribution and the degree of porosity and inter-connection vary greatly amongst porous matrices. Vycor, xerogels, aerogels, and rocks possess irregular porous structures, whereas mesopor-ous silicas (e.g., SBA-15, MCM-41, MCM-48), zeolites, and layered sys-tems, for instance clays, have high degrees of internal order. The pore type and size may be tailored by means of adjusting the synthesis regimen. In clays, the interlayer distance may depend on the level of hydration. Al-though studied less frequently, matrices such as artificial opals and chry-sotile asbestos represent other interesting examples of ordered porous structures. The properties of neutrons make them an ideal probe for com-paring the properties of bulk fluids with those in confined geometries. In this chapter, we provide a brief review of research performed on liquids confined in materials of interest to the earth and material sciences (silicas, aluminas, zeolites

  13. A mini review of designed mesoporous materials for energy-storage applications: from electric double-layer capacitors to hybrid supercapacitors.

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    Lim, Eunho; Jo, Changshin; Lee, Jinwoo

    2016-04-21

    In recent years, porous materials have attracted significant attention in various research fields because of their structural merits. In particular, well-designed mesoporous structures with two- or three-dimensionally interconnected pores have been recognized as electrode materials of particular interest for achieving high-performance electrochemical capacitors (ECs). In this mini review, recent progress in the design of mesoporous electrode materials for ECs, from electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs) and pseudocapacitors (PCs) to hybrid supercapacitors (HSCs), and research challenges for the development of new mesoporous electrode materials has been discussed.

  14. A mini review of designed mesoporous materials for energy-storage applications: from electric double-layer capacitors to hybrid supercapacitors.

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    Lim, Eunho; Jo, Changshin; Lee, Jinwoo

    2016-04-21

    In recent years, porous materials have attracted significant attention in various research fields because of their structural merits. In particular, well-designed mesoporous structures with two- or three-dimensionally interconnected pores have been recognized as electrode materials of particular interest for achieving high-performance electrochemical capacitors (ECs). In this mini review, recent progress in the design of mesoporous electrode materials for ECs, from electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs) and pseudocapacitors (PCs) to hybrid supercapacitors (HSCs), and research challenges for the development of new mesoporous electrode materials has been discussed. PMID:27020465

  15. Magnetic studies of mesoporous nanostructured iron oxide materials synthesized by one-step soft-templating.

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    Jin, Jing; Hines, William A; Kuo, Chung-Hao; Perry, David M; Poyraz, Altug S; Xia, Yan; Zaidi, Taha; Nieh, Mu-Ping; Suib, Steven L

    2015-07-14

    A combined magnetization and (57)Fe spin-echo nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) study has been carried out on mesoporous nanostructured materials consisting of the magnetite (Fe3O4) and maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) phases. Two series of samples were synthesized using a recently developed one-step soft-templating approach with systematic variations in calcination temperature and reaction atmosphere. Nuclear magnetic resonance has been shown to be a valuable tool for distinguishing between the two magnetic iron oxide spinel phases, Fe3O4 and γ-Fe2O3, on the nanoscale as well as monitoring phase transformation resulting from oxidation. For the Fe3O4 and γ-Fe2O3 phases, peaks in the NMR spectra are attributed to Fe in the tetrahedral (A) sites and octahedral (B) sites. The magnetic field dependence of the peaks was observed and confirmed the site assignments. Fe3O4 on a nanoscale readily oxidizes to form γ-Fe2O3 and this was clearly evident in the NMR spectra. As evidenced by transmission electron microscope (TEM) images, the porous mesostructure for the iron oxide materials is formed by a random close-packed aggregation of nanoparticles; correspondingly, superparamagnetic behavior was observed in the magnetic measurements. Although X-ray diffraction (XRD) shows the spinel structure for the Fe3O4 and γ-Fe2O3 phases, unlike NMR, it is difficult to distinguish between the two phases with XRD. Nitrogen sorption isotherms characterize the mesoporous structures of the materials, and yield BET surface area values and limited BJH pore size distribution curves.

  16. Polyaniline nanofiber/large mesoporous carbon composites as electrode materials for supercapacitors

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    Liu, Huan; Xu, Bin; Jia, Mengqiu; Zhang, Mei; Cao, Bin; Zhao, Xiaonan; Wang, Yu

    2015-03-01

    A composite of polyaniline nanofiber/large mesoporous carbon (PANI-F/LMC) hybrid was prepared by an in situ chemical oxidative polymerization of aniline monomer with nano-CaCO3 templated LMC as host matrix for supercapacitors. The morphology, composition and electronic structure of the composites (PANI-F/LMC) together with pure PANI nanofibers and the LMC were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), FT-IR, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). It is found that the PANI nanofibers were incorporated into the large mesochannels of LMC with interpenetrating framework formed. Such unique structure endows the PANI-F/LMC composite with a high capacitance of 473 F g-1 at a current load of 0.1 A g-1 with good rate performance and cycling stability, suggesting its potential application in the electrode material for supercapacitors.

  17. Gold nanocatalysts supported on heterostructured PbSO4-MCF mesoporous materials for CO oxidation

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    Li, Lin; Tian, Chengcheng; Chai, Songhai; Binder, Andrew J; Brown, Suree; Veith, Gabriel M; Dai, Sheng

    2014-01-01

    Metal oxides are commonly used as the supports of gold nanoparticles for catalytic CO oxidation, whereas metal salts are rarely considered suitable supports. In the present work, we developed a new kind of gold nanocatalyst supported on heterostructured PbSO4-MCF mesoporous materials that was prepared by an in situ growth method using dodecylbenzenesulfonate (SOBS) as a sulfonate precursor. It was found that an Au/PbSO4-MCF (SDBS) catalyst preheated at 300 degrees C showed high CO conversion below 100 degrees C. In addition, the stability of selected catalysts was studied as a function of time on stream. Because of the alteration of surface properties, these Au nanocatalysts were highly sinter-resistant. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  18. Mesoporous carbon materials prepared from litchi shell as sulfur encapsulator for lithium-sulfur battery application

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    Sun, Zhenjie; Wang, Shuanjin; Yan, Longlong; Xiao, Min; Han, Dongmei; Meng, Yuezhong

    2016-08-01

    Novel mesoporous carbon materials (MCMs) with excellent electron conductivity and high surface area are successfully synthesized from waste litchi shells. The as-prepared MCMs possess a narrow pore size distribution (0.5-2.0 nm) and exhibit similar electron conductivities to conductive carbon black (Super P, Timcal). Because of the unique properties of MCMs, they are used as host matrixes to encapsulate sulfur for lithium-sulfur cathodes. The obtained MCMs-sulfur (MCMs-S) composite cathodes deliver a high initial specific capacity of 1667 mAh g-1. Moreover, 300 °C treated MCMs-S composite cathode shows a more stable discharge capacity than the untreated MCMs-S composite cathode, it remains 612 mAh g-1 after 200 cycles at a high current density of 0.5 C.

  19. Combined Au-plasmonic nanoparticles with mesoporous carbon material (CMK-3) for photocatalytic water splitting

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    Hung, Wei Hsuan E-mail: yinm@sari.ac.cn; Lai, Sz Nian; Su, Cheng Yi; Yin, Min E-mail: yinm@sari.ac.cn; Li, Dongdong; Xue, Xinzhong; Tseng, Chuan Ming

    2015-08-17

    The conventional TiO{sub 2} photoelectrode for water splitting was integrated with ordered mesoporous carbon material (CMK-3) and Au metal nanoparticles (NPs) to improve the photocatalytic efficiency under visible light irradiation. Compared to TiO{sub 2}, Au/TiO{sub 2}-CMK-3 photoelectrode demonstrated over two orders of magnitude enhancement of photocurrent under 532 nm laser irradiation due to the generation of hot electron and near field from Au NPs. Furthermore, the improvement of free carrier transport and additional long-wavelength absorption can be achieved by exploiting the superior conductivity and blackbody-like property of CMK-3. This proposed enhancement mechanism was proved by the measurements of photoluminescence emission spectrum and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

  20. Growth of mesoporous materials within colloidal crystal films by spin-coating.

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    Villaescusa, Luis A; Mihi, Agustín; Rodríguez, Isabel; García-Bennett, Alfonso E; Míguez, Hernan

    2005-10-27

    A combination of colloidal crystal planarization, stabilization, and novel infiltration techniques is used to build a bimodal porous silica film showing order at both the micron and the nanometer length scale. An infiltration method based on the spin-coating of the mesophase precursor onto a three-dimensional polystyrene colloidal crystal film allows a nanometer control tuning of the filling fraction of the mesoporous phase while preserving the optical quality of the template. These materials combine a high specific surface arising from the nanopores with increased mass transport and photonic crystal properties provided by the order of the macropores. Optical Bragg diffraction from these type of hierarchically ordered oxides is observed, allowing performing of optical monitoring of the different processes involved in the formation of the bimodal silica structure.

  1. Growth of mesoporous materials within colloidal crystal films by spin-coating.

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    Villaescusa, Luis A; Mihi, Agustín; Rodríguez, Isabel; García-Bennett, Alfonso E; Míguez, Hernan

    2005-10-27

    A combination of colloidal crystal planarization, stabilization, and novel infiltration techniques is used to build a bimodal porous silica film showing order at both the micron and the nanometer length scale. An infiltration method based on the spin-coating of the mesophase precursor onto a three-dimensional polystyrene colloidal crystal film allows a nanometer control tuning of the filling fraction of the mesoporous phase while preserving the optical quality of the template. These materials combine a high specific surface arising from the nanopores with increased mass transport and photonic crystal properties provided by the order of the macropores. Optical Bragg diffraction from these type of hierarchically ordered oxides is observed, allowing performing of optical monitoring of the different processes involved in the formation of the bimodal silica structure. PMID:16853540

  2. Synthesis of acid-base bifunctional mesoporous materials by oxidation and thermolysis

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    Yu, Xiaofang; Zou, Yongcun; Wu, Shujie; Liu, Heng; Guan, Jingqi; Kan, Qiubin

    2011-06-15

    Graphical abstract: A novel and efficient method has been developed for the synthesis of acid-base bifunctional catalyst. The obtained sample of SO{sub 3}H-MCM-41-NH{sub 2} containing amine and sulfonic acids exhibits excellent catalytic activity in aldol condensation reaction. Research highlights: {yields} Synthesize acid-base bifunctional mesoporous materials SO{sub 3}H-MCM-41-NH{sub 2}. {yields} Oxidation and then thermolysis to generate acidic site and basic site. {yields} Exhibit good catalytic performance in aldol condensation reaction between acetone and various aldehydes. -- Abstract: A novel and efficient method has been developed for the synthesis of acid-base bifunctional catalyst SO{sub 3}H-MCM-41-NH{sub 2}. This method was achieved by co-condensation of tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS), 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTMS) and (3-triethoxysilylpropyl) carbamicacid-1-methylcyclohexylester (3TAME) in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), followed by oxidation and then thermolysis to generate acidic site and basic site. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron micrographs (TEM) show that the resultant materials keep mesoporous structure. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS), back titration, solid-state {sup 13}C CP/MAS NMR and solid-state {sup 29}Si MAS NMR confirm that the organosiloxanes were condensed as a part of the silica framework. The bifunctional sample (SO{sub 3}H-MCM-41-NH{sub 2}) containing amine and sulfonic acids exhibits excellent acid-basic properties, which make it possess high activity in aldol condensation reaction between acetone and various aldehydes.

  3. UV Raman spectroscopic studies on active sites and synthesis mechanisms of transition metal-containing microporous and mesoporous materials.

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    Fan, Fengtao; Feng, Zhaochi; Li, Can

    2010-03-16

    Microporous and mesoporous materials are widely used as catalysts and catalyst supports. Although the incorporation of transition metal ions into the framework of these materials (by isomorphous substitution of Al and Si) is an effective means of creating novel catalytic activity, the characterization of the transition metal species within these materials is difficult. Both the low concentration of the highly dispersed transition metal and the coexistence of extraframework transition metal species present clear challenges. Moreover, the synthetic mechanisms that operate under the highly inhomogeneous conditions of hydrothermal synthesis are far from well understood. A useful technique for addressing these challenges is UV Raman spectroscopy, which is a powerful technique for catalyst characterization and particularly for transition metal-containing microporous and mesoporous materials. Conventional Raman spectroscopy, using visible and IR wavelengths, often fails to provide the information needed for proper characterization as a result of fluorescence interference. But shifting the excitation source to the UV range addresses this difficulty: interference from fluorescence (which typically occurs at 300-700 nm or greater) is greatly diminished. Moreover, signal intensity is enhanced because Raman intensity is proportional to the fourth power of the scattered light frequency. In this Account, we review recent advances in UV Raman spectroscopic characterization of (i) highly dispersed transition metal oxides on supports, (ii) transition metal ions in the framework of microporous and mesoporous materials, and (iii) the synthetic mechanisms involved in making microporous materials. By taking advantage of the strong UV resonance Raman effect, researchers have made tremendous progress in the identification of isolated transition metal ions incorporated in the framework of microporous and mesoporous materials such as TS-1, Ti-MCM-41, Fe-ZSM-5, and Fe-SBA-15. The synthetic

  4. Synthesis and electron microscopy of inorganic and hybrid organic-inorganic mesoporous and macroporous materials

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    Blanford, Christopher Francis

    This work describes the creation and analysis of ordered porous inorganic and organic-inorganic hybrid materials with an emphasis on the qualitative and quantitative characterization by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Two major systems were studied: MCM-41-type mesoporous molecular sieves and three-dimensionally ordered macroporous (3DOM) materials. The microanalysis of mesoporous samples is discussed first. Samples of unmodified siliceous MCM-41, MCM-41 with grafted titanium dioxide species, and MCM-41 with incorporated 3-mercaptopropyl groups were examined in the TEM at three accelerating voltages. The beam stability of all the samples increased with increasing accelerating voltage. The particles were significantly more resistant to beam damage with the surfactant template in place, when the samples were synthesized above room temperature, and when the silicate precursor was hydrolyzed in acid. The samples with organic and inorganic groups were more stable than siliceous analogs. The discussion of 3DOM materials begins with their synthesis and characterization: 3DOM materials were created from colloidal crystals of uniform, sub-micrometer diameter polystyrene and poly(methyl methacrylate) spheres. Metal alkoxides, solutions of metal salts, and mixed salt-alkoxide precursors were employed to create 3DOM metal oxides, silicates with incorporated organic groups and polyoxometalate clusters, metals, and metal alloys. SEM and TEM were used extensively to characterize the morphology, crystallinity, grain size, and phase of the 3DOM products. The formation of 3DOM nickel oxide was studied by heating a nickel oxalate-colloidal crystal composite in an environmental SEM. The growth of the grains in 3DOM cobalt metal and 3DOM iron oxide were observed by high-temperature TEM. The arrangement of the pores in 3DOM materials was studied by analyzing diffractograms of TEM images of single particles tilted into different orientations

  5. Polymer composites containing gated mesoporous materials for on-command controlled release.

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    Acosta, Carolina; Pérez-Esteve, Edgar; Fuenmayor, Carlos A; Benedetti, Simona; Cosio, Maria Stella; Soto, Juan; Sancenón, Félix; Mannino, Saverio; Barat, José; Marcos, María D; Martínez-Máñez, Rámon

    2014-05-14

    Polyamidic nanofibrous membranes containing gated silica mesoporous particles, acting as carriers, are described as novel hybrid composite materials for encapsulation and on-command delivery of garlic extracts. The carrier system consists of MCM-41 solids functionalized in the outer surface, with linear polyamines (solid P1) and with hydrolyzed starch (solid P2), both acting as molecular gates. Those particles were adsorbed on electospun nylon-6 nanofibrous membranes yielding to composite materials M1 and M2. FE-SEM analysis confirmed the presence of particles incorporated on the nylon nanofibers. The release of the entrapped molecules (garlic extract) from the P1, P2, M1, and M2 materials was evaluated using cyclic voltammetry measurements. Electrochemical studies showed that at acidic pH P1 and M1 were unable to release their entrapped cargo (closed gate), whereas at neutral pH both materials release their loading (open gate). Dealing with P2 and M2 materials, in the absence of pancreatin a negligible release is observed (closed gate), whereas in the presence of enzyme the load is freely to diffuse to the solution. These newly developed composite nanomaterials, provide a homogeneous easy-to-handle system with controlled delivery and bioactive-protective features, having potential applications on pharmacology, medical and engineering fields.

  6. Hierarchically ordered mesoporous carbon/graphene composites as supercapacitor electrode materials.

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    Song, Yanjie; Li, Zhu; Guo, Kunkun; Shao, Ting

    2016-08-25

    Hierarchically ordered mesoporous carbon/graphene (OMC/G) composites have been fabricated by means of a solvent-evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA) method. The structures of these composites are characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and nitrogen adsorption-desorption at 77 K. These results indicate that OMC/G composites possess the hierarchically ordered hexagonal p6mm mesostructure with the lattice unit parameter and pore diameter close to 10 nm and 3 nm, respectively. The specific surface area of OMC/G composites after KOH activation is high up to 2109.2 m(2) g(-1), which is significantly greater than OMC after activation (1474.6 m(2) g(-1)). Subsequently, the resulting OMC/G composites as supercapacitor electrode materials exhibit an outstanding capacitance as high as 329.5 F g(-1) in 6 M KOH electrolyte at a current density of 0.5 A g(-1), which is much higher than both OMC (234.2 F g(-1)) and a sample made by mechanical mixing of OMC with graphene (217.7 F g(-1)). In addition, the obtained OMC/G composites display good cyclic stability, and the final capacitance retention is approximately 96% after 5000 cycles. These ordered mesopores in the OMC/G composites are beneficial to the accessibility and rapid diffusion of the electrolyte, while graphene in OMC/G composites can also facilitate the transport of electrons during the processes of charging and discharging owing to its high conductivity, thereby leading to an excellent energy storage performance. The method demonstrated in this work would open up a new route to design and develop graphene-based architectures for supercapacitor applications. PMID:27523568

  7. Hierarchically ordered mesoporous carbon/graphene composites as supercapacitor electrode materials.

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    Song, Yanjie; Li, Zhu; Guo, Kunkun; Shao, Ting

    2016-08-25

    Hierarchically ordered mesoporous carbon/graphene (OMC/G) composites have been fabricated by means of a solvent-evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA) method. The structures of these composites are characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and nitrogen adsorption-desorption at 77 K. These results indicate that OMC/G composites possess the hierarchically ordered hexagonal p6mm mesostructure with the lattice unit parameter and pore diameter close to 10 nm and 3 nm, respectively. The specific surface area of OMC/G composites after KOH activation is high up to 2109.2 m(2) g(-1), which is significantly greater than OMC after activation (1474.6 m(2) g(-1)). Subsequently, the resulting OMC/G composites as supercapacitor electrode materials exhibit an outstanding capacitance as high as 329.5 F g(-1) in 6 M KOH electrolyte at a current density of 0.5 A g(-1), which is much higher than both OMC (234.2 F g(-1)) and a sample made by mechanical mixing of OMC with graphene (217.7 F g(-1)). In addition, the obtained OMC/G composites display good cyclic stability, and the final capacitance retention is approximately 96% after 5000 cycles. These ordered mesopores in the OMC/G composites are beneficial to the accessibility and rapid diffusion of the electrolyte, while graphene in OMC/G composites can also facilitate the transport of electrons during the processes of charging and discharging owing to its high conductivity, thereby leading to an excellent energy storage performance. The method demonstrated in this work would open up a new route to design and develop graphene-based architectures for supercapacitor applications.

  8. In vitro biocompatibility evaluation of ePTFE graft with controlled release of heparin from mesoporous material

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    Li, Kun; Zhou, Yu; Yang, Jia yuan; Zhu, Jian hua; Liu, Chang jian

    2012-02-01

    Heparin-loaded mesoporous-expanded poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (ePTFE) vascular prosthesis (HMVP-n) are prepared and the biocompatibility is studied by contact angle, heparin release, platelet resistance, chromogenic assay, endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) proliferation and produced-NO function, in order to illustrate the relationship between the performance of artificial vessels and their mesostructure. Through in situ synthesis of mesoporous silica on ePTFE grafts, different mesoporous silica materials can be uniformly coated on the surface as well as the internal fibers of the artificial vessels to give various mesoporous vascular prosthesis, named as MVP-n. Structure analysis through scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray detector (EDX) analysis and nitrogen sorption experiment indicates that different MVP-n series own the similar nF/nSi ratio of both surface and cross-section, large Brunauer-Emmett-Tellerand (BET) surface area and average pore size located in meso range but different textural properties. Owning to the existence of mesostucture, controlled release and high bioactivity of heparin can be achieved, and the biocompatibility greatly enhance: surface hydrophilicity increases; no adherent platelet was observed on the surface of HMVP-n when they contacted with platelet-enriched plasma; endothelial progenitor cells proliferous potential and produced-NO function exhibit better endothelial coverage of grafts. And the performance is closely related to the mesostructure, suggesting a new way to improve the biocompatibility of biomaterials through controlling their mesostructure.

  9. A simple method to directly synthesize Al-SBA-15 mesoporous materials with different Al contents

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    Wang, Jiacheng; Liu, Qian

    2008-12-01

    Aluminum-incorporated SBA-15 materials with well-ordered structure, high surface area and narrow pore-size distribution were directly prepared by an evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA) method. Our synthesis method with two unique points of no mineral acid and hydrothermal treatment, is very simple, efficient and energy-saving by using the corresponding chloride precursors which can generate proper acidity in the synthesis solutions. The mesopores ordering degree of Al-SBA-15 materials decreased when the Al/Si atomic ratio was either larger than 0.08 or smaller than 0.05. The powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), N 2 sorption and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) characterizations show that the resultant materials have well ordered hexagonal mesostructures. The 27Al magic angle spinning (MAS) NMR characterizations show that most of the aluminum ions incorporate into the SBA-15 framework. The thermal analysis was used to probe the interaction between the silica species and copolymer templates.

  10. Synthesis of mesoporous Co/Ce-SBA-15 materials and their catalytic performance in the catalytic oxidation of benzene

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    Mu Zhen; Li Jinjun; Tian Hua; Hao Zhengping Qiao Shizhang

    2008-10-02

    Cerium-containing SBA-15 mesoporous materials, with different Ce/Si molar ratios, were synthesized by a direct hydrothermal synthesis method and further modified by impregnation with 10, 15 and 20 wt.% Co. Characterizations by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), N{sub 2} sorption, inductively coupled plasma (ICP) and UV-vis spectroscopy were carried out. The small-angle XRD and N{sub 2} sorption characterizations showed that these Co supported materials have less-ordered mesoporous structures with partial blockage of pores, and their specific surface area, pore volume and pore size were relatively lower than those of unsupported cerium-containing SBA-15. Spinel Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} constituted the predominant cobalt phase in the prepared catalysts, and CeO{sub 2} was also detected. All the Co supported catalysts exhibited high catalytic activity in the oxidation of benzene.

  11. Surface acidity effects of Al-SBA-15 mesoporous materials on adsorptive desulfurization.

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    Meng, Xiuhong; Wang, Yuan; Duan, Linhai; Qin, Yucai; Yu, Wenguang; Wang, Qiang; Dong, Shiwei; Ruan, Yanjun; Wang, Haiyan; Song, Lijuan

    2014-09-01

    SBA-15 and Aluminum-substituted SBA-15 with Si/Al molar ratio 10 (Al-SBA-15(10)) mesoporous materials were directly synthesized by a hydrolysis approach and characterized by a powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 physisorption analysis and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) etc. The relative number of hydroxyl groups was investigated by in situ FTIR systematically. The acid type and acid strength of the adsorbents were monitord by FTIR at 423 K and 673 K, respectively, utilizing pyridine as a probe. Desulfurization performances of the adsorbents were investigated via static adsorption experiment. Gas chromatography-sulfur chemiluminescence detector (GC-SCD) was employed to detect the sulfur compounds in model fuels before and after treated by the adsorbents. The calcined Al-SBA-15(10) material shows well-ordered hexagonal mesostructure and strong Lewis acid sites (L acid) and weak Brönsted acid sites (B acid). The number of hydroxy on the surface of the Al-SBA-15(10) is more than that of SBA-15, which is beneficial to further modifications such as spontaneous monolayer dispersion. Desulfurization performance of the adsorbents is affected by surface acidity of adsorbents and the constituent of model fuels (olefins, arene, etc.). The thiophene and olefins adsorbed on the B acid site of the adsorbent may occur subsequently alkylation reactions, which may block the pores of the adsorbents and thus cause the reduction of desulfurization capacity. PMID:25924387

  12. Biocatalytic approach for polymer synthesis and polymer encapsulation in mesoporous materials

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    Ford, Christy

    The goal of this research is to encapsulate enzymatically synthesized polymers within the pores of mesoporous silica. In order to fully understand the effect of polymer incorporation on mesoporous silica structure, the effect of dopant and polymer on micelle shape, the effect of dopant on the final mesoporous silica structure, and the effect of incorporating polymer within mesoporous silica are investigated. Direct entrapment of aromatic molecules within cationic micelles to ultimately fabricate tailored, functional mesoporous silica/polymer composites is investigated. Specifically, the influence of 4-ethylphenol and aniline on the shape of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) micelles and on the structure of mesoporous silica synthesized via the micellar templating is investigated. Small angle neutron scattering indicates that the dopant affects the micellar size, micellar arrangement, and the domain size over which the arrangement extends. Cryo-TEM offers further insight into the micellar shape. The effect of the dopant-to-surfactant molar ratio on the structure of surfactant-templated mesoporous silica is characterized by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and nitrogen sorption techniques. The mesoporous silica undergoes a transition from hexagonal to lamellar with increasing dopant-to-surfactant molar ratio for both 4-ethylphenol and 2-naphthol, suggesting a possible change in the template morphology. A better understanding of the relation between dopant, micellar shape, and mesoporous structure plays a critical role in the development of polymer-ceramic nanocomposites with novel electrooptical, conductive, and fluorescent properties. A novel method for encapsulating polymers in mesoporous silica is presented. The method involves enzymatic synthesis of polyphenols and polyaromatic amines in micellar aggregates, and subsequently condensing silica at the surfactant-water interface. Thus, poly(4-ethylphenol), poly(2-naphthol), and polyaniline

  13. Acid Functionalized Mesoporous Ordered Materials for the Production of 5-Hydroxymethyfurfural from Carbohydrates

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    Crisci, Anthony J.

    Solid acid catalysts were designed for the conversion of fructose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF). Some of the catalysts incorporate thioether groups to promote the tautomerization of fructose to its furanose form, as well as sulfonic acid groups to catalyze its dehydration. A bifunctional silane, 3-((3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl)thio)propane-1-sulfonic acid (TESAS), was designed for incorporation into SBA-15-type silica by co-condensation. To achieve mesopore ordering in the functionalized silica, the standard SBA-15 synthetic protocol was modified, resulting in well-formed hexagonal particles. Functional groups incorporated into mesoporous silica by co-condensation are more robust under the reaction conditions than those grafted onto a non-porous silica. In a variation, the thioether group of TESAS was oxidized by H2O 2 to the sulfone during the synthesis of the modified SBA-15. The materials were tested in batch reactors and compared in the selective dehydration of fructose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF). Compared to benchmark catalysts, the thioether-containing TESAS-SBA-15 showed the highest activity in the dehydration of aqueous fructose, as well as the highest selectivity towards HMF (71 % at 84 % conversion). In addition, the stability of several supported acid catalysts was evaluated in tubular reactors designed to produce 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) continuously. The reactors, packed with the solid catalysts, were operated at 403 K for extended periods, up to 180 h. The behaviors of three propylsulfonic acid-functionalized, ordered porous silicas (one inorganic SBA-15-type silica, and two ethane-bridged SBA-15-type organosilicas) were compared with that of a propylsulfonic acid-modified, non-ordered porous silica. The HMF selectivity of the catalysts with ordered pore structures ranged from 60 to 75 %, while the selectivity of the non-ordered catalyst peaked at 20 %. The latter was also the least stable, deactivating with a first-order rate constant of

  14. One-step microwave-assisted asymmetric cyclisation/hydrogenation of citronellal to menthols using supported nanoparticles on mesoporous materials.

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    Balu, Alina Mariana; Campelo, Juan Manuel; Luque, Rafael; Romero, Antonio Angel

    2010-06-21

    The selective conversion of citronellal to menthols, with good diastereoselectivities to (-)-menthol for the case of (+)-citronellal as starting material, can effectively be carried out in a one-step reaction under microwave irradiation catalysed by supported nanoparticles on mesoporous materials. 2% Pt/Ga-MCM-41 was found to be the optimum catalyst for the reaction, with a quantitative conversion of starting material and selectivities above 85% to menthols obtained in short reaction times (typically 15 min). These results constitute the first report of a simple microwave-assisted one-step cyclisation/hydrogenation process for the production of menthols.

  15. Quantum effects in the sorption kinetics of 4He by mesoporous materials

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    Dolbin, A. V.; Khlistyuck, M. V.; Esel'son, V. B.; Gavrilko, V. G.; Vinnikov, N. A.; Basnukaeva, R. M.; Danchuk, V. V.

    2016-02-01

    Sorption and desorption of 4He by a mesoporous silicate material MCM-41 was studied in the temperature range of 1.5-290 K. It was shown that for T = 25-290 K the thermal activation mechanism is dominant in the sorption kinetics of 4He atoms by an MCM-41 sample. Its activation energy was estimated as Ea ≈ 164.8 K. For T = 12-23 K, the diffusion of 4He atoms in the MCM-41 was practically independent of temperature, which typically occurs when the tunnelling mechanism of diffusion dominates over the thermally activated one. A change in the mobility of 4He atoms in MCM-41 channels was observed at T = 6-12 K, which may be indicative of the formation upon cooling (or decay upon heating) of a 4He monolayer and subsequent multilayers on the inner surfaces of the channels. Below 6 K, the diffusion coefficients of 4He are only weakly temperature dependent, which may be attributed to the behavior of quantum 4He liquid in the MCM-41 channels covered with several layers of 4He atoms.

  16. Synthesis, characterization, and catalytic properties of Ti-containing SBA-15 mesoporous materials

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    Dang, Phuong T.; Le, Hy G.; Hoang, Duc V.; Hoang, Yen; Dinh, Thang C.; Bui, Linh H.; Tran, Hoa T. K.; Nguyen, Phu H.; Vu, Tuan A.

    2006-12-01

    Titanium-containing SBA-15 mesoporous materials with Si/Ti molar ratios of 25, 50 and 100 (Ti-SBA-15) were successfully prepared by direct synthesized method using P123 as surfactant. The samples were characterized by XRD, BET, TEM and UV-Vis. It revealed at low Ti-loading (Si/Ti of 50-100), titanium was completely incorporated into SBA-15 framework, whereas at high Ti-loading (Si/Ti of 25) titanium was partially incorporated into SBA-15 framework, one part of Ti existed as extra-framework Ti (anatase phase). For comparison, Ti impregnated on Si-SBA-15 (Ti/SBA-15) was also prepared by postsynthesis method. In (*)this case, titanium was well dispersed onto the surface of SBA-15. The catalytic activities of Ti-SBA-15 with different Ti-content and Ti/SBA-15 samples were tested in the photocatalytic oxidation of red-phenol and in the photocatalytic reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III). The catalytic results showed that both the Ti-SBA-15 and Ti/SBA-15 solids are also the good catalysts for total photooxidation of red phenol. Especially, the tetrahedral coordinated titanium can oxidize red phenol much deeper than well dispersed titanium particles does. For photocatalytic reduction, the activities mainly depend on the number of Ti, not the state of Ti.

  17. Molecular Simulation Study of the Early Stages of Formation of Bioinspired Mesoporous Silica Materials.

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    Centi, Alessia; Jorge, Miguel

    2016-07-19

    The use of bioinspired templates, such as polyamines and polypeptides, could lead to significant improvements in the synthesis conditions under which mesoporous materials are traditionally produced, removing the need for strong pH as well as high temperature or pressure. In this work, we perform atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of 1,12-diaminododecane surfactants, in water and in the presence of silica monomers, to investigate the early stages of synthesis of one of the first examples of bioinspired silica materials. Different surfactant concentrations and pH were considered, clarifying the influence of the charge state of the molecules on the self-assembly process. We show that the amphiphilic amines form stable lamellar structures at equilibrium in the range from intermediate to high pH values. In a later stage, when silica species are added to the system, our results reveal that, in the same range of pH, silicates strongly adsorb around these aggregates at the interface with water. This causes a considerable modification of the curvature of the layer, which suggests a tendency for the system to evolve from a lamellar phase to the formation of vesicle structures. Furthermore, we show that silica monomers are able to penetrate the layer spontaneously when defects are created as a result of surfactants' head-to-head repulsion. These findings are in agreement with experimental observations and support the pillaring mechanism postulated for this class of materials. However, our simulations indicate that the aggregation process is driven by charge matching between surfactant heads and silica monomers rather than by hydrogen bond interactions between neutral species, as had been previously hypothesized. PMID:27340948

  18. Structural and dynamical properties of guest molecules confined in mesoporous silica materials revealed by NMR.

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    Buntkowsky, Gerd; Breitzke, Hergen; Adamczyk, Anna; Roelofs, Frank; Emmler, Thomas; Gedat, Egbert; Grünberg, Bob; Xu, Yeping; Limbach, Hans-Heinrich; Shenderovich, Ilja; Vyalikh, Anastasia; Findenegg, Gerhard

    2007-09-21

    In the last fifteen years several novel porous silica materials, which are periodically structured on the mesoscopic length scale, have been synthesized. They are of broad interest for fundamental studies of surface-substrate interactions, for studies of the dynamics of guest molecules in confinement and for studies of the effect of confinement on the structural and thermophysical properties of fluids. Examples of such confinement effects include the change of the freezing and melting points or glass transitions of the confined liquids. These effects are studied by combinations of several NMR techniques, such as (15)N- and (2)H-solid-state NMR line shape analysis, MAS NMR and NMR diffusometry with physico-chemical characterization techniques such as nitrogen adsorption and small angle diffraction of neutrons or X-rays. This combination does not require crystalline samples or special clean and well defined surfaces such as conventional surface science techniques, but can work with typical ill-defined real world systems. The review discusses, after a short introduction, the salient features of these materials and the applied NMR experiments to give the reader a basic knowledge of the systems and the experiments. The rest of the review then focuses on the structural and dynamical properties of guest molecules confined in the mesoporous silica. It is shown that the confinement into the pores leads to fascinating new features of the guests, which are often not known for their bulk phases. These features depend strongly on the interplay of the their interactions with the silica surface and their mutual interactions. PMID:17912415

  19. Novel hollow mesoporous 1D TiO2 nanofibers as photovoltaic and photocatalytic materials.

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    Zhang, Xiang; Thavasi, Velmurugan; Mhaisalkar, S G; Ramakrishna, Seeram

    2012-03-01

    Hollow mesoporous one dimensional (1D) TiO(2) nanofibers are successfully prepared by co-axial electrospinning of a titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) solution with two immiscible polymers; polyethylene oxide (PEO) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) using a core-shell spinneret, followed by annealing at 450 °C. The annealed mesoporous TiO(2) nanofibers are found to having a hollow structure with an average diameter of 130 nm. Measurements using the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method reveal that hollow mesoporous TiO(2) nanofibers possess a high surface area of 118 m(2) g(-1) with two types of mesopores; 3.2 nm and 5.4 nm that resulted from gaseous removal of PEO and PVP respectively during annealing. With hollow mesoporous TiO(2) nanofibers as the photoelectrode in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC), the solar-to-current conversion efficiency (η) and short circuit current (J(sc)) are measured as 5.6% and 10.38 mA cm(-2) respectively, which are higher than those of DSSC made using regular TiO(2) nanofibers under identical conditions (η = 4.2%, J(sc) = 8.99 mA cm(-2)). The improvement in the conversion efficiency is mainly attributed to the higher surface area and mesoporous TiO(2) nanostructure. It facilitates the adsorption of more dye molecules and also promotes the incident photon to electron conversion. Hollow mesoporous TiO(2) nanofibers with close packing of grains and crystals intergrown with each other demonstrate faster electron diffusion, and longer electron recombination time than regular TiO(2) nanofibers as well as P25 nanoparticles. The surface effect of hollow mesoporous TiO(2) nanofibers as a photocatalyst for the degradation of rhodamine dye was also investigated. The kinetic study shows that the hollow mesoporous surface of the TiO(2) nanofibers influenced its interactions with the dye, and resulted in an increased catalytic activity over P25 TiO(2) nanocatalysts. PMID:22315140

  20. Ternary europium mesoporous polymeric hybrid materials Eu({beta}-diketonate){sub 3}pvpd-SBA-15(16): host-guest construction, characterization and photoluminescence

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    Gu Yanjing; Yan Bing; Li Yanyan

    2012-06-15

    Novel organic-inorganic mesoporous luminescent polymeric hybrid materials containing europium(III) complexes incorporated to mesoporous silica SBA-15/SBA-16 have been prepared by simple physical doping (impregnation) methods, followed by the addition polymerization reaction of the monomer 4-vinylpyridine (vpd) extending along the mesoporous channels. The precursor europium(III) complexes are synthesized by {beta}-diketonate ({beta}-diketonate=2-thenoyltrifluoroacetonate (tta), hexafluoroacetylacetonate (hfac), trifluoroacetylacetonate (taa)) and monomer 4-vinylpyridine (vpd) coordinated to Eu{sup 3+}, and SBA-15/SBA-16 are obtained via a sol-gel process. After the physical doping and the polymerization reaction, the final ternary materials Eu({beta}-diketonate){sub 3}pvpd-SBA-15/Eu({beta}-diketonate){sub 3}pvpd-SBA-16 ({beta}-diketonate=tta, hfac, taa) are received. The physical properties and espeically the photoluminescence of these hybrids are characterized, and the XRD and BET results reveal that all of these hybrid materials have uniformity in the mesostructure. The detailed luminescence investigation on all the materials show that Eu(tta){sub 3}pvpd-SBA-16 have the highest luminescence intensity and the materials with taa ligands have longer lifetimes. - Grapical abstract: Luminescent mesoporous polymeric hybrid materials containing europium complexes hydrogen bonding to silica SBA-15/SBA-16 followed by the addition polymerization reaction of 4-vinylpyridine (vpd) extending along the mesoporous channels. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Functional mesoporous with simple impregnation method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer New lanthanide mesoporous hybrids with polymer ligands. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Luminescence in visible region.

  1. Novel hollow mesoporous 1D TiO2 nanofibers as photovoltaic and photocatalytic materials

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    Zhang, Xiang; Thavasi, Velmurugan; Mhaisalkar, S. G.; Ramakrishna, Seeram

    2012-02-01

    Hollow mesoporous one dimensional (1D) TiO2 nanofibers are successfully prepared by co-axial electrospinning of a titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) solution with two immiscible polymers; polyethylene oxide (PEO) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) using a core-shell spinneret, followed by annealing at 450 °C. The annealed mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers are found to having a hollow structure with an average diameter of 130 nm. Measurements using the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method reveal that hollow mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers possess a high surface area of 118 m2 g-1 with two types of mesopores; 3.2 nm and 5.4 nm that resulted from gaseous removal of PEO and PVP respectively during annealing. With hollow mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers as the photoelectrode in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC), the solar-to-current conversion efficiency (η) and short circuit current (Jsc) are measured as 5.6% and 10.38 mA cm-2 respectively, which are higher than those of DSSC made using regular TiO2 nanofibers under identical conditions (η = 4.2%, Jsc = 8.99 mA cm-2). The improvement in the conversion efficiency is mainly attributed to the higher surface area and mesoporous TiO2 nanostructure. It facilitates the adsorption of more dye molecules and also promotes the incident photon to electron conversion. Hollow mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers with close packing of grains and crystals intergrown with each other demonstrate faster electron diffusion, and longer electron recombination time than regular TiO2 nanofibers as well as P25 nanoparticles. The surface effect of hollow mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers as a photocatalyst for the degradation of rhodamine dye was also investigated. The kinetic study shows that the hollow mesoporous surface of the TiO2 nanofibers influenced its interactions with the dye, and resulted in an increased catalytic activity over P25 TiO2 nanocatalysts.Hollow mesoporous one dimensional (1D) TiO2 nanofibers are successfully prepared by co-axial electrospinning of a titanium

  2. Oxodiperoxo molybdenum modified mesoporous MCM-41 materials for the catalytic epoxidation of cyclooctene.

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    Jia, Mingjun; Thiel, Werner R

    2002-10-21

    A hybrid heterogeneous catalyst system, which has been synthesized by covalently anchoring oxodiperoxo molybdenum chelate complexes onto the surface of mesoporous MCM-41, is highly active and truly heterogeneous for the liquid-phase epoxidation of cyclooctene with tBuOOH as the oxygen source.

  3. On the synergistic catalytic properties of bimetallic mesoporous materials containing aluminum and zirconium: the Prins cyclisation of citronellal.

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    Telalović, Selvedin; Ramanathan, Anand; Ng, Jeck Fei; Maheswari, Rajamanickam; Kwakernaak, Cees; Soulimani, Fouad; Brouwer, Hans C; Chuah, Gaik Khuan; Weckhuysen, Bert M; Hanefeld, Ulf

    2011-02-11

    Bimetallic three-dimensional amorphous mesoporous materials, Al-Zr-TUD-1 materials, were synthesised by using a surfactant-free, one-pot procedure employing triethanolamine (TEA) as a complexing reagent. The amount of aluminium and zirconium was varied in order to study the effect of these metals on the Brønsted and Lewis acidity, as well as on the resulting catalytic activity of the material. The materials were characterised by various techniques, including elemental analysis, X-ray diffraction, high-resolution TEM, N(2) physisorption, temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) of NH(3), and (27) Al MAS NMR, XPS and FT-IR spectroscopy using pyridine and CO as probe molecules. Al-Zr-TUD-1 materials are mesoporous with surface areas ranging from 700-900 m(2) g(-1), an average pore size of around 4 nm and a pore volume of around 0.70 cm(3) g(-1). The synthesised Al-Zr-TUD-1 materials were tested as catalyst materials in the Lewis acid catalysed Meerwein-Ponndorf-Verley reduction of 4-tert-butylcyclohexanone, the intermolecular Prins synthesis of nopol and in the intramolecular Prins cyclisation of citronellal. Although Al-Zr-TUD-1 catalysts possess a lower amount of acid sites than their monometallic counterparts, according to TPD of NH(3), these materials outperformed those of the monometallic Al-TUD-1 as well as Zr-TUD-1 in the Prins cyclisation of citronellal. This proves the existence of synergistic properties of Al-Zr-TUD-1. Due to the intramolecular nature of the Prins cyclisation of citronellal, the hydrophilic surface of the catalyst as well as the presence of both Brønsted and Lewis acid sites synergy could be obtained with bimetallic Al-Zr-TUD-1. Besides spectroscopic investigation of the active sites of the catalyst material a thorough testing of the catalyst in different types of reactions is crucial in identifying its specific active sites.

  4. MCM-41 supported 12-tungstophosphoric acid mesoporous materials: Preparation, characterization, and catalytic activities for benzaldehyde oxidation with H2O2

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    Chen, Ya; Zhang, Xiao-Li; Chen, Xi; Dong, Bei-Bei; Zheng, Xiu-Cheng

    2013-10-01

    Mesoporous molecular sieves MCM-41 and bulk 12-tungstophosphoric acid (HPW) were synthesized and employed to prepare 5-45 wt.% HPW/MCM-41 mesoporous materials. Characterization results suggested the good dispersion of HPW within MCM-41 when the loading of HPW was less than 35 wt.% and HPW/MCM-41 retained the typical mesopore structure of the supports. The results of the catalytic oxidation of benzaldehyde to benzoic acid with 30% H2O2, in the absence of any organic solvent and co-catalysts, indicated that HPW/MCM-41 was an efficient catalyst and 30 wt.% HPW/MCM-41 sample exhibited the highest catalytic activity among these materials.

  5. Designing novel hybrid materials by one-pot co-condensation: from hydrophobic mesoporous silica nanoparticles to superamphiphobic cotton textiles.

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    Pereira, C; Alves, C; Monteiro, A; Magén, C; Pereira, A M; Ibarra, A; Ibarra, M R; Tavares, P B; Araújo, J P; Blanco, G; Pintado, J M; Carvalho, A P; Pires, J; Pereira, M F R; Freire, C

    2011-07-01

    This work reports the synthesis and characterization of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) functionalized with tridecafluorooctyltriethoxysilane (F13) and their in situ incorporation onto cotton textiles. The hybrid MSNs and the functional textiles were prepared by a one-pot co-condensation methodology between tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) and F13, with hexadecyltrimethylammonium chloride (CTAC) as the template and triethanolamine as the base. The influence of the F13 to TEOS molar ratio (1:10, 1:5 and 1:3) on the nanoparticle morphology, porosity, degree of functionalization, and hydro/oleophobic properties is discussed. The hybrid nanosilicas presented high colloidal stability and were spherical and monodispersed with average particle size of ∼45 nm. They also showed high surface areas, large pore volumes, and a wormhole-type mesoporous structure. The increase in the organosilane proportion during the co-condensation process led to a more radially branched wormhole-like mesoporosity, a decrease in the surface area, pore volume, and amount of surface silanol groups, and an enrichment of the surface with fluorocarbon moieties. These changes imparted hydrophobic and oleophobic properties to the materials, especially to that containing the highest F13 loading. Cotton textiles were coated with the F13-MSNs through an efficient and less time-consuming route. The combination between surface roughness and mesoporosity imparted by the MSNs, and the low surface energy provided by the organosilane resulted in superhydrophobic functional textiles. Moreover, the textile with the highest loading of fluorocarbon groups was superamphiphobic. PMID:21615151

  6. Designing novel hybrid materials by one-pot co-condensation: from hydrophobic mesoporous silica nanoparticles to superamphiphobic cotton textiles.

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    Pereira, C; Alves, C; Monteiro, A; Magén, C; Pereira, A M; Ibarra, A; Ibarra, M R; Tavares, P B; Araújo, J P; Blanco, G; Pintado, J M; Carvalho, A P; Pires, J; Pereira, M F R; Freire, C

    2011-07-01

    This work reports the synthesis and characterization of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) functionalized with tridecafluorooctyltriethoxysilane (F13) and their in situ incorporation onto cotton textiles. The hybrid MSNs and the functional textiles were prepared by a one-pot co-condensation methodology between tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) and F13, with hexadecyltrimethylammonium chloride (CTAC) as the template and triethanolamine as the base. The influence of the F13 to TEOS molar ratio (1:10, 1:5 and 1:3) on the nanoparticle morphology, porosity, degree of functionalization, and hydro/oleophobic properties is discussed. The hybrid nanosilicas presented high colloidal stability and were spherical and monodispersed with average particle size of ∼45 nm. They also showed high surface areas, large pore volumes, and a wormhole-type mesoporous structure. The increase in the organosilane proportion during the co-condensation process led to a more radially branched wormhole-like mesoporosity, a decrease in the surface area, pore volume, and amount of surface silanol groups, and an enrichment of the surface with fluorocarbon moieties. These changes imparted hydrophobic and oleophobic properties to the materials, especially to that containing the highest F13 loading. Cotton textiles were coated with the F13-MSNs through an efficient and less time-consuming route. The combination between surface roughness and mesoporosity imparted by the MSNs, and the low surface energy provided by the organosilane resulted in superhydrophobic functional textiles. Moreover, the textile with the highest loading of fluorocarbon groups was superamphiphobic.

  7. Mesoporous activated carbon fiber as electrode material for high-performance electrochemical double layer capacitors with ionic liquid electrolyte

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    Xu, Bin; Wu, Feng; Chen, Renjie; Cao, Gaoping; Chen, Shi; Yang, Yusheng

    Activated carbon fibers (ACFs) with super high surface area and well-developed small mesopores have been prepared by pyrolyzing polyacrylonitrile fibers and NaOH activation. Their capacitive performances at room and elevated temperatures are evaluated in electrochemical double layer capacitors (EDLCs) using ionic liquid (IL) electrolyte composed of lithium bis(trifluoromethane sulfone)imide (LiN(SO 2CF 3) 2) and 2-oxazolidinone (C 3H 5NO 2). The surface area of the ACF is as high as 3291 m 2 g -1. The pore volume of the carbon reaches 2.162 cm 3 g -1, of which 66.7% is the contribution of the small mesopores of 2-5 nm. The unique microstructures enable the ACFs to have good compatibility with the IL electrolyte. The specific capacitance reaches 187 F g -1 at room temperature with good cycling and self-discharge performances. As the temperature increases to 60 °C, the capacitance increases to 196 F g -1, and the rate capability is dramatically improved. Therefore, the ACF can be a promising electrode material for high-performance EDLCs.

  8. [Metal-Organic Frameworks: A New Class of Mesoporous Materials and Potential Possibilities of Their Use in Pharmaceutical Technology].

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    Wyszogrodzka, Gabriela; Dorożyński, Przemysław

    2015-01-01

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) belong to the new class of mesoporous, hybrid materials composed of metal ions and organic binding ligands. Their unique features: wide range of chemical building components, which enables obtaining biocompatible materials, and high surface area and loading capacity, make them promising drug delivery vehicles for therapeutic agents. The ability to tune their structures and porosities provides better adjustment for adsorbed drug molecule. Moreover, MOFs functionalized with ligands or antibodies can be used in cancer targeted therapy. Through the incorporation of paramagnetic metal ions into the structure, MOFs are suited to serve as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents. Combining drug delivery ability with imaging properties of MOFs indicates their potential use as theranostic agents and makes possible monitoring drug delivery within the body after administration in the real time. The aim of the present study is to characterize a new class of compounds and to present potential possibilities of their use as excipients in pharmaceutical technology .

  9. Mesoporous MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M = Mn, Co, and Ni) for anode materials of lithium-ion batteries: Synthesis and electrochemical properties

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    Duan, Lianfeng; Wang, Yuanxin; Wang, Linan; Zhang, Feifei; Wang, Limin

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M = Mn, Co, and Ni) are synthesized by a template-free hydrothermal method. • The mesoporous morphology is formed by self-assembly of crystal nucleus. • The mesporous MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} have the active phase and the synergy for Li-ion storage. - Abstract: The MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M = Mn, Co, and Ni) mesoporous spheres with an average diameter of 250 nm were synthesized through a template-free hydrothermal method. The mesoporous MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} with a large surface area of 87.5 m{sup 2}/g and an average pore size of 27.52 nm were obtained. As the anode materials for Li-ion batteries, the mesoporous MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} exhibits excellent initial charge and discharge capacities of 1010 and 642.5 mA h/g. After 50 cycles, the discharge capacity could still remain at 379 mA h/g. The results showed that the active phase and the synergy between different metal oxides greatly improved the electrochemical performance, and the mesoporous composite could stabilize the structure of the electrodes.

  10. Synthesis of an Ionic Liquid and Its Application as Template for the Preparation of Mesoporous Material MCM-41: A Comprehensive Experiment for Undergraduate Students

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    Hu, Jun; Yin, Jinxiang; Lin, Tianshu; Li, Guangtao

    2012-01-01

    A new solvent-free microwave experiment to synthesize the ionic liquid 1-hexadecyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide (HDMIm-Br) in high yield is presented. The structure is confirmed by IR and [superscript 1]H NMR spectra. HDMIm-Br is then used to prepare an organic-inorganic mesoporous material MCM-41. The microscopic arrangements of mesoporous…

  11. Mesoporous Co3O4 nanostructured material synthesized by one-step soft-templating: A magnetic study

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    Poyraz, Altug S.; Hines, William A.; Kuo, Chung-Hao; Li, Nan; Perry, David M.; Suib, Steven L.

    2014-03-01

    A combined magnetization and zero-field 59Co spin-echo nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) study has been carried out on one member of a recently developed class of highly ordered mesoporous nanostructured materials, mesoporous Co3O4 (designated UCT-8, University of Connecticut, mesoporous materials). The material was synthesized using one-step soft-templating by an inverse micelles packing approach. Characterization of UCT-8 by powder x-ray diffraction and electron microscopy reveals that the mesostructure consists of random close-packed Co3O4 nanoparticles ≈ 12 nm in diameter. The N2 sorption isotherm for UCT-8, which is type IV with a type H1 hysteresis loop, yields a 134 m2/g BET surface area and a 7.7 nm BJH desorption pore diameter. The effect of heat treatment on the structure is discussed. The antiferromagnetic Co3O4 nanoparticles have a Néel temperature TN = 27 K, somewhat lower than the bulk. A fit to the Curie-Weiss law over the temperature range 75 K ≤ T ≤ 300 K yields an effective magnetic moment of μeff = 4.36 μB for the Co2+ ions, indicative of some orbital contribution, and a Curie-Weiss temperature Θ = -93.5 K, consistent with antiferromagnetic ordering. The inter-sublattice and intra-sublattice exchange constants for the Co2+ ions are J1/kB = (-)4.75 K and J2/kB = (-)0.87 K, respectively, both corresponding to antiferromagnetic coupling. The presence of uncompensated surface spins is observed below TN with shifts in the hysteresis loops, i.e., an exchange-bias effect. The 59Co NMR spectrum for UCT-8, which is attributed to Co2+ ions at the tetrahedral A sites, is asymmetrically broadened with a peak at ≈55 MHz (T = 4.2 K). Since there is cubic symmetry at the A-sites, the broadening is indicative of a magnetic field distribution due to the uncompensated surface spins. The spectrum is consistent with antiferromagnetically ordered particles that are nanometer in size and single domain.

  12. Silicification of genipin-cross-linked polypeptide hydrogels toward biohybrid materials and mesoporous oxides.

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    Jan, Jeng-Shiung; Chen, Pei-Shan; Hsieh, Ping-Lun; Chen, Bo-Yu

    2012-12-01

    A simple and versatile approach is proposed to use cross-linked polypeptide hydrogels as templates for silica mineralization, allowing the synthesis of polypeptide-silica hybrid hydrogels and mesoporous silica (meso-SiO(2)) by subsequent calcination. The experimental data revealed that the cross-linked polypeptide hydrogels comprised of interconnected, membranous network served as templates for the high-fidelity transcription of silica replicas spanning from nanoscale to microscale, resulting in hybrid network comprised of interpenetrated polypeptide nanodomains and silica. The mechanical properties of these as-prepared polypeptide-silica hybrid hydrogels were found to vary with polypeptide chain length and composition. The synergy between cross-link, hydrophobic interaction, and silica deposition can lead to the enhancement of their mechanical properties. The polypeptide-silica hybrid hydrogel with polypeptide and silica content as low as 1.1 wt% can achieve 114 kN/m(2) of compressive strength. By removing the polypeptide nanodomains, mesoporous silicas with average pore sizes ranged between 2 nm and 6 nm can be obtained, depending on polypeptide chain length and composition. The polypeptide-silica hybrid hydrogels demonstrated good cell compatibility and can support cell attachment/proliferation. With the versatility of polymer chemistry and feasibility of amine-catalyzed sol-gel chemistry, the present method is facile for the synthesis of green nanocomposites and biomaterials.

  13. On the Synergistic Catalytic Properties of Bimetallic Mesoporous Materials Containing Aluminum and Zirconium: The Prins Cyclisation of Citronellal

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    Telalović, Selvedin; Ramanathan, Anand; Ng, Jeck Fei; Maheswari, Rajamanickam; Kwakernaak, Cees; Soulimani, Fouad; Brouwer, Hans C; Chuah, Gaik Khuan; Weckhuysen, Bert M; Hanefeld, Ulf

    2011-01-01

    Bimetallic three-dimensional amorphous mesoporous materials, Al-Zr-TUD-1 materials, were synthesised by using a surfactant-free, one-pot procedure employing triethanolamine (TEA) as a complexing reagent. The amount of aluminium and zirconium was varied in order to study the effect of these metals on the Brønsted and Lewis acidity, as well as on the resulting catalytic activity of the material. The materials were characterised by various techniques, including elemental analysis, X-ray diffraction, high-resolution TEM, N2 physisorption, temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) of NH3, and 27Al MAS NMR, XPS and FT-IR spectroscopy using pyridine and CO as probe molecules. Al-Zr-TUD-1 materials are mesoporous with surface areas ranging from 700–900 m2 g−1, an average pore size of around 4 nm and a pore volume of around 0.70 cm3 g−1. The synthesised Al-Zr-TUD-1 materials were tested as catalyst materials in the Lewis acid catalysed Meerwein–Ponndorf–Verley reduction of 4-tert-butylcyclohexanone, the intermolecular Prins synthesis of nopol and in the intramolecular Prins cyclisation of citronellal. Although Al-Zr-TUD-1 catalysts possess a lower amount of acid sites than their monometallic counterparts, according to TPD of NH3, these materials outperformed those of the monometallic Al-TUD-1 as well as Zr-TUD-1 in the Prins cyclisation of citronellal. This proves the existence of synergistic properties of Al-Zr-TUD-1. Due to the intramolecular nature of the Prins cyclisation of citronellal, the hydrophilic surface of the catalyst as well as the presence of both Brønsted and Lewis acid sites synergy could be obtained with bimetallic Al-Zr-TUD-1. Besides spectroscopic investigation of the active sites of the catalyst material a thorough testing of the catalyst in different types of reactions is crucial in identifying its specific active sites. PMID:21259348

  14. Facile Synthesis of Prussian Blue Derivate-Modified Mesoporous Material via Photoinitiated Thiol-Ene Click Reaction for Cesium Adsorption.

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    Qian, Jun; Ma, Jiaqi; He, Weiwei; Hua, Daoben

    2015-08-01

    A novel strategy to synthesize a functional mesoporous material for efficient removal of cesium is reported. Specifically, Prussian blue derivate-modified SBA-15 (SBA-15@FC) was prepared by photoinitiated thiol-ene reaction between thiol-modified SBA-15 and pentacyano(4-vinyl pyridine)ferrate complex. The effects of weight percentage of the Prussian blue derivate, pH, adsorbent dose, co-existing ions, and initial concentration were evaluated on the adsorption of cesium ions. The adsorption kinetically follows a pseudo-second-order model and reaches equilibrium within 2 h with a high adsorption capacity of about 13.90 mg Cs g(-1) , which indicates that SBA-15@FC is a promising adsorbent to effectively remove cesium from aqueous solutions.

  15. Parameters affecting the efficient delivery of mesoporous silica nanoparticle materials and gold nanorods into plant tissues by the biolistic method.

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    Martin-Ortigosa, Susana; Valenstein, Justin S; Sun, Wei; Moeller, Lorena; Fang, Ning; Trewyn, Brian G; Lin, Victor S-Y; Wang, Kan

    2012-02-01

    Applying nanotechnology to plant science requires efficient systems for the delivery of nanoparticles (NPs) to plant cells and tissues. The presence of a cell wall in plant cells makes it challenging to extend the NP delivery methods available for animal research. In this work, research is presented which establishes an efficient NP delivery system for plant tissues using the biolistic method. It is shown that the biolistic delivery of mesoporous silica nanoparticle (MSN) materials can be improved by increasing the density of MSNs through gold plating. Additionally, a DNA-coating protocol is used based on calcium chloride and spermidine for MSN and gold nanorods to enhance the NP-mediated DNA delivery. Furthermore, the drastic improvement of NP delivery is demonstrated when the particles are combined with 0.6 μm gold particles during bombardment. The methodology described provides a system for the efficient delivery of NPs into plant cells using the biolistic method. PMID:22174078

  16. Mesoporous carbons and polymers

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    Bell, William; Dietz, Steven

    2001-01-01

    A mesoporous material prepared by polymerizing a resorcinol/formaldehyde system from an aqueous solution containing resorcinol, formaldehyde and a surfactant and optionally pyrolyzing the polymer to form a primarily carbonaceous solid. The material has an average pore size between 4 and 75 nm and is suitable for use in liquid-phase surface limited applications, including sorbent, catalytic, and electrical applications.

  17. Adsorptive interaction of bisphenol A with mesoporous titanosilicate/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite materials: FT-IR and Raman analyses

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    Nguyen-Huy, Chinh; Kim, Nayoung; Nguyen-Phan, Thuy-Duong; Yoo, Ik-Keun; Woo Shin, Eun

    2014-09-01

    Nanocomposite materials containing graphene oxide have attracted tremendous interest as catalysts and adsorbents for water purification. In this study, mesoporous titanosilicate/reduced graphene oxide composite materials with different Ti contents were employed as adsorbents for removing bisphenol A (BPA) from water systems. The adsorptive interaction between BPA and adsorption sites on the composite materials was investigated by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and Raman spectroscopy. Adsorption capacities of BPA at equilibrium, q e (mg/g), decreased with increasing Ti contents, proportional to the surface area of the composite materials. FT-IR observations for fresh and spent adsorbents indicated that BPA adsorbed onto the composite materials by the electrostatic interaction between OH functional groups contained in BPA and on the adsorbents. The electrostatic adsorption sites on the adsorbents were categorized into three hydroxyl groups: Si-OH, Ti-OH, and graphene-OH. In Raman spectra, the intensity ratios of D to G band were decreased after the adsorption of BPA, implying adsorptive interaction of benzene rings of BPA with the sp2 hybrid structure of the reduced graphene oxide.

  18. Direct synthesis of Ti-containing SBA-16-type mesoporous material by the evaporation-induced self-assembly method and its catalytic performance for oxidative desulfurization.

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    Shah, Asma Tufail; Li, Baoshan; Abdalla, Zaki Eldin Ali

    2009-08-15

    A novel Ti-containing SBA-16-type mesoporous material (with various Ti loadings of 5, 10, and 15 wt%) was synthesized by an evaporation-induced self-assembly method using F127 copolymer as template. The materials were characterized by XRD, FTIR, TG-DTA, N(2) adsorption, SEM, HRTEM, and XPS. The characterization results show that the material possesses high thermal stability, thick pore walls (10.43-10.68 nm), and high surface area (642.26-691.5 m(2)/g) with a mesoporous worm-like structure, and titanium was successfully incorporated into the silica matrix with a tetrahedral environment. The material showed high activity in the oxidative desulfurization of DBT and its activity was not reduced even after three times recycling; further reuse resulted in a gradual decrease in its activity. PMID:19450808

  19. Direct synthesis of Ti-containing SBA-16-type mesoporous material by the evaporation-induced self-assembly method and its catalytic performance for oxidative desulfurization.

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    Shah, Asma Tufail; Li, Baoshan; Abdalla, Zaki Eldin Ali

    2009-08-15

    A novel Ti-containing SBA-16-type mesoporous material (with various Ti loadings of 5, 10, and 15 wt%) was synthesized by an evaporation-induced self-assembly method using F127 copolymer as template. The materials were characterized by XRD, FTIR, TG-DTA, N(2) adsorption, SEM, HRTEM, and XPS. The characterization results show that the material possesses high thermal stability, thick pore walls (10.43-10.68 nm), and high surface area (642.26-691.5 m(2)/g) with a mesoporous worm-like structure, and titanium was successfully incorporated into the silica matrix with a tetrahedral environment. The material showed high activity in the oxidative desulfurization of DBT and its activity was not reduced even after three times recycling; further reuse resulted in a gradual decrease in its activity.

  20. Hybrid nanostructured microporous carbon-mesoporous carbon doped titanium dioxide/sulfur composite positive electrode materials for rechargeable lithium-sulfur batteries

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    Zegeye, Tilahun Awoke; Kuo, Chung-Feng Jeffrey; Wotango, Aselefech Sorsa; Pan, Chun-Jern; Chen, Hung-Ming; Haregewoin, Atetegeb Meazah; Cheng, Ju-Hsiang; Su, Wei-Nien; Hwang, Bing-Joe

    2016-08-01

    Herein, we design hybrid nanostructured microporous carbon-mesoporous carbon doped titanium dioxide/sulfur composite (MC-Meso C-doped TiO2/S) as a positive electrode material for lithium-sulfur batteries. The hybrid MC-Meso C-doped TiO2 host material is produced by a low-cost, hydrothermal and annealing process. The resulting conductive material shows dual microporous and mesoporous behavior which enhances the effective trapping of sulfur and polysulfides. The hybrid MC-Meso C-doped TiO2/S composite material possesses rutile TiO2 nanotube structure with successful carbon doping while sulfur is uniformly distributed in the hybrid MC-Meso C-doped TiO2 composite materials after the melt-infusion process. The electrochemical measurement of the hybrid material also shows improved cycle stability and rate performance with high sulfur loading (61.04%). The material delivers an initial discharge capacity of 802 mAh g-1 and maintains it at 578 mAh g-1 with a columbic efficiency greater than 97.1% after 140 cycles at 0.1 C. This improvement is thought to be attributed to the unique hybrid nanostructure of the MC-Meso C-doped TiO2 host and the good dispersion of sulfur in the narrow pores of the MC spheres and the mesoporous C-doped TiO2 support.

  1. Hybrid nanostructured microporous carbon-mesoporous carbon doped titanium dioxide/sulfur composite positive electrode materials for rechargeable lithium-sulfur batteries

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    Zegeye, Tilahun Awoke; Kuo, Chung-Feng Jeffrey; Wotango, Aselefech Sorsa; Pan, Chun-Jern; Chen, Hung-Ming; Haregewoin, Atetegeb Meazah; Cheng, Ju-Hsiang; Su, Wei-Nien; Hwang, Bing-Joe

    2016-08-01

    Herein, we design hybrid nanostructured microporous carbon-mesoporous carbon doped titanium dioxide/sulfur composite (MC-Meso C-doped TiO2/S) as a positive electrode material for lithium-sulfur batteries. The hybrid MC-Meso C-doped TiO2 host material is produced by a low-cost, hydrothermal and annealing process. The resulting conductive material shows dual microporous and mesoporous behavior which enhances the effective trapping of sulfur and polysulfides. The hybrid MC-Meso C-doped TiO2/S composite material possesses rutile TiO2 nanotube structure with successful carbon doping while sulfur is uniformly distributed in the hybrid MC-Meso C-doped TiO2 composite materials after the melt-infusion process. The electrochemical measurement of the hybrid material also shows improved cycle stability and rate performance with high sulfur loading (61.04%). The material delivers an initial discharge capacity of 802 mAh g-1 and maintains it at 578 mAh g-1 with a columbic efficiency greater than 97.1% after 140 cycles at 0.1 C. This improvement is thought to be attributed to the unique hybrid nanostructure of the MC-Meso C-doped TiO2 host and the good dispersion of sulfur in the narrow pores of the MC spheres and the mesoporous C-doped TiO2 support.

  2. Method of dehydroxylating a hydroxylated material and method of making a mesoporous film

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    Domansky, Karel [Richland, WA; Fryxell, Glen E [Kennewick, WA; Liu, Jun [West Richland, WA; Kohler, Nathan J [Richland, WA; Baskaran, Suresh [Kennewick, WA

    2002-05-07

    The present invention is a method of dehydroxylating a silica surface that is hydroxylated having the steps of exposing the silica surface separately to a silicon organic compound and a dehydroxylating gas. Exposure to the silicon organic compound can be in liquid, gas or solution phase, and exposure to a dehydroxylating gas is typically at elevated temperatures. In one embodiment, the improvement of the dehydroxylation procedure is the repetition of the soaking and dehydroxylating gas exposure. In another embodiment, the improvement is the use of an inert gas that is substantially free of hydrogen. In yet another embodiment, the present invention is the combination of the two-step dehydroxylation method with a surfactant templating method of making a mesoporous film.

  3. Enhanced electrochemical performance of mesoporous NiCo2O4 as an excellent supercapacitive alternative energy storage material

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    Bhojane, Prateek; Sen, Somaditya; Shirage, Parasharam M.

    2016-07-01

    Here we report the supercapacitive properties of mesoporous nickel cobalt oxide (NiCo2O4) synthesized by fast, inexpensive and facile chemical bath method, by avoiding high pressure, high temperature and chemical complexity. Physico-chemical characterization techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), Raman Spectra, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherm analysis is performed to characterize the electrode material. Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) measurements reveal the surface area 52.86 m2 g-1 and from Barrett-Joyner-Halenda (BJH), typical pores size ranges between 10 and 50 nm, also confirms the mesoporosity. The electrochemical properties are measured by cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and galvanostatic charging/discharging. The synthesized material exhibits remarkably enhanced electrochemical performance with specific capacitance of 1130 F g-1 at 1 mV s-1 sweep rate and 1125 F g-1 at current density of 0.05 A g-1, highest without supporting base like carbon cloth, Ni-foam, Ti- foil used for direct growth (deposition) of electrode material. It is superior to those of its individual and hybrid components prepared by similar technique. Ragone plot shows high specific energy density (49.25 Wh kg-1) and corresponding specific power density (1851.31 W kg-1) even at high current density of 0.5 A g-1.

  4. Immobilization of Lactobacillus rhamnosus in mesoporous silica-based material: An efficiency continuous cell-recycle fermentation system for lactic acid production.

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    Zhao, Zijian; Xie, Xiaona; Wang, Zhi; Tao, Yanchun; Niu, Xuedun; Huang, Xuri; Liu, Li; Li, Zhengqiang

    2016-06-01

    Lactic acid bacteria immobilization methods have been widely used for lactic acid production. Until now, the most common immobilization matrix used is calcium alginate. However, Ca-alginate gel disintegrated during lactic acid fermentation. To overcome this deficiency, we developed an immobilization method in which Lactobacillus rhamnosus cells were successfully encapsulated into an ordered mesoporous silica-based material under mild conditions with a high immobilization efficiency of 78.77% by using elemental analysis. We also optimized the cultivation conditions of the immobilized L. rhamnosus and obtained a high glucose conversion yield of 92.4%. Furthermore, L. rhamnosus encapsulated in mesoporous silica-based material exhibited operational stability during repeated fermentation processes and no decrease in lactic acid production up to 8 repeated batches.

  5. Multifunctional mesoporous materials with acid-base frameworks and ordered channels filled with ionic liquid: Synthesis, characterization and catalytic performance of Ti-Zr-SBA-15-IL

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    Zhang, Wenjuan; Wang, Hua; Han, Jinyu; Song, Zhiqiang

    2012-06-01

    A series of novel multifunctionalized SBA-15 with titanium and zirconium incorporated frameworks and ionic liquid filled ordered channels were synthesized for the first time, by combining framework doping and post-grafting. The as-prepared materials were extensively characterized to investigate the mesostructural and chemical properties. The results indicated that the products possess the periodically ordered mesoporous structure. Titanium and zirconium were efficiently introduced into the framework of the mesostructure, generating medium strong acid and basic sites. N-methylimidazole ionic liquid was covalently grafted into the channels of mesoporous materials. Moreover, a higher cooperative catalytic performance originated from the dual-metal centers and ionic liquid was shown in catalyzing the cycloaddition of carbon dioxide with epoxides. A plausible reaction mechanism was proposed based on the experimental results.

  6. Fabrication of multiwalled carbon nanotubes in the channels of iron loaded three dimensional mesoporous material by catalytic chemical vapour deposition technique

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    Somanathan, T.; Gokulakrishnan, N.; Chandrasekar, G.; Pandurangan, A.

    2011-01-01

    The growth of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) was successfully achieved in the channels of three dimensional (3D) iron loaded mesoporous matrices (KIT-6) by employing catalytic chemical vapour deposition (CCVD) technique. The synthesised MWNTs, which were characterised by SEM, TEM and Raman spectroscopy, consist of thick graphene layers of about 10 nm composed of 29 graphene sheets with inner and outer diameter of ∼17 nm and ∼37 nm, respectively. The Raman spectrum showed the formation of well-graphitised MWNTs with significantly higher IG/ID ratio of 1.47 compared to commercial MWNTs. Comparatively, 2 wt% Fe loaded KIT-6 material produced a better yield of 91%, which is also highest compared with the report of MWNTs synthesis using mesoporous materials reported so far.

  7. An adhesive conducting electrode material based on commercial mesoporous titanium dioxide as a support for Horseradish peroxidase for bioelectrochemical applications.

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    Rahemi, Vanoushe; Trashin, Stanislav; Meynen, Vera; De Wael, Karolien

    2016-01-01

    An adhesive conducting electrode material containing of graphite, biocompatible ion exchange polymer nafion(®) and commercial mesoporous TiO2 impregnated with horseradish peroxidase (HRP) is prepared and characterized by amperometric, UV-vis and N2 sorption methods. The factors influencing the performance of the resulting biosensor are studied in detail. The optimal electrode material consists of 45% graphite, 50% impregnated HRP-TiO2 and 5% nafion(®). The optimum conditions for H2O2 reduction are an applied potential of -0.3 V and 0.1 mM hydroquinone. Sensitivity and limit of detection in the optimum conditions are 1 A M(-1) cm(-2) and 1 µM correspondingly. The N2 sorption results show that the pore volume of TiO2 decreases sharply upon adsorption of HRP. The preparation process of the proposed enzyme electrode is straightforward and potentially can be used for preparation of carbon paste electrodes for bioelectrochemical detections. PMID:26695318

  8. Processed Lignin as a Byproduct of the Generation of 5-(Chloromethyl)furfural from Biomass: A Promising New Mesoporous Material.

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    Budarin, Vitaliy L; Clark, James H; Henschen, Jonatan; Farmer, Thomas J; Macquarrie, Duncan J; Mascal, Mark; Nagaraja, Gundibasappa K; Petchey, Tabitha H M

    2015-12-21

    The lignin by-product of the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to 5-(chloromethyl)furfural (CMF) has been characterised by thermogravimetric analysis, N2 physisorption porosimetry, attenuated internal reflectance IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis and solid-state NMR spectroscopy. The lignin (LCMF) has a moderate level of mesoporosity before thermal treatment and a surface area of 63 m(2)  g(-1) , which increases dramatically on pyrolysis at temperatures above 400 °C. An assessment of the functionality and textural properties of the material was achieved by analysing LCMF treated thermally over a range of pyrolysis temperatures. Samples were sulfonated to test their potential as heterogeneous acid catalysts in the esterification of levulinic acid. It was shown that unpyrolysed catalysts gave the highest ester yields of up to 93 %. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first example of mesoporous lignin with an appreciable surface area that is produced directly from a bio-refinery process and with further textural modification of the material demonstrated.

  9. Processed Lignin as a Byproduct of the Generation of 5-(Chloromethyl)furfural from Biomass: A Promising New Mesoporous Material.

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    Budarin, Vitaliy L; Clark, James H; Henschen, Jonatan; Farmer, Thomas J; Macquarrie, Duncan J; Mascal, Mark; Nagaraja, Gundibasappa K; Petchey, Tabitha H M

    2015-12-21

    The lignin by-product of the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to 5-(chloromethyl)furfural (CMF) has been characterised by thermogravimetric analysis, N2 physisorption porosimetry, attenuated internal reflectance IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis and solid-state NMR spectroscopy. The lignin (LCMF) has a moderate level of mesoporosity before thermal treatment and a surface area of 63 m(2)  g(-1) , which increases dramatically on pyrolysis at temperatures above 400 °C. An assessment of the functionality and textural properties of the material was achieved by analysing LCMF treated thermally over a range of pyrolysis temperatures. Samples were sulfonated to test their potential as heterogeneous acid catalysts in the esterification of levulinic acid. It was shown that unpyrolysed catalysts gave the highest ester yields of up to 93 %. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first example of mesoporous lignin with an appreciable surface area that is produced directly from a bio-refinery process and with further textural modification of the material demonstrated. PMID:26601798

  10. Bimodal mesoporous silica with bottleneck pores.

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    Reber, M J; Brühwiler, D

    2015-11-01

    Bimodal mesoporous silica consisting of two sets of well-defined mesopores is synthesized by a partial pseudomorphic transformation of an ordered mesoporous starting material (SBA-15 type). The introduction of a second set of smaller mesopores (MCM-41 type) establishes a pore system with bottlenecks that restricts the access to the core of the bimodal mesoporous silica particles. The particle size and shape of the starting material are retained, but micropores present in the starting material disappear during the transformation, leading to a true bimodal mesoporous product. A varying degree of transformation allows the adjustment of the pore volume contribution of the two mesopore domains. Information on the accessibility of the mesopores is obtained by the adsorption of fluorescence-labeled poly(amidoamine) dendrimers and imaging by confocal laser scanning microscopy. This information is correlated with nitrogen sorption data to provide insights regarding the spatial distribution of the two mesopore domains. The bimodal mesoporous materials are excellent model systems for the investigation of cavitation effects in nitrogen desorption isotherms. PMID:26399172

  11. Preparation and physical characterization of calcium sulfate cement/silica-based mesoporous material composites for controlled release of BMP-2.

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    Tan, Honglue; Yang, Shengbing; Dai, Pengyi; Li, Wuyin; Yue, Bing

    2015-01-01

    As a commonly used implant material, calcium sulfate cement (CSC), has some shortcomings, including low compressive strength, weak osteoinduction capability, and rapid degradation. In this study, silica-based mesoporous materials such as SBA-15 were synthesized and combined with CSC to prepare CSC/SBA-15 composites. The properties of SBA-15 were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms. SBA-15 was blended into CSC at 0, 5, 10, and 20 wt%, referred to as CSC, CSC-5S (5% mass ratio), CSC-10S (10% mass ratio), and CSC-20S (20% mass ratio), respectively. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and compression tests were used to determine the structure and mechanical properties of the composites, respectively. The formation of hydroxyapatite on composite surfaces was analyzed using scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction after soaking in simulated body fluid. BMP-2 was loaded into the composites by vacuum freeze-drying, and its release characteristics were detected by Bradford protein assay. The in vitro degradation of the CSC/SBA-15 composite was investigated by measuring weight loss. The results showed that the orderly, nanostructured, mesoporous SBA-15 possessed regular pore size and structure. The compressive strength of CSC/SBA-15 increased with the increase in SBA-15 mass ratio, and CSC-20S demonstrated the maximum strength. Compared to CSC, hydroxyapatite that formed on the surfaces of CSC/SBA-15 was uniform and compact. The degradation rate of CSC/SBA-15 decreased with increasing mass ratio of SBA-15. The adsorption of BMP-2 increased and released at a relatively slow rate; the release rate of BMP-2 in CSC-20S was the slowest, and presented characteristics of low doses of release. In vitro experiments demonstrated that the physical properties of pure CSC incorporated with SBA-15 could be improved significantly, which made the CSC/SBA-15 composite more suitable for bone repair

  12. Preparation and physical characterization of calcium sulfate cement/silica-based mesoporous material composites for controlled release of BMP-2

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    Tan, Honglue; Yang, Shengbing; Dai, Pengyi; Li, Wuyin; Yue, Bing

    2015-01-01

    As a commonly used implant material, calcium sulfate cement (CSC), has some shortcomings, including low compressive strength, weak osteoinduction capability, and rapid degradation. In this study, silica-based mesoporous materials such as SBA-15 were synthesized and combined with CSC to prepare CSC/SBA-15 composites. The properties of SBA-15 were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and nitrogen adsorption–desorption isotherms. SBA-15 was blended into CSC at 0, 5, 10, and 20 wt%, referred to as CSC, CSC-5S (5% mass ratio), CSC-10S (10% mass ratio), and CSC-20S (20% mass ratio), respectively. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and compression tests were used to determine the structure and mechanical properties of the composites, respectively. The formation of hydroxyapatite on composite surfaces was analyzed using scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction after soaking in simulated body fluid. BMP-2 was loaded into the composites by vacuum freeze-drying, and its release characteristics were detected by Bradford protein assay. The in vitro degradation of the CSC/SBA-15 composite was investigated by measuring weight loss. The results showed that the orderly, nanostructured, mesoporous SBA-15 possessed regular pore size and structure. The compressive strength of CSC/SBA-15 increased with the increase in SBA-15 mass ratio, and CSC-20S demonstrated the maximum strength. Compared to CSC, hydroxyapatite that formed on the surfaces of CSC/SBA-15 was uniform and compact. The degradation rate of CSC/SBA-15 decreased with increasing mass ratio of SBA-15. The adsorption of BMP-2 increased and released at a relatively slow rate; the release rate of BMP-2 in CSC-20S was the slowest, and presented characteristics of low doses of release. In vitro experiments demonstrated that the physical properties of pure CSC incorporated with SBA-15 could be improved significantly, which made the CSC/SBA-15 composite more suitable for bone repair

  13. Mesoporous Silica: A Suitable Adsorbent for Amines

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    2009-01-01

    Mesoporous silica with KIT-6 structure was investigated as a preconcentrating material in chromatographic systems for ammonia and trimethylamine. Its adsorption capacity was compared to that of existing commercial materials, showing its increased adsorption power. In addition, KIT-6 mesoporous silica efficiently adsorbs both gases, while none of the employed commercial adsorbents did. This means that KIT-6 Mesoporous silica may be a good choice for integrated chromatography/gas sensing micro-devices. PMID:20628459

  14. Mesoporous aluminum phosphite

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    El Haskouri, Jamal; Perez-Cabero, Monica; Guillem, Carmen; Latorre, Julio; Beltran, Aurelio; Beltran, Daniel; Amoros, Pedro

    2009-08-15

    High surface area pure mesoporous aluminum-phosphorus oxide-based derivatives have been synthesized through an S{sup +}I{sup -} surfactant-assisted cooperative mechanism by means of a one-pot preparative procedure from aqueous solution and starting from aluminum atrane complexes and phosphoric and/or phosphorous acids. A soft chemical extraction procedure allows opening the pore system of the parent as-prepared materials by exchanging the surfactant without mesostructure collapse. The nature of the pore wall can be modulated from mesoporous aluminum phosphate (ALPO) up to total incorporation of phosphite entities (mesoporous aluminum phosphite), which results in a gradual evolution of the acidic properties of the final materials. While phosphate groups in ALPO act as network building blocks (bridging Al atoms), the phosphite entities become basically attached to the pore surface, what gives practically empty channels. The mesoporous nature of the final materials is confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption isotherms. The materials present regular unimodal pore systems whose order decreases as the phosphite content increases. NMR spectroscopic results confirm the incorporation of oxo-phosphorus entities to the framework of these materials and also provide us useful information concerning the mechanism through which they are formed. - Abstract: TEM image of the mesoporous aluminum phosphite showing the hexagonal disordered pore array that is generated by using surfactant micelles as template. Also a scheme emphasizing the presence of an alumina-rich core and an ALPO-like pore surface is presented.

  15. The effects of surface chemistry of mesoporous silica materials and solution pH on kinetics of molsidomine adsorption

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    Dolinina, E.S.; Parfenyuk, E.V.

    2014-01-15

    Adsorption kinetics of molsidomine on mesoporous silica material (UMS), the phenyl- (PhMS) and mercaptopropyl-functionalized (MMS) derivatives from solution with different pH and 298 K was studied. The adsorption kinetics was found to follow the pseudo-second-order kinetic model for all studied silica materials and pH. Effects of surface functional groups and pH on adsorption efficiency and kinetic adsorption parameters were investigated. At all studied pH, the highest molsidomine amount is adsorbed on PhMS due to π–π interactions and hydrogen bonding between surface groups of PhMS and molsidomine molecules. An increase of pH results in a decrease of the amounts of adsorbed molsidomine onto the silica materials. Furthermore, the highest adsorption rate kinetically evaluated using a pseudo-second-order model, is observed onto UMS and it strongly depends on pH. The mechanism of the adsorption process was determined from the intraparticle diffusion and Boyd kinetic film–diffusion models. The results showed that the molsidomine adsorption on the silica materials is controlled by film diffusion. Effect of pH on the diffusion parameters is discussed. - Graphical abstract: The kinetic study showed that the k{sub 2} value, the rate constant of pseudo-second order kinetic model, is the highest for molsidomine adsorption on UMS and strongly depends on pH because it is determined by availability and accessibility of the reaction sites of the adsorbents molsidomine binding. Display Omitted - Highlights: • The adsorption capacities of UMS, PhMS and MMS were dependent on the pH. • At all studied pH, the highest molsidomine amount is adsorbed on PhMS. • The highest adsorption rate, k{sub 2}, is observed onto UMS and strongly depends on pH. • Film diffusion was the likely rate-limiting step in the adsorption process.

  16. A simple, template-free route for the synthesis of bicrystalline mesoporous TiO2 materials.

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    Su, Zhili; Yang, Chun

    2009-11-01

    A simple, low-temperature and green template-free synthetic route has been used to prepare mesoporous TiO2 with anatase and brookite bicrystalline framework. This route combines a quick hydrolysis at ambient temperature and sequent hydrothermal treatment at 80-180 egrees C without further calcination. The resultant materials were characterized by XRD, TEM and nitrogen adsorption. It was found that the wormhole-like mesostructure and the bicrystalline framework could be formed in the hydrothermal treatment, and high surface areas of 160-250 m2 x g(-1) could be obtained due to the avoidance of calcination at high temperature. The effect of hydrothermal temperature on mesoporosity and crystallinity was also investigated and discussed. The as-prepared TiO2 samples exhibited higher photocatalytic activities than pure anatase TiO2 and corresponding calcined samples in the degradation of methyl orange, which can be attributed to the combined effect of composite crystalline phase and high surface area.

  17. Cubic Mesoporous Silica Material as a Highly Efficient Solid Phase Extraction Sorbent for Bisphenol A, Tert-Nonylphenol from Water.

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    Jin, Zhongxiu; Xu, Yuanyuan; Lin, Shilei; Sheng, Jie

    2016-06-01

    Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), including bisphenol A (BPA), tert-nonylphenol (t-NP) in aqueous solutions, were extracted by cubic mesoporous silica material (MCM-48) and determined by high performance liquid chromatography--fluorometric detection simultaneously. The effect of eluent solvent and its volume, the pH of sample solution and the sample volume on the extraction recovery of MCM-48 composite for EDCs was investigated by the batch techniques. Comparative studies showed that MCM-48 was superior to C18 for the extraction of the more polar analyte bisphenol A and and at least as effective as C18 for the extraction of tert-nonylphenol. The results showed that the excellent recovery towards BPA (87.4%-95.6%) and t-NP (83.6%-96.3%) was achieved by using this method. The good linearity was obtained for BPA and t-NP (R2 > 0.993) at a range from 5 to 1000 μg L(-1). Under the optimum conditions, the detection limits of this method were 96 and 150 ng L(-1) for BPA and t-NP in water sample, based on a signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) of 3, respectively. This method has been also successfully applied for the determination of other EDCs in natural environmental water samples. PMID:27427640

  18. Photosynthetic oxygen evolution in mesoporous silica material: adsorption of photosystem II reaction center complex into 23 nm nanopores in SBA.

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    Noji, Tomoyasu; Kamidaki, Chihiro; Kawakami, Keisuke; Shen, Jian-Ren; Kajino, Tsutomu; Fukushima, Yoshiaki; Sekitoh, Takeshi; Itoh, Shigeru

    2011-01-18

    An oxygen-evolving photosynthetic reaction center complex (PSII) was adsorbed into nanopores in SBA, a mesoporous silica compound. We purified the dimer of PSII complex from a thermophilic cyanobacterium, Thermosynechococcus vulcanus, which grows optimally at 57 °C. The thermally stable PSII dimeric complex has a diameter of 20 nm and a molecular mass of 756 kDa and binds more than 60 chlorophylls. The SBA particles, with average internal pore diameters of 15 nm (SBA(15)) and 23 nm (SBA(23)), adsorbed 4.7 and 15 mg of PSII/g SBA, respectively. Measurement with a confocal laser-scanning microscope indicated the adsorption of PSII to the surface and the inner space of the SBA(23) particles, indicating the adsorption of PSII into the 23 nm silica nanopores. PSII did not bind to the inner pores of SBA(15). PSII bound to SBA(23) showed the high and stable activity of a photosynthetic oxygen-evolving reaction, indicating the light-driven electron transport from water to the quinone molecules added in the outer medium. The PSII-SBA conjugate can be a new material for photosensors and artificial photosynthetic systems.

  19. Influence of methanol on the phase behavior of nonionic fluorinated surfactant: relation to the structure of mesoporous silica materials.

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    Zimny, K; Blin, J L; Stébé, M J

    2009-02-15

    We have investigated the effect of methanol addition on the R(F)(8)(EO)(9) and R(F)(7)(EO)(8) surfactant-based systems. While upon the addition of methanol the L(1) micellar phase grows, the direct hexagonal (H(1)) and the lamellar (L(alpha)) liquid crystals progressively melt with the increase of alcohol content. Phase behavior and SAXS measurements proved that methanol molecules interact with the oxyethylene units of the surfactant. This involves a folding up of the hydrophobic chains in the liquid crystal phases. Moreover, for the R(F)(7)(EO)(8) surfactant, the cloud point curve is shifted to high temperatures upon addition of alcohol. Starting from these systems, we have prepared mesoporous materials. Results show that due to the hydrogen bonds between the alcohol and the EO groups, the hexagonal structure of the mesostructured silica obtained from R(F)(8)(EO)(9) is lost when the content of CH(3)OH is increased. In contrast, for the compounds prepared from the R(F)(7)(EO)(8)-based system, the pore ordering occurs in the presence of alcohol. This phenomenon has been related to the moving of the cloud point curve toward high temperatures with the addition of methanol. Our study reveals also that under our conditions the methanol released during the hydrolysis of the silica precursor does not affect the self-assembly mechanism in a positive or negative way. PMID:19058809

  20. Photovoltaic performance of nanoporous TiO2 replicas synthesized from mesoporous materials for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Hwang, Kyung-Jun; Yoo, Seung-Joon; Kim, Sung-Soo; Kim, Ji-Man; Shim, Wang-Geun; Kim, Sun-Il; Lee, Jae-Wook

    2008-10-01

    For dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC), highly ordered nanoporous TiO2 materials with crystalline frameworks were successfully synthesized from different silica templates including SBA-15, KIT-6 and MSU-H. A photoelectrode in DSSC was fabricated by adsorbing cis-bis(isothiocyanato)bis(2,2'-bipyridyl-4,4'-dicarboxylato)-ruthenium(II)bis-tetrabutylammonium dye (N719) onto the prepared TiO2 nanoparticles. The samples were characterized by XRD, TEM, FE-SEM, AFM and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), and FT-IR analysis. An investigation of the influence of the bonding structure of N719 dye and nanoporous TiO2 on the photovoltaic performance of DSSC revealed that the bonding structure of N719 on TiO2 films is caused by the unidentate and bidentate linkage. Based on the overall conversion efficiency (eta), fill factor (FF), open-circuit voltage (V(oc)) and short-circuit current (/sc) from the I-V curves measured, it was observed that the photoelectric performance is strongly dependent on the dispersion properties of the nanoporous TiO2 replicas from mesoporous silica templates.

  1. Tailoring the nano-channel of ZrO 2/SBA-15 mesoporous materials for efficiently trapping and degradation volatile nitrosamines

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    Shi, Liying; Chu, Sheng; Kong, Fei; Luo, Leilei; Wang, Ying; Zou, Zhigang

    2011-12-01

    This article reports a bifunctionalized mesoporous ZrO 2/SBA-15 materials prepared through a simplified one-pot synthesis, in which the aged sample was evaporated with mother solution under the self-adjusted pH condition. The results of low-angle XRD, HRTEM, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, in-situ 1H NMR and NH 3-TPD tests confirmed the well-ordered hexagonal structure and large pore size of these composites along with the newly formed acidity and basicity. Temperature programmed surface reaction (TPSR) was employed to assess the catalytic function of ZrO 2/SBA-15 composites on the degradation of carcinogenic volatile nitrosamines such as N-nitrosopyrrolidine (NPYR). Due to the special interaction between the N-NO group of nitrosamines and the acidic site of mesoporous composite, NPYR could be efficiently trapped and then catalytic degraded at lower temperature, which enables this functional composite to be a new candidate for environment protection.

  2. Cellular membrane trafficking of mesoporous silica nanoparticles

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    Fang, I-Ju

    2012-01-01

    This dissertation mainly focuses on the investigation of the cellular membrane trafficking of mesoporous silica nanoparticles. We are interested in the study of endocytosis and exocytosis behaviors of mesoporous silica nanoparticles with desired surface functionality. The relationship between mesoporous silica nanoparticles and membrane trafficking of cells, either cancerous cells or normal cells was examined. Since mesoporous silica nanoparticles were applied in many drug delivery cases, the endocytotic efficiency of mesoporous silica nanoparticles needs to be investigated in more details in order to design the cellular drug delivery system in the controlled way. It is well known that cells can engulf some molecules outside of the cells through a receptor-ligand associated endocytosis. We are interested to determine if those biomolecules binding to cell surface receptors can be utilized on mesoporous silica nanoparticle materials to improve the uptake efficiency or govern the mechanism of endocytosis of mesoporous silica nanoparticles. Arginine-glycine-aspartate (RGD) is a small peptide recognized by cell integrin receptors and it was reported that avidin internalization was highly promoted by tumor lectin. Both RGD and avidin were linked to the surface of mesoporous silica nanoparticle materials to investigate the effect of receptor-associated biomolecule on cellular endocytosis efficiency. The effect of ligand types, ligand conformation and ligand density were discussed in Chapter 2 and 3. Furthermore, the exocytosis of mesoporous silica nanoparticles is very attractive for biological applications. The cellular protein sequestration study of mesoporous silica nanoparticles was examined for further information of the intracellular pathway of endocytosed mesoporous silica nanoparticle materials. The surface functionality of mesoporous silica nanoparticle materials demonstrated selectivity among the materials and cancer and normal cell lines. We aimed to determine

  3. Mesoporous carbon-coated LiFePO4 nanocrystals co-modified with graphene and Mg2+ doping as superior cathode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Wang, Bo; Xu, Binghui; Liu, Tiefeng; Liu, Peng; Guo, Chenfeng; Wang, Shuo; Wang, Qiuming; Xiong, Zhigang; Wang, Dianlong; Zhao, X. S.

    2013-12-01

    In this work, mesoporous carbon-coated LiFePO4 nanocrystals further co-modified with graphene and Mg2+ doping (G/LFMP) were synthesized by a modified rheological phase method to improve the speed of lithium storage as well as cycling stability. The mesoporous structure of LiFePO4 nanocrystals was designed and realized by introducing the bead milling technique, which assisted in forming sucrose-pyrolytic carbon nanoparticles as the template for generating mesopores. For comparison purposes, samples modified only with graphene (G/LFP) or Mg2+ doping (LFMP) as well as pure LiFePO4 (LFP) were also prepared and investigated. Microscopic observation and nitrogen sorption analysis have revealed the mesoporous morphologies of the as-prepared composites. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Rietveld refinement data demonstrated that the Mg-doped LiFePO4 is a single olivine-type phase and well crystallized with shortened Fe-O and P-O bonds and a lengthened Li-O bond, resulting in an enhanced Li+ diffusion velocity. Electrochemical properties have also been investigated after assembling coin cells with the as-prepared composites as the cathode active materials. Remarkably, the G/LFMP composite has exhibited the best electrochemical properties, including fast lithium storage performance and excellent cycle stability. That is because the modification of graphene provided active sites for nuclei, restricted the in situ crystallite growth, increased the electronic conductivity and reduced the interface reaction current density, while, Mg2+ doping improved the intrinsically electronic and ionic transfer properties of LFP crystals. Moreover, in the G/LFMP composite, the graphene component plays the role of ``cushion'' as it could quickly realize capacity response, buffering the impact to LFMP under the conditions of high-rate charging or discharging, which results in a pre-eminent rate capability and cycling stability.In this work, mesoporous carbon-coated LiFePO4 nanocrystals further co

  4. Nitrogen enriched mesoporous organic polymer anchored copper(II) material: an efficient and reusable catalyst for the synthesis of esters and amides from aromatic systems.

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    Molla, Rostam Ali; Iqubal, Md Asif; Ghosh, Kajari; Kamaluddin; Islam, Sk Manirul

    2015-04-14

    A new copper-grafted mesoporous poly-melamine-formaldehyde (Cu-mPMF) has been synthesized from melamine and paraformaldehyde in DMSO medium, followed by grafting of Cu(ii) at its surface. Cu-mPMF has been characterized by elemental analysis, powder XRD, HR TEM, FE-SEM, N2 adsorption study, FT-IR, UV-vis DRS, TGA-DTA, EPR spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The Cu-grafted mesoporous material showed very good catalytic activity in methyl esterification of benzylic alcohols and amidation of nitriles. Moreover, the catalyst is easily recoverable and can be reused seven times without appreciable loss of catalytic activity in the above reactions. The highly dispersed and strongly bound Cu(ii) sites in the Cu-grafted mesoporous polymer could be responsible for the observed high activities of the Cu-mPMF catalyst. Due to strong binding with the functional groups of the polymer, no evidence of leached copper from the catalyst during the course of reaction emerged, suggesting true heterogeneity in the catalytic process.

  5. Mesoporous carbon-coated LiFePO4 nanocrystals co-modified with graphene and Mg2+ doping as superior cathode materials for lithium ion batteries.

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    Wang, Bo; Xu, Binghui; Liu, Tiefeng; Liu, Peng; Guo, Chenfeng; Wang, Shuo; Wang, Qiuming; Xiong, Zhigang; Wang, Dianlong; Zhao, X S

    2014-01-21

    In this work, mesoporous carbon-coated LiFePO4 nanocrystals further co-modified with graphene and Mg(2+) doping (G/LFMP) were synthesized by a modified rheological phase method to improve the speed of lithium storage as well as cycling stability. The mesoporous structure of LiFePO4 nanocrystals was designed and realized by introducing the bead milling technique, which assisted in forming sucrose-pyrolytic carbon nanoparticles as the template for generating mesopores. For comparison purposes, samples modified only with graphene (G/LFP) or Mg(2+) doping (LFMP) as well as pure LiFePO4 (LFP) were also prepared and investigated. Microscopic observation and nitrogen sorption analysis have revealed the mesoporous morphologies of the as-prepared composites. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Rietveld refinement data demonstrated that the Mg-doped LiFePO4 is a single olivine-type phase and well crystallized with shortened Fe-O and P-O bonds and a lengthened Li-O bond, resulting in an enhanced Li(+) diffusion velocity. Electrochemical properties have also been investigated after assembling coin cells with the as-prepared composites as the cathode active materials. Remarkably, the G/LFMP composite has exhibited the best electrochemical properties, including fast lithium storage performance and excellent cycle stability. That is because the modification of graphene provided active sites for nuclei, restricted the in situ crystallite growth, increased the electronic conductivity and reduced the interface reaction current density, while, Mg(2+) doping improved the intrinsically electronic and ionic transfer properties of LFP crystals. Moreover, in the G/LFMP composite, the graphene component plays the role of "cushion" as it could quickly realize capacity response, buffering the impact to LFMP under the conditions of high-rate charging or discharging, which results in a pre-eminent rate capability and cycling stability.

  6. Development of regenerative dye impregnated mesoporous silica materials for assessing exposure to ammonia.

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    Chang, Yu-Chang; Bai, Hsunling; Chiang, Hsueh-Shih; Karthik, Mani; Li, Shou-Nan; Hsu, Jung-Nan; Shih, Hui-Ya

    2012-07-01

    The mesostructured materials MCM-41 and SBA-15 were studied as possible supports of bromocresol green (BG) dye impregnation for the ammonia gas detection because of their large surface area, high regenerative property, and high thermal stability. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscope, and N2 adsorption analysis were used to characterize the prepared materials. These materials could sense ammonia via visible color change from yellowish-orange to blue color. The color change process of the nanostructured materials was fully reversible during 10 cyclic tests. The results indicated that the ammonia absorption responses of the two nanostructured materials were both very sensitive, and high linear correlation and high precision were achieved. As the gaseous ammonia concentrations were 50 and 5 ppmv, the response times for the SBA-15/BG were only 1 and 5 min, respectively. Moreover the BG dye-impregnated SBA-15 was less affected by the variation in the relative humidity. It also had faster response for the detection of NH3, as well as lower manufacturing price as compared to that of the dye-impregnated MCM-41. Such feature enables SBA-15/BG to be a very promising material for the detection of ammonia gas.

  7. Pore Size Effect on Methane Adsorption in Mesoporous Silica Materials Studied by Small-Angle Neutron Scattering.

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    Chiang, Wei-Shan; Fratini, Emiliano; Baglioni, Piero; Chen, Jin-Hong; Liu, Yun

    2016-09-01

    Methane adsorption in model mesoporous silica materials with the size range characteristic of shale is studied by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). Size effect on the temperature-dependent gas adsorption at methane pressure about 100 kPa is investigated by SANS using MCM-41 and SBA-15 as adsorbents. Above the gas-liquid condensation temperature, the thickness of the adsorption layer is found to be roughly constant as a function of the temperature. Moreover, the gas adsorption properties, such as the adsorbed layer thickness and the specific amount of adsorbed gas, have little dependence on the pore size being studied, i.e., pore radius of 16.5 and 34.1 Å, but are mainly affected by the roughness of the pore surfaces. Hence, the surface properties of the pore wall are more dominant than the pore size in determining the methane gas adsorption of pores at the nanometer size range. Not surprisingly, the gas-liquid condensation temperature is observed to be sensitive to pore size and shifts to higher temperature when the pore size is smaller. Below the gas-liquid condensation temperature, even though the majority of gas adsorption experiments/simulations have assumed the density of confined liquid to be the same as the bulk density, the measured methane mass density in our samples is found to be appreciably smaller than the bulk methane density regardless of the pore sizes studied here. The mass density of liquid/solid methane in pores with different sizes shows different temperature dependence below the condensation temperature. With decreasing temperature, the methane density in larger pores (SBA-15) abruptly increases at approximately 65 K and then plateaus. In contrast, the density in smaller pores (MCM-41) monotonically increases with decreasing temperature before reaching a plateau at approximately 30 K.

  8. Pore Size Effect on Methane Adsorption in Mesoporous Silica Materials Studied by Small-Angle Neutron Scattering.

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    Chiang, Wei-Shan; Fratini, Emiliano; Baglioni, Piero; Chen, Jin-Hong; Liu, Yun

    2016-09-01

    Methane adsorption in model mesoporous silica materials with the size range characteristic of shale is studied by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). Size effect on the temperature-dependent gas adsorption at methane pressure about 100 kPa is investigated by SANS using MCM-41 and SBA-15 as adsorbents. Above the gas-liquid condensation temperature, the thickness of the adsorption layer is found to be roughly constant as a function of the temperature. Moreover, the gas adsorption properties, such as the adsorbed layer thickness and the specific amount of adsorbed gas, have little dependence on the pore size being studied, i.e., pore radius of 16.5 and 34.1 Å, but are mainly affected by the roughness of the pore surfaces. Hence, the surface properties of the pore wall are more dominant than the pore size in determining the methane gas adsorption of pores at the nanometer size range. Not surprisingly, the gas-liquid condensation temperature is observed to be sensitive to pore size and shifts to higher temperature when the pore size is smaller. Below the gas-liquid condensation temperature, even though the majority of gas adsorption experiments/simulations have assumed the density of confined liquid to be the same as the bulk density, the measured methane mass density in our samples is found to be appreciably smaller than the bulk methane density regardless of the pore sizes studied here. The mass density of liquid/solid methane in pores with different sizes shows different temperature dependence below the condensation temperature. With decreasing temperature, the methane density in larger pores (SBA-15) abruptly increases at approximately 65 K and then plateaus. In contrast, the density in smaller pores (MCM-41) monotonically increases with decreasing temperature before reaching a plateau at approximately 30 K. PMID:27512895

  9. Synthesis of nanostructured hybrid sorbent materials using organosilane self-assembly on mesoporous ceramic oxides

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    Fryxell, Glen E.

    2007-01-30

    The single most important factor in determining quality of life in human society is the availability of pure, clean drinking water. Wars have been fought, and will continue to be fought, over access and control of clean water. Drinking water has two major classes of contamination, biological contamination and chemical contamination. Bacterial contamination can be dealt with by a number of well-established technologies (e.g. chlorination, ozone, UV, etc.), but chemical contamination is a somewhat more challenging target. Common organic contaminants, such as pesticides, agricultural chemicals, industrial solvents, and fuels can be removed by treatment with UV/ozone, activated carbon or plasma technologies. Toxic heavy metals like mercury, lead and cadmium can be partially addressed by using traditional sorbent materials like alumina, but these materials bind metal ions non-specifically and can easily be saturated with harmless, ubiquitous species like calcium, magnesium and zinc (which are actually nutrients, and don’t need to be removed). Another weakness of these traditional sorbent materials is that metal ion sorption to a ceramic oxide surface is a reversible process, meaning they can easily desorb back into the drinking water supply.

  10. MoO2-ordered mesoporous carbon hybrids as anode materials with highly improved rate capability and reversible capacity for lithium-ion battery.

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    Chen, Ailian; Li, Caixia; Tang, Rui; Yin, Longwei; Qi, Yongxin

    2013-08-28

    A novel hybrid of MoO2-ordered mesoporous carbon (MoO2-OMC) was prepared through a two-step solvothermal chemical reaction route. The electrochemical performances of the mesoporous MoO2-OMC hybrids were examined using galvanostatical charge-discharge, cyclic voltammetry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) techniques. The MoO2-OMC hybrid exhibits significantly improved electrochemical performance of high reversible capacity, high-rate capability, and excellent cycling performance as an anode electrode material for Li ion batteries. It is revealed that the MoO2-OMC hybrid could deliver the first discharge capacity of 1641.8 mA h g(-1) with an initial Coulombic efficiency of 63.6%, and a reversible capacity as high as 1049.1 mA h g(-1) even after 50 cycles at a current density of 100 mA g(-1), much higher than the theoretical capacity of MoO2 (838 mA h g(-1)) and OMC materials. The MoO2-OMC hybrid demonstrates an excellent high rate capability with capacity of ∼600 mA h g(-1) even at a charge current density of 1600 mA g(-1) after 50 cycles, which is approximately 11.1 times higher than that of the OMC (54 mA h g(-1)) materials. The improved rate capability and reversible capacity of the MoO2-OMC hybrid are attributed to a synergistic reaction between the MoO2 nanoparticles and mesoporous OMC matrices. It is noted that the electrochemical performance of the MoO2-OMC hybrid is evidently much better than the previous MoO2-based hybrids.

  11. Self-Assembled Sandwich-like Vanadium Oxide/Graphene Mesoporous Composite as High-Capacity Anode Material for Lithium Ion Batteries.

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    Wang, Xingchao; Huang, Yudai; Jia, Dianzeng; Pang, Wei Kong; Guo, Zaiping; Du, Yaping; Tang, Xincun; Cao, Yali

    2015-12-21

    Sandwich-like V2O5/graphene mesoporous composite has been synthesized by a facile solvothermal approach. The crystalline structure, morphology, and electrochemical performance of the as-prepared materials have been investigated in detail. The results demonstrate that the 30-50 nm V2O5 particles are homogeneously anchored on conducting graphene sheets, which allow the V2O5 nanoparticles to be wired up to a current collector through the underlying conducting graphene layers. As an anode material for lithium ion batteries, the composite exhibits a high reversible capacity of 1006 mAh g(-1) at a current density of 0.5 A g(-1) after 300 cycles. It also exhibits excellent rate performance with a discharge capacity of 500 mAh g(-1) at the current density of 3.0 A g(-1), which is superior to the performance of the vanadium-based materials reported previously. The electrochemical properties demonstrate that the sandwich-like V2O5/graphene mesoporous composite could be a promising candidate material for high-capacity anode in lithium ion batteries.

  12. Comparison of the O Kα x-ray emission bands in micro- and mesoporous silica materials and in α-quartz

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    Khyzhun, O. Yu.; Strunskus, T.; Wöll, Ch.; Gies, H.; Staemmler, V.

    2008-08-01

    X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) at the O Kα threshold has been used to investigate the electronic structure of a microporous pure calcined zeolite with the crystal structure of the MFI-type framework (silicalite), a deboronated MFI zeolite (DB-MFI), a pure mesoporous cubic MCM-48 material, a MCM-48 loaded with copper and zinc oxide nanoparticles (Cu/ZnO-MCM-48), and a crystalline layered silicic acid H-RUB-18. For comparison, the XES O Kα spectrum of pure α-quartz has also been recorded. In the nonresonant energy regime the XES O Kα spectra for all these compounds look very similar indicating that the electronic structure of the micro- and mesoporous silica materials is very similar to that of quartz. In the resonant regime, however, the spectra exhibit significant differences. In all the materials under study, the resonant XES O Kα spectra recorded at photon energies close to the positions of the O K edges show Raman-type inelastic peaks with an energy loss of 11 eV, originating from electronic excitations within these insulating materials. The prominent features in the XES O Kα spectra of α-quartz and H-RUB-18 are analyzed by means of quantum chemical ab initio cluster calculations.

  13. One-step synthesis of amine-functionalized hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles as efficient antibacterial and anticancer materials

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    Hao, Nanjing; Jayawardana, Kalana W.; Chen, Xuan; De Zoysa, Thareendra

    2015-01-01

    In this study, amine-functionalized hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles with an average diameter of ~100 nm and shell thickness of ~20 nm were prepared by an one-step process. This new nanoparticulate system exhibited excellent killing efficiency against mycobacterial (M. smegmatis strain mc2 651) and cancer cells (A549). PMID:25562524

  14. The Synthesis, Characterization and Catalytic Reaction Studies of Monodisperse Platinum Nanoparticles in Mesoporous Oxide Materials

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    Rioux, Robert M.

    2006-01-01

    A catalyst design program was implemented in which Pt nanoparticles, either of monodisperse size and/or shape were synthesized, characterized and studied in a number of hydrocarbon conversion reactions. The novel preparation of these materials enables exquisite control over their physical and chemical properties that could be controlled (and therefore rationally tuned) during synthesis. The ability to synthesize rather than prepare catalysts followed by thorough characterization enable accurate structure-function relationships to be elucidated. This thesis emphasizes all three aspects of catalyst design: synthesis, characterization and reactivity studies. The precise control of metal nanoparticle size, surface structure and composition may enable the development of highly active and selective heterogeneous catalysts.

  15. Aligned mesoporous architectures and devices.

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    Brinker, C. Jeffrey; Lu, Yunfeng

    2011-03-01

    This is the final report for the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering - PECASE (LDRD projects 93369 and 118841) awarded to Professor Yunfeng Lu (Tulane University and University of California-Los Angeles). During the last decade, mesoporous materials with tunable periodic pores have been synthesized using surfactant liquid crystalline as templates, opening a new avenue for a wide spectrum of applications. However, the applications are somewhat limited by the unfavorabe pore orientation of these materials. Although substantial effort has been devoted to align the pore channels, fabrication of mesoporous materials with perpendicular pore channels remains challenging. This project focused on fabrication of mesoporous materials with perpendicularly aligned pore channels. We demonstrated structures for use in water purification, separation, sensors, templated synthesis, microelectronics, optics, controlled release, and highly selective catalysts.

  16. A facile method to prepare mesoporous anatase TiO{sub 2} materials in water at lower temperatures

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    Luo, Qingzhi; Chen, Yu; Wang, Desong An, Jing; Li, Xueyan; Yin, Rong; Shi, Le

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Mesoporous anatase TiO{sub 2} was prepared in water at lower temperatures than 90 °C. • The specific surface areas of as-prepared TiO{sub 2} are in the range of 235–345 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}. • The as-prepared TiO{sub 2} possesses high UV or visible light photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: Mesoporous anatase TiO{sub 2} has been successfully prepared in water at lower temperatures than 90 °C. Firstly, amorphous TiO{sub 2} gels were prepared by conventional sol–gel method at room temperature with tetrabutyl titanate as precursor, and then TiO{sub 2} gels were directly put into water at temperatures of 50–90 °C for 0.5–10 h to form mesoporous anatase TiO{sub 2}. The as-prepared mesoporous TiO{sub 2} was characterized by XRD, TEM, FTIR, Raman, UV–vis DRS, DSC–TGA, and XPS. The results showed that mesoporous anatase TiO{sub 2} contained some organic residuals, the mean size of the TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals was in the range of 3.5–5.4 nm, and their BET specific surface areas were in the range of 235–345 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}. The photocatalytic activity of as-prepared TiO{sub 2} was obviously higher than those of the commercial TiO{sub 2} (P25) and TiO{sub 2} calcined at 450 °C for 3 h under UV or visible light irradiation.

  17. Ionic Liquid Directed Mesoporous Carbon Nanoflakes as an Effiencient Electrode material.

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    Kong, Lirong; Chen, Wei

    2015-12-10

    Supercapacitors are considered to be the most promising approach to meet the pressing requirements for energy storage devices. The electrode materials for supercapacitors have close relationship with their electrochemical properties and thus become the key point to improve their energy storage efficiency. Herein, by using poly (vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) and ionic liquid as the dual templates, polyacrylonitrile as the carbon precursor, a flake-like carbon material was prepared by a direct carbonization method. In this method, poly (vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) worked as the separator for the formation of isolated carbon flakes while aggregated ionic liquid worked as the pore template. The obtained carbon flakes exhibited a specific capacitance of 170 F/g at 0.1 A/g, a high energy density of 12.2 Wh/kg and a high power density of 5 kW/kg at the current of 10 A/g. It also maintained a high capacitance retention capability with almost no declination after 500 charge-discharge cycles. The ionic liquid directed method developed here also provided a new idea for the preparation of hierarchically porous carbon nanomaterials.

  18. Ionic Liquid Directed Mesoporous Carbon Nanoflakes as an Effiencient Electrode material

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    Kong, Lirong; Chen, Wei

    2015-01-01

    Supercapacitors are considered to be the most promising approach to meet the pressing requirements for energy storage devices. The electrode materials for supercapacitors have close relationship with their electrochemical properties and thus become the key point to improve their energy storage efficiency. Herein, by using poly (vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) and ionic liquid as the dual templates, polyacrylonitrile as the carbon precursor, a flake-like carbon material was prepared by a direct carbonization method. In this method, poly (vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) worked as the separator for the formation of isolated carbon flakes while aggregated ionic liquid worked as the pore template. The obtained carbon flakes exhibited a specific capacitance of 170 F/g at 0.1 A/g, a high energy density of 12.2 Wh/kg and a high power density of 5 kW/kg at the current of 10 A/g. It also maintained a high capacitance retention capability with almost no declination after 500 charge-discharge cycles. The ionic liquid directed method developed here also provided a new idea for the preparation of hierarchically porous carbon nanomaterials. PMID:26656464

  19. Delaminated zeolites: Combining the benefits of zeolites and mesoporous materials for catalytic uses

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    Corma, A.; Fornes, V.; Martinez-Triguero, J.; Pergher, S.B.

    1999-08-15

    The delamination of the layered precursor of the MCM-22 zeolite (MWW structure) affords monolayers of a crystalline aluminosilicate with more than 700 m{sup 2}/g of a well defined external surface formed by cups of 0.7 x 0.7 nm. In this layered structure the circular 10-member-ring microporous system is preserved. The resultant material presents the strong acidity and stability characteristic of the zeolites but, at the same time, offers the high accessibility to large molecules characteristic of the amorphous aluminosilicates. The cracking behavior during the process of small and large molecules has been compared with that of the zeolite MCM-22 and pillared laminar precursor MCM-36.

  20. Direct large-scale synthesis of 3D hierarchical mesoporous NiO microspheres as high-performance anode materials for lithium ion batteries.

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    bai, Zhongchao; Ju, Zhicheng; Guo, Chunli; Qian, Yitai; Tang, Bin; Xiong, Shenglin

    2014-03-21

    Hierarchically porous materials are an ideal material platform for constructing high performance Li-ion batteries (LIBs), offering great advantages such as large contact area between the electrode and the electrolyte, fast and flexible transport pathways for the electrolyte ions and the space for buffering the strain caused by repeated Li insertion/extraction. In this work, NiO microspheres with hierarchically porous structures have been synthesized via a facile thermal decomposition method by only using a simple precursor. The superstructures are composed of nanocrystals with high specific surface area, large pore volume, and broad pore size distribution. The electrochemical properties of 3D hierarchical mesoporous NiO microspheres were examined by cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic charge-discharge studies. The results demonstrate that the as-prepared NiO nanospheres are excellent electrode materials in LIBs with high specific capacity, good retention and rate performance. The 3D hierarchical mesoporous NiO microspheres can retain a reversible capacity of 800.2 mA h g(-1) after 100 cycles at a high current density of 500 mA g(-1).

  1. Dynamic mean field theory for lattice gas models of fluid mixtures confined in mesoporous materials.

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    Edison, J R; Monson, P A

    2013-11-12

    We present the extension of dynamic mean field theory (DMFT) for fluids in porous materials (Monson, P. A. J. Chem. Phys. 2008, 128, 084701) to the case of mixtures. The theory can be used to describe the relaxation processes in the approach to equilibrium or metastable equilibrium states for fluids in pores after a change in the bulk pressure or composition. It is especially useful for studying systems where there are capillary condensation or evaporation transitions. Nucleation processes associated with these transitions are emergent features of the theory and can be visualized via the time dependence of the density distribution and composition distribution in the system. For mixtures an important component of the dynamics is relaxation of the composition distribution in the system, especially in the neighborhood of vapor-liquid interfaces. We consider two different types of mixtures, modeling hydrocarbon adsorption in carbon-like slit pores. We first present results on bulk phase equilibria of the mixtures and then the equilibrium (stable/metastable) behavior of these mixtures in a finite slit pore and an inkbottle pore. We then use DMFT to describe the evolution of the density and composition in the pore in the approach to equilibrium after changing the state of the bulk fluid via composition or pressure changes. PMID:24102541

  2. Multiscale anode materials in lithium ion batteries by combining micro- with nanoparticles: design of mesoporous TiO2 microfibers@nitrogen doped carbon composites

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    Cheng, Wei; Rechberger, Felix; Primc, Darinka; Niederberger, Markus

    2015-08-01

    TiO2 has been considered as a promising anode material for lithium ion batteries. However, its poor rate capability originating from the intrinsically low lithium ion diffusivity and its poor electronic conductivity hampers putting such an application into practice. Both issues can be addressed by nanostructure engineering and conductive surface coating. Herein, we report a template-assisted synthesis of micron sized TiO2 fibers consisting of a mesoporous network of anatase nanoparticles of about 7.5 nm and coated by N doped carbon. In a first step, an amorphous layer of TiO2 was deposited on cobalt silicate nanobelts and subsequently transformed into crystalline anatase nanoparticles by hydrothermal treatment. The N doped carbon coating was realized by in situ polymerization of dopamine on the crystalline TiO2 followed by annealing under N2. After removal of the template, we obtained the final mesoporous TiO2 fibers@N doped carbon composite. Electrochemical tests revealed that the composite electrode exhibited excellent electrochemical properties in terms of specific capacity, rate performance and long term stability.TiO2 has been considered as a promising anode material for lithium ion batteries. However, its poor rate capability originating from the intrinsically low lithium ion diffusivity and its poor electronic conductivity hampers putting such an application into practice. Both issues can be addressed by nanostructure engineering and conductive surface coating. Herein, we report a template-assisted synthesis of micron sized TiO2 fibers consisting of a mesoporous network of anatase nanoparticles of about 7.5 nm and coated by N doped carbon. In a first step, an amorphous layer of TiO2 was deposited on cobalt silicate nanobelts and subsequently transformed into crystalline anatase nanoparticles by hydrothermal treatment. The N doped carbon coating was realized by in situ polymerization of dopamine on the crystalline TiO2 followed by annealing under N2. After

  3. Synthesis Mechanism and Thermal Optimization of an Economical Mesoporous Material Using Silica: Implications for the Effective Removal or Delivery of Ibuprofen

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    Kittappa, Shanmuga; Cui, Mingcan; Ramalingam, Malarvili; Ibrahim, Shaliza; Khim, Jeehyeong; Yoon, Yeomin; Snyder, Shane A.; Jang, Min

    2015-01-01

    Mesoporous silica materials (MSMs) were synthesized economically using silica (SiO2) as a precursor via a modified alkaline fusion method. The MSM prepared at 500°C (MSM–500) had the highest surface area, pore size, and volume, and the results of isotherms and the kinetics of ibuprofen (IBP) removal indicated that MSM–500 had the highest sorption capacity and fastest removal speed vs. SBA–15 and zeolite. Compared with commercial granular activated carbon (GAC), MSM–500 had a ~100 times higher sorption rate at neutral pH. IBP uptake by MSM–500 was thermodynamically favorable at room temperature, which was interpreted as indicating relatively weak bonding because the entropy (∆adsS, –0.07 J mol–1 K–1) was much smaller. Five times recycling tests revealed that MSM–500 had 83–87% recovery efficiencies and slower uptake speeds due to slight deformation of the outer pore structure. In the IBP delivery test, MSM–500 drug loading was 41%, higher than the reported value of SBA–15 (31%). The in vitro release of IBP was faster, almost 100%, reaching equilibrium within a few hours, indicating its effective loading and unloading characteristics. A cost analysis study revealed that the MSM was ~10–70 times cheaper than any other mesoporous silica material for the removal or delivery of IBP. PMID:26161510

  4. Designed synthesis of carbon-functional magnetic graphene mesoporous silica materials using polydopamine as carbon precursor for the selective enrichment of N-linked glycan.

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    Sun, Nianrong; Yao, Jizong; Deng, Chunhui

    2016-02-01

    Glycosylation, which has been confirmed to be associated with many diseases, is an important protein post-translation modification. Taking into account the low abundant of glycan, the purification of complex biological samples is considered to be very significant before mass spectrometry detection. In this work, carbon-functionalized magnetic graphene /mesoporous silica materials (C-Mag G@mSiO2 materials) with high content of carbon were designed and synthesized by using polydopamine as carbon precursor. Taking advantage of the special interaction between carbon and glycan, C-Mag G@mSiO2 materials were successfully applied to enrich N-linked glycans in different complex samples, such as standard glycoprotein digestion, the mixture of standard glycoprotein digestion, glycoprotein and non-glycoprotein, and human serum.

  5. Inorganic–organic hybrid materials through post-synthesis modification: Impact of the treatment with azides on the mesopore structure

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    Keppeler, Miriam; Holzbock, Jürgen; Akbarzadeh, Johanna; Peterlik, Herwig

    2011-01-01

    Summary Hybrid, hierarchically organized, monolithic silica gels, comprising periodically arranged mesopores and a cellular macroscopic network, have been prepared through a co-condensation reaction of tetrakis(2-hydroxyethyl)orthosilicate with chloromethyl-trimethoxysilane or 3-(chloropropyl)-triethoxysilane. Subsequent conversion of the chloro groups into azido groups, by nucleophilic substitution with NaN3 in N,N-dimethylformamide, was conducted upon preservation of the monolithic structure. However, treatment with NaN3 had a strong influence on the structure in the mesoporous regime, with changes such as an increase of mesopore diameter, pore volume and lattice constants, as well as a concomitant decrease of the pore wall thickness, as confirmed by small angle X-ray scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and nitrogen sorption analysis. Similar effects were observed for unmodified silica gels by simple ageing in azide-containing media, whether a relatively small or a sterically demanding counter ion (Na+ or (H3C)4N+) was used. The structural modification did not seem to depend greatly on whether an organic aprotic solvent (N,N-dimethylformamide, 1,1,3,3-tetramethylurea, 1,3-dimethyl-2-imidazolidinone) or a protic solvent that can form hydrogen bonds, such as water, was used. PMID:22003454

  6. New insight into mesoporous silica for nano metal-organic framework.

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    Kondo, Atsushi; Takanashi, Shinji; Maeda, Kazuyuki

    2012-10-15

    A micropore- and mesopore-integrated material was synthesized by using a mesoporous silica and a metal-organic framework (MOF). The composite was composed of nano MOF crystals and mesoporous silica showing high porosity based on the intrinsic micropores of MOF and mesopores of mesoporous silica and additional pore spaces that should be from the void between nano MOF crystals. The composite shows higher adsorption rate of ethanol at 303 K than that of the bulk MOF.

  7. Enhanced thermal properties of novel shape-stabilized PEG composite phase change materials with radial mesoporous silica sphere for thermal energy storage

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    Min, Xin; Fang, Minghao; Huang, Zhaohui; Liu, Yan’gai; Huang, Yaoting; Wen, Ruilong; Qian, Tingting; Wu, Xiaowen

    2015-01-01

    Radial mesoporous silica (RMS) sphere was tailor-made for further applications in producing shape-stabilized composite phase change materials (ss-CPCMs) through a facile self-assembly process using CTAB as the main template and TEOS as SiO2 precursor. Novel ss-CPCMs composed of polyethylene glycol (PEG) and RMS were prepared through vacuum impregnating method. Various techniques were employed to characterize the structural and thermal properties of the ss-CPCMs. The DSC results indicated that the PEG/RMS ss-CPCM was a promising candidate for building thermal energy storage applications due to its large latent heat, suitable phase change temperature, good thermal reliability, as well as the excellent chemical compatibility and thermal stability. Importantly, the possible formation mechanisms of both RMS sphere and PEG/RMS composite have also been proposed. The results also indicated that the properties of the PEG/RMS ss-CPCMs are influenced by the adsorption limitation of the PEG molecule from RMS sphere with mesoporous structure and the effect of RMS, as the impurities, on the perfect crystallization of PEG. PMID:26261089

  8. Heteroatomic SenS8-n Molecules Confined in Nitrogen-Doped Mesoporous Carbons as Reversible Cathode Materials for High-Performance Lithium Batteries.

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    Sun, Fugen; Cheng, Hongye; Chen, Jianzhuang; Zheng, Nan; Li, Yongsheng; Shi, Jianlin

    2016-09-27

    A reversible cathode material in an ether-based electrolyte for high-energy lithium batteries was successfully fabricated by homogeneously confining heteroatomic SenS8-n molecules into nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbons (NMCs) via a facile melt-impregnation route. The resultant SenS8-n/NMC composites exhibit highly reversible electrochemical behavior, where selenium sulfides are recovered through the reversible conversion of polysulfoselenide intermediates during discharge-charge cycles. The recovery of selenium sulfide molecules endows the SenS8-n/NMC cathodes with the rational integration of S and Se cathodes. Density functional theory calculations further reveal that heteroatomic selenium sulfide molecules with higher polarizability could bind more strongly with NMCs than homoatomic sulfur molecules, which provides more efficient suppression of the shuttling phenomenon. Therefore, with further assistance of mesopore confinement of the nitrogen-doped carbons, the Se2S6/NMC composite with an optimal Se/S mole ratio of 2/6 presents excellent cycle stability with a high initial Coulombic efficiency of 96.5% and a high reversible capacity of 883 mAh g(-1) after 100 cycles and 780 mAh g(-1) after 200 cycles at 250 mA g(-1). These encouraging results suggest that the heteroatomization of chalcogen (such as S, Se, or Te) molecules in mesostructured carbon hosts is a promising strategy in enhancing the electrochemical performances of chalcogen/carbon-based cathodes for Li batteries. PMID:27522865

  9. Heteroatomic SenS8-n Molecules Confined in Nitrogen-Doped Mesoporous Carbons as Reversible Cathode Materials for High-Performance Lithium Batteries.

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    Sun, Fugen; Cheng, Hongye; Chen, Jianzhuang; Zheng, Nan; Li, Yongsheng; Shi, Jianlin

    2016-09-27

    A reversible cathode material in an ether-based electrolyte for high-energy lithium batteries was successfully fabricated by homogeneously confining heteroatomic SenS8-n molecules into nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbons (NMCs) via a facile melt-impregnation route. The resultant SenS8-n/NMC composites exhibit highly reversible electrochemical behavior, where selenium sulfides are recovered through the reversible conversion of polysulfoselenide intermediates during discharge-charge cycles. The recovery of selenium sulfide molecules endows the SenS8-n/NMC cathodes with the rational integration of S and Se cathodes. Density functional theory calculations further reveal that heteroatomic selenium sulfide molecules with higher polarizability could bind more strongly with NMCs than homoatomic sulfur molecules, which provides more efficient suppression of the shuttling phenomenon. Therefore, with further assistance of mesopore confinement of the nitrogen-doped carbons, the Se2S6/NMC composite with an optimal Se/S mole ratio of 2/6 presents excellent cycle stability with a high initial Coulombic efficiency of 96.5% and a high reversible capacity of 883 mAh g(-1) after 100 cycles and 780 mAh g(-1) after 200 cycles at 250 mA g(-1). These encouraging results suggest that the heteroatomization of chalcogen (such as S, Se, or Te) molecules in mesostructured carbon hosts is a promising strategy in enhancing the electrochemical performances of chalcogen/carbon-based cathodes for Li batteries.

  10. Enhanced thermal properties of novel shape-stabilized PEG composite phase change materials with radial mesoporous silica sphere for thermal energy storage.

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    Min, Xin; Fang, Minghao; Huang, Zhaohui; Liu, Yan'gai; Huang, Yaoting; Wen, Ruilong; Qian, Tingting; Wu, Xiaowen

    2015-01-01

    Radial mesoporous silica (RMS) sphere was tailor-made for further applications in producing shape-stabilized composite phase change materials (ss-CPCMs) through a facile self-assembly process using CTAB as the main template and TEOS as SiO2 precursor. Novel ss-CPCMs composed of polyethylene glycol (PEG) and RMS were prepared through vacuum impregnating method. Various techniques were employed to characterize the structural and thermal properties of the ss-CPCMs. The DSC results indicated that the PEG/RMS ss-CPCM was a promising candidate for building thermal energy storage applications due to its large latent heat, suitable phase change temperature, good thermal reliability, as well as the excellent chemical compatibility and thermal stability. Importantly, the possible formation mechanisms of both RMS sphere and PEG/RMS composite have also been proposed. The results also indicated that the properties of the PEG/RMS ss-CPCMs are influenced by the adsorption limitation of the PEG molecule from RMS sphere with mesoporous structure and the effect of RMS, as the impurities, on the perfect crystallization of PEG. PMID:26261089

  11. Enhanced thermal properties of novel shape-stabilized PEG composite phase change materials with radial mesoporous silica sphere for thermal energy storage

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    Min, Xin; Fang, Minghao; Huang, Zhaohui; Liu, Yan'Gai; Huang, Yaoting; Wen, Ruilong; Qian, Tingting; Wu, Xiaowen

    2015-08-01

    Radial mesoporous silica (RMS) sphere was tailor-made for further applications in producing shape-stabilized composite phase change materials (ss-CPCMs) through a facile self-assembly process using CTAB as the main template and TEOS as SiO2 precursor. Novel ss-CPCMs composed of polyethylene glycol (PEG) and RMS were prepared through vacuum impregnating method. Various techniques were employed to characterize the structural and thermal properties of the ss-CPCMs. The DSC results indicated that the PEG/RMS ss-CPCM was a promising candidate for building thermal energy storage applications due to its large latent heat, suitable phase change temperature, good thermal reliability, as well as the excellent chemical compatibility and thermal stability. Importantly, the possible formation mechanisms of both RMS sphere and PEG/RMS composite have also been proposed. The results also indicated that the properties of the PEG/RMS ss-CPCMs are influenced by the adsorption limitation of the PEG molecule from RMS sphere with mesoporous structure and the effect of RMS, as the impurities, on the perfect crystallization of PEG.

  12. Green synthesis of mesoporous ZnFe2O4/C composite microspheres as superior anode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Yao, Lingmin; Hou, Xianhua; Hu, Shejun; Wang, Jie; Li, Min; Su, Chao; Tade, Moses O.; Shao, Zongping; Liu, Xiang

    2014-07-01

    The commercialized LIBs employing graphite as anodes currently suffer a series of problems from the safety, theoretical capacity (372 mAh g-1) and rate capability. Herein, self-assembly mesoporous Zn ferrite (ZnFe2O4) microsphere embedded into carbon network has been synthesized by a facile method in the presence of citric acid. The Zn ferrites as an anode material with novel structure demonstrate superior electrochemical performance, with enhanced specific reversible capacity (∼1100 mAh g-1 at the specific current of 0.05 A g-1 after 100 cycles), excellent rate capability (more than 500 mAh g-1 even at the specific current of 1.1 A g-1) and good cycleability with little fading (∼97.6% after 100 cycles). The excellent cycling performance is associated with the loose Zn ferrite microsphere with numerous mesopores embedded into the carbon network, which can accommodate the severe mechanism strains and provides good electrical contact and conductivity. The superior electrochemical performance may facilitate ZnFe2O4 to be a promising alternative anode in lithium ion battery.

  13. Facile synthesis of mesoporous ZnCo2O4 coated with polypyrrole as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Zhong, Xiao-Bin; Wang, Hui-Yuan; Yang, Zhi-Zheng; Jin, Bo; Jiang, Qi-Chuan

    2015-11-01

    Although many research efforts have been devoted to improving the electrochemical performance of ZnCo2O4, there is still a great need for a facile, low cost and time-saving method to synthesize ZnCo2O4. Herein, we first report a facile method to prepare mesoporous ZnCo2O4 with polypyrrole (PPy) coating (ZnCo2O4/PPy). The facile strategy involves a reflux method and a subsequent chemical polymerization method. The mesoporous ZnCo2O4/PPy shows an outstanding electrochemical performance. The discharge capacity of the ZnCo2O4/PPy is 615 mAh g-1 after 100 cycles at a current density of 0.1 A g-1. When the current density increases to 0.2 A g-1, the discharge capacity still retains 458 mAh g-1 after 100 cycles. The improved electrochemical performance is attributed to the coating of PPy layer, which acts as a conductive agent and buffer during charge/discharge. Our results demonstrate that the ZnCo2O4/PPy has potential as a high-energy anode material for lithium-ion batteries.

  14. Multiscale anode materials in lithium ion batteries by combining micro- with nanoparticles: design of mesoporous TiO2 microfibers@nitrogen doped carbon composites.

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    Cheng, Wei; Rechberger, Felix; Primc, Darinka; Niederberger, Markus

    2015-09-01

    TiO2 has been considered as a promising anode material for lithium ion batteries. However, its poor rate capability originating from the intrinsically low lithium ion diffusivity and its poor electronic conductivity hampers putting such an application into practice. Both issues can be addressed by nanostructure engineering and conductive surface coating. Herein, we report a template-assisted synthesis of micron sized TiO2 fibers consisting of a mesoporous network of anatase nanoparticles of about 7.5 nm and coated by N doped carbon. In a first step, an amorphous layer of TiO2 was deposited on cobalt silicate nanobelts and subsequently transformed into crystalline anatase nanoparticles by hydrothermal treatment. The N doped carbon coating was realized by in situ polymerization of dopamine on the crystalline TiO2 followed by annealing under N2. After removal of the template, we obtained the final mesoporous TiO2 fibers@N doped carbon composite. Electrochemical tests revealed that the composite electrode exhibited excellent electrochemical properties in terms of specific capacity, rate performance and long term stability.

  15. Hybrid luminescence materials assembled by [Ln(DPA)3]3− and mesoporous host through ion-pairing interactions with high quantum efficiencies and long lifetimes

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    Li, Qing-Feng; Yue, Dan; Lu, Wei; Zhang, Xinlei; Li, Chunyang; Wang, Zhenling

    2015-01-01

    A kind of mesoporous hybrid luminescence material was assembled through the ion exchange method between [Ln(DPA)3]3− and ionic liquid functionalized SBA-15. [Ln(DPA)3]3− was successfully anchored onto positive-charge modified SBA-15 by the strong electrostatic interaction. In [Ln(DPA)3]3−, Ln3+ ions are in 9-fold coordination through six oxygen atoms of carboxyl groups and three nitrogen atoms of pyridine units, leaving no coordination site for water molecules. Therefore the hybrids possess prominent luminescent properties, SBA-15-IMI-Tb(DPA)3 and SBA-15-IMI-Eu(DPA)3 exhibit high quantum yield values of 63% and 79%, and long lifetimes values of 2.38 ms and 2.34 ms, respectively. Especially, SBA-15-IMI-Eu(DPA)3 presents a high color purity, and the red/orange intensity ratio is as high as 7.6. The excellent luminescence properties and ordered mesoporous structures give rise to many potential applications in optical and electronic areas. PMID:25669156

  16. Mesoporous Carbon Membranes for Selective Gas Separations

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    2009-04-01

    This factsheet describes a study whose focus is on translating a novel class of material developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory—selfassembled mesoporous carbon—into robust, efficient membrane systems for selective industrial gas separations.

  17. Single crystalline mesoporous silicon nanowires

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    Hochbaum, Allon; Dargas, Daniel; Hwang, Yun Jeong; Yang, Peidong

    2009-08-18

    Herein we demonstrate a novel electroless etching synthesis of monolithic, single-crystalline, mesoporous silicon nanowire arrays with a high surface area and luminescent properties consistent with conventional porous silicon materials. The photoluminescence of these nanowires suggest they are composed of crystalline silicon with small enough dimensions such that these arrays may be useful as photocatalytic substrates or active components of nanoscale optoelectronic devices. A better understanding of this electroless route to mesoporous silicon could lead to facile and general syntheses of different narrow bandgap semiconductor nanostructures for various applications.

  18. Mesoporous Silicon-Based Anodes

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    Peramunage, Dharmasena

    2015-01-01

    For high-capacity, high-performance lithium-ion batteries. A new high-capacity anode composite based on mesoporous silicon is being developed. With a structure that resembles a pseudo one-dimensional phase, the active anode material will accommodate significant volume changes expected upon alloying and dealloying with lithium (Li).

  19. SBA-15 mesoporous material modified with APTES as the carrier for 2-(3-benzoylphenyl)propionic acid

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    Moritz, Michał; Łaniecki, Marek

    2012-07-01

    SBA-15 ordered mesoporous silica functionalized with (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES) was used as the carrier for anti-inflammatory drug: 2-(3-benzoylphenyl)propionic acid - ketoprofen. The surface of SBA-15 containing free silanol groups was modified with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane via post-synthetic reaction. Functionalization of the carrier with basic aminopropyl groups resulted in an ionic interaction with acidic ketoprofen. The samples of carriers and carrier-drug complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, TG, N2 adsorption, FTIR, DRUV spectroscopies and an in vitro drug release test. The adsorption of ketoprofen on modified mesoporous matrix was proportional to the amount of introduced aminopropyl groups. The maximum content of deposited drug in modified SBA-15 was close to 20 wt.%. After drug adsorption the reduction of BET surface area, pore volume and pore diameter of non-modified SBA-15 and aminopropyl-modified SBA-15 after drug adsorption were observed while the hexagonal array of siliceous matrix was well preserved. The release profiles of the aminopropyl-modified drug-containing SBA-15 exhibited prolonged release of ketoprofen in applied media. Tests performed in acidic solution (pH 1.2) showed the best pharmaceutical availability.

  20. Characterization and acidic properties of Al-SBA-15 materials prepared by post-synthesis alumination of a low-cost ordered mesoporous silica

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    Gómez-Cazalilla, M.; Mérida-Robles, J. M.; Gurbani, A.; Rodríguez-Castellón, E.; Jiménez-López, A.

    2007-03-01

    A series of Al-containing SBA-15 type materials with different Si/Al ratio, were prepared by post-synthesis modification of a pure highly ordered mesoporous silica SBA-15 obtained by using sodium silicate as silica source, and amphiphilic block copolymer as structure-directing agent. A high level of aluminum incorporation was achieved, reaching an Si/Al ratio of up to 5.5, without any significant loss in the textural properties of SBA-15. These materials were fully characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), 27Al NMR spectroscopy, and N 2 adsorption at 77 K. The acid properties of these materials have been evaluated by NH 3-TPD, adsorption of pyridine and deuterated acetonitrile coupled to FTIR spectroscopy. The effective acidity of these materials was evaluated using two catalytic reactions: 2-propanol dehydrogenation and 1-butene isomerization. The adsorption of basic probe molecules and the catalytic behavior revealed an evolution of the acid properties with the Al content. These studies have shown that the Al-SBA-15 materials contain Brønsted and Lewis acid sites with medium acidity which makes them appropriate to be used as acid catalysts in heterogeneous catalysis, catalytic supports, and adsorbents.

  1. Modified mesoporous silica materials for on-line separation and preconcentration of hexavalent chromium using a microcolumn coupled with flame atomic absorption spectrometry.

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    Wang, Zheng; Fang, Dong-Mei; Li, Qing; Zhang, Ling-Xia; Qian, Rong; Zhu, Yan; Qu, Hai-Yun; Du, Yi-Ping

    2012-05-01

    A modified SBA-15 mesoporous silica material NH(2)-SBA-15 was synthesized successfully by grafting γ-aminopropyl-triethoxysilane. The material was characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Fourier transform infrared/Raman (FT-IR/Raman) spectroscopy, and used for the first time in a flow injection on-line solid phase extraction (SPE) coupled with flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) to detect trace Cr (VI). Effective sorption of Cr (VI) was achieved at pH 2.0 with no interference from Cr (III) and other ions and 0.5 mol L(-1) NH(3)·H(2)O solution was found optimal for the complete elution of Cr (VI). An enrichment factor of 44 and was achieved under optimized experimental conditions at a sample loading of 2.0 mL min(-1) sample loading (300 s) and an elution flow rate of 2.0 mL min(-1) (24s). The precision of the 11 replicate Cr (VI) measurements was 2.1% at the 100 μg L(-1) level with a detection limit of 0.2 μg L(-1) (3s, n=10) using the FAAS. The developed method was successfully applied to trace chromium determination in waste water. The accuracy was validated using a certified reference material of riverine water (GBW08607). PMID:22502615

  2. Mesoporous Molecular Sieves as Supports for Metathesis Catalysts

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    Balcar, Hynek; Cejka, Jirí

    Mesoporous molecular sieves represent a new family of inorganic oxides with regular nanostructure, large surface areas, large void volumes, and narrow pore size distribution of mesopores. These materials offer new possibilities for designing highly active and selective catalysts for olefin metathesis and metathesis polymerization. Siliceous sieves MCM-41, MCM-48, SBA-15, and organized mesoporous alumina (OMA) were used as supports for preparation of new molybdenum and rhenium oxide catalysts, as well as for heterogenization of well-defined homogeneous catalysts.

  3. Magnetic Mesoporous Photonic Cellulose Films.

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    Giese, Michael; Blusch, Lina K; Schlesinger, Maik; Meseck, Georg R; Hamad, Wadood Y; Arjmand, Mohammad; Sundararaj, Uttandaraman; MacLachlan, Mark J

    2016-09-13

    Novel hybrid materials of cellulose and magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized and characterized. The materials combine the chiral nematic structural features of mesoporous photonic cellulose (MPC) with the magnetic properties of cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4). The photonic, magnetic, and dielectric properties of the hybrid materials were investigated during the dynamic swelling and deswelling of the MPC films. It was observed that the dielectric properties of the generated MPC films increased tremendously following swelling in water, endorsing efficient swelling ability of the generated mesoporous films. The high magnetic permeability of the developed MPC films in conjunction with their superior dielectric properties, predominantly in the swollen state, makes them interesting for electromagnetic interference shielding applications. PMID:27588561

  4. Novel Sol–Gel Precursors for Thin Mesoporous Eu3+-Doped Silica Coatings as Efficient Luminescent Materials.

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    2012-01-01

    Europium(III) ions containing mesoporous silica coatings have been prepared via a solvent evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA) approach of different single-source precursors (SSPs) in the presence of Pluronic P123 as a structure-directing agent, using the spin-coating process. A deliberate tailoring of the chemical composition of the porous coatings with various Si:Eu ratios was achieved by processing mixtures of tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) and Eu3+-coordinated SSPs. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyses demonstrate that the thin metal oxide-doped silica coatings consist of a porous network with a short-range order of the pore structure, even at high europium(III) loadings. Furthermore, luminescence properties were investigated at different temperatures and different degrees of Eu3+ contents. The photoluminescence spectra clearly show characteristic emission peaks corresponding to the 5D0 → 7FJ (J = 0–5) transitions resulting in a red luminescence visible by the eyes, although the films have a very low thickness (150–200 nm). PMID:23503160

  5. Effective uptake of decontaminating agent (citric acid) from aqueous solution by mesoporous and microporous materials: an adsorption process.

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    Gokulakrishnan, Narasimhan; Pandurangan, Arumugam; Sinha, Pradeep Kumar

    2006-04-01

    The presence of citric acid in decontamination waste can cause complexation of the radioactive cations resulting in interferences in their removal by various treatment processes such as chemical precipitation, ion-exchange, etc., which are employed for the removal of radioactivity and may cause potential danger to the environment. Mesoporous Al-MCM-41 (Si/Al=30, 51, 72 and 97) and Si-MCM-41 molecular sieves were synthesized hydrothermally and characterized by XRD, BET (surface area) and FT-IR to evaluate the removal of citric acid through an adsorption process. Adsorption of citric acid over Al-MCM-41 shows the applicability of Freundlich and Langmuir isotherm and follows first order kinetics. The effects of contact time, concentration of citric acid, adsorbents (various Si/Al ratios of Al-MCM-41, Si-MCM-41, Hbeta zeolite and commercial carbon) and pH have been investigated. It has been found that the amount of citric acid adsorbed per unit gram of catalyst followed the order Al-MCM-41 (Si/Al=30)>Al-MCM-41 (Si/Al=51)>activated charcoal>Al-MCM-41 (Si/Al=72)>Al-MCM-41 (Si/Al=97)>Si-MCM-41>Hbeta zeolite.

  6. Carbon dioxide adsorption on micro-mesoporous composite materials of ZSM-12/MCM-48 type: The role of the contents of zeolite and functionalized amine

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    Santos, S.C.G.

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Synthesis of the micro-mesoporous composite materials of ZSM-12/MCM-48 type. • Application of these adsorbents in the carbon dioxide adsorption. • Effects of the contents of zeolite and amino group in the material surface on the CO{sub 2} capture efficiency. - Abstract: In this study ZSM-12/MCM-48 adsorbents have been synthesized at three ZSM-12 content, and also were functionalizated with amine groups by grafting. All the adsorbents synthesized were evaluated for CO{sub 2} capture. The X-ray diffraction analysis of the ZSM-12/MCM-48 composite showed the main characteristic peaks of ZSM-12 and MCM-48, and after the functionalization, the structure of MCM-48 on the composite impregnated was affected due amine presence. For the composites without amine, the ZSM-12 content was the factor determining in the adsorption capacity of CO{sub 2} and for the composites with amine the amount of amine was that influenced in the adsorption capacity.

  7. Preparation of highly ordered mesoporous AlSBA-15-SO 3H hybrid material for the catalytic synthesis of chalcone under solvent-free condition

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    Li, Wei; Xu, Kejin; Xu, Leilei; Hu, Jianglei; Ma, Fengyan; Guo, Yihang

    2010-03-01

    Single-step preparation of SBA-15 materials functionalized with both propylsulfonic acid groups and aluminum species (AlSBA-15-SO 3H) was carried out by hydrothermal treatment of a mixture of aluminum isopropoxide, 3-mercaptopropyltriethoxysilane, tetraethoxysilane, and triblock copolymer surfactant. At Si/Al molar ratio of 11-96, the materials exhibited well-ordered hexagonally arranged mesopores with pore diameter of ca. 9 nm, BET surface area of 546.9-666.0 m 2 g -1, and pore volume of 0.82-1.03 cm 3 g -1. As-prepared AlSBA-15-SO 3H was successfully used in the Claisen-Schmidt condensation reaction of benzaldehyde with acetophenone to produce chalcone under solvent-free condition, and the influence of the reaction parameters including temperatures, molar ratios of BZD to APN, and aluminum loadings were considered during the chalcone synthesis procedure. It showed that AlSBA-15-SO 3H exhibited significantly high catalytic activity and selectivity, outperforming the reference catalysts such as sulfuric acid, ZSM-5, and acidic MCM-49. In addition, the catalytic stability and regeneration of AlSBA-15-SO 3H was studied.

  8. Functionalized bimodal mesoporous silicas as carriers for controlled aspirin delivery

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    Gao, Lin; Sun, Jihong; Li, Yuzhen

    2011-08-01

    The bimodal mesoporous silica modified with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane was performed as the aspirin carrier. The samples' structure, drug loading and release profiles were characterized with X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, N 2 adsorption and desorption, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, TG analysis, elemental analysis and UV-spectrophotometer. For further exploring the effects of the bimodal mesopores on the drug delivery behavior, the unimodal mesoporous material MCM-41 was also modified as the aspirin carrier. Meantime, Korsmeyer-Peppas equation ft= ktn was employed to analyze the dissolution data in details. It is indicated that the bimodal mesopores are beneficial for unrestricted drug molecules diffusing and therefore lead to a higher loading and faster releasing than that of MCM-41. The results show that the aspirin delivery properties are influenced considerably by the mesoporous matrix, whereas the large pore of bimodal mesoporous silica is the key point for the improved controlled-release properties.

  9. One-pot synthesis of silicon nanoparticles trapped in ordered mesoporous carbon for use as an anode material in lithium-ion batteries.

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    Park, Junsu; Kim, Gil-Pyo; Nam, Inho; Park, Soomin; Yi, Jongheop

    2013-01-18

    Silicon nanoparticles trapped in an ordered mesoporous carbon composite were prepared by a one-step self-assembly with solvent evaporation using the triblock copolymer Pluronic F127 and a resorcinol-formaldehyde polymer as the templating agent and carbon precursor respectively. Such a one-pot synthesis of Si/ordered mesoporous carbon nanocomposite is suitable for large-scale synthesis. Characterization confirmed that the Si nanoparticles were trapped in the ordered mesoporous carbon, as evidenced by transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction analysis and nitrogen sorption isotherms. The composite showed a high reversible capacity above 700 mA h g(-1) during 50 cycles at 2 A g(-1). The improved electrochemical performance of the composite can be ascribed to the buffering effect of spaces formed in the ordered pore channels during the volume expansion of silicon and the rapid movement of lithium ions through the uniform cylindrical pore structure of the mesopores.

  10. One-pot synthesis of silicon nanoparticles trapped in ordered mesoporous carbon for use as an anode material in lithium-ion batteries

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    Park, Junsu; Kim, Gil-Pyo; Nam, Inho; Park, Soomin; Yi, Jongheop

    2013-01-01

    Silicon nanoparticles trapped in an ordered mesoporous carbon composite were prepared by a one-step self-assembly with solvent evaporation using the triblock copolymer Pluronic F127 and a resorcinol-formaldehyde polymer as the templating agent and carbon precursor respectively. Such a one-pot synthesis of Si/ordered mesoporous carbon nanocomposite is suitable for large-scale synthesis. Characterization confirmed that the Si nanoparticles were trapped in the ordered mesoporous carbon, as evidenced by transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction analysis and nitrogen sorption isotherms. The composite showed a high reversible capacity above 700 mA h g-1 during 50 cycles at 2 A g-1. The improved electrochemical performance of the composite can be ascribed to the buffering effect of spaces formed in the ordered pore channels during the volume expansion of silicon and the rapid movement of lithium ions through the uniform cylindrical pore structure of the mesopores.

  11. Ascorbic Acid-Assisted Synthesis of Mesoporous Sodium Vanadium Phosphate Nanoparticles with Highly sp(2) -Coordinated Carbon Coatings as Efficient Cathode Materials for Rechargeable Sodium-Ion Batteries.

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    Hung, Tai-Feng; Cheng, Wei-Jen; Chang, Wen-Sheng; Yang, Chang-Chung; Shen, Chin-Chang; Kuo, Yu-Lin

    2016-07-18

    Herein, mesoporous sodium vanadium phosphate nanoparticles with highly sp(2) -coordinated carbon coatings (meso-Na3 V2 (PO4 )3 /C) were successfully synthesized as efficient cathode material for rechargeable sodium-ion batteries by using ascorbic acid as both the reductant and carbon source, followed by calcination at 750 °C in an argon atmosphere. Their crystalline structure, morphology, surface area, chemical composition, carbon nature and amount were systematically explored. Following electrochemical measurements, the resultant meso-Na3 V2 (PO4 )3 /C not only delivered good reversible capacity (98 mAh g(-1) at 0.1 A g(-1) ) and superior rate capability (63 mAh g(-1) at 1 A g(-1) ) but also exhibited comparable cycling performance (capacity retention: ≈74 % at 450 cycles at 0.4 A g(-1) ). Moreover, the symmetrical sodium-ion full cell with excellent reversibility and cycling stability was also achieved (capacity retention: 92.2 % at 0.1 A g(-1) with 99.5 % coulombic efficiency after 100 cycles). These attributes are ascribed to the distinctive mesostructure for facile sodium-ion insertion/extraction and their continuous sp(2) -coordinated carbon coatings, which facilitate electronic conduction.

  12. Zeolite Nanoclusters Coated onto the Mesopore Walls of SBA-15

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    Do, Trong-On; Nossov, Andrei; Springuel-Huet, Marie-Anne; Schneider, Celine M.; Bretherton, Jeremy L.; Fyfe, Colin A.; Kaliaguine, Serge

    2004-11-10

    Hydrothermal stability and acidity are both essential for the application of mesoporous materials in catalysis.1,2 Several approaches have been aimed at improving these properties;3-8 for example, hydrothermally stable and strongly acidic mesoporous aluminosilicates have been assembled using protozeolitic seeds.

  13. Facile mesoporous template-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of ordered mesoporous magnesium silicate as an efficient adsorbent

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    Lu, Qingshan; Li, Qiang; Zhang, Jingjing; Li, Jingfeng; Lu, Jinhua

    2016-01-01

    Mesoporous materials with unique structure as well as special morphology have potential applications in pollutant adsorption. In this work, using mesoporous silica SBA-15 filled with carbon (C@SBA-15) as both silicon source and assisted template, the ordered mesoporous magnesium silicate (Mg3Si4O9(OH)4) has been fabricated at 140 °C by a novel and facile hydrothermal method. During the hydrothermal process, the magnesium silicate grew along the silica walls at the expense of consuming silica and deposited on the carbon surface of the C@SBA-15. Meanwhile, the rigid carbon inside the pores of the SBA-15 supported the magnesium silicate as mesoporous walls under hydrothermal condition. The obtained magnesium silicate possessed ordered mesoporous structure, high specific surface area of 446 m2/g, large pore volume of 0.84 cm3/g, and hierarchical structure assembled with ultrathin nanosheets of 15 nm in thickness. These characteristics endow the ordered mesoporous magnesium silicate with the fast adsorption rate and high adsorption capacity of 382 mg/g for methylene blue. In addition, this synthesis method opens a new approach to fabricate other ordered mesoporous silicates.

  14. Mesoporous TiO2 Nanocrystals/Graphene as an Efficient Sulfur Host Material for High-Performance Lithium-Sulfur Batteries.

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    Li, Yuanyuan; Cai, Qifa; Wang, Lei; Li, Qingwei; Peng, Xiang; Gao, Biao; Huo, Kaifu; Chu, Paul K

    2016-09-14

    Rechargeable lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries are promising in high-energy storage due to the large specific energy density of about 2600 W h kg(-1). However, the low conductivity of sulfur and discharge products as well as polysulfide-shuttle effect between the cathode and anode hamper applications of Li-S batteries. Herein, we describe a novel and efficient S host material consisting of mesoporous TiO2 nanocrystals (NCs) fabricated in situ on reduced graphene oxide (rGO) for Li-S batteries. The TiO2@rGO hybrid can be loaded with 72 wt % sulfur. The strong chemisorption ability of the TiO2 NCs toward polysulfide combined with high electrical conductivity of rGO effectively localize the soluble polysulfide species within the cathode and facilitate electron and Li ions transport to/from the cathode materials. The sulfur-incorporated TiO2@rGO hybrid (S/TiO2@rGO) shows large capacities of 1116 and 917 mA h g(-1) at the current densities of 0.2 and 1 C (1 C = 1675 mA g(-1)) after 100 cycles, respectively. When the current density is increased 20 times from 0.2 to 4 C, 60% capacity is retained, thereby demonstrating good cycling stability and rate capability. The synergistic effects of TiO2 NCs toward effective chemisorption of polysulfides and conductive rGO with high electron mobility make a promising application of S/TiO2@rGO hybrid in high-performance Li-S batteries. PMID:27552961

  15. Monodispersed mesoporous Li4Ti5O12 submicrospheres as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries: morphology and electrochemical performances.

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    Lin, Chunfu; Fan, Xiaoyong; Xin, Yuelong; Cheng, Fuquan; Lai, Man On; Zhou, Henghui; Lu, Li

    2014-06-21

    Although nanosizing Li4Ti5O12 (LTO) materials is an effective way to improve their rate performances, their low tap density and first cycle coulombic efficiency limit their practical applications. To tackle these problems while preserving the advanced rate performances, monodispersed mesoporous LTO submicrospheres are developed here. These submicrospheres are synthesized via a solvothermal method using TiO2 submicrospheres and LiOH as precursors followed by a mild calcinations. The roles of the solvent used in the solvothermal process and calcination temperature are systematically investigated and optimized. The LTO submicrospheres fabricated by the solvothermal process using a water-ethanol (60 vol%) solvent followed by a calcination process at 600 °C reveal a large sphere size of 660 ± 30 nm with a small primary particle size of 20-100 nm, a large specific surface area of 15.5 m(2) g(-1), an appropriate pore size of 4.5 nm and an ultra-high tap density of 1.62 g cm(-3). Furthermore, they show high crystallinity and no blockage of Li(+) ion transportation pathways. Due to the novel morphology and ideal crystal structure, these submicrospheres exhibit outstanding electrochemical performances. They display a high first cycle coulombic efficiency of 93.5% and a high charge capacity of 179 mA h g(-1) at 0.5 C between 1.0 and 2.5 V (vs. Li/Li(+)), surpassing the theoretical capacity of LTO. Their charge capacity at 10 C is as high as 109 mA h g(-1) with a capacity retention of 97.8% over 100 cycles. Therefore, this LTO material can be a superior and practical candidate for the anodes of high-power lithium-ion batteries. PMID:24816782

  16. Mesoporous TiO2 Nanocrystals/Graphene as an Efficient Sulfur Host Material for High-Performance Lithium-Sulfur Batteries.

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    Li, Yuanyuan; Cai, Qifa; Wang, Lei; Li, Qingwei; Peng, Xiang; Gao, Biao; Huo, Kaifu; Chu, Paul K

    2016-09-14

    Rechargeable lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries are promising in high-energy storage due to the large specific energy density of about 2600 W h kg(-1). However, the low conductivity of sulfur and discharge products as well as polysulfide-shuttle effect between the cathode and anode hamper applications of Li-S batteries. Herein, we describe a novel and efficient S host material consisting of mesoporous TiO2 nanocrystals (NCs) fabricated in situ on reduced graphene oxide (rGO) for Li-S batteries. The TiO2@rGO hybrid can be loaded with 72 wt % sulfur. The strong chemisorption ability of the TiO2 NCs toward polysulfide combined with high electrical conductivity of rGO effectively localize the soluble polysulfide species within the cathode and facilitate electron and Li ions transport to/from the cathode materials. The sulfur-incorporated TiO2@rGO hybrid (S/TiO2@rGO) shows large capacities of 1116 and 917 mA h g(-1) at the current densities of 0.2 and 1 C (1 C = 1675 mA g(-1)) after 100 cycles, respectively. When the current density is increased 20 times from 0.2 to 4 C, 60% capacity is retained, thereby demonstrating good cycling stability and rate capability. The synergistic effects of TiO2 NCs toward effective chemisorption of polysulfides and conductive rGO with high electron mobility make a promising application of S/TiO2@rGO hybrid in high-performance Li-S batteries.

  17. Mesoporous gallium oxide structurally stabilized by yttrium oxide

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    Yada, Mitsunori; Ohya, Masahumi; Machida, Masato; Kijima, Tsuyoshi

    2000-05-16

    Since the synthesis of mesoporous silicas such as MCM-41 and FSM-16 with large internal surface areas and uniform pore sizes, the surfactant templating method has been used to synthesize mesoporous metal oxides, including titanium, aluminum, niobium, and tantalum oxides. The mesostructured metal oxides are taken to be useful not only as catalysts and separating or adsorbing agents but also as functional host materials with optically, electrically, or magnetically unique properties, owing to the shape-specific and/or quantum effects of their thin inorganic skeletons. Mesoporous zirconium oxide and phosphate and hafnium oxide are promising as acid catalysts. Layered and hexagonal mesostructured titanium oxides, for example, were observed to be photocatalytically active. Aluminum and gallium oxides with a mesoporous structure are also expected to serve as a catalytic of other functional material. In this paper, the authors report the synthesis and characterization of mesoporous gallium oxide stabilized by yttrium oxide.

  18. Drug release from ordered mesoporous silicas.

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    Doadrio, Antonio L; Salinas, Antonio J; Sánchez-Montero, José M; Vallet-Regí, M

    2015-01-01

    The state-of-the-art in the investigation of drugs release from Silica-based ordered Mesoporous Materials (SMMs) is reviewed. First, the SMM systems used like host matrixes are described. Then, the model drugs studied until now, including their pharmacological action, structure and the mesoporous matrix employed for each drug, are comprehensively listed. Next, the factors influencing the release of drugs from SMMs and the strategies used to control the drug delivery, specially the chemical functionalization of the silica surface, are discussed. In addition, how all these factors were gathered in a kinetic equation that describes the drug release from the mesoporous matrixes is explained. The new application of molecular modeling and docking in the investigation of the drug delivery mechanisms from SMMs is also presented. Finally, the new approaches under investigation in this field are mentioned including the design of smart stimuli-responsive materials and other recent proposals for a future investigation. PMID:26549760

  19. Corrosion behavior of mesoporous transition metal nitrides

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    Yang, Minghui; Allen, Amy J.; Nguyen, Minh T.; Ralston, Walter T.; MacLeod, Michelle J.; DiSalvo, Francis J.

    2013-09-15

    Transition metal nitrides (TMN) have many desirable characteristics such as high hardness and good thermal stability under reducing conditions. This work reports an initial survey of the chemical stability of mesoporous TMNs (TM=Nb, V, Cr and Ti) in water at 80 °C at neutral, acidic and alkaline pH. The mesoporous TMNs had specific surface areas of 25–60 m{sup 2}/g with average pore sizes ranging from 10 to 50 nm. The high surface areas of these materials enhance the rate of corrosion per unit mass over that of a bulk material, making detection of corrosion much easier. The products were characterized by Rietveld refinement of powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) patterns and by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Several nitrides have corrosion rates that are, within error, not distinguishable from zero (±1 Å/day). Of the nitrides examined, CrN appears to be the most corrosion resistant under acidic conditions. None of the nitrides studied are corrosion resistant under alkaline conditions. - Graphical abstract: Corrosion behavior of mesoporous transition metal nitrides (TM=Nb, V, Cr and Ti) in acidic and alkaline solutions at 80 °C for 2 weeks. Display Omitted - highlights: • Corrosion rates of mesoporous transition metal nitrides in aqueous solution is reported. • The mesoporous TMNs had surface areas of 25–60 m{sup 2}/g. • CrN is the most corrosion resistant under the conditions studied.

  20. Brick-and-Mortar Self-Assembly Approach to Graphitic Mesoporous Carbon Nanocomposites

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    Dai, Sheng; Fulvio, Pasquale F; Mayes, Richard T; Wang, Xiqing; Mahurin, Shannon Mark; Bauer, Christopher; Presser, Volker; Mcdonough, John; Gogotsi, Yury

    2011-01-01

    Mesoporous carbon materials do not have sufficient ordering at the atomic scale to exhibit good electronic conductivity. To date, mesoporous carbons having uniform mesopores and high surface areas have been prepared from partially-graphitizable precursors in the presence of templates. High temperature thermal treatments above 2000 C, which are usually required to increase conductivity, result in a partial or total collapse of the mesoporous structures and reduced surface areas induced by growth of graphitic domains, limiting their applications in electric double layer capacitors and lithium-ion batteries. In this work, we successfully implemented a 'brick-and-mortar' approach to obtain ordered graphitic mesoporous carbon nanocomposites with tunable mesopore sizes below 850 C without using graphitization catalysts or high temperature thermal treatments. Phenolic resin-based mesoporous carbons act as mortar to highly conductive carbon blacks and carbon onions (bricks). The capacitance and resistivity of final materials can be tailored by changing the mortar to brick ratios.

  1. Crystalline mesoporous zirconia catalysts having stable tetragonal pore wall structure

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    Sachtler, W.M.H.; Huang, Y.Y.

    1998-07-28

    Methods are disclosed for the preparation of new sulfated mesoporous zirconia materials/catalysts with crystalline pore walls of predominantly tetragonal crystal structure, characterized by nitrogen physical sorption measurement, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and catalytic tests using n-butane isomerization to iso-butane and alkylation of 1-naphthol with 4-tert-butylstyrene as probe reactions. Sulfate deposition is preferred for the transformation of a mesoporous precursor with amorphous pore walls into a material with crystalline pore walls maintaining the mesoporous characteristics. 17 figs.

  2. Crystalline mesoporous zirconia catalysts having stable tetragonal pore wall structure

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    Sachtler, Wolfgang M. H.; Huang, Yin-Yan

    1998-01-01

    Methods for the preparation of new sulfated mesoporous zirconia materials/catalysts with crystalline pore walls of predominantly tetragonal crystal structure, characterized by nitrogen physisorption measurement, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and catalytic tests using n-butane isomerization to iso-butane and alkylation of 1-naphthol with 4-tert-butylstyrene as probe reactions. Sulfate deposition is preferred for the transformation of a mesoporous precursor with amorphous pore walls into a material with crystalline pore walls maintaining the mesoporous characteristics.

  3. A highly ordered cubic mesoporous silica/graphene nanocomposite

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    Lee, Chang-Wook; Roh, Kwang Chul; Kim, Kwang-Bum

    2013-09-01

    A highly ordered cubic mesoporous silica (KIT-6)/graphene nanocomposite and 2D KIT-6 nanoflakes were synthesized using a novel synthesis methodology. The non-ionic triblock copolymer, P123, played a dual role as a structure-directing agent in the formation of the cubic mesoporous structure and as a cross-linking agent between mesoporous silica and graphene. The prepared (KIT-6)/graphene nanocomposite could act as a template for the preparation of mesoporous material/graphene nanocomposites.A highly ordered cubic mesoporous silica (KIT-6)/graphene nanocomposite and 2D KIT-6 nanoflakes were synthesized using a novel synthesis methodology. The non-ionic triblock copolymer, P123, played a dual role as a structure-directing agent in the formation of the cubic mesoporous structure and as a cross-linking agent between mesoporous silica and graphene. The prepared (KIT-6)/graphene nanocomposite could act as a template for the preparation of mesoporous material/graphene nanocomposites. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: S1: TEM images of disordered mesoporous silica/graphene nanocomposite; S2: TEM images of KIT-6/GO nanocomposite; S3: Thermogravimetric analysis of KIT-6/GO and KG-400-700; S4: SEM and TEM images of KIT-6; S5: Low angle XRD, Raman spectra, N2 adsorption isotherms, pore size distribution and photographic images of the prepared samples; S6: TEM image and N2 adsorption isotherms of mesoporous carbon/graphene nanocomposite; S7: XPS C1s spectra of the prepared samples. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr03108j

  4. Responsive mesoporous photonic cellulose films by supramolecular cotemplating.

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    Giese, Michael; Blusch, Lina K; Khan, Mostofa K; Hamad, Wadood Y; MacLachlan, Mark J

    2014-08-18

    Cellulose-based materials have been and continue to be exceptionally important for humankind. Considering the bioavailability and societal relevance of cellulose, turning this renewable resource into an active material is a vital step towards sustainability. Herein we report a new form of cellulose-derived material that combines tunable photonic properties with a unique mesoporous structure resulting from a new supramolecular cotemplating method. A composite of cellulose nanocrystals and a urea-formaldehyde resin organizes into a chiral nematic assembly, which yields a chiral nematic mesoporous continuum of desulfated cellulose nanocrystals after alkaline treatment. The mesoporous photonic cellulose (MPC) films undergo rapid and reversible changes in color upon swelling, and can be used for pressure sensing. These new active mesoporous cellulosic materials have potential applications in biosensing, optics, functional membranes, chiral separation, and tissue engineering. PMID:24981200

  5. Large Enhancement in Electrorheological Activity of Mesoporous Cerium-Doped TIO2 from High Surface Area and Robust Pore Walls

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    Yin, Jianbo; Zhao, Xiaopeng

    Considering the importance of large interfacial or surface polarization to strong electrorheological (ER) effect, we developed a high surface area mesoporous doped TiO2 ER material by using block-copolymer. By comparing the ER experiments between samples with mesopore and without mesopore, we demonstrate a very large enhancement in ER activity of mesoporous ER material and its yield stress is 100 times that of the pure TiO2 ER material and 5-8 times that of single doped TiO2 without mesoporous structure. We give a preliminary discussion about the improvement in ER activity based on previous dielectric analysis.

  6. Single crystalline mesoporous silicon nanowires

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    Hochbaum, A.I.; Gargas, Daniel; Jeong Hwang, Yun; Yang, Peidong

    2009-08-04

    Herein we demonstrate a novel electroless etching synthesis of monolithic, single-crystalline, mesoporous silicon nanowire arrays with a high surface area and luminescent properties consistent with conventional porous silicon materials. These porous nanowires also retain the crystallographic orientation of the wafer from which they are etched. Electron microscopy and diffraction confirm their single-crystallinity and reveal the silicon surrounding the pores is as thin as several nanometers. Confocal fluorescence microscopy showed that the photoluminescence (PL) of these arrays emanate from the nanowires themselves, and their PL spectrum suggests that these arrays may be useful as photocatalytic substrates or active components of nanoscale optoelectronic devices.

  7. The synthesis and application of two mesoporous silica nanoparticles as drug delivery system with different shape

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    Wang, Jiayi; Wang, Zhuyuan; Chen, Hui; Zong, Shenfei; Cui, Yiping

    2015-05-01

    Mesoporous silica nanospheres(MSNSs) have been obtained utilizing the conventional reverse micelles synthesis method while the mesoporous silica nanorods(MSNRs) have been acquired by means of changing certain parameters. Afterwards, the prepared mesoporous silica nanospheres and nanorods were used as drug carriers to load and release the classical cancer therapeutic drug—DOX. According to the absorption spectra, the encapsulation efficiency of the mesoporous silica nanospheres is almost as high as that of the nanospheres. Different from the familiar encapsulation efficiency, the release characteristic curves of the mesoporous silica nanospheres and nanorods possessed certain differences during the release process. Finally incellular fluorescence imaging was achieved to observe the endocytosis of the mesoporous silica materials. Our results show that although both of the two kinds of nanoparticles possess favourable properties for loading and releasing drugs, the mesoporous silica nanospheres perform better in dispersity and controlled release than the nanorods, which probably endow them the potential as incellular drug delivery system.

  8. Mo-doped SnO2 mesoporous hollow structured spheres as anode materials for high-performance lithium ion batteries

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    Wang, Xuekun; Li, Zhaoqiang; Zhang, Zhiwei; Li, Qun; Guo, Enyan; Wang, Chengxiang; Yin, Longwei

    2015-02-01

    We designed a facile infiltration route to synthesize mesoporous hollow structured Mo doped SnO2 using silica spheres as templates. It is observed that Mo is uniformly incorporated into SnO2 lattice in the form of Mo6+. The as-prepared mesoporous Mo-doped SnO2 LIBs anodes exhibit a significantly improved electrochemical performance with good cycling stability, high specific capacity and high rate capability. The mesoporous hollow Mo-doped SnO2 sample with 14 at% Mo doping content displays a specific capacity of 801 mA h g-1 after 60 cycles at a current density of 100 mA g-1, about 1.66 times higher than that of the pure SnO2 hollow sample. In addition, even if the current density is as high as 1600 mA g-1 after 60 cycles, it could still retain a stable specific capacity of 530 mA h g-1, exhibiting an extraordinary rate capability. The greatly improved electrochemical performance of the Mo-doped mesoporous hollow SnO2 sample could be attributed to the following factors. The large surface area and hollow structure can significantly enhance structural integrity by acting as mechanical buffer, effectively alleviating the volume changes generated during the lithiation/delithiation process. The incorporation of Mo into the lattice of SnO2 improves charge transfer kinetics and results in a faster Li+ diffusion rate during the charge-discharge process.

  9. Mesoporous SnO2 agglomerates with hierarchical structures as an efficient dual-functional material for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Zhu, Peining; Reddy, M V; Wu, Yongzhi; Peng, Shengjie; Yang, Shengyuan; Nair, A Sreekumaran; Loh, K P; Chowdari, B V R; Ramakrishna, S

    2012-11-14

    Mesoporous SnO(2) agglomerates with hierarchical structures and a high surface area were fabricated through a molten salt method. The SnO(2) demonstrated high photoelectric conversion efficiencies of 3.05% and 6.23% (with TiCl(4) treatment) in dye-sensitized solar cells, which are attributed to its dual functionality of providing high dye-loading and efficient light scattering.

  10. Large-Scale, Three–Dimensional, Free–Standing, and Mesoporous Metal Oxide Networks for High–Performance Photocatalysis

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    Bai, Hua; Li, Xinshi; Hu, Chao; Zhang, Xuan; Li, Junfang; Yan, Yan; Xi, Guangcheng

    2013-01-01

    Mesoporous nanostructures represent a unique class of photocatalysts with many applications, including splitting of water, degradation of organic contaminants, and reduction of carbon dioxide. In this work, we report a general Lewis acid catalytic template route for the high–yield producing single– and multi–component large–scale three–dimensional (3D) mesoporous metal oxide networks. The large-scale 3D mesoporous metal oxide networks possess large macroscopic scale (millimeter–sized) and mesoporous nanostructure with huge pore volume and large surface exposure area. This method also can be used for the synthesis of large–scale 3D macro/mesoporous hierarchical porous materials and noble metal nanoparticles loaded 3D mesoporous networks. Photocatalytic degradation of Azo dyes demonstrated that the large–scale 3D mesoporous metal oxide networks enable high photocatalytic activity. The present synthetic method can serve as the new design concept for functional 3D mesoporous nanomaterials. PMID:23857595

  11. Designed synthesis of Graphene @titania @mesoporous silica hybrid material as size-exclusive metal oxide affinity chromatography platform for selective enrichment of endogenous phosphopeptides.

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    Yao, Jizong; Sun, Nianrong; Deng, Chunhui; Zhang, Xiangming

    2016-04-01

    In this work, a novel size-exclusive metal oxide affinity chromatography (SE-MOAC) platform was built for phosphoproteome research. The operation for preparing graphene @titania @mesoporous silica nanohybrids (denoted as G@TiO2@mSiO2) was facile and easy to conduct by grafting titania nanoparticles on polydopamine (PD)-covered graphene, following a layer of mesoporous silica was coated on the outermost layer. The G@TiO2@mSiO2 nanohybrids exhibited high sensitivity with a low detection limit of 5 amol/μL (a total amount of 1 fmol) and high selectivity for phosphopeptides at a mass ratio of phosphopeptides to non-phosphopeptides (1:1000). The size-exclusive capability of the nanohybrids were also demonstrated by enriching the phosphopeptides from the mixture of Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA), α-casein, and β-casein digests with a high mass ratio (β-casein digests: α-casein: BSA, 1:500:500), which was attributed to the large surface area and ordered mesoporous channels. In addition, the G@TiO2@mSiO2 nanohybrids were employed to capture the endogenous phosphopeptides from human serum successfully. PMID:26838411

  12. Highly enhanced capacitance of MgO-templated mesoporous carbons in low temperature ionic liquids

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    Kado, Yuya; Imoto, Kiyoaki; Soneda, Yasushi; Yoshizawa, Noriko

    2014-12-01

    MgO-templated mesoporous carbons with high specific surface areas were employed for the electrode materials of electric double layer capacitors (EDLCs) in low temperature ionic liquids. The mesoporous carbons exhibit strongly enhanced capacitance in ionic liquids at 20 to -40 °C compared to conventional activated carbons. Mesopores in the carbon electrodes provide a smooth pathway for the ions, and minimize the temperature influence on the diffusion resistance of the ions. Thus, this paper confirms that mesoporous carbons work as electrode materials to achieve highly enhanced capacitances below 0 °C in ionic liquids, which leads to wide ranging applications of EDLC devices.

  13. Functionalized bimodal mesoporous silicas as carriers for controlled aspirin delivery

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    Gao Lin; Sun Jihong; Li Yuzhen

    2011-08-15

    The bimodal mesoporous silica modified with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane was performed as the aspirin carrier. The samples' structure, drug loading and release profiles were characterized with X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, N{sub 2} adsorption and desorption, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, TG analysis, elemental analysis and UV-spectrophotometer. For further exploring the effects of the bimodal mesopores on the drug delivery behavior, the unimodal mesoporous material MCM-41 was also modified as the aspirin carrier. Meantime, Korsmeyer-Peppas equation f{sub t}=kt{sup n} was employed to analyze the dissolution data in details. It is indicated that the bimodal mesopores are beneficial for unrestricted drug molecules diffusing and therefore lead to a higher loading and faster releasing than that of MCM-41. The results show that the aspirin delivery properties are influenced considerably by the mesoporous matrix, whereas the large pore of bimodal mesoporous silica is the key point for the improved controlled-release properties. - Graphical abstract: Loading (A) and release profiles (B) of aspirin in N-BMMs and N-MCM-41 indicated that BMMs have more drug loading capacity and faster release rate than that MCM-41. Highlights: > Bimodal mesoporous silicas (BMMs) and MCM-41 modified with amino group via post-treatment procedure. > Loading and release profiles of aspirin in modified BMMs and MCM-41. > Modified BMMs have more drug loading capacity and faster release rate than that modified MCM-41.

  14. Dispersive micro-solid-phase extraction using mesoporous hybrid materials for simultaneous determination of semivolatile compounds from plant tea by ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Cao, Wan; Hu, Shuai-Shuai; Ye, Li-Hong; Cao, Jun

    2014-10-01

    This report described the use of mesoporous hybrid materials (MHM) in a dispersive micro-solid-phase extraction procedure to extract semivolatile compounds from plant tea that were then analyzed by ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry. Dihydrotanshinone I, tanshinone I, cryptotanshinone, and tanshinone IIA were selected as the model compounds, and the extraction parameters, including mesoporous concentration, extraction time, sample agitation and desorption solvents, were optimized. The interaction with the analytes and the large surface area of the MHM facilitated the adsorption of analytes. The method showed good linearity, with correlation coefficients >0.9980 in the range 0.25-100 ng/mL, and low limits of detection (0.012-0.046 pg). Finally, the recovery values were 91-103% for Danshen tea, 89-102% for Danshen, and 88-96% for tanshinone capsules. The results showed that the proposed method was suitable for the extraction and determination of tanshinones in complex samples.

  15. Silica-based mesoporous nanoparticles for controlled drug delivery

    PubMed Central

    Kwon, Sooyeon; Singh, Rajendra K; Perez, Roman A; Abou Neel, Ensanya A

    2013-01-01

    Drug molecules with lack of specificity and solubility lead patients to take high doses of the drug to achieve sufficient therapeutic effects. This is a leading cause of adverse drug reactions, particularly for drugs with narrow therapeutic window or cytotoxic chemotherapeutics. To address these problems, there are various functional biocompatible drug carriers available in the market, which can deliver therapeutic agents to the target site in a controlled manner. Among the carriers developed thus far, mesoporous materials emerged as a promising candidate that can deliver a variety of drug molecules in a controllable and sustainable manner. In particular, mesoporous silica nanoparticles are widely used as a delivery reagent because silica possesses favourable chemical properties, thermal stability and biocompatibility. Currently, sol-gel-derived mesoporous silica nanoparticles in soft conditions are of main interest due to simplicity in production and modification and the capacity to maintain function of bioactive agents. The unique mesoporous structure of silica facilitates effective loading of drugs and their subsequent controlled release. The properties of mesopores, including pore size and porosity as well as the surface properties, can be altered depending on additives used to fabricate mesoporous silica nanoparticles. Active surface enables functionalisation to modify surface properties and link therapeutic molecules. The tuneable mesopore structure and modifiable surface of mesoporous silica nanoparticle allow incorporation of various classes of drug molecules and controlled delivery to the target sites. This review aims to present the state of knowledge of currently available drug delivery system and identify properties of an ideal drug carrier for specific application, focusing on mesoporous silica nanoparticles. PMID:24020012

  16. Nitrogen-Doped Ordered Mesoporous Anatase TiO2 Nanofibers as Anode Materials for High Performance Sodium-Ion Batteries.

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    Wu, Ying; Liu, Xiaowu; Yang, Zhenzhong; Gu, Lin; Yu, Yan

    2016-07-01

    Nitrogen-doped ordered mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers (N-MTO) have been fabricated by electrospinning and subsequent nitridation treatment. The N-doping in TiO2 leads to the formation of Ti(3+) , resulting in the improved electron conductivity of TiO2 . In addition, one-dimensional (1D) N-MTO nanostructure possesses very short diffusion length of Na(+) /e(-) in N-MTO, easy access of electrolyte, and high conductivity transport of electrons along the percolating fibers. The N-MTO shows excellent sodium storage performance.

  17. Energy Storage: Nitrogen-Doped Ordered Mesoporous Anatase TiO2 Nanofibers as Anode Materials for High Performance Sodium-Ion Batteries (Small 26/2016).

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    Wu, Ying; Liu, Xiaowu; Yang, Zhenzhong; Gu, Lin; Yu, Yan

    2016-07-01

    On page 3522, Y. Yu and co-workers fabricate nitrogen-doped ordered mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers (denoted as N-MTO) by electrospinning and subsequent nitridation treatment. Nitrogen atoms are successfully doped into the TiO2 lattice, accompanied by the formation of Ti(3+) and oxygen vacancies, contributing to the improvement of electronic conductivity of TiO2 . When used as an anode for a sodium-ion battery, the N-MTO demonstrates excellent rate capability and superior long cycling performance. PMID:27383035

  18. Energy Storage: Nitrogen-Doped Ordered Mesoporous Anatase TiO2 Nanofibers as Anode Materials for High Performance Sodium-Ion Batteries (Small 26/2016).

    PubMed

    Wu, Ying; Liu, Xiaowu; Yang, Zhenzhong; Gu, Lin; Yu, Yan

    2016-07-01

    On page 3522, Y. Yu and co-workers fabricate nitrogen-doped ordered mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers (denoted as N-MTO) by electrospinning and subsequent nitridation treatment. Nitrogen atoms are successfully doped into the TiO2 lattice, accompanied by the formation of Ti(3+) and oxygen vacancies, contributing to the improvement of electronic conductivity of TiO2 . When used as an anode for a sodium-ion battery, the N-MTO demonstrates excellent rate capability and superior long cycling performance.

  19. Mesoporous single crystals Li₄Ti₅O₁₂ grown on rGO as high-rate anode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Chen, Weina; Jiang, Hao; Hu, Yanjie; Dai, Yihui; Li, Chunzhong

    2014-08-18

    Mesoporous single crystals Li4Ti5O12 grown on reduced graphene oxide (MSCs-LTO-rGO) nanohybrids have been synthesized by a simple hydrothermal reaction of TiO2/rGO and LiOH with subsequent annealing in Ar at 600 °C, which exhibited high specific capacity (171 mA h g(-1)) with much improved rate capability (132 mA h g(-1) at 40 C) and intriguing cycling stability (85% capacity retention after 2000 cycles).

  20. Ordered mesoporous alumina-supported metal oxides.

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    Morris, Stacy M; Fulvio, Pasquale F; Jaroniec, Mietek

    2008-11-12

    The one-pot synthesis of alumina-supported metal oxides via self-assembly of a metal precursor and aluminum isopropoxide in the presence of triblock copolymer (as a structure directing agent) is described in detail for nickel oxide. The resulting mesoporous mixed metal oxides possess p6 mm hexagonal symmetry, well-developed mesoporosity, relatively high BET surface area, large pore widths, and crystalline pore walls. In comparison to pure alumina, nickel aluminum oxide samples exhibited larger mesopores and improved thermal stability. Also, long-range ordering of the aforementioned samples was observed for nickel molar percentages as high as 20%. The generality of the recipe used for the synthesis of mesoporous nickel aluminum oxide was demonstrated by preparation of other alumina-supported metal oxides such as MgO, CaO, TiO 2, and Cr 2O 3. This method represents an important step toward the facile and reproducible synthesis of ordered mesoporous alumina-supported materials for various applications where large and accessible pores with high loading of catalytically active metal oxides are needed.

  1. Drug Loading of Mesoporous Silicon

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    Moffitt, Anne; Coffer, Jeff; Wang, Mengjia

    2011-03-01

    The nanostructuring of crystalline solids with low aqueous solubilities by their incorporation into mesoporous host materials is one route to improve the bioavailability of such solids. Earlier studies suggest that mesoporous Si (PSi), with pore widths in the range of 5-50 nm, is a candidate for such an approach. In this presentation, we describe efforts to load curcumin into free-standing microparticles of PSi. Curcumin is a compound extracted from turmeric root, which is an ingredient of curry. Curucmin has shown activity against selected cancer cell lines, bacteria, and other medical conditions. However, curcumin has a very low bioavailability due to its extremely low water solubility (0.6 μ g/mL). Incorporation of curcumin was achieved by straightforward loading of the molten solid at 185circ; C. Loading experiments were performed using PSi particles of two different size ranges, 45-75 μ m and 150-250 μ m. Longer loading times and ratio of curcumin to PSi leads to a higher percentage of loaded curcumin in both PSi particle sizes (as determined by weight difference). The extent of curcumin crystallinity was assessed by x-ray diffraction (XRD). The solubility and release kinetics of loaded curcumin from the PSi was determined by extraction into water at 37circ; C, with analysis using UV-VIS spectrometry. NSF-REU and TCU.

  2. Mesoporous metal and semiconductor nanowires and nanotubes

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    Luo, Hongmei

    Nanowires and nanotubes are central elements in nanoscience and nanotechnology for applications such as nanoelectronic devices, chemical sensors, and high-density data storage. Among various synthesis methods, the template assisted electrodeposition is particularly attractive because it provides an efficient route to fabricate arrays of nanomatenals of desired composition, size, and aspect ratio. Advanced applications need morphological control. Mesoporous materials with uniform and arranged pores with pore diameters between 2 and 50 nm have attracted much attention due to their unique structures and applications. This dissertation presents the fabrication, structure, and property investigation of magnetic, superconducting metal, and semiconductor nanostructures. We will report three-dimensional (3D) macroporous magnetic and superconducting metal films using opal templates, 2D hexagonal and 3D cubic metal nanowire thin films with tunable 3-10 nm wire diameters using mesoporous silica as templates, mesoporous cobalt and nickel films with hexagonal and lamellar structures direct templated by lyotropic liquid crystal phases. Compared with bulk and dense films, the porous magnetic films show higher coercivities. The cobalt nanowire thin films exhibit enhanced coercivities and controllable magnetic anisotropy through tuning the mesostructure and dimension of the nanowires. We will present a novel method, confined-assembly-template assisted (CATA) electrodeposition, by combination of nanoconfinement, supramolecular templating and electrodeposition technique to prepare mesoporous metal and semiconductor nanowires and nanotubes. Mesoporous palladium and cobalt nanowires are obtained by electrodeposition of hexagonal liquid crystal in porous membranes, mesoporous platinum and nickel nanotubes with controlled length are obtained by electrodeposition of lamellar liquid crystal, mesoporous zinc oxide nanowires are obtained by electrodeposition of interfacial SDS surfactant

  3. Thermally stable crystalline mesoporous metal oxides with substantially uniform pores

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    Wiesner, Ulrich; Orilall, Mahendra Christopher; Lee, Jinwoo; DiSalvo, Jr., Francis J

    2015-01-27

    Highly crystalline metal oxide-carbon composites, as precursors to thermally stable mesoporous metal oxides, are coated with a layer of amorphous carbon. Using a `one-pot` method, highly crystalline metal oxide-carbon composites are converted to thermally stable mesoporous metal oxides, having highly crystalline mesopore walls, without causing the concomitant collapse of the mesostructure. The `one-pot` method uses block copolymers with an sp or sp 2 hybridized carbon containing hydrophobic block as structure directing agents which converts to a sturdy, amorphous carbon material under appropriate heating conditions, providing an in-situ rigid support which maintains the pores of the oxides intact while crystallizing at temperatures as high as 1000 deg C. A highly crystalline metal oxide-carbon composite can be heated to produce a thermally stable mesoporous metal oxide consisting of a single polymorph.

  4. Application of mesoporous SiO2 layer as an insulating layer in high performance hole transport material free CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells

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    Cheng, Nian; Liu, Pei; Bai, Sihang; Yu, Zhenhua; Liu, Wei; Guo, Shi-Shang; Zhao, Xing-Zhong

    2016-07-01

    A mesoporous SiO2 layer is successfully introduced into the hole transport material free perovskite solar cells by spin-coating a SiO2 paste onto the TiO2 scaffold layer. This SiO2 layer can act as an insulating layer and effectively inhibit the charge recombination between the TiO2 layer and carbon electrode. The variation of power conversion efficiencies with the thickness of SiO2 layer is studied here. Under optimized SiO2 thickness, perovskite solar cell fabricated on the TiO2/SiO2 film shows a superior power conversion efficiency of ∼12% and exhibits excellent long time stability for 30 days.

  5. Chitosan modified ordered mesoporous silica as micro-column packing materials for on-line flow injection-inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry determination of trace heavy metals in environmental water samples.

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    Chen, Dahui; Hu, Bin; Huang, Chaozhang

    2009-04-30

    A novel adsorbent of chitosan chemically modified ordered mesoporous silica was synthesized and employed as a solid phase extraction (SPE) material for flow injection (FI) micro-column preconcentration on-line coupled with inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) determination of trace heavy metals V, Cu, Pb, Cd and Hg in environmental water samples. The factors affecting separation and preconcentration of target heavy metals such as pH, sample flow rate and volume, eluent concentration and volume, interfering ions were investigated. Under the optimized experimental conditions, an enrichment factor of 20 and sampling frequency of 10h(-1) were obtained. The detection limits of the method for V, Cu, Pb, Cd and Hg were 0.33, 0.30, 0.96, 0.05 and 0.93 ng mL(-1), and the relative standard deviations (RSDs) were 2.8%, 6.7%, 1.8%, 4.0% and 5.3% (n=7, C=10 ng mL(-1)), respectively. The adsorption capacities of chitosan modified ordered mesoporous silica for V, Cu, Pb, Cd, and Hg were found to be 16.3, 21.7, 22.9, 12.2 and 13.5 mg g(-1), respectively. In order to validate the developed method, a certified reference material of GSBZ50009-88 environmental water sample was analyzed and the determined values were in good agreement with the certified values. The proposed method has also been applied to the determination of trace heavy metals in natural water samples with satisfactory results.

  6. Monolithic gyroidal mesoporous mixed titanium-niobium nitrides.

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    Robbins, Spencer W; Sai, Hiroaki; DiSalvo, Francis J; Gruner, Sol M; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2014-08-26

    Mesoporous transition metal nitrides are interesting materials for energy conversion and storage applications due to their conductivity and durability. We present ordered mixed titanium-niobium (8:2, 1:1) nitrides with gyroidal network structures synthesized from triblock terpolymer structure-directed mixed oxides. The materials retain both macroscopic integrity and mesoscale ordering despite heat treatment up to 600 °C, without a rigid carbon framework as a support. Furthermore, the gyroidal lattice parameters were varied by changing polymer molar mass. This synthesis strategy may prove useful in generating a variety of monolithic ordered mesoporous mixed oxides and nitrides for electrode and catalyst materials.

  7. Monolithic Gyroidal Mesoporous Mixed Titanium–Niobium Nitrides

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Mesoporous transition metal nitrides are interesting materials for energy conversion and storage applications due to their conductivity and durability. We present ordered mixed titanium–niobium (8:2, 1:1) nitrides with gyroidal network structures synthesized from triblock terpolymer structure-directed mixed oxides. The materials retain both macroscopic integrity and mesoscale ordering despite heat treatment up to 600 °C, without a rigid carbon framework as a support. Furthermore, the gyroidal lattice parameters were varied by changing polymer molar mass. This synthesis strategy may prove useful in generating a variety of monolithic ordered mesoporous mixed oxides and nitrides for electrode and catalyst materials. PMID:25122534

  8. Antibacterial mesoporous molecular sieves modified with polymeric N-halamine.

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    Wang, Yingfeng; Li, Lin; Liu, Ying; Ren, Xuehong; Liang, Jie

    2016-12-01

    In this research, a new kind of porous N-halamine material with high antibacterial efficacies was prepared. Poly [5,5-dimethyl-3-(3'-triethoxysilylpropyl)-hydantoin] (PSPH), an N-halamine precursor, was synthesized and grafted onto the surface of mesoporous molecular sieves (SBA-15). The mesoporous molecular sieves modified with the N-halamine polymer could be rendered biocidal upon exposure to dilute household bleach. The modified mesoporous molecular sieves were characterized by SEM, TEM, FTIR, XPS, TGA, XRD and BET analysis. It was found that the PSPH has been successfully grafted on the surface of mesoporous molecular sieves, and the morphology and structure of the modified mesoporous molecular sieves were slightly affected. The N-halamine modified mesoporous molecular sieves showed excellent antibacterial property, and inactivated 100% of S. aureus and E. coli O157:H7 with 8.05 and 7.92 log reductions within 1min of contact, respectively. The modified SBA-15 with high-antibacterial efficiency has potential application in water treatment and biomaterials areas. PMID:27612805

  9. Actinide sequestration using self-assembled monolayers on mesoporous supports.

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    Fryxell, Glen E; Lin, Yuehe; Fiskum, Sandy; Birnbaum, Jerome C; Wu, Hong; Kemner, Ken; Kelly, Shelley

    2005-03-01

    Surfactant templated synthesis of mesoporous ceramics provides a versatile foundation upon which to create high efficiency environmental sorbents. These nanoporous ceramic oxides condense a huge amount of surface area into a very small volume. The ceramic oxide interface is receptive to surface functionalization through molecular self-assembly. The marriage of mesoporous ceramics with self-assembled monolayer chemistry creates a powerful new class of environmental sorbent materials called self-assembled monolayers on mesoporous supports (SAMMS). These SAMMS materials are highly efficient sorbents whose interfacial chemistry can be fine-tuned to selectively sequester a specific target species, such as heavy metals, tetrahedral oxometalate anions, and radionuclides. Details addressing the design, synthesis, and characterization of SAMMS materials specifically designed to sequester actinides, of central importance to the environmental cleanup necessary after 40 years of weapons-grade plutonium production, as well as evaluation of their binding affinities and kinetics are presented.

  10. Actinide sequestration using self-assembled monolayers on mesoporous supports.

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    Fryxell, Glen E; Lin, Yuehe; Fiskum, Sandy; Birnbaum, Jerome C; Wu, Hong; Kemner, Ken; Kelly, Shelley

    2005-03-01

    Surfactant templated synthesis of mesoporous ceramics provides a versatile foundation upon which to create high efficiency environmental sorbents. These nanoporous ceramic oxides condense a huge amount of surface area into a very small volume. The ceramic oxide interface is receptive to surface functionalization through molecular self-assembly. The marriage of mesoporous ceramics with self-assembled monolayer chemistry creates a powerful new class of environmental sorbent materials called self-assembled monolayers on mesoporous supports (SAMMS). These SAMMS materials are highly efficient sorbents whose interfacial chemistry can be fine-tuned to selectively sequester a specific target species, such as heavy metals, tetrahedral oxometalate anions, and radionuclides. Details addressing the design, synthesis, and characterization of SAMMS materials specifically designed to sequester actinides, of central importance to the environmental cleanup necessary after 40 years of weapons-grade plutonium production, as well as evaluation of their binding affinities and kinetics are presented. PMID:15787373

  11. Actinide Sequestration Using Self-Assembled Monolayers on Mesoporous Supports

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    Fryxell, Glen E.; Lin, Yuehe; Fiskum, Sandra K.; Birnbaum, Jerome C.; Wu, Hong; Kemner, K. M.; Kelly, Shelley

    2005-03-01

    Surfactant templated synthesis of mesoporous ceramics provides a versatile foundation upon which to create high efficiency environmental sorbents. These nanoporous ceramic oxides condense a huge amount of surface area into a very small volume. The ceramic oxide interface is receptive to surface functionalization through molecular self-assembly. The marriage of mesoporous ceramics with self-assembled monolayer chemistry creates a powerful new class of environmental sorbent materials called self-assembled monolayers on mesoporous supports (SAMMS). These SAMMS materials are highly efficient sorbents, whose interfacial chemistry can be fine-tuned to selectively sequester a specific target species, such as heavy metals, tetrahedral oxometallate anions and radionuclides. Details addressing the design, synthesis and characterization of SAMMS materials specifically designed to sequester actinides, of central importance to the environmental clean-up necessary after 40 years of weapons grade plutonium production, as well as evaluation of their binding affinities and kinetics are presented.

  12. Polymer/mesoporous metal oxide composites

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    Ver Meer, Melissa Ann

    Understanding the nature of the interfacial region between an organic polymer matrix and an inorganic filler component is essential in determining how this region impacts the overall bulk properties of the organic/inorganic hybrid composite material. In this work, polystyrene was used as the model polymer matrix coupled with silica-based filler materials to investigate the nature of structure-property relationships in polymer composites. Initial work was conducted on synthesis and characterization of colloidal and mesoporous silica particles melt blended into the polystyrene matrix. Modification of the interface was accomplished by chemically bonding the silica particles with the polystyrene chains through polymerization from the particle surface via atom transfer radical polymerization. High molecular weight polystyrene chains were formed and bulk test samples were evaluated with increased thermal stability of the grafted polymer composite system versus equivalent melt blended polymer composites. Polymer grafting was also conducted from the internal pores of mesoporous silica, further improving the thermal stability of the composite system without degrading dynamic mechanical properties. Characterization of the polymer composites was conducted with gel permeation chromatography, transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and dynamic mechanical analysis. It was also discovered during the polystyrene-silica composite studies that amorphous polystyrene can possess a less mobile phase, evident in a second peak of the loss tangent (tan delta). The long annealing times necessitated by the mesoporous silica composites were replicated in as received polystyrene. This new, less mobile phase is of particular interest in determining the mobility of polymer chains in the interfacial region.

  13. Facile preparation of mesoporous carbon-silica-coated graphene for the selective enrichment of endogenous peptides.

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    Zhang, Quanqing; Zhang, Qinghe; Xiong, Zhichao; Wan, Hao; Chen, Xiaoting; Li, Hongmei; Zou, Hanfa

    2016-01-01

    A sandwich-like composite composed of ordered mesoporous carbon-silica shell-coated graphene (denoted as graphene@mSiO2-C) was prepared by an in-situ carbonation strategy. A mesoporous silica shell was synthesized by a sol-gel method, and cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide inside the mesopores were in-situ carbonized as a carbon source to obtain a carbon-silica shell. The resulting mesoporous carbon-silica material with a sandwich structure possesses a high surface area (600 m(2) g(-1)), large pore volume (0.587 cm(3) g(-1)), highly ordered mesoporous pore (3 nm), and high carbon content (30%). This material shows not only high hydrophobicity of graphene and mesoporous carbon but also a hydrophilic silica framework that ensures excellent dispersibility in aqueous solution. The material can capture many more peptides from bovine serum albumin tryptic digests than mesoporous silica shell-coated graphene, demonstrating great enrichment efficiency for peptides. Furthermore, the prepared composite was applied to the enrichment of low-abundance endogenous peptides in human serum. Based on Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/ Ionization Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry identification, the graphene@mSiO2-C could efficiently size-exclude proteins and enriches the low-abundant peptides on the graphene and mesoporous carbon. And based on the LC-MS/MS results, 892 endogenous peptides were obtained by graphene@mSiO2-C, hinting at its great potential in peptides analysis. PMID:26695263

  14. Facile preparation of mesoporous carbon-silica-coated graphene for the selective enrichment of endogenous peptides.

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    Zhang, Quanqing; Zhang, Qinghe; Xiong, Zhichao; Wan, Hao; Chen, Xiaoting; Li, Hongmei; Zou, Hanfa

    2016-01-01

    A sandwich-like composite composed of ordered mesoporous carbon-silica shell-coated graphene (denoted as graphene@mSiO2-C) was prepared by an in-situ carbonation strategy. A mesoporous silica shell was synthesized by a sol-gel method, and cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide inside the mesopores were in-situ carbonized as a carbon source to obtain a carbon-silica shell. The resulting mesoporous carbon-silica material with a sandwich structure possesses a high surface area (600 m(2) g(-1)), large pore volume (0.587 cm(3) g(-1)), highly ordered mesoporous pore (3 nm), and high carbon content (30%). This material shows not only high hydrophobicity of graphene and mesoporous carbon but also a hydrophilic silica framework that ensures excellent dispersibility in aqueous solution. The material can capture many more peptides from bovine serum albumin tryptic digests than mesoporous silica shell-coated graphene, demonstrating great enrichment efficiency for peptides. Furthermore, the prepared composite was applied to the enrichment of low-abundance endogenous peptides in human serum. Based on Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/ Ionization Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry identification, the graphene@mSiO2-C could efficiently size-exclude proteins and enriches the low-abundant peptides on the graphene and mesoporous carbon. And based on the LC-MS/MS results, 892 endogenous peptides were obtained by graphene@mSiO2-C, hinting at its great potential in peptides analysis.

  15. Diamine Functionalized Cubic Mesoporous Silica for Ibuprofen Controlled Delivery.

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    Sivaguru, J; Selvaraj, M; Ravi, S; Park, H; Song, C W; Chun, H H; Ha, C-S

    2015-07-01

    A diamine functionalized cubic mesostructured KIT-6 (N-KIT-6) has been prepared by post-synthetic method using calcined mesoporous KIT-6 with a diamine source, i.e., N-'[3-(tri methoxysilyl)- propyl]'ethylenediamine. The KIT-6 mesoporous silica used for N-KIT-6 was synthesized under weak acidic hydrothermal method using bitemplates, viz., Pluronic P123 and 1-butanol. The synthesized mesoporous materials, KIT-6 and N-KIT-6, have been characterized by the relevant instrumental techniques such as SAXS, N2 sorption isotherm, FT-IR, SEM, TEM and TGA to prove the standard mesoporous materials with the identification of diamine groups. The characterized mesoporous materials, KIT-6 and N-KIT-6, have been extensively used in the potential application of controlled drug delivery, where ibuprofen (IBU) employed as a model drug. The rate of IBU adsorption and release was monitored by UV vis-spectrometer. On the basis of the experimental results of controlled drug delivery system, the results of IBU adsorption and releasing rate in N-KIT-6 are higher than those of KIT-6 because of the higher hydrophobic nature as well as rich basic sites on the surface of inner pore wall silica.

  16. Preparation of irregular mesoporous hydroxyapatite

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    Wang Hualin Zhai Linfeng; Li Yanhong; Shi Tiejun

    2008-06-03

    An irregular mesoporous hydroxyapatite (meso-HA), Ca{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}(OH){sub 2}, is successfully prepared from Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}.4H{sub 2}O and NH{sub 4}H{sub 2}PO{sub 4} using surfactant cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) as template. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) results reveal that the positive head of CTAB is assembled on the surface precipitated HA and much NH{sub 4}{sup +} is enclosed in precipitated HA before calcination. Field scanning electron microscope (FSEM) reveals that there exist many interconnected pores throughout the HA reticular skeleton. Nitrogen adsorption-desorption experiment exhibits a mesoporous material type IV curve, and pore size distribution calculated from the desorption branch of the isotherms based on Barrett-Joyner-Halenda (BJH) model shows that most pores throughout the HA reticular skeleton are sized at about 40 nm, but the pores are not uniform on the whole, owning to decomposition of the 'organic' CTAB templating structures and ammonium salt enclosed in the precipitated HA. The specific surface area of irregular meso-HA is calculated to be 37.6 m{sup 2}/g according to the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) equation. Moreover, after polylactic acid/meso-HA (PLA/meso-HA) composites degraded 12 weeks in normal saline at 37 deg. C, the interconnected pores throughout the HA skeleton were enlarged and sized in micron degree, which resemble trabecular bone structure very much.

  17. Adsorption of mycotoxins in beverages onto functionalized mesoporous silicas

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    Mycotoxins, natural toxins produced by fungi, are a global concern as contaminates of agricultural commodities. Exposure to these toxins can be reduced by the use of binding materials. Templated mesoporous silicas are promising materials with favorable adsorptive properties for dyes, ions, and toxin...

  18. Hierarchical Mesoporous Lithium-Rich Li[Li0.2Ni0.2Mn0.6]O2 Cathode Material Synthesized via Ice Templating for Lithium-Ion Battery.

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    Li, Yu; Wu, Chuan; Bai, Ying; Liu, Lu; Wang, Hui; Wu, Feng; Zhang, Na; Zou, Yufeng

    2016-07-27

    Tuning hierarchical micro/nanostructure of electrode materials is a sought-after means to reinforce their electrochemical performance in the energy storage field. Herein, we introduce a type of hierarchical mesoporous Li[Li0.2Ni0.2Mn0.6]O2 microsphere composed of nanoparticles synthesized via an ice templating combined coprecipitation strategy. It is a low-cost, eco-friendly, and easily operated method using ice as a template to control material with homogeneous morphology and rich porous channels. The as-prepared material exhibits remarkably enhanced electrochemical performances with higher capacity, more excellent cycling stability and more superior rate property, compared with the sample prepared by conventional coprecipitation method. It has satisfactory initial discharge capacities of 280.1 mAh g(-1) at 0.1 C, 207.1 mAh g(-1) at 2 C, and 152.4 mAh g(-1) at 5 C, as well as good cycle performance. The enhanced electrochemical performance can be ascribed to the stable hierarchical microsized structure and the improved lithium-ion diffusion kinetics from the highly porous structure. PMID:27359202

  19. Hierarchical Mesoporous Lithium-Rich Li[Li0.2Ni0.2Mn0.6]O2 Cathode Material Synthesized via Ice Templating for Lithium-Ion Battery.

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    Li, Yu; Wu, Chuan; Bai, Ying; Liu, Lu; Wang, Hui; Wu, Feng; Zhang, Na; Zou, Yufeng

    2016-07-27

    Tuning hierarchical micro/nanostructure of electrode materials is a sought-after means to reinforce their electrochemical performance in the energy storage field. Herein, we introduce a type of hierarchical mesoporous Li[Li0.2Ni0.2Mn0.6]O2 microsphere composed of nanoparticles synthesized via an ice templating combined coprecipitation strategy. It is a low-cost, eco-friendly, and easily operated method using ice as a template to control material with homogeneous morphology and rich porous channels. The as-prepared material exhibits remarkably enhanced electrochemical performances with higher capacity, more excellent cycling stability and more superior rate property, compared with the sample prepared by conventional coprecipitation method. It has satisfactory initial discharge capacities of 280.1 mAh g(-1) at 0.1 C, 207.1 mAh g(-1) at 2 C, and 152.4 mAh g(-1) at 5 C, as well as good cycle performance. The enhanced electrochemical performance can be ascribed to the stable hierarchical microsized structure and the improved lithium-ion diffusion kinetics from the highly porous structure.

  20. Carbon-decorated Li₄Ti₅O₁₂/rutile TiO₂ mesoporous microspheres with nanostructures as high-performance anode materials in lithium-ion batteries.

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    Gao, Lin; Liu, Rujun; Hu, Hao; Li, Guojian; Yu, Ying

    2014-05-01

    Li4Ti5O12/rutile TiO2 (LTO-RT) composites with Li/Ti molar ratios of 3:5, 4:5 and 4.5:5 have been successfully synthesized with TiO2 microspheres as a precursor. Furthermore, C-coated LTO-RT mesoporous microspheres with a molar ratio of 4:5 (C/4-5-LTO-RT) have been prepared based on the LTO-RT composite through a hydrothermal method and high temperature calcination. After various characterizations, it is found that carbon plays a pivotal role in retaining the porous nanostructure of the original as-prepared TiO2 precursor in the overall process. Substantially, C/4-5-LTO-RT still shows a high specific surface area of 63.70 m(2) g(-1) even after high temperature treatment at 800 °C. Since the porous nanostructure offers open and direct channels for the diffusion of Li ions and electrons and carbon decoration also efficiently improves the electrical conductivity, the sample of C/4-5-LTO-RT shows an enhanced electrochemical performance. In addition, the presence of nanosized rutile TiO2 in C/4-5-LTO-RT has an important contribution to the high electrochemical performance, as does the fast lithium ion diffusion along the [001] direction.

  1. Plutonium complexation by phosphonate-functionalized mesoporous silica

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    Parsons-Moss, T; Schwaiger, L K; Hubaud, A; Hu, Y J; Tuysuz, H; Yang, P; Balasubramanian, K; Nitsche, H

    2010-10-27

    MCM-41-type mesoporous silica functionalized with the CMPO-based 'Ac-Phos' silane has been reported in the literature (1) to show good capacity as an acftinide sorbent material, with potential applications in environmental sequestration, aqueous waste separation and/or vitrification, and chemical sensing of actinides in solution. The study explores the complexation of Pu(IV and VI) and other selected actinides and lanthanides by SBA-15 type mesoporous silica functionalized with Ac-Phos. The Pu binding kinetics and binding capacity were determined for both the Ac-Phos functionalized and unmodified SBA-15. They analyzed the binding geometry and redox behavior of Pu(VI) by X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). They discuss the synthesis and characterization of the functionalized mesoporous material, batch sorption experiments, and the detailed analyses of the actinide complexes that are formed. Structural measurements are paired with high-level quantum mechanical modeling to elucidate the binding mechanisms.

  2. Enhanced retention of aqueous transition metals in mesoporous silica

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    Nelson, J.; Bargar, J.; Brown, G. E.; Maher, K.

    2013-12-01

    Mesoporosity (2-50 nm diameter pores) is abundant within grain coatings and primary silicate minerals in natural environments. Mesopores often contribute significantly to total specific surface area and act as gateways for the transport of subsurface solutes, including nutrients and contaminants, between mineral surfaces and ambient fluids. However, the physiochemical mechanisms of sorption and transport within mesopores cannot be assumed to be the same as for macropores (>50 nm), because of confinement-induced changes in water properties, the structure of electrical double layers, solvation shells and dehydration rates of aquo ions, and the charge and reactive site densities of mineral surfaces. Despite the ubiquity of confined spaces in natural and industrial porous media, few studies have examined the molecular-scale mechanisms and geochemical reactions controlling meso-confinement phenomena in environmentally relevant materials. We conducted batch Zn sorption experiments using synthetic, controlled pore-size (i.e., 7.5-300 nm), metal-oxide beads as model geologic substrates. Comparison of Zn adsorbed onto macroporous and mesoporous silica beads indicates Zn adsorption capacity is increased in mesopores when normalized to surface area. In the presence of a background electrolyte (i.e., NaCl), Zn sorption capacity to macroporous silica is reduced; however, no significant difference in Zn sorption capacity on mesoporous silica was observed between the presence and absence of a background electrolyte. The effect of competing cations is indirect evidence that mesopores promote inner-sphere complexation and reduce outer-sphere complexation. EXAFS characterization of adsorbed zinc to macroporous silica matches that reported for low Zn coverages on silica (Roberts et al., JCIS, 2003), whereas a different spectrum is observed for the mesoporous case. Shell-by-shell fitting indicates that Zn is dominantly in octahedral coordination in macropores, as opposed to

  3. Mesoporous hexagonal Co3O4 for high performance lithium ion batteries

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    Su, Dawei; Xie, Xiuqiang; Munroe, Paul; Dou, Shixue; Wang, Guoxiu

    2014-01-01

    Mesoporous Co3O4 nanoplates were successfully prepared by the conversion of hexagonal β-Co(OH)2 nanoplates. TEM, HRTEM and N2 sorption analysis confirmed the facet crystal structure and inner mesoporous architecture. When applied as anode materials for lithium storage in lithium ion batteries, mesoporous Co3O4 nanocrystals delivered a high specific capacity. At 10 C current rate, as-prepared mesoporous Co3O4 nanoplates delivered a specific capacity of 1203 mAh/g at first cycle and after 200 cycles it can still maintain a satisfied value (330 mAh/g). From ex-situ TEM, SAED and FESEM observation, it was found that mesoporous Co3O4 nanoplates were reduced to Li2O and Co during the discharge process and re-oxidised without losing the mesoporous structure during charge process. Even after 100 cycles, mesoporous Co3O4 crystals still preserved their pristine hexagonal shape and mesoporous nanostructure. PMID:25283174

  4. Hydrothermal synthesis of mesoporous metal oxide arrays with enhanced properties for electrochemical energy storage

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    Xiao, Anguo Zhou, Shibiao; Zuo, Chenggang; Zhuan, Yongbing; Ding, Xiang

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • NiO mesoporous nanowall arrays are prepared via hydrothermal method. • Mesoporous nanowall arrays are favorable for fast ion/electron transfer. • NiO mesoporous nanowall arrays show good supercapacitor performance. - Abstract: Mesoporous nanowall NiO arrays are prepared by a facile hydrothermal synthesis method with a following annealing process. The NiO nanowall shows continuous mesopores ranging from 5 to 10 nm and grows vertically on the substrate forming a porous net-like structure with macropores of 20–300 nm. A plausible mechanism is proposed for the growth of mesoporous nanowall NiO arrays. As cathode material of pseudocapacitors, the as-prepared mesoporous nanowall NiO arrays show good pseudocapacitive performances with a high capacitance of 600 F g{sup −1} at 2 A g{sup −1} and impressive high-rate capability with a specific capacitance of 338 F g{sup −1} at 40 A g{sup −1}. In addition, the mesoporous nanowall NiO arrays possess good cycling stability. After 6000 cycles at 2 A g{sup −1}, a high capacitance of 660 F g{sup −1} is attained, and no obvious degradation is observed. The good electrochemical performance is attributed to its highly porous morphology, which provides large reaction surface and short ion diffusion paths, leading to enhanced electrochemical properties.

  5. Mesoporous silica nanoparticles in target drug delivery system: A review

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    Bharti, Charu; Nagaich, Upendra; Pal, Ashok Kumar; Gulati, Neha

    2015-01-01

    Due to lack of specification and solubility of drug molecules, patients have to take high doses of the drug to achieve the desired therapeutic effects for the treatment of diseases. To solve these problems, there are various drug carriers present in the pharmaceuticals, which can used to deliver therapeutic agents to the target site in the body. Mesoporous silica materials become known as a promising candidate that can overcome above problems and produce effects in a controllable and sustainable manner. In particular, mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) are widely used as a delivery reagent because silica possesses favorable chemical properties, thermal stability, and biocompatibility. The unique mesoporous structure of silica facilitates effective loading of drugs and their subsequent controlled release of the target site. The properties of mesoporous, including pore size, high drug loading, and porosity as well as the surface properties, can be altered depending on additives used to prepare MSNs. Active surface enables functionalization to changed surface properties and link therapeutic molecules. They are used as widely in the field of diagnosis, target drug delivery, bio-sensing, cellular uptake, etc., in the bio-medical field. This review aims to present the state of knowledge of silica containing mesoporous nanoparticles and specific application in various biomedical fields. PMID:26258053

  6. Alcohols solubilization in a nonionic fluorinated surfactant based system: effects on the characteristics of mesoporous silica.

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    Blin, J L; Du, N; Stébé, M J

    2012-05-01

    In this study, we have used hydrogenated alcohols with different chain lengths and one fluorinated alcohol as additives to determine their effect on the characteristics of mesoporous materials prepared from fluorinated micelles.

  7. Hydrophobic core/hydrophilic shell structured mesoporous silica nanospheres: enhanced adsorption of organic compounds from water.

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    Li, Shuru; Jiao, Xuan; Yang, Hengquan

    2013-01-29

    Inspired by the structure features of micelle, we attempt to synthesize a novel functionalized mesoporous silica nanosphere consisting of a hydrophobic core and a hydrophilic shell. The obtained solid materials were structurally confirmed by N(2) sorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Their compositions were characterized by Fourier transfer infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), solid state NMR, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and elemental analysis. Its fundamental properties such as dispersibility in water or organic phase, wettability, and adsorption ability toward hydrophobic organics in water were investigated. It was revealed that these important properties could be facilely adjusted through varying structure and composition. In particular, these materials showed much better adsorption ability toward hydrophobic organic molecules in water than conventional monofunctionalized mesoporous materials, owing to possessing the hydrophobic/hydrophilic domain-segregated and hierarchically functionalized mesoporous structures. The intriguing properties would make mesoporous materials more accessible to many important applications, especially in aqueous systems.

  8. Mesoporous graphitic carbon nanodisks fabricated via catalytic carbonization of coordination polymers.

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    Su, Panpan; Jiang, Liang; Zhao, Jiao; Yan, Jingwang; Li, Can; Yang, Qihua

    2012-09-11

    Mesoporous graphitic carbon nanodisks with hierarchical porous structure, facilely fabricated by catalytic carbonization of iron-based coordination polymer nanodisks, exhibit high capacitance even at high scan rates as electrode materials for electrochemical double layer capacitors.

  9. TEMPLATED SYNTHESIS OF MESOPOROUS TITANIUM PHOSPHATES FOR THE SEQUESTRATION OF RADIONUCLIDES

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    X. Shari Li; A.R. Courtney, W. Yantasee; S.V. Mattigod

    2005-10-11

    Several mesoporous titanium phosphate phases, with varying pore sizes, were prepared using non-ionic surfactants and easily handled titanium precursors under mild reaction conditions. Preliminary testing reveals that these materials have high affinity for certain radionuclides of environmental concern.

  10. Nanoindentation studies of nickel zinc ferrite embedded mesoporous silica template

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    Banerjee, S.; Hajra, P.; Mada, M. R.; Bandopadhyay, S.; Chakravorty, D.

    2013-02-01

    Nickel zinc ferrite (NZF) embedded mesoporous silica KIT-6 nanocomposite (NZFMS) was synthesized via impregnation method. The microstructure of the samples was characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Nanoindentation (NI) studies were carried out on both mesoporous silica (MS) and the nanocomposite NZFMS. It was found that the young's modulus (E) and hardness (H) of the NZFMS were higher than that of the MS. From creep measurement it was observed that the creep-strain rate was greater for NZFMS compared to MS. This arose due to diffusion of Fe3+ ions from nickel zinc ferrite to the silica glass. The results indicate that the NZFMS material shows superplastic behaviour at room temperature.

  11. Syntheses and applications of periodic mesoporous organosilica nanoparticles

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    Croissant, Jonas G.; Cattoën, Xavier; Wong Chi Man, Michel; Durand, Jean-Olivier; Khashab, Niveen M.

    2015-12-01

    Periodic Mesoporous Organosilica (PMO) nanomaterials are envisioned to be one of the most prolific subjects of research in the next decade. Similar to mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN), PMO nanoparticles (NPs) prepared from organo-bridged alkoxysilanes have tunable mesopores that could be utilized for many applications such as gas and molecule adsorption, catalysis, drug and gene delivery, electronics, and sensing; but unlike MSN, the diversity in chemical nature of the pore walls of such nanomaterials is theoretically unlimited. Thus, we expect that PMO NPs will attract considerable interest over the next decade. In this review, we will present a comprehensive overview of the synthetic strategies for the preparation of nanoscaled PMO materials, and then describe their applications in catalysis and nanomedicine. The remarkable assets of the PMO structure are also detailed, and insights are provided for the preparation of more complex PMO nanoplatforms.

  12. Syntheses and applications of periodic mesoporous organosilica nanoparticles.

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    Croissant, Jonas G; Cattoën, Xavier; Wong, Michel Chi Man; Durand, Jean-Olivier; Khashab, Niveen M

    2015-12-28

    Periodic Mesoporous Organosilica (PMO) nanomaterials are envisioned to be one of the most prolific subjects of research in the next decade. Similar to mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN), PMO nanoparticles (NPs) prepared from organo-bridged alkoxysilanes have tunable mesopores that could be utilized for many applications such as gas and molecule adsorption, catalysis, drug and gene delivery, electronics, and sensing; but unlike MSN, the diversity in chemical nature of the pore walls of such nanomaterials is theoretically unlimited. Thus, we expect that PMO NPs will attract considerable interest over the next decade. In this review, we will present a comprehensive overview of the synthetic strategies for the preparation of nanoscaled PMO materials, and then describe their applications in catalysis and nanomedicine. The remarkable assets of the PMO structure are also detailed, and insights are provided for the preparation of more complex PMO nanoplatforms. PMID:26585498

  13. Adsorption of vitamin E on mesoporous titania nanocrystals

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    Shih, C.J.; Lin, C.T.; Wu, S.M.

    2010-07-15

    Tri-block nonionic surfactant and titanium chloride were used as starting materials for the synthesis of mesoporous titania nanocrystallite powders. The main objective of the present study was to examine the synthesis of mesoporous titania nanocrystals and the adsorption of vitamin E on those nanocrystals using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy, and nitrogen adsorption and desorption isotherms. When the calcination temperature was increased to 300 {sup o}C, the reflection peaks in the XRD pattern indicated the presence of an anatase phase. The crystallinity of the nanocrystallites increased from 80% to 98.6% with increasing calcination temperature from 465 {sup o}C to 500 {sup o}C. The N{sub 2} adsorption data and XRD data taken after vitamin E adsorption revealed that the vitamin E molecules were adsorbed in the mesopores of the titania nanocrystals.

  14. High-pressure synthesis of mesoporous stishovite: potential applications in mineral physics

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    Stagno, Vincenzo; Mandal, Manik; Landskron, Kai; Fei, Yingwei

    2015-06-01

    Recently, we have described a successful synthesis route to obtain mesoporous quartz and its high-pressure polymorph coesite by nanocasting at high pressure using periodic mesostructured precursors, such as SBA-16 and FDU-12/carbon composite as starting materials. Periodic mesoporous high-pressure silica polymorphs are of particular interest as they combine transport properties and physical properties such as hardness that potentially enable the industrial use of these materials. In addition, synthesis of mesoporous crystalline silica phases can allow more detailed geology-related studies such as water/mineral interaction, dissolution/crystallization rate and the surface contribution to the associated thermodynamic stability (free energy and enthalpy) of the various polymorphs and their crossover. Here, we present results of synthesis of mesoporous stishovite from cubic large-pore periodic mesoporous silica LP-FDU-12/C composite as precursor with an fcc lattice. We describe the synthesis procedure using multi-anvil apparatus at 9 GPa (about 90,000 atm) and temperature of 500 °C. The synthetic mesoporous stishovite is, then, characterized by wide and small-angle X-ray diffraction, scanning/transmission electron microscopy and gas adsorption. Results show that this new material is characterized by accessible mesopores with wide pore size distribution, surface area of ~45 m2/g and volume of pores of ~0.15 cm3/g. Results from gas adsorption indicate that both porosity and permeability are retained at the high pressures of synthesis but with weak periodic order of the pores.

  15. Phosphonate-functionalized large pore 3-D cubic mesoporous (KIT-6) hybrid as highly efficient actinide extracting agent.

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    Lebed, Pablo J; de Souza, Kellen; Bilodeau, François; Larivière, Dominic; Kleitz, Freddy

    2011-11-01

    A new type of radionuclide extraction material is reported based on phosphonate functionalities covalently anchored on the mesopore surface of 3-D cubic mesoporous silica (KIT-6). The easily prepared nanoporous hybrid shows largely superior performance in selective sorption of uranium and thorium as compared to the U/TEVA commercial resin and 2-D hexagonal SBA-15 equivalent.

  16. Incorporation of anti-inflammatory agent into mesoporous silica

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    Rodrigues Braz, Wilson; Lamec Rocha, Natállia; de Faria, Emerson H.; Silva, Márcio L. A. e.; Ciuffi, Katia J.; Tavares, Denise C.; Furtado, Ricardo Andrade; Rocha, Lucas A.; Nassar, Eduardo J.

    2016-09-01

    The unique properties of macroporous, mesoporous, and microporous systems, including their ability to accommodate molecules of different sizes inside their pores and to act as drug delivery systems, have been the object of extensive studies. In this work, mesoporous silica with hexagonal structure was obtained by template synthesis via the sol-gel process. The resulting material was used as support to accommodate the anti-inflammatory agent indomethacin. The alkaline route was used to prepare the mesoporous silica; cetyltrimethylammonium bromide was employed as porogenic agent. The silica particles were functionalized with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane alkoxide (APTES) by the sol-gel post-synthesis method. Indomethacin was incorporated into the silica functionalized with APTES and into non-functionalized silica. The resulting systems were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), specific area, infrared spectroscopy, and thermal analyses (TGA). XRD attested to formation of mesoporous silica with hexagonal structure. This structure remained after silica functionalization with APTES and incorporation of indomethacin. Typical infrared spectroscopy vibrations and organic material decomposition during TGA confirmed silica functionalization and drug incorporation. The specific surface area and pore volume of the functionalized material incorporated with indomethacin decreased as compared with the specific surface area and pore volume of the non-functionalized silica containing no drug, suggesting both the functionalizing agent and the drug were present in the silica. Cytotoxicity tests conducted on normal fibroblasts (GM0479A) cells attested that the silica matrix containing indomethacin was less toxic than the free drug.

  17. Incorporation of anti-inflammatory agent into mesoporous silica

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    Rodrigues Braz, Wilson; Lamec Rocha, Natállia; de Faria, Emerson H.; Silva, Márcio L. A. e.; Ciuffi, Katia J.; Tavares, Denise C.; Furtado, Ricardo Andrade; Rocha, Lucas A.; Nassar, Eduardo J.

    2016-09-01

    The unique properties of macroporous, mesoporous, and microporous systems, including their ability to accommodate molecules of different sizes inside their pores and to act as drug delivery systems, have been the object of extensive studies. In this work, mesoporous silica with hexagonal structure was obtained by template synthesis via the sol–gel process. The resulting material was used as support to accommodate the anti-inflammatory agent indomethacin. The alkaline route was used to prepare the mesoporous silica; cetyltrimethylammonium bromide was employed as porogenic agent. The silica particles were functionalized with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane alkoxide (APTES) by the sol–gel post-synthesis method. Indomethacin was incorporated into the silica functionalized with APTES and into non-functionalized silica. The resulting systems were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), specific area, infrared spectroscopy, and thermal analyses (TGA). XRD attested to formation of mesoporous silica with hexagonal structure. This structure remained after silica functionalization with APTES and incorporation of indomethacin. Typical infrared spectroscopy vibrations and organic material decomposition during TGA confirmed silica functionalization and drug incorporation. The specific surface area and pore volume of the functionalized material incorporated with indomethacin decreased as compared with the specific surface area and pore volume of the non-functionalized silica containing no drug, suggesting both the functionalizing agent and the drug were present in the silica. Cytotoxicity tests conducted on normal fibroblasts (GM0479A) cells attested that the silica matrix containing indomethacin was less toxic than the free drug.

  18. "Bricks and mortar" self-assembly approach to graphitic mesoporous carbon nanocomposites

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    Fulvio, P. F.; Mayes, R.; Wang, X. Q.; Mahurin, S., M.; Bauer, J. C.; Presser, V.; McDonough, J.; Gogotsi, Y.; Dai, S.

    2011-04-20

    Mesoporous carbon materials do not have sufficient ordering at the atomic scale to exhibit good electronic conductivity. To date, mesoporous carbons having uniform mesopores and high surface areas have been prepared from partially-graphitizable precursors in the presence of templates. High temperature thermal treatments above 2000 °C, which are usually required to increase conductivity, result in a partial or total collapse of the mesoporous structures and reduced surface areas induced by growth of graphitic domains, limiting their applications in electric double layer capacitors and lithium-ion batteries. In this work, we successfully implemented a “brick-and-mortar” approach to obtain ordered graphitic mesoporous carbon nanocomposites with tunable mesopore sizes below 850 °C without using graphitization catalysts or high temperature thermal treatments. Phenolic resin-based mesoporous carbons act as mortar to highly conductive carbon blacks and carbon onions (bricks). The capacitance and resistivity of final materials can be tailored by changing the mortar to brick ratios.

  19. Mesoporous ZnS–NiS Nanocomposites for Nonenzymatic Electrochemical Glucose Sensors

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    Wei, Chengzhen; Cheng, Cheng; Zhao, Junhong; Wang, Zhangtao; Wu, Haipeng; Gu, Kaiyue; Du, Weimin; Pang, Huan

    2015-01-01

    Mesoporous ZnS–NiS composites are prepared via ion- exchange reactions using ZnS as the precursor. The prepared mesoporous ZnS–NiS composite materials have large surface areas (137.9 m2 g−1) compared with the ZnS precursor. More importantly, the application of these mesoporous ZnS–NiS composites as nonenzymatic glucose sensors was successfully explored. Electrochemical sensors based on mesoporous ZnS–NiS composites exhibit a high selectivity and a low detection limit (0.125 μm) toward the oxidation of glucose, which can mainly be attributed to the morphological characteristics of the mesoporous structure with high specific surface area and a rational composition of the two constituents. In addition, the mesoporous ZnS–NiS composites coated on the surface of electrodes can be used to modify the mass transport regime, and this alteration can, in favorable circumstances, facilitate the amperometric discrimination between species. These results suggest that such mesoporous ZnS–NiS composites are promising materials for nonenzymatic glucose sensors. PMID:25861568

  20. Phosphate adsorption on aluminum-impregnated mesoporous silicates: surface structure and behavior of adsorbents.

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    Shin, Eun Woo; Han, James S; Jang, Min; Min, Soo-Hong; Park, Jae Kwang; Rowell, Roger M

    2004-02-01

    Phosphorus from excess fertilizers and detergents ends up washing into lakes, creeks, and rivers. This overabundance of phosphorus causes excessive aquatic plant and algae growth and depletes the dissolved oxygen supply in the water. In this study, aluminum-impregnated mesoporous adsorbents were tested for their ability to remove phosphate from water. The surface structure of the materials was investigated with X-ray diffraction (XRD), a N2 adsorption-desorption technique, Fourier transform-infrared (FT-IR), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to understand the effect of surface properties on the adsorption behavior of phosphate. The mesoporous materials were loaded with Al components by reaction with surface silanol groups. In the adsorption test, the Al-impregnated mesoporous materials showed fast adsorption kinetics as well as high adsorption capacities, compared with activated alumina. The uniform mesopores of the Al-impregnated mesoporous materials caused the diffusion rate in the adsorption process to increase, which in turn caused the fast adsorption kinetics. High phosphate adsorption capacities of the Al-impregnated mesoporous materials were attributed to not only the increase of surface hydroxyl density on Al oxide due to well-dispersed impregnation of Al components but also the decrease in stoichiometry of surface hydroxyl ions to phosphate by the formation of monodentate surface complexes. PMID:14968882

  1. Bone tissue engineering using silica-based mesoporous nanobiomaterials:Recent progress.

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    Shadjou, Nasrin; Hasanzadeh, Mohammad

    2015-10-01

    Bone disorders are of significant concern due to increase in the median age of our population. It is in this context that tissue engineering has been emerging as a valid approach to the current therapies for bone regeneration/substitution. Tissue-engineered bone constructs have the potential to alleviate the demand arising from the shortage of suitable autograft and allograft materials for augmenting bone healing. Silica based mesostructured nanomaterials possessing pore sizes in the range 2-50 nm and surface reactive functionalities have elicited immense interest due to their exciting prospects in bone tissue engineering. In this review we describe application of silica-based mesoporous nanomaterials for bone tissue engineering. We summarize the preparation methods, the effect of mesopore templates and composition on the mesopore-structure characteristics, and different forms of these materials, including particles, fibers, spheres, scaffolds and composites. Also, the effect of structural and textural properties of mesoporous materials on development of new biomaterials for production of bone implants and bone cements was discussed. Also, application of different mesoporous materials on construction of manufacture 3-dimensional scaffolds for bone tissue engineering was discussed. It begins by giving the reader a brief background on tissue engineering, followed by a comprehensive description of all the relevant components of silica-based mesoporous biomaterials on bone tissue engineering, going from materials to scaffolds and from cells to tissue engineering strategies that will lead to "engineered" bone.

  2. Mesoporous MgO: Synthesis, physico-chemical, and catalytic properties

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    Maerle, A. A.; Kasyanov, I. A.; Moskovskaya, I. F.; Romanovsky, B. V.

    2016-06-01

    Mesoporous MgO was obtained via the hydrothermal synthesis using both ionogenic and non-ionogenic surfactants as structure-directing templates. The materials prepared were characterized by SEM, BET-N2, XRD, and TG-DTA techniques. MgO particles are spherical 20-μm aggregates of primary oxide particles well shaped as rectangular parallelepipeds. Magnesium oxide samples have the specific surface area of 290-400 m2/g and pore sizes of 3.3-4.1 nm. Their mesoporous structure remained unchanged after calcination up to 350°C. Catalytic activity of mesoporous MgO was studied in acetone condensation reaction.

  3. Synthesis and Catalytic Performance of Gold Intercalated in the Walls of Mesoporous Silica.

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    Ji, Yazhou; Caskey, Christopher; Richards, Ryan M

    2015-01-01

    As a promising catalytically active nano reactor, gold nanoparticles intercalated in mesoporous silica (GMS) were successfully synthesized and properties of the materials were investigated. We used a one pot sol-gel approach to intercalate gold nano particles in the walls of mesoporous silica. To start with the synthesis, P123 was used as template to form micelles. Then TESPTS was used as a surface modification agent to intercalate gold nano particles. Following this process, TEOS was added in as a silica source which underwent a polymerization process in acid environment. After hydrothermal processing and calcination, the final product was acquired. Several techniques were utilized to characterize the porosity, morphology and structure of the gold intercalated mesoporous silica. The results showed a stable structure of mesoporous silica after gold intercalation. Through the oxidation of benzyl alcohol as a benchmark reaction, the GMS materials showed high selectivity and recyclability.

  4. A cationic surfactant assisted selective etching strategy to hollow mesoporous silica spheres.

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    Fang, Xiaoliang; Chen, Cheng; Liu, Zhaohui; Liu, Pengxin; Zheng, Nanfeng

    2011-04-01

    Hollow mesoporous silica spheres have recently attracted increasing attention. However, effective synthesis of uniform hollow mesoporous spheres with controllable well-defined pore structures for fundamental research and practical applications has remained a significant challenge. In this work, a straightforward and effective "cationic surfactant assisted selective etching" synthetic strategy was developed for the preparation of high-quality hollow mesoporous silica spheres with either wormhole-like or oriented mesoporous shell. The as-prepared hollow mesoporous silica spheres have large surface area, high pore volume, and controllable structure parameters. Our experiments demonstrated that cationic surfactant plays critical roles in forming the hollow mesoporous structure. A formation mechanism involving the etching of solid SiO(2) accelerated by cationic surfactant followed by the redeposition of dissolved silica species directed by cationic surfactant is proposed. Furthermore, the strategy can be extended as a general strategy to transform silica-coated composite materials into yolk-shell structures with either wormhole-like or oriented mesoporous shell.

  5. Shape-Enhanced Photocatalytic Activities of Thoroughly Mesoporous ZnO Nanofibers.

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    Ren, Xiaolong; Hou, Huilin; Liu, Zhixiong; Gao, Fengmei; Zheng, Jinju; Wang, Lin; Li, Wenge; Ying, Pengzhan; Yang, Weiyou; Wu, Tom

    2016-08-01

    1D mesoporous materials have attracted extensive interest recently, owning to their fascinating properties and versatile applications. However, it remains as a grand challenge to develop a simple and efficient technique to produce oxide nanofibers with mesoporous architectures, controlled morphologies, large surface areas, and optimal performances. In this work, a facile foaming-assisted electrospinning strategy with foaming agent of tea saponin is used to produce thoroughly mesoporous ZnO nanofibers with high purity and controlled morphology. Interestingly, mesoporous fibers with elliptical cross-section exhibit the significantly enhanced photocatalytic activity for hydrogen production, as compared to the counterparts with circular and rectangular cross-sections, and they also perform better than the commercial ZnO nanopowders. The unexpected shape dependence of photocatalytic activities is attributed to the different stacking modes of the mesoporous fibers, and a geometrical model is developed to account for the shape dependence. This work represents an important step toward producing thoroughly mesoporous ZnO nanofibers with tailored morphologies, and the discovery that fibers with elliptical cross-section render the best performance provides a valuable guideline for improving the photocatalytic performance of such mesoporous nanomaterials. PMID:27337544

  6. Synthesis of morphology-controllable mesoporous Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} and CeO{sub 2}

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    Wang Yangang; Wang Yanqin; Ren Jiawen; Mi Yan; Zhang Fengyuan; Li Changlin; Liu Xiaohui; Guo Yun; Guo Yanglong; Lu Guanzhong

    2010-02-15

    Recently, extensive works have been devoted to the morphology control of mesoporous materials with respect to their use in various applications. In this paper, we used two kinds of mesoporous silica, SBA-15 rods and spheres as hard templates to synthesize morphology-controllable mesoporous metal oxides. By carefully controlling the loading of metal precursors in the mesopores of the hard template, mesoporous Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} and CeO{sub 2} with different morphologies, such as micrometer-sized rod, hollow sphere, saucer-like sphere, and solid sphere were conveniently obtained. The structural properties of these materials were characterized by XRD, BET, SEM and TEM. In addition, it is found that the differences observed in the textural properties of the two mesoporous metal oxides nanocasted from the same template can be attributed to the properties of metal precursors and the interaction between metal oxide and SiO{sub 2}. Thus-obtained mesoporous metal oxides with such special morphologies may have a potential application in the field of environmental catalytic oxidation. - Graphical Abstract: Mesoporous Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} and CeO{sub 2} with different morphologies, such as micrometer-sized rod, hollow sphere, saucer-like sphere, and solid sphere were synthesized by nanocasting.

  7. Microporous-mesoporous carbons for energy storage synthesized by activation of carbonaceous material by zinc chloride, potassium hydroxide or mixture of them

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    Härmas, M.; Thomberg, T.; Kurig, H.; Romann, T.; Jänes, A.; Lust, E.

    2016-09-01

    Various electrochemical methods have been applied to establish the electrochemical characteristics of the electrical double layer capacitor (EDLC) consisting of the 1 M triethylmethylammonium tetrafluoroborate solution in acetonitrile and activated carbon based electrodes. Activated microporous carbon materials used for the preparation of electrodes have been synthesized from the hydrothermal carbonization product (HTC) prepared via hydrothermal carbonization process of D-(+)-glucose solution in H2O, followed by activation with ZnCl2, KOH or their mixture. Highest porosity and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller specific surface area (SBET = 2150 m2 g-1), micropore surface area (Smicro = 2140 m2 g-1) and total pore volume (Vtot = 1.01 cm3 g-1) have been achieved for HTC activated using KOH with a mass ratio of 1:4 at 700 °C. The correlations between SBET, Smicro, Vtot and electrochemical characteristics have been studied to investigate the reasons for strong dependence of electrochemical characteristics on the synthesis conditions of carbon materials studied. Wide region of ideal polarizability (ΔV ≤ 3.0 V), very short characteristic relaxation time (0.66 s), and high specific series capacitance (134 F g-1) have been calculated for the mentioned activated carbon material, demonstrating that this system can be used for completing the EDLC with high energy- and power densities.

  8. Synthesis, characterization, and application of surface-functionalized ordered mesoporous nanoparticles

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    Chung, Po-Wen

    2009-01-01

    The dissertation begins with Chapter 1, which is a general introduction of the fundamental synthesis of mesoporous silica materials, the selective functionlization of mesoporous silica materials, and the synthesis of nanostructured porous materials via nanocasting. In Chapter 2, the thermo-responsive polymer coated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN) was synthesized via surface-initated polymerization and exhibited unique partition activities in a biphasic solution with the thermally induced change. In Chapter 3, the monodispersed spherical MSN with different mesoporous structure (MCM-48) was developed and employed as a template for the synthesis of mesoporous carbon nanoparticles (MCN) via nanocasting. MCN was demonstrated for the delivery of membrane impermeable chemical agents inside the cells. The cellular uptake efficiency and biocompabtibility of MCN with human cervical cancer cells were also investigated. In addition to the biocompabtibility of MCN, MCN was demonstrated to support Rh-Mn nanoparticles for catalytic reaction in Chapter 4. Owing to the unique mesoporosity, Rh-Mn nanoparticles can be well distributed inside the mesoporous structure and exhibited interesting catalytic performance on CO hydrogenation. In Chapter 5, the synthesis route of the aforementioned MCM-48 MSN was discussed and investigated in details and other metal oxide nanoparticles were also developed via nanocasting by using MCM-48 MSN as a template. At last, there is a general conclusion summarized in Chapter 6.

  9. Mesoporous-silica films, fibers, and powders by evaporation

    DOEpatents

    Bruinsma, Paul J.; Baskaran, Suresh; Bontha, Jagannadha R.; Liu, Jun

    1999-01-01

    This invention pertains to surfactant-templated nanometer-scale porosity of a silica precursor solution and forming a mesoporous material by first forming the silica precursor solution into a preform having a high surface area to volume ratio, then rapid drying or evaporating a solvent from the silica precursor solution. The mesoporous material may be in any geometric form, but is preferably in the form of a film, fiber, powder or combinations thereof. The rapid drying or evaporation of solvent from the solution is accomplished by layer thinning, for example spin casting, liquid drawing, and liquid spraying respectively. Production of a film is by layer thinning, wherein a layer of the silica precursor solution is formed on a surface followed by removal of an amount of the silica precursor solution and leaving a geometrically thinner layer of the silica precursor solution from which the solvent quickly escapes via evaporation. Layer thinning may be by any method including but not limited to squeegeeing and/or spin casting. In powder formation by spray drying, the same conditions of fast drying exists as in spin-casting (as well as in fiber spinning) because of the high surface-area to volume ratio of the product. When a powder is produced by liquid spraying, the particles or micro-bubbles within the powder are hollow spheres with walls composed of mesoporous silica. Mesoporous fiber formation starts with a similar silica precursor solution but with an added pre-polymer making a pituitous mixture that is drawn into a thin strand from which solvent is evaporated leaving the mesoporous fiber(s).

  10. Mesoporous-silica films, fibers, and powders by evaporation

    DOEpatents

    Bruinsma, Paul J.; Baskaran, Suresh; Bontha, Jagannadha R.; Liu, Jun

    2008-05-06

    This invention pertains to surfactant-templated nanometer-scale porosity of a silica precursor solution and forming a mesoporous material by first forming the silica precursor solution into a preform having a high surface area to volume ratio, then rapid drying or evaporating a solvent from the silica precursor solution. The mesoporous material may be in any geometric form, but is preferably in the form of a film, fiber, powder or combinations thereof. The rapid drying or evaporation of solvent from the solution is accomplished by layer thinning, for example spin casting, liquid drawing, and liquid spraying respectively. Production of a film is by layer thinning, wherein a layer of the silica precursor solution is formed on a surface followed by removal of an amount of the silica precursor solution and leaving a geometrically thinner layer of the silica precursor solution from which the solvent quickly escapes via evaporation. Layer thinning may be by any method including but not limited to squeegeeing and/or spin casting. In powder formation by spray drying, the same conditions of fast drying exists as in spin-casting (as well as in fiber spinning) because of the high surface-area to volume ratio of the product. When a powder is produced by liquid spraying, the particles or micro-bubbles within the powder are hollow spheres with walls composed of mesoporous silica. Mesoporous fiber formation starts with a similar silica precursor solution but with an added pre-polymer making a pituitous mixture that is drawn into a thin strand from which solvent is evaporated leaving the mesoporous fiber(s).

  11. Mesoporous-silica films, fibers, and powders by evaporation

    DOEpatents

    Bruinsma, P.J.; Baskaran, S.; Bontha, J.R.; Liu, J.

    1999-07-13

    This invention pertains to surfactant-templated nanometer-scale porosity of a silica precursor solution and forming a mesoporous material by first forming the silica precursor solution into a preform having a high surface area to volume ratio, then rapid drying or evaporating a solvent from the silica precursor solution. The mesoporous material may be in any geometric form, but is preferably in the form of a film, fiber, powder or combinations thereof. The rapid drying or evaporation of solvent from the solution is accomplished by layer thinning, for example spin casting, liquid drawing, and liquid spraying respectively. Production of a film is by layer thinning, wherein a layer of the silica precursor solution is formed on a surface followed by removal of an amount of the silica precursor solution and leaving a geometrically thinner layer of the silica precursor solution from which the solvent quickly escapes via evaporation. Layer thinning may be by any method including but not limited to squeegeeing and/or spin casting. In powder formation by spray drying, the same conditions of fast drying exists as in spin-casting (as well as in fiber spinning) because of the high surface-area to volume ratio of the product. When a powder is produced by liquid spraying, the particles or micro-bubbles within the powder are hollow spheres with walls composed of mesoporous silica. Mesoporous fiber formation starts with a similar silica precursor solution but with an added pre-polymer making a pituitous mixture that is drawn into a thin strand from which solvent is evaporated leaving the mesoporous fiber(s). 24 figs.

  12. Near-field radiative heat transfer in mesoporous alumina

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    Jing, Li; Yan-Hui, Feng; Xin-Xin, Zhang; Cong-Liang, Huang; Ge, Wang

    2015-01-01

    The thermal conductivity of mesoporous material has aroused the great interest of scholars due to its wide applications such as insulation, catalyst, etc. Mesoporous alumina substrate consists of uniformly distributed, unconnected cylindrical pores. Near-field radiative heat transfer cannot be ignored, when the diameters of the pores are less than the characteristic wavelength of thermal radiation. In this paper, near-field radiation across a cylindrical pore is simulated by employing the fluctuation dissipation theorem and Green function. Such factors as the diameter of the pore, and the temperature of the material are further analyzed. The research results show that the radiative heat transfer on a mesoscale is 2˜4 orders higher than on a macroscale. The heat flux and equivalent thermal conductivity of radiation across a cylindrical pore decrease exponentially with pore diameter increasing, while increase with temperature increasing. The calculated equivalent thermal conductivity of radiation is further developed to modify the thermal conductivity of the mesoporous alumina. The combined thermal conductivity of the mesoporous alumina is obtained by using porosity weighted dilute medium and compared with the measurement. The combined thermal conductivity of mesoporous silica decreases gradually with pore diameter increasing, while increases smoothly with temperature increasing, which is in good agreement with the experimental data. The larger the porosity, the more significant the near-field effect is, which cannot be ignored. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51422601), the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2012CB720404), and the National Key Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2013BAJ01B03).

  13. Enantioselective recognition at mesoporous chiral metal surfaces

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    Wattanakit, Chularat; Côme, Yémima Bon Saint; Lapeyre, Veronique; Bopp, Philippe A.; Heim, Matthias; Yadnum, Sudarat; Nokbin, Somkiat; Warakulwit, Chompunuch; Limtrakul, Jumras; Kuhn, Alexander

    2014-01-01

    Chirality is widespread in natural systems, and artificial reproduction of chiral recognition is a major scientific challenge, especially owing to various potential applications ranging from catalysis to sensing and separation science. In this context, molecular imprinting is a well-known approach for generating materials with enantioselective properties, and it has been successfully employed using polymers. However, it is particularly difficult to synthesize chiral metal matrices by this method. Here we report the fabrication of a chirally imprinted mesoporous metal, obtained by the electrochemical reduction of platinum salts in the presence of a liquid crystal phase and chiral template molecules. The porous platinum retains a chiral character after removal of the template molecules. A matrix obtained in this way exhibits a large active surface area due to its mesoporosity, and also shows a significant discrimination between two enantiomers, when they are probed using such materials as electrodes. PMID:24548992

  14. Morphological Control of Multifunctional Mesoporous Silica Nanomaterials for Catalysis Applications

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    Huh, Seong

    2004-12-19

    I found an efficient method to control the morphology of the organically monofunctionalized mesoporous silica materials by introducing different types of organoalkoxysilanes in a base-catalyzed co-condensation reaction. The monofunctionalized materials exhibit different particle morphologies relative to the pure MCM-41 material. The concentration dependence of the morphology is a critical factor to determine the final particle shape. A proposed mechanism of the shape evolution is also offered. After understanding the role of organoalkoxysilanes in producing various well-shaped nanomaterials, I also obtained a series of bifunctional mesoporous silica materials with certain particle morphology. A series of bifunctional mesoporous silica nanospheres (MSNs) whose physicochemical properties was investigated via solid state NMR techniques and Cu2+ adsorption capacity tests, The ratio of two different organic groups inside of mesopores of these MSNs could be fine-tuned. These MSNs serve as a useful model system to study substrate selectivity in catalytic reactions and sorption phenomena. For example, the Cu2+ adsorption capacity of these materials was dictated by the chemical nature of the mesopores generated by the different organic functional groups. An investigation of the substrate selectivity of the bifunctionalized MSNs in a competitive nitroaldol reaction using an equimolar amount of two competing 4-nitrobenzaldehyde derivatives was performed. Shape-controlled bifunctional MSNs were employed as the catalysts. The properties of the MSNs were investigated using various spectroscopic methods and electron microscopy. The more hydrophobic the surface organic groups are, the higher the ratio of hydrophobic final product. This is the first example to demonstrate the selection of substrate using physicochemical nature of the mesopore surface other than the conventional shape selection in zeolite systems. I also created a cooperative dual catalyst

  15. Biocompatibility, degradability, bioactivity and osteogenesis of mesoporous/macroporous scaffolds of mesoporous diopside/poly(l-lactide) composite

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    Liu, Zhulin; Ji, Jiajin; Tang, Songchao; Qian, Jun; Yan, Yonggang; Yu, Baoqing; Su, Jiacan; Wei, Jie

    2015-01-01

    Bioactive mesoporous diopside (m-DP) and poly(l-lactide) (PLLA) composite scaffolds with mesoporous/macroporous structure were prepared by the solution-casting and particulate-leaching method. The results demonstrated that the degradability and bioactivity of the mesoporous/macroporous scaffolds were significantly improved by incorporating m-DP into PLLA, and that the improvement was m-DP content-dependent. In addition, the scaffolds containing m-DP showed the ability to neutralize acidic degradation products and prevent the pH from dropping in the solution during the soaking period. Moreover, the scaffolds containing m-DP enhanced attachment, proliferation and alkaline phosphatase activity of MC3T3-E1 cells, which were also m-DP content-dependent. Furthermore, the histological and immunohistochemical analysis results showed that the scaffolds with m-DP significantly promoted new bone formation and improved the materials degraded in vivo, indicating good biocompatibility. The results suggested that the mesoporous/macroporous scaffolds of the m-DP/PLLA composite with osteogenesis had a potential for bone regeneration. PMID:26378120

  16. Ordered mesoporous carbons obtained by a simple soft template method as sulfur immobilizers for lithium-sulfur cells.

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    Moreno, Noelia; Caballero, Alvaro; Hernán, Lourdes; Morales, Julián; Canales-Vázquez, Jesús

    2014-08-28

    Carbon materials with ordered mesoporous structures were synthesized using soft template methods and then activated by CO2 treatment. Sulfur was incorporated in these carbons via a simple chemical deposition method in aqueous solutions and the resulting composites were tested as electrodes in Li-S cells. The electrochemical results showed that well-ordered mesoporous carbons perform better than those with a random mesopore arrangement (wormhole-like mesoporous structure). The mesopore ordering yields a framework of well-connected empty sites that results in an enhancement of both the charge carrier mobility and the reversibility of the electrochemical reaction. Although the activation with CO2 partially destroys the mesopore arrangement, which adversely affects the electrode performance, it notably increases the surface area and the micropore content which improves the connectivity between the mesopores. The final observation was an irrelevant effect of the activation process at low current densities. However, at higher rates the activated carbon composite delivered higher capacities. The hierarchical pore structure formed by micro- and mesopores should guarantee the required fast mobility of the Li(+).

  17. One-step synthesis of hydrophobic mesoporous silica and its application in nonylphenol adsorption

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    Zhao, Yanling; Song, Jinliang; Wu, Dong; Tang, Tao; Sun, Yuhan

    2015-11-01

    Highly CH3-functionalized mesoporous silica with nearly spherical morphology was synthesized under acidic conditions by co-condensation of two different silica precursors polymethylhydrosiloxane (PMHS) and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) in the presence of triblock copolymer P123 as template. XRD, N2 adsorption-desorption, HRTEM, SEM and 29Si MAS NMR were used to identify its highly-ordered mesopore array structure, nearly spherical particle morphology and CH3 functionalization of the as-synthesized material. The resulting hydrophobic mesoporous silica possessed regular mesochannel arrays, indicating that the introduction of PMHS had little impact on the formation of an ordered mesostructure. Also, PMHS played an important role in morphology control and organic functionalization, ensuring nearly spherical particle morphology and high CH3 functionalization degree of the obtained mesoporous silica material. As compared with pristine mesoporous silica SBA-15, the hydrophobic mesoporous silica showed the higher adsorption performance when they were used as adsorbents to remove organic pollutant nonylphenol at a very low concentration from aqueous solution.

  18. Hazardous dyes removal from aqueous solution over mesoporous aluminophosphate with textural porosity by adsorption.

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    Kannan, Chellapandian; Muthuraja, Kumarasamy; Devi, Murugan R

    2013-01-15

    Dye pollution in aquatic nature produce serious environmental effects. In this investigation, mesoporous aluminophosphate molecular sieve synthesized and applied for the removal of hazardous dyes Malachite green (MG) and Methylene blue (MB). In the synthesis of mesoporous aluminophosphate (AlPO(4)) molecular sieve, the structure-directing agent, long-chain alkylbenzene has been used as a template. The template used for the synthesis of mesoporous material is environmentally biodegradable. The mesoporous AlPO(4) was synthesized by the absence of an organic base, tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide (TMAOH) which is necessary to maintain the pH for the conventional AlPO(4) synthesis methods. The synthesized mesoporous AlPO(4) has high thermal stability up to 1173K and large porosity nature (40 nm). It was confirmed by the characterization techniques such as low-angle XRD, FT-IR, TGA and BET surface area analysis. The morphology of the material was explained by using SEM and TEM. The hazardous dyes MG and MB removal studied under the various conditions like contact time, dye concentration, temperature, pH and adsorbent dosage to examine the adsorption characteristics of the newly synthesized mesoporous AlPO(4) molecular sieves.

  19. Mesoporous composite nickel cobalt oxide/graphene oxide synthesized via a template-assistant co-precipitation route as electrode material for supercapacitors

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    Xu, Yanjie; Wang, Lincai; Cao, Peiqi; Cai, Chuanlin; Fu, Yanbao; Ma, Xiaohua

    2016-02-01

    A simple co-precipitation method utilizing SDS (sodium dodecyl sulfate) as template and ammonia as precipitant is successfully employed to synthesize nickel cobalt oxide/graphene oxide (NiCo2O4/GO) composite. The as-prepared composite (NCG-10) exhibits a high capacitance of 1211.25 F g-1, 687 F g-1 at the current density of 1 A g-1, 10 A g-1 and good cycling ability which renders NCG-10 as promising electrode material for supercapacitors. An asymmetric supercapacitor (ASC) (full button cell) has been constructed with NCG-10 as positive electrode and lab-made reduced graphene oxide (rGO) as negative electrode. The fabricated NCG-10//rGO with an extended stable operational voltage of 1.6 V can deliver a high specific capacitance of 144.45 F g-1 at a current density of 1 A g-1. The as-prepared NCG-10//rGO demonstrates remarkable energy density (51.36 W h kg-1 at 1 A g-1), high power density (50 kW kg-1 at 20 A g-1). The retention of capacitance is 88.6% at the current density of 8 A g-1 after 2000 cycles. The enhanced capacitive performance can be attributed to the improved specific surface area and 3D open area of NCG-10 generated by the pores and channels with the substantial function of SDS.

  20. Use of mesoporous MCM-41 aluminosilicates as catalysts in the production of fine chemicals: Preparation of dimethylacetals

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    Climent, M.J.; Corma, A.; Iborra, S.

    1996-07-01

    The authors prepared Dimethylacetals by reacting aldehydes with trimethyl orthoformate under catalytic conditions. MCM-41 mesoporous materials are found to be promising catalysts for their use in the production of fine chemicals. 13 refs., 6 figs., 4 tabs.

  1. Dealloying of mesoporous PtCu alloy film for the synthesis of mesoporous Pt films with high electrocatalytic activity.

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    Li, Cuiling; Malgras, Victor; Aldalbahi, Ali; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2015-02-01

    Mesoporous Pt film with highly electrocatalytic activity is successfully synthesized by dealloying of mesoporous PtCu alloy film prepared through electrochemical micelle assembly. The resulting mesoporous electrode exhibits high current density and superior stability toward the methanol oxidation reaction.

  2. Application of surfactant-templated ordered mesoporous material as sorbent in micro-solid phase extraction followed by liquid chromatography-triple quadrupole mass spectrometry for determination of perfluorinated carboxylic acids in aqueous media.

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    Lashgari, Maryam; Basheer, Chanbasha; Kee Lee, Hian

    2015-08-15

    In the present study, micro-solid phase extraction (µ-SPE) followed by liquid chromatography-triple tandem mass spectrometery (LC-MS/MS) was developed for the determination of perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs) at trace levels in water samples. The µ-SPE device comprised of a porous polypropylene membrane bag containing 5mg sorbent. The membrane bag acted as a clean-up filter and prevented matrix compounds from interfering with the extraction process. Analysis was carried out by LC-MS/MS in negative electrospray ionization mode. MS/MS parameters were optimized for multiple reaction monitoring. Calcined and non-calcined MCM-41, as silica-ordered mesoporous materials, were used as sorbents in µ-SPE for the extraction of five PFCAs-perfluoropentanoic acid (PFPA), perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), and perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA)-from aqueous media. The performances of these two sorbents were compared with other sorbents such as octadecylsilane (C18) modified silica, HayeSep-A, HayeSep-B, and Porapak-R. It was found that non-calcined MCM-41 showed better extraction performance for the analytes considered. Parameters influencing extraction efficiency, such as desorption time, extraction time, desorption solvent, and salt concentration, were investigated. The effect of the matrix on MS signals (suppression or enhancement) was also evaluated. Only minor effects on ionization efficiencies were observed. The developed method proved to be convenient and offered good sensitivity and reproducibility. The limits of detection ranged from 0.02 to 0.08ng L(-1), with a relative standard deviations between 1.9 and 10.5. It was successfully applied to the extraction of PFCAs in river and rain water samples. As expected from the ubiquitous nature of PFCAs, contamination at low levels was detected for some analytes in the samples (with the highest concentration recorded for PFOA). Satisfactory relative recoveries ranging

  3. Application of surfactant-templated ordered mesoporous material as sorbent in micro-solid phase extraction followed by liquid chromatography-triple quadrupole mass spectrometry for determination of perfluorinated carboxylic acids in aqueous media.

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    Lashgari, Maryam; Basheer, Chanbasha; Kee Lee, Hian

    2015-08-15

    In the present study, micro-solid phase extraction (µ-SPE) followed by liquid chromatography-triple tandem mass spectrometery (LC-MS/MS) was developed for the determination of perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs) at trace levels in water samples. The µ-SPE device comprised of a porous polypropylene membrane bag containing 5mg sorbent. The membrane bag acted as a clean-up filter and prevented matrix compounds from interfering with the extraction process. Analysis was carried out by LC-MS/MS in negative electrospray ionization mode. MS/MS parameters were optimized for multiple reaction monitoring. Calcined and non-calcined MCM-41, as silica-ordered mesoporous materials, were used as sorbents in µ-SPE for the extraction of five PFCAs-perfluoropentanoic acid (PFPA), perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), and perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA)-from aqueous media. The performances of these two sorbents were compared with other sorbents such as octadecylsilane (C18) modified silica, HayeSep-A, HayeSep-B, and Porapak-R. It was found that non-calcined MCM-41 showed better extraction performance for the analytes considered. Parameters influencing extraction efficiency, such as desorption time, extraction time, desorption solvent, and salt concentration, were investigated. The effect of the matrix on MS signals (suppression or enhancement) was also evaluated. Only minor effects on ionization efficiencies were observed. The developed method proved to be convenient and offered good sensitivity and reproducibility. The limits of detection ranged from 0.02 to 0.08ng L(-1), with a relative standard deviations between 1.9 and 10.5. It was successfully applied to the extraction of PFCAs in river and rain water samples. As expected from the ubiquitous nature of PFCAs, contamination at low levels was detected for some analytes in the samples (with the highest concentration recorded for PFOA). Satisfactory relative recoveries ranging

  4. Chemistry of Mesoporous Organosilica in Nanotechnology: Molecularly Organic-Inorganic Hybridization into Frameworks.

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    Chen, Yu; Shi, Jianlin

    2016-05-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid materials aiming to combine the individual advantages of organic and inorganic components while overcoming their intrinsic drawbacks have shown great potential for future applications in broad fields. In particular, the integration of functional organic fragments into the framework of mesoporous silica to fabricate mesoporous organosilica materials has attracted great attention in the scientific community for decades. The development of such mesoporous organosilica materials has shifted from bulk materials to nanosized mesoporous organosilica nanoparticles (designated as MONs, in comparison with traditional mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs)) and corresponding applications in nanoscience and nanotechnology. In this comprehensive review, the state-of-art progress of this important hybrid nanomaterial family is summarized, focusing on the structure/composition-performance relationship of MONs of well-defined morphology, nanostructure, and nanoparticulate dimension. The synthetic strategies and the corresponding mechanisms for the design and construction of MONs with varied morphologies, compositions, nanostructures, and functionalities are overviewed initially. Then, the following part specifically concentrates on their broad spectrum of applications in nanotechnology, mainly in nanomedicine, nanocatalysis, and nanofabrication. Finally, some critical issues, presenting challenges and the future development of MONs regarding the rational synthesis and applications in nanotechnology are summarized and discussed. It is highly expected that such a unique molecularly organic-inorganic nanohybrid family will find practical applications in nanotechnology, and promote the advances of this discipline regarding hybrid chemistry and materials.

  5. Mesoporous organohydrogels from thermogelling photocrosslinkable nanoemulsions

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    Helgeson, Matthew E.; Moran, Shannon E.; An, Harry Z.; Doyle, Patrick S.

    2012-04-01

    We report the formation of mesoporous organohydrogels from oil-in-water nanoemulsions containing an end-functionalized oligomeric gelator in the aqueous phase. The nanoemulsions exhibit an abrupt thermoreversible transition from a low-viscosity liquid to a fractal-like colloidal gel of droplets with mesoscale porosity and solid-like viscoelasticity with moduli approaching 100 kPa, possibly the highest reported for an emulsion-based system. We hypothesize that gelation is brought about by temperature-induced interdroplet bridging of the gelator, as shown by its dependence on the gelator chemistry. The use of photocrosslinkable gelators enables the freezing of the nanoemulsion’s microstructure into a soft hydrogel nanocomposite containing a large fraction of dispersed liquid hydrophobic compartments, and we show its use in the encapsulation and release of lipophilic biomolecules. The tunable structural, mechanical and optical properties of these organohydrogels make them a robust material platform suitable for a wide range of applications.

  6. Mesoporous and carbon hybrid structures from layered molecular precursors for Li-ion battery application: the case of β-In2S3.

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    Zhang, Ming-Jian; Tian, Lei-Lei; Li, Shuankui; Lin, Ling-Piao; Pan, Feng

    2016-04-01

    A new method was demonstrated to construct mesoporous and carbon hybrid structures of β-In2S3 from the thermal decomposition of layered molecular precursors. When applied to LIBs, they all exhibit good cycling stability and excellent rate performance due to the great uniformity of mesopores and pyrolysis carbon distributed in the materials. PMID:26957349

  7. Intercalation of aggregation-free and well-dispersed gold nanoparticles into the walls of mesoporous silica as a robust "green" catalyst for n-alkane oxidation.

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    Chen, Lifang; Hu, Juncheng; Richards, Ryan

    2009-01-28

    Aggregate-free and well-dispersed gold nanoparticles were intercalated into the walls of mesoporous silica forming a nanoreactor demonstrating high catalytic activity for "green" alkane oxidation. The material is robust and can be recycled. The method may be developed to intercalate other metal or alloy nanoparticles into the walls of mesoporous silica.

  8. Micelle-Template Synthesis of Nitrogen-Doped Mesoporous Graphene as an Efficient Metal-Free Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Production

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    Huang, Xiaodan; Zhao, Yufei; Ao, Zhimin; Wang, Guoxiu

    2014-01-01

    Synthesis of mesoporous graphene materials by soft-template methods remains a great challenge, owing to the poor self-assembly capability of precursors and the severe agglomeration of graphene nanosheets. Herein, a micelle-template strategy to prepare porous graphene materials with controllable mesopores, high specific surface areas and large pore volumes is reported. By fine-tuning the synthesis parameters, the pore sizes of mesoporous graphene can be rationally controlled. Nitrogen heteroatom doping is found to remarkably render electrocatalytic properties towards hydrogen evolution reactions as a highly efficient metal-free catalyst. The synthesis strategy and the demonstration of highly efficient catalytic effect provide benchmarks for preparing well-defined mesoporous graphene materials for energy production applications. PMID:25523276

  9. Effective Enrichment and Mass Spectrometry Analysis of Phosphopeptides Using Mesoporous Metal Oxide Nanomaterials

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    Nelson, Cory A.; Szczech, Jeannine R.; Dooley, Chad J.; Xu, Qingge; Lawrence, Matthew J.; Zhu, Haoyue; Jin, Song; Ge, Ying

    2010-01-01

    Mass spectrometry (MS)-based phosphoproteomics remains challenging due to the low abundance of phosphoproteins and substoichiometric phosphorylation. This demands better methods to effectively enrich phosphoproteins/peptides prior to MS analysis. We have previously communicated the first use of mesoporous zirconium oxide (ZrO2) nanomaterials for effective phosphopeptide enrichment. Here we present the full report including the synthesis, characterization, and application of mesoporous titanium dioxide (TiO2), ZrO2, and hafnium oxide (HfO2) in phosphopeptide enrichment and MS analysis. Mesoporous ZrO2 and HfO2 are demonstrated to be superior to TiO2 for phosphopeptide enrichment from a complex mixture with high specificity (>99%), which could almost be considered as “a purification”, mainly because of the extremely large active surface area of mesoporous nanomaterials. A single enrichment and Fourier transform MS analysis of phosphopeptides digested from a complex mixture containing 7% of α-casein identified 21 out of 22 phosphorylation sites for α-casein. Moreover, the mesoporous ZrO2 and HfO2 can be reused after a simple solution regeneration procedure with comparable enrichment performance to that of fresh materials. Mesoporous ZrO2 and HfO2 nanomaterials hold great promise for applications in MS-based phosphoproteomics. PMID:20704311

  10. Application of mesoporous silicon dioxide and silicate in oral amorphous drug delivery systems.

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    Qian, Ken K; Bogner, Robin H

    2012-02-01

    Aqueous solubility of an active pharmaceutical ingredient is an important consideration to ensure successful drug development. Mesoporous materials have been investigated as an amorphous drug delivery system owing to their nanosized capillaries and large surface areas. The complex interactions of crystalline compounds with mesoporous media and their implication in drug delivery are not well understood. Molecules interacting with porous media behave very differently than those in bulk phase. Their altered dynamics and thermodynamics play an important role in the properties and product performance of the amorphous system. In this review, application of mesoporous silicon dioxide and silicates in drug amorphization is the main focus. First, as background, the nature of gas-porous media interactions is summarized. The synthesis of various types of mesoporous silica, which are used by many investigators in this field, is described. Second, the behavior of molecules confined in mesopores is compared with those in bulk, crystalline phase. The molecular dynamics of compounds due to confinement, analyzed using various techniques, and their consequences in drug delivery are discussed. Finally, the preparation and performance of drug delivery systems using mesoporous silica are examined.

  11. Synthesis, characterization and magnetic performance of Co-incorporated ordered mesoporous carbons

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    Liu, Zhi; Song, Yan; Yang, Yuan; Mi, Junhua; Deng, Liping

    2012-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A facile one-pot aqueous self-assembly strategy for the synthesis Co-incorporated ordered mesoporous carbons (Co-OMCs). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Co-OMCs exhibit typical ferromagnetic characteristics. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Saturation magnetization strength can be easily adjusted by changing the content of cobalt. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Carbonization temperatures have significant effects on the structure and magnetic properties of Co-OMCs. -- Abstract: Co-incorporated ordered mesoporous carbon (Co-OMC) with magnetic frameworks has been synthesized via a one-pot self-assembly strategy. The effects of cobalt loading on carbon matrix, adsorption properties and magnetic properties of the resultant mesostructured cobalt/carbon composites were investigated by nitrogen sorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TG) and magnetometer measurements. The results show that the mesoporous composites with a high cobalt content (such as 18.0 wt%) possess an ordered and uniform mesoporous structure (5.3 nm), high surface areas (up to 687 m{sup 2}/g) and high pore volumes (up to 0.54 cm{sup 3}/g). Cobalt nanoparticles of size 4-9 nm are confined inside the mesopores or walls of the mesoporous carbon. These materials exhibit typical ferromagnetic characteristics. The saturation magnetization strength can be easily adjusted by changing the content of cobalt. The carbonization temperatures have significant effects on the structure and magnetic properties of Co-OMC also.

  12. Effective enrichment and mass spectrometry analysis of phosphopeptides using mesoporous metal oxide nanomaterials.

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    Nelson, Cory A; Szczech, Jeannine R; Dooley, Chad J; Xu, Qingge; Lawrence, Matthew J; Zhu, Haoyue; Jin, Song; Ge, Ying

    2010-09-01

    Mass spectrometry (MS)-based phosphoproteomics remains challenging due to the low abundance of phosphoproteins and substoichiometric phosphorylation. This demands better methods to effectively enrich phosphoproteins/peptides prior to MS analysis. We have previously communicated the first use of mesoporous zirconium dioxide (ZrO(2)) nanomaterials for effective phosphopeptide enrichment. Here, we present the full report including the synthesis, characterization, and application of mesoporous titanium dioxide (TiO(2)), ZrO(2), and hafnium dioxide (HfO(2)) in phosphopeptide enrichment and MS analysis. Mesoporous ZrO(2) and HfO(2) are demonstrated to be superior to TiO(2) for phosphopeptide enrichment from a complex mixture with high specificity (>99%), which could almost be considered as a "purification", mainly because of the extremely large active surface area of mesoporous nanomaterials. A single enrichment and Fourier transform MS analysis of phosphopeptides digested from a complex mixture containing 7% of alpha-casein identified 21 out of 22 phosphorylation sites for alpha-casein. Moreover, the mesoporous ZrO(2) and HfO(2) can be reused after a simple solution regeneration procedure with comparable enrichment performance to that of fresh materials. Mesoporous ZrO(2) and HfO(2) nanomaterials hold great promise for applications in MS-based phosphoproteomics.

  13. Carbon functionalized mesoporous silica-based gas sensors for indoor volatile organic compounds.

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    Liu, Yupu; Chen, Junchen; Li, Wei; Shen, Dengke; Zhao, Yujuan; Pal, Manas; Yu, Haijun; Tu, Bo; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2016-09-01

    Indoor organic gaseous pollution is a global health problem, which seriously threats the health and life of human all over the world. Hence, it is important to fabricate new sensing materials with high sensitivity and efficiency for indoor volatile organic compounds. In this study, a series of ordered mesoporous silica-based nanocomposites with uniform carbon coatings on the internal surface of silica mesopore channels were synthesized through a simple template-carbonization strategy. The obtained mesoporous silica-carbon nanocomposites not only possess ordered mesostructures, high surface areas (up to ∼759m(2)g(-1)), large and tunable pore sizes (2.6-10.2nm), but also have the improved hydrophobicity and anti-interference capability to environmental humidity. The sensing performances of the mesoporous silica-carbon nanocomposites to volatile organic compounds, such as ethylbenzene, methylbenzene, benzene, methanol, acetone, formaldehyde, dichloromethane and tetrahydrofuran, were systematically investigated. The relationships between the sensing performances and their properties, including mesostructures, surface areas, pore sizes, carbon contents and surface hydrophilic/hydrophobic interactions, have been achieved. The mesoporous silica-carbon nanocomposites with hexagonal mesostructure exhibit outstanding performance at room temperature to benzene and acetone with high responses, short response (2-3s) and recovery (16-19s) time, strong anti-interference to environmental humidity, and long-term stability (less than ∼5% loss of the frequency shifts after 42days). Therefore, the obtained mesoporous silica-carbon nanocomposites have a hopeful prospect in the field of environmental air quality monitoring.

  14. Interleaved mesoporous copper for the anode catalysis in direct ammonium borane fuel cells.

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    Auxilia, Francis M; Tanabe, Toyokazu; Ishihara, Shinsuke; Saravanan, Govindachetty; Ramesh, Gubbala V; Matsumoto, Futoshi; Ya, Xu; Ariga, Katsuhiko; Dakshanamoorthy, Arivuoli; Abe, Hideki

    2014-06-01

    Mesoporous materials with tailored microstructures are of increasing importance in practical applications particularly for energy generation and/or storage. Here we report a mesoporous copper material (MS-Cu) can be prepared in a hierarchical microstructure and exhibit high catalytic performance for the half-cell reaction of direct ammonium borane (NH3BH3) fuel cells (DABFs). Hierarchical copper oxide (CuO) nanoplates (CuO Npls) were first synthesized in a hydrothermal condition. CuO Npls were then reduced at room temperature using water solution of sodium borohydride (NaBH4) to yield the desired mesoporous copper material, MS-Cu, consisting of interleaved nanoplates with a high density of mesopores. The surface of MS-Cu comprised high-index facets, whereas a macroporous copper material (MC-Cu), which was prepared from CuO Npls at elevated temperatures in a hydrogen stream, was surrounded by low-index facets with a low density of active sites. MS-Cu exhibited a lower onset potential and improved durability for the electro-oxidation of NH3BH3 than MC-Cu or copper particles because of the catalytically active mesopores on the interleaved nanoplates.

  15. Interleaved mesoporous copper for the anode catalysis in direct ammonium borane fuel cells.

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    Auxilia, Francis M; Tanabe, Toyokazu; Ishihara, Shinsuke; Saravanan, Govindachetty; Ramesh, Gubbala V; Matsumoto, Futoshi; Ya, Xu; Ariga, Katsuhiko; Dakshanamoorthy, Arivuoli; Abe, Hideki

    2014-06-01

    Mesoporous materials with tailored microstructures are of increasing importance in practical applications particularly for energy generation and/or storage. Here we report a mesoporous copper material (MS-Cu) can be prepared in a hierarchical microstructure and exhibit high catalytic performance for the half-cell reaction of direct ammonium borane (NH3BH3) fuel cells (DABFs). Hierarchical copper oxide (CuO) nanoplates (CuO Npls) were first synthesized in a hydrothermal condition. CuO Npls were then reduced at room temperature using water solution of sodium borohydride (NaBH4) to yield the desired mesoporous copper material, MS-Cu, consisting of interleaved nanoplates with a high density of mesopores. The surface of MS-Cu comprised high-index facets, whereas a macroporous copper material (MC-Cu), which was prepared from CuO Npls at elevated temperatures in a hydrogen stream, was surrounded by low-index facets with a low density of active sites. MS-Cu exhibited a lower onset potential and improved durability for the electro-oxidation of NH3BH3 than MC-Cu or copper particles because of the catalytically active mesopores on the interleaved nanoplates. PMID:24738410

  16. Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles and Films for Cargo Delivery

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    Guardado Alvarez, Tania Maria

    Mesoporous silica materials are well known materials that can range from films to nanoparticles. Mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) and mesoporous silica films have been of increasing interest among the scientific community for its use in cargo delivery. Silica provides ease of functionalization, a robust support and biocompatibility. Several methods have been used in order to give the mesoporous silica nanomaterials different qualities that render them a useful material with different characteristics. Among these methods is surface modification by taking advantage of the OH groups on the surface. When a molecule attached to the surface can act as a molecular machine it transforms the nanomaterial to act as delivery system that can be activated upon command. The work covered in this thesis focuses on the development and synthesis of different mesoporous silica materials for the purpose of trapping and releasing cargo molecules. Chapter 2 focuses in the photoactivation of "snap-top" stoppers over the pore openings of mesoporous silica nanoparticles that releases intact cargo molecules from the pores. The on-command release can be stimulated by either one UV photon or two coherent near-IR photons. Two-photon activation is particularly desirable for use in biological systems because it enables good tissue penetration and precise spatial control. Chapter 3 focuses on the design and synthesis of a nano-container consisting of mesoporous silica nanoparticles with the pore openings covered by "snap-top" caps that are opened by near-IR light. A photo transducer molecule that is a reducing agent in an excited electronic state is covalently attached to the system. Near IR two-photon excitation causes intermolecular electron transfer that reduces a disulfide bond holding the cap in place, thus allowing the cargo molecules to escape. The operation of the "snap-top" release mechanism by both one- and two photon is described. This system presents a proof of concept of a near

  17. Using mesoporous carbon electrodes for brackish water desalination.

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    Zou, Linda; Li, Lixia; Song, Huaihe; Morris, Gayle

    2008-04-01

    Electrosorptive deionisation is an alternative process to remove salt ions from the brackish water. The porous carbon materials are used as electrodes. When charged in low voltage electric fields, they possess a highly charged surface that induces adsorption of salt ions on the surface. This process is reversible, so the adsorbed salt ions can be desorbed and the electrode can be reused. In the study, an ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) electrode was developed for electrosorptive desalination. The effects of pore arrangement pattern (ordered and random) and pore size distribution (mesopores and micropores) on the desalination performance was investigated by comparing OMC and activated carbon (AC). It were revealed from X-ray diffraction and N(2) sorption measurements that AC has both micropores and mesopores, whereas ordered mesopores are dominant in OMC. Their performance as potential electrodes to remove salt was evaluated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic charge/discharge tests at a range of electrolyte concentrations and sweep rates. It is deduced that under the same electrochemical condition the specific capacitance values of OMC electrode (i.e. 133 F/g obtained from CV at a sweep rate of 1 mV/s in 0.1M NaCl solution) are larger than those of AC electrode (107 F/g), suggesting that the former has a higher desalting capacity than the latter. Furthermore, the OMC electrode shows a better rate capacity than the AC electrode. In addition, the desalination capacities were quantified by the batch-mode experiment at low voltage of 1.2V in 25 ppm NaCl solution (50 micros/cm conductivity). It was found that the adsorbed ion amounts of OMC and AC electrodes were 11.6 and 4.3 micromol/g, respectively. The excellent electrosorptive desalination performance of OMC electrode might be not only due to the suitable pore size (average of 3.3 nm) for the propagation of the salt ions, but also due to the ordered mesoporous structure that facilitates desorption of the

  18. Using mesoporous carbon electrodes for brackish water desalination.

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    Zou, Linda; Li, Lixia; Song, Huaihe; Morris, Gayle

    2008-04-01

    Electrosorptive deionisation is an alternative process to remove salt ions from the brackish water. The porous carbon materials are used as electrodes. When charged in low voltage electric fields, they possess a highly charged surface that induces adsorption of salt ions on the surface. This process is reversible, so the adsorbed salt ions can be desorbed and the electrode can be reused. In the study, an ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) electrode was developed for electrosorptive desalination. The effects of pore arrangement pattern (ordered and random) and pore size distribution (mesopores and micropores) on the desalination performance was investigated by comparing OMC and activated carbon (AC). It were revealed from X-ray diffraction and N(2) sorption measurements that AC has both micropores and mesopores, whereas ordered mesopores are dominant in OMC. Their performance as potential electrodes to remove salt was evaluated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic charge/discharge tests at a range of electrolyte concentrations and sweep rates. It is deduced that under the same electrochemical condition the specific capacitance values of OMC electrode (i.e. 133 F/g obtained from CV at a sweep rate of 1 mV/s in 0.1M NaCl solution) are larger than those of AC electrode (107 F/g), suggesting that the former has a higher desalting capacity than the latter. Furthermore, the OMC electrode shows a better rate capacity than the AC electrode. In addition, the desalination capacities were quantified by the batch-mode experiment at low voltage of 1.2V in 25 ppm NaCl solution (50 micros/cm conductivity). It was found that the adsorbed ion amounts of OMC and AC electrodes were 11.6 and 4.3 micromol/g, respectively. The excellent electrosorptive desalination performance of OMC electrode might be not only due to the suitable pore size (average of 3.3 nm) for the propagation of the salt ions, but also due to the ordered mesoporous structure that facilitates desorption of the

  19. Molecular simulation of adsorption and transport in hierarchical porous materials.

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    Coasne, Benoit; Galarneau, Anne; Gerardin, Corine; Fajula, François; Villemot, François

    2013-06-25

    Adsorption and transport in hierarchical porous solids with micro- (~1 nm) and mesoporosities (>2 nm) are investigated by molecular simulation. Two models of hierarchical solids are considered: microporous materials in which mesopores are carved out (model A) and mesoporous materials in which microporous nanoparticles are inserted (model B). Adsorption isotherms for model A can be described as a linear combination of the adsorption isotherms for pure mesoporous and microporous solids. In contrast, adsorption in model B departs from adsorption in pure microporous and mesoporous solids; the inserted microporous particles act as defects, which help nucleate the liquid phase within the mesopore and shift capillary condensation toward lower pressures. As far as transport under a pressure gradient is concerned, the flux in hierarchical materials consisting of microporous solids in which mesopores are carved out obeys the Navier-Stokes equation so that Darcy's law is verified within the mesopore. Moreover, the flow in such materials is larger than in a single mesopore, due to the transfer between micropores and mesopores. This nonzero velocity at the mesopore surface implies that transport in such hierarchical materials involves slippage at the mesopore surface, although the adsorbate has a strong affinity for the surface. In contrast to model A, flux in model B is smaller than in a single mesopore, as the nanoparticles act as constrictions that hinder transport. By a subtle effect arising from fast transport in the mesopores, the presence of mesopores increases the number of molecules in the microporosity in hierarchical materials and, hence, decreases the flow in the micropores (due to mass conservation). As a result, we do not observe faster diffusion in the micropores of hierarchical materials upon flow but slower diffusion, which increases the contact time between the adsorbate and the surface of the microporosity.

  20. Synthesis, characterization and enhanced photoconductivity from a mesoporous titania on dye doping.

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    Pal, Nabanita; Paul, Manidipa; Bera, Ashoke; Basak, Durga; Bhaumik, Asim

    2010-07-26

    New wormhole-like mesoporous TiO(2) material has been synthesized through a convenient sol-gel method in the presence of a Schiff base secondary amine hexadecyl-2-pyrrole-methylamine (HPMA) containing chelating donor sites as template or structure directing agent (SDA). SDA molecules can be easily removed from the composite to generate mesoporosity and upon removal of the SDA molecule, this mesoporous TiO(2) material showed very high surface area (480+/-10 m(2)/g) with an average pore diameter of 2.57+/-0.05 nm. When Rose Bengal dye is entrapped inside the nanopores of this material, it showed a drastic enhancement (ca. 40-folds) in the photoconductivity vis-à-vis mesoporous TiO(2) alone under white light illumination.

  1. Chemoradiotherapeutic wrinkled mesoporous silica nanoparticles for use in cancer therapy

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    Munaweera, Imalka; Balkus, Kenneth J. Jr. E-mail: Anthony.DiPasqua@unthsc.edu; Koneru, Bhuvaneswari; Shi, Yi; Di Pasqua, Anthony J. E-mail: Anthony.DiPasqua@unthsc.edu

    2014-11-01

    Over the last decade, the development and application of nanotechnology in cancer detection, diagnosis, and therapy have been widely reported. Engineering of vehicles for the simultaneous delivery of chemo- and radiotherapeutics increases the effectiveness of the therapy and reduces the dosage of each individual drug required to produce an observable therapeutic response. We here developed a novel chemoradiotherapeutic 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine lipid coated/uncoated platinum drug loaded, holmium-containing, wrinkled mesoporous silica nanoparticle. The materials were characterized with TEM, FTIR, {sup 1}H NMR, energy dispersive x-ray, inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, and zeta potential measurements. In vitro platinum drug release from both lipid coated and uncoated chemoradiotherapeutic wrinkled mesoporous silica are reported. Various kinetic models were used to analyze the release kinetics. The radioactivity of the chemoradiotherapeutic nanocarriers was measured after neutron-activation.

  2. Chemoradiotherapeutic wrinkled mesoporous silica nanoparticles for use in cancer therapy

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    Munaweera, Imalka; Koneru, Bhuvaneswari; Shi, Yi; Di Pasqua, Anthony J.; Balkus, Kenneth J., Jr.

    2014-11-01

    Over the last decade, the development and application of nanotechnology in cancer detection, diagnosis, and therapy have been widely reported. Engineering of vehicles for the simultaneous delivery of chemo- and radiotherapeutics increases the effectiveness of the therapy and reduces the dosage of each individual drug required to produce an observable therapeutic response. We here developed a novel chemoradiotherapeutic 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine lipid coated/uncoated platinum drug loaded, holmium-containing, wrinkled mesoporous silica nanoparticle. The materials were characterized with TEM, FTIR, 1H NMR, energy dispersive x-ray, inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, and zeta potential measurements. In vitro platinum drug release from both lipid coated and uncoated chemoradiotherapeutic wrinkled mesoporous silica are reported. Various kinetic models were used to analyze the release kinetics. The radioactivity of the chemoradiotherapeutic nanocarriers was measured after neutron-activation.

  3. Chemical Insight into the Adsorption of Chromium(III) on Iron Oxide/Mesoporous Silica Nanocomposites.

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    Egodawatte, Shani; Datt, Ashish; Burns, Eric A; Larsen, Sarah C

    2015-07-14

    Magnetic iron oxide/mesoporous silica nanocomposites consisting of iron oxide nanoparticles embedded within mesoporous silica (MCM-41) and modified with aminopropyl functional groups were prepared for application to Cr(III) adsorption followed by magnetic recovery of the nanocomposite materials from aqueous solution. The composite materials were extensively characterized using physicochemical techniques, such as powder X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric and elemental analysis, nitrogen adsorption, and zeta potential measurements. For aqueous Cr(III) at pH 5.4, the iron oxide/mesoporous silica nanocomposite exhibited a superior equilibrium adsorption capacity of 0.71 mmol/g, relative to 0.17 mmol/g for unmodified mesoporous silica. The aminopropyl-functionalized iron oxide/mesoporous silica nanocomposites displayed an equilibrium adsorption capacity of 2.08 mmol/g, the highest adsorption capacity for Cr(III) of all the materials evaluated in this study. Energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) experiments provided insight into the chemical nature of the adsorbed chromium species.

  4. Chemistry of alkali cation exchanged faujasite and mesoporous NaX using alkyl halides and phosphates

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    Lee, Min-Hong

    The purpose of this work was to increase the reactivity of Faujasite X (NaX) zeolite toward the reactive decontamination of materials subject to nucleophilic attack by means of zeolite cation optimization and by means of the synthesis of mesoporous Faujasite X. Primary alkyl halides and trialkyl phosphates have been the test materials on which the cation-optimized and mesoporous zeolites have been tested. In the alkali cation optimization work, reactions of methyl iodide and 1-chloropropane with alkali metal cation exchanged Faujasite zeolite X were investigated at room temperature. The reactivity of the framework and the product formation were shown to depend on zeolite framework counter-cation. A quantitative study of zeolite product formation has been carried out, primarily using solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Large alkali cations showed preference toward substitution chemistry. In contrast, alkyl halide exposed LiX and NaX zeolites underwent both substitution and elimination. Subsequently introduced water molecules led to hydrolysis of framework species that was sensitive to framework counter-cation. The mesoporous NaX zeolites work undertakes to test whether an improvement in surface chemical reactivity can be achieved by introducing mesopores into the already reactive nucleophilic microporous NaX zeolite. Incorporation of the polydiallyl dimethyl ammonium chloride (PDADMAC) template and the formation of mesopores in Faujasite X zeolite (NaX) were successful and well-characterized. The mesopores are proposed to have occurred from incorporation of the cationic PDADMAC polymer into the zeolite by compensating zeolite framework charge. Subsequent sodium cation exchange of calcined mesoporous NaX was shown to restore the chemical reactivity characteristic of as-synthesized NaX. Trialkyl organophosphorous compounds underwent substitution reactions. The reactivity of both microporous and mesoporous Faujasite zeolite X and the product formation was shown to depend on

  5. Modulation of microporous/mesoporous structures in self-templated cobalt-silica

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    Martens, Dana L.; Wang, David K.; Motuzas, Julius; Smart, Simon; da Costa, João C. Diniz

    2015-01-01

    Finite control of pore size distributions is a highly desired attribute when producing porous materials. While many methodologies strive to produce such materials through one-pot strategies, oftentimes the pore structure requires post-treatment modification. In this study, modulation of pore size in cobalt-silica systems was investigated by a novel, non-destructive, self-templated method. These systems were produced from two cobalt-containing silica starting materials which differed by extent of condensation. These starting materials, sol (SG') and xerogel (XG'), were mixed with pure silica sol to produce materials containing 5-40 mol% Co. The resultant SG-series materials exhibited typical attributes for cobalt-silica systems: mesoporous characteristics developed at high cobalt concentrations, coinciding with Co3O4 formation; whereas, in the XG-series materials, these mesoporous characteristics were extensively suppressed. Based on an examination of the resultant materials a mechanism describing the pore size formation and modulation of the two systems was proposed. Pore size modulation in the XG-series was caused, in part, by the cobalt source acting as an autogenous template for the condensation of the silica network. These domains could be modified when wetted, allowing for the infiltration and subsequent condensation of silica oligomers into the pre-formed, mesoporous cages, leading to a reduction in the mesoporous content of the final product.

  6. Mesoporous carbonates and method of making

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    Fryxell, Glen; Liu, Jun; Zemanian, Thomas S.

    2004-06-15

    Mesoporous metal carbonate structures are formed by providing a solution containing a non-ionic surfactant and a calcium acetate salt, adding sufficient base to react with the acidic byproducts to be formed by the addition of carbon dioxide, and adding carbon dioxide, thereby forming a mesoporous metal carbonate structure containing the metal from said metal salt.

  7. Ultrastable Mesoporous Aluminosilicates by Grafting Routes.

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    Mokaya

    1999-10-01

    A combination of postsynthesis grafting and hydrothermal treatment offers an excellent route for the synthesis of ultrastable mesoporous aluminosilicates with enhanced acidity and catalytic activity. The stability observed (>150 h in boiling water; 4 h at 1000 degrees C) is, for mesoporous silicates, remarkable. Unusually the hydrothermal treatment is beneficial with respect to the use of the stable aluminosilicates as solid acid catalysts.

  8. Radially oriented mesoporous TiO2 microspheres with single-crystal-like anatase walls for high-efficiency optoelectronic devices.

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    Liu, Yong; Che, Renchao; Chen, Gang; Fan, Jianwei; Sun, Zhenkun; Wu, Zhangxiong; Wang, Minghong; Li, Bin; Wei, Jing; Wei, Yong; Wang, Geng; Guan, Guozhen; Elzatahry, Ahmed A; Bagabas, Abdulaziz A; Al-Enizi, Abdullah M; Deng, Yonghui; Peng, Huisheng; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2015-05-01

    Highly crystalline mesoporous materials with oriented configurations are in demand for high-performance energy conversion devices. We report a simple evaporation-driven oriented assembly method to synthesize three-dimensional open mesoporous TiO2 microspheres with a diameter of ~800 nm, well-controlled radially oriented hexagonal mesochannels, and crystalline anatase walls. The mesoporous TiO2 spheres have a large accessible surface area (112 m(2)/g), a large pore volume (0.164 cm(3)/g), and highly single-crystal-like anatase walls with dominant (101) exposed facets, making them ideal for conducting mesoscopic photoanode films. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on the mesoporous TiO2 microspheres and commercial dye N719 have a photoelectric conversion efficiency of up to 12.1%. This evaporation-driven approach can create opportunities for tailoring the orientation of inorganic building blocks in the assembly of various mesoporous materials.

  9. Radially oriented mesoporous TiO2 microspheres with single-crystal-like anatase walls for high-efficiency optoelectronic devices.

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    Liu, Yong; Che, Renchao; Chen, Gang; Fan, Jianwei; Sun, Zhenkun; Wu, Zhangxiong; Wang, Minghong; Li, Bin; Wei, Jing; Wei, Yong; Wang, Geng; Guan, Guozhen; Elzatahry, Ahmed A; Bagabas, Abdulaziz A; Al-Enizi, Abdullah M; Deng, Yonghui; Peng, Huisheng; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2015-05-01

    Highly crystalline mesoporous materials with oriented configurations are in demand for high-performance energy conversion devices. We report a simple evaporation-driven oriented assembly method to synthesize three-dimensional open mesoporous TiO2 microspheres with a diameter of ~800 nm, well-controlled radially oriented hexagonal mesochannels, and crystalline anatase walls. The mesoporous TiO2 spheres have a large accessible surface area (112 m(2)/g), a large pore volume (0.164 cm(3)/g), and highly single-crystal-like anatase walls with dominant (101) exposed facets, making them ideal for conducting mesoscopic photoanode films. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on the mesoporous TiO2 microspheres and commercial dye N719 have a photoelectric conversion efficiency of up to 12.1%. This evaporation-driven approach can create opportunities for tailoring the orientation of inorganic building blocks in the assembly of various mesoporous materials. PMID:26601185

  10. Radially oriented mesoporous TiO2 microspheres with single-crystal–like anatase walls for high-efficiency optoelectronic devices

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    Liu, Yong; Che, Renchao; Chen, Gang; Fan, Jianwei; Sun, Zhenkun; Wu, Zhangxiong; Wang, Minghong; Li, Bin; Wei, Jing; Wei, Yong; Wang, Geng; Guan, Guozhen; Elzatahry, Ahmed A.; Bagabas, Abdulaziz A.; Al-Enizi, Abdullah M.; Deng, Yonghui; Peng, Huisheng; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2015-01-01

    Highly crystalline mesoporous materials with oriented configurations are in demand for high-performance energy conversion devices. We report a simple evaporation-driven oriented assembly method to synthesize three-dimensional open mesoporous TiO2 microspheres with a diameter of ~800 nm, well-controlled radially oriented hexagonal mesochannels, and crystalline anatase walls. The mesoporous TiO2 spheres have a large accessible surface area (112 m2/g), a large pore volume (0.164 cm3/g), and highly single-crystal–like anatase walls with dominant (101) exposed facets, making them ideal for conducting mesoscopic photoanode films. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on the mesoporous TiO2 microspheres and commercial dye N719 have a photoelectric conversion efficiency of up to 12.1%. This evaporation-driven approach can create opportunities for tailoring the orientation of inorganic building blocks in the assembly of various mesoporous materials. PMID:26601185

  11. Low-Temperature Fluorination of Soft-Templated Mesoporous Carbons for a High-Power Lithium/Carbon Fluoride Battery

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    Fulvio, Pasquale F; Dai, Sheng; Guo, Bingkun; Mahurin, Shannon Mark; Mayes, Richard T; Sun, Xiao-Guang; Veith, Gabriel M; Brown, Suree; Adcock, Jamie

    2011-01-01

    Soft-templated mesoporous carbons and activated mesoporous carbons were fluorinated using elemental fluorine between room temperature and 235 C. The mesoporous carbons were prepared via self-assembly synthesis of phloroglucinol formaldehyde as a carbon precursor in the presence of triblock ethylene oxide propylene oxide ethylene oxide copolymer BASF Pluronic F127 as the template. The F/C ratios ranged from 0.15 to 0.75 according to gravimetric, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis. Materials have mesopore diameters up to 11 nm and specific surface areas as high as 850 m2 g 1 after fluorination as calculated from nitrogen adsorption isotherms at 196 C. Furthermore, the materials exhibit higher discharge potentials and energy and power densities as well as faster reaction kinetics under high current densities than commercial carbon fluorides with similar fluorine contents when tested as cathodes for Li/CFx batteries.

  12. Hydrolysis of Cellulose by a Mesoporous Carbon-Fe₂(SO₄)₃/γ-Fe₂O₃ Nanoparticle-Based Solid Acid Catalyst.

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    Yamaguchi, Daizo; Watanabe, Koki; Fukumi, Shinya

    2016-01-01

    Carbon-based solid acid catalysts have shown significant potential in a wide range of applications, and they have been successfully synthesized using simple processes. Magnetically separable mesoporous carbon composites also have enormous potential, especially in separation and adsorption technology. However, existing techniques have been unable to produce a magnetically separable mesoporous solid acid catalyst because no suitable precursors have been identified. Herein we describe a magnetically separable, mesoporous solid acid catalyst synthesized from a newly developed mesoporous carbon-γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticle composite. This material exhibits an equivalent acid density and catalytic activity in the hydrolysis of microcrystalline cellulose, to that of the cellulose-derived conventional catalyst. Since it is magnetically separable, this material can be readily recovered and reused, potentially reducing the environmental impact of industrial processes to which it is applied. PMID:26856604

  13. Removal of mercury from aqueous solution using mesoporous silica nanoparticles modified with polyamide receptor.

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    He, Chunsheng; Ren, Long; Zhu, Weiping; Xu, Yufang; Qian, Xuhong

    2015-11-15

    Based on the principle of supramolecular recognition and fluorescent chemical sensors, a novel kind of material for the separation of toxic heavy metal ions was designed and synthesized. Mesoporous silica nanoparticles MCM-41 with high surface areas and large ordered pores were used as the supporting matrix. Poly-amide derivative, was grafted to the mesoporous silica nanoparticles for extracting and separating trace Hg(2+) from aqueous solution, with a short adsorption time (t=3min) and a wide range of pH application (pH 3-11). The separation material could also extract trace mercury from Traditional Chinese Medicine, and has no influence on their effective components. PMID:26232282

  14. Ionic liquid-templated preparation of mesoporous silica embedded with nanocrystalline sulfated zirconia

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    Ward, Antony J.; Pujari, Ajit A.; Costanzo, Lorenzo; Masters, Anthony F.; Maschmeyer, Thomas

    2011-12-01

    A series of mesoporous silicas impregnated with nanocrystalline sulphated zirconia was prepared by a sol-gel process using an ionic liquid-templated route. The physicochemical properties of the mesoporous sulphated zirconia materials were studied using characterisation techniques such as inductively coupled optical emission spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis, elemental analysis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Analysis of the new silicas indicates isomorphous substitution of silicon with zirconium and reveals the presence of extremely small (< 10 nm) polydispersed zirconia nanoparticles in the materials with zirconium loadings from 27.77 to 41.4 wt.%.

  15. Ionic liquid-templated preparation of mesoporous silica embedded with nanocrystalline sulfated zirconia

    PubMed Central

    2011-01-01

    A series of mesoporous silicas impregnated with nanocrystalline sulphated zirconia was prepared by a sol-gel process using an ionic liquid-templated route. The physicochemical properties of the mesoporous sulphated zirconia materials were studied using characterisation techniques such as inductively coupled optical emission spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis, elemental analysis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Analysis of the new silicas indicates isomorphous substitution of silicon with zirconium and reveals the presence of extremely small (< 10 nm) polydispersed zirconia nanoparticles in the materials with zirconium loadings from 27.77 to 41.4 wt.%. PMID:21711725

  16. A Facile Synthesis of Mesoporous Sulfonated Carbon and Its Structural Properties.

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    Prabhu, Azhagapillai; Al Shoaibi, Ahmed; Srinivasakannan, C

    2016-01-01

    Mesoporous sulfonated carbons (SC) have been synthesized using tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) as a silica source and sucrose as carbon source. The synthesized SC samples were carbonized in N₂flow at various high temperatures and then passing high purity air at room temperature. In this study, we extended the idea to deposit more oxygen functional groups into the surface of SC being high micropores for the favorable adsorption applications. The resulting materials were characterized by using XRD, BET surface area, TPD, TEM, TGA and FTIR techniques. Mesoporous SC materials with controllable pore diameters are expected to be significant to future research concerning the improvement of catalysis, supercapacitors, fuel cells and adsorption. PMID:27398587

  17. Anatase mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers with high surface area for solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Zhang, Wei; Zhu, Rui; Ke, Lin; Liu, Xizhe; Liu, Bin; Ramakrishna, Seeram

    2010-10-01

    Mesoporous nanofibers (NFs) with a high surface area of 112 m(2)/g have been prepared by electrospinning technique. The structures of mesoporous NFs and regular NFs are characterized and compared through scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) studies. Using mesoporous TiO(2) NFs as the photoelectrode, solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (SDSCs) have been fabricated employing D131 as the sensitizer and P3HT as the hole transporting material to yield an energy conversion efficiency (η) of 1.82%. A J(sc) of 3.979 mA cm(-2) is obtained for mesoporous NF-based devices, which is 3-fold higher than that (0.973 mA cm(-2)) for regular NF-based devices fabricated under the same condition (η = 0.42%). Incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) and dye-desorption test demonstrate that the increase in J(sc) is mainly due to greatly improved dye adsorption for mesoporous NFs as compared to that for regular NFs. In addition, intensity modulated photocurrent spectroscopy (IMPS) and intensity modulated photovoltage spectroscopy (IMVS) measurements indicate that the mesopores on NF surface have very minor effects on charge transport and collection. Initial aging test proves good stability of the fabricated devices, which indicates the promise of mesoporous NFs as photoelectrode for low-cost SDSCs.

  18. Chemical preparation of ferroelectric mesoporous barium titanate thin films: drastic enhancement of Curie temperature induced by mesopore-derived strain.

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    Suzuki, Norihiro; Jiang, Xiangfen; Salunkhe, Rahul R; Osada, Minoru; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2014-09-01

    Mesoporous barium titanate (BT) thin films are synthesized by a surfactant-assisted sol-gel method. The obtained mesoporous BT thin films show enhanced ferroelectricity due to the effective strains induced by mesopores. The Curie temperature (T(c)) of the mesoporous BT reaches approximately 470 °C.

  19. Biological Applications and Transmission Electron Microscopy Investigations of Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles

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    Trewyn, Brian G.

    2006-01-01

    The research presented and discussed within involves the development of novel biological applications of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN) and an investigation of mesoporous material by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Mesoporous silica nanoparticles organically functionalized shown to undergo endocytosis in cancer cells and drug release from the pores was controlled intracellularly and intercellularly. Transmission electron microscopy investigations demonstrated the variety of morphologies produced in this field of mesoporous silica nanomaterial synthesis. A series of room-temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) containing mesoporous silica nanoparticle (MSN) materials with various particle morphologies, including spheres, ellipsoids, rods, and tubes, were synthesized. By changing the RTIL template, the pore morphology was tuned from the MCM-41 type of hexagonal mesopores to rotational moire type of helical channels, and to wormhole-like porous structures. These materials were used as controlled release delivery nanodevices to deliver antibacterial ionic liquids against Escherichia coli K12. The involvement of a specific organosiloxane function group, covalently attached to the exterior of fluorescein doped mesoporous silica nanoparticles (FITC-MSN), on the degree and kinetics of endocytosis in cancer and plant cells was investigated. The kinetics of endocystosis of TEG coated FITC-MSN is significantly quicker than FITC-MSN as determined by flow cytometry experiments. The fluorescence confocal microscopy investigation showed the endocytosis of TEG coated-FITC MSN triethylene glycol grafted fluorescein doped MSN (TEG coated-FITC MSN) into both KeLa cells and Tobacco root protoplasts. Once the synthesis of a controlled-release delivery system based on MCM-41-type mesoporous silica nanorods capped by disulfide bonds with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles was completed. The material was characterized by general methods and the dosage and kinetics of the

  20. Imprint-coating synthesis of selective functionalized ordered mesoporous sorbents for separation and sensors

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    Dai, Sheng; Burleigh, Mark C.; Shin, Yongsoon

    2001-01-01

    The present invention relates generally to mesoporous sorbent materials having high capacity, high selectivity, fast kinetics, and molecular recognition capability. The invention also relates to a process for preparing these mesoporous substrates through molecular imprinting techniques which differ from convention techniques in that a template molecule is bound to one end of bifunctional ligands to form a complex prior to binding of the bifunctional ligands to the substrate. The present invention also relates to methods of using the mesoporous sorbent materials, for example, in the separation of toxic metals from process effluents, paints, and other samples; detection of target molecules, such as amino acids, drugs, herbicides, fertilizers, and TNT, in samples; separation and/or detection of substances using chromatography; imaging agents; sensors; coatings; and composites.

  1. Block copolymer self-assembly-directed synthesis of mesoporous gyroidal superconductors.

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    Robbins, Spencer W; Beaucage, Peter A; Sai, Hiroaki; Tan, Kwan Wee; Werner, Jörg G; Sethna, James P; DiSalvo, Francis J; Gruner, Sol M; Van Dover, Robert B; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2016-01-01

    Superconductors with periodically ordered mesoporous structures are expected to have properties very different from those of their bulk counterparts. Systematic studies of such phenomena to date are sparse, however, because of a lack of versatile synthetic approaches to such materials. We demonstrate the formation of three-dimensionally continuous gyroidal mesoporous niobium nitride (NbN) superconductors from chiral ABC triblock terpolymer self-assembly-directed sol-gel-derived niobium oxide with subsequent thermal processing in air and ammonia gas. Superconducting materials exhibit a critical temperature (T c) of about 7 to 8 K, a flux exclusion of about 5% compared to a dense NbN solid, and an estimated critical current density (J c) of 440 A cm(-2) at 100 Oe and 2.5 K. We expect block copolymer self-assembly-directed mesoporous superconductors to provide interesting subjects for mesostructure-superconductivity correlation studies. PMID:27152327

  2. Block copolymer self-assembly–directed synthesis of mesoporous gyroidal superconductors

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    Robbins, Spencer W.; Beaucage, Peter A.; Sai, Hiroaki; Tan, Kwan Wee; Werner, Jörg G.; Sethna, James P.; DiSalvo, Francis J.; Gruner, Sol M.; Van Dover, Robert B.; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2016-01-01

    Superconductors with periodically ordered mesoporous structures are expected to have properties very different from those of their bulk counterparts. Systematic studies of such phenomena to date are sparse, however, because of a lack of versatile synthetic approaches to such materials. We demonstrate the formation of three-dimensionally continuous gyroidal mesoporous niobium nitride (NbN) superconductors from chiral ABC triblock terpolymer self-assembly–directed sol-gel–derived niobium oxide with subsequent thermal processing in air and ammonia gas. Superconducting materials exhibit a critical temperature (Tc) of about 7 to 8 K, a flux exclusion of about 5% compared to a dense NbN solid, and an estimated critical current density (Jc) of 440 A cm−2 at 100 Oe and 2.5 K. We expect block copolymer self-assembly–directed mesoporous superconductors to provide interesting subjects for mesostructure-superconductivity correlation studies. PMID:27152327

  3. The characterizations and electrochemical properties of lignosulfonate templates based mesoporous NiO

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    Chen, Feng; Yao, Hongfei; Fan, Ping; Yang, Jintao; Zhong, Mingqiang

    2013-06-01

    Environmentally recycled liginsulfonate were successfully employed for the facile synthesis of mesoporous NiO materials. The XRD, SEM, TEM and N2 adsorption-desorption analysis were performed for characterizing the structure and surface properties of resultant NiO. The proximate globular structure of lignin macromolecules played an templating role in the formation of mesoporous framework of NiO. The fabricated NiO nanostructures had high specific surface area (193.8 m2/g), large pore volume (0.42 cm3/g), and narrow pore size distribution making them ideal candidates for supercapacitor applications. CV, ESI and galvanostatic constant-current charge/discharge tests showed that the fabricated mesoporous NiO had high specific capacitance (342 Fṡg-1) and good circulatory stability. Furthermore, the mesoporous NiO showed a good rate capability, which is due to that the ordered mesopores did not limit the ion motion within the pores. The results suggest that resultant NiO mesostructures are a promising supercapacitor electrode material.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of nanocrystalline and mesoporous zeolites

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    Petushkov, Anton

    2011-12-01

    Mesoporous aggregates of nanocrystalline zeolites with MFI and BEA frameworks have been synthesized using a one-pot and single structure directing agent. The effect of different reaction conditions, such as temperature, time, pH and water content, on the particle size, surface area and mesopore volume has been studied. Nanocrystalline and mesoporous ZSM-5, beta and Y zeolites were modified with different transition metals and the resulting single- and double metal containing catalyst materials were characterized. Nanocrystalline Silicalite-1 zeolite samples with varying particle size were functionalized with different organosilane groups and the cytotoxic activity of the zeolite nanocrystals was studied as a function of particle size, concentration, organic functional group type, as well as the type of cell line. Framework stability of nanocrystalline NaY zeolite was tested under different pH conditions. The synthesized zeolites used in this work were characterized using a variety of physico-chemical methods, including powder X-ray diffraction, Solid State NMR, nitrogen sorption, electron microscopy, Inductively Coupled Plasma -- Optical Emission Spectroscopy and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy.

  5. Low-Temperature Synthesis of Tunable Mesoporous Crystalline Transition Metal Oxides and Applications as Au Catalyst Supports

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    Wang, Donghai; Ma, Zhen; Dai, Sheng; Liu, Jun; Nie, Zimin; Engelhard, Mark H.; Huo, Qisheng; Wang, Chong M.; Kou, Rong

    2008-09-04

    Mesoporous transition metal oxides are of great potential as catalyst supports, shape-selective catalysts, photocatalysts, and sensor materials. Previously stable crystalline mesoporous oxides were mostly obtained by thermally induced crystallization or by segregating the nanocrystals with an amorphous phase. Here we report a novel direct approach to crystalline mesoporous frameworks via the spontaneous growth and assembly of transition metal oxide nanocrystals (i.e., rutile TiO2, fluorite CeO2, cassiterite SnO2, and anatase SnxTi1-xO2) by oxidative hydrolysis and condensation in the presence of anionic surfactants. The influences of synthesis time, surfactants with different chain lengths, concentrations of the oxidant (i.e., hydrogen peroxide), and synthesis temperatures on the composition and morphologies of the resulting materials were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2-sorption, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). A mechanism for the templated synthesis of crystalline mesoporous metal oxides was tentatively proposed. To demonstrate the catalytic applications of these materials, gold nanoparticles were loaded on mesoporous rutile TiO2 and fluorite CeO2 supports, and their catalytic performance in CO oxidation and water-gas shift was surveyed. Au nanoparticles supported on the mesoporous crystalline metal oxides exhibit higher reactivity and excellent on-stream stability towards CO oxidation and water-gas shift reaction compared with commercial TiO2 and CeO2.

  6. Tailoring the mesoporous texture of graphitic carbon nitride.

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    Yang, Jae-Hun; Kim, Gain; Domen, Kazunari; Choy, Jin-Ho

    2013-11-01

    Recently, graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) materials have received a great attention from many researchers due to their various roles as a visible light harvesting photocatalyst, metal-free catalyst, reactive template, nitrogen source of nitridation reaction, etc. g-C3N4 could be prepared by temperature-induced polymerization of cyanamide or melamine. In this study, we report a preparation of mesoporous graphitic carbon nitrides with tailored porous texture including pore size, and specific surface area from cyanamide and colloidal silica nanoparticles (Ludox). At first, cyanamide-silica nanocomposites were prepared by mixing colloidal silica with different size in the range of 7-22 nm and cyanamide, followed by evaporating the solvent in the resulting mixture. Mesoporous g-C3N4 samples were prepared by calcining cyanamide-silica nanocomposite at 550 degrees C for 4 hrs and removing the silica nanoparticles by using ammonium hydrogen fluoride. The formation of g-C3N4 was confirmed by the sharp (002) peak (d = 3.25 A) of graphitic interlayer stacking, and the broad (100) peak (d = 6.86 A) of in-plane repeating unit in the X-ray diffraction patterns. According to N2 adsorption-desorption analysis, the pore size of mesoporous carbon nitrides was similar to the size of colloidal silica used as hard template (7-22 nm). The specific surface area of mesoporous g-C3N4 could be tailored in the range of 189 m2/g-288 m2/g. PMID:24245279

  7. Effect of polyvinylpyrrolidone on mesoporous silica morphology and esterification of lauric acid with 1-butanol catalyzed by immobilized enzyme

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    Zhang, Jinyu; Zhou, Guowei Jiang, Bin; Zhao, Minnan; Zhang, Yan

    2014-05-01

    Mesoporous silica materials with a range of morphology evolution, i.e., from curved rod-shaped mesoporous silica to straight rod-shaped mesoporous silica, were successfully prepared using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and triblock copolymer as dual template. The effects of PVP molecular weight and concentration on mesoporous silica structure parameters were studied. Results showed that surface area and pore volume continuously decreased with increased PVP molecular weight. Mesoporous silica prepared with PVP K30 also possessed larger pore diameter, interplanar spacing (d{sub 100}), and cell parameter (a{sub 0}) than that prepared with PVP K15 and PVP K90. In addition, with increased PVP concentration, d{sub 100} and a{sub 0} continuously decreased. The mechanism of morphology evolution caused by the change in PVP concentration was investigated. The conversion rate of lauric acid with 1-butanol catalyzed by immobilized Porcine pancreatic lipase (PPL) was also evaluated. Results showed that PPL immobilized on amino-functionalized straight rod-shaped mesoporous silica maintained 50% of its esterification conversion rate even after five cycles of use with a maximum conversion rate was about 90.15%. - Graphical abstract: Curved rod-shaped mesoporous silica can be obtained at low and the highest PVP concentration, while straight rod-shaped mesoporous silica can be obtained at higher PVP concentration. - Highlights: • Mesoporous silica with morphology evolution from CRMS to SRMS were prepared. • Effects of PVP molecular weight and concentration on silica morphology were studied. • A possible mechanism for the formation of morphology evolution SiO{sub 2} was proposed. • Esterification of lauric acid with 1-butanol catalyzed by immobilized PPL.

  8. Multifunctional Mesoporous and Nanostructured Catalysts: Exploring Novel Synthetic Methods, Properties and Applications

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    Das, Sayantani

    Novel multifunctional mesoporous and nanostructured catalysts containing two or more different types of judiciously chosen functional / catalytic groups were developed and their unique and cooperative catalytic activities in various useful organic reactions were explored. First, mesoporous silica material containing tertiary amine/silanol groups was synthesized by simple postgrafting synthetic method. The material was found to exhibit efficient cooperative acid/base bifunctional catalytic activity towards Michael addition reactions between trans-β-nitrostyrene and various active methylene compounds such as malononitrile, acetylacetone and dimethylmalonate. Besides serving as a solid base catalyst, such organoamine-functionalized mesoporous silica materials can be utilized as effective support materials for catalytically active organometallic complexes. This was demonstrated by immobilizing ethylenediamine onto mesoporous silica via postgrafting synthetic method and then complexing Fe(III) onto the supported ethylenediamine groups. This yielded a bifunctional Fe(III)/silanol-based heterogeneous catalyst that showed efficient catalytic activity towards epoxide ring opening reactions. Next, the potential of these types of organic-functionalized mesoporous silicas for immobilization of metallic nanoparticle catalysts was investigated. Specifically, mercaptopropyl-functionalized mesoporous silica was synthesized and the material was then supported with ultrasmall Aun nanoclusters. The catalytic properties of the resulting materials in styrene oxidation were studied. Furthermore, the effect of the removal of the thiol groups from around the surfaces of the gold nanoclusters on catalytic activities of the mesoporous silica-supported nanoparticles was investigated. As mesoporous silica have some limitations of crowding in their pores and poor mass transport for reactants when they are functionalized with larger groups such as nanoparticles, a new strategy was developed

  9. Surfactant-Templated Mesoporous Metal Oxide Nanowires

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    Luo, Hongmei; Lin, Qianglu; Baber, Stacy; Naalla, Mahesh

    2010-01-01

    We demore » monstrate two approaches to prepare mesoporous metal oxide nanowires by surfactant assembly and nanoconfinement via sol-gel or electrochemical deposition. For example, mesoporous Ta 2 O 5 and zeolite nanowires are prepared by block copolymer Pluronic 123-templated sol-gel method, and mesoporous ZnO nanowires are prepared by electrodeposition in presence of anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) surfactant, in porous membranes. The morphologies of porous nanowires are studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyses.« less

  10. Mesoporous gold sponges: electric charge-assisted seed mediated synthesis and application as surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrates

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    Yi, Zao; Luo, Jiangshan; Tan, Xiulan; Yi, Yong; Yao, Weitang; Kang, Xiaoli; Ye, Xin; Zhu, Wenkun; Duan, Tao; Yi, Yougen; Tang, Yongjian

    2015-01-01

    Mesoporous gold sponges were prepared using 4-dimethylaminopyridine (DMAP)-stabilized Au seeds. This is a general process, which involves a simple template-free method, room temperature reduction of HAuCl4·4H2O with hydroxylamine. The formation process of mesoporous gold sponges could be accounted for the electrostatic interaction (the small Au nanoparticles (~3 nm) and the positively charged DMAP-stabilized Au seeds) and Ostwald ripening process. The mesoporous gold sponges had appeared to undergo electrostatic adsorption initially, sequentially linear aggregation, welding and Ostwald ripening, then, they randomly cross link into self-supporting, three-dimensional networks with time. The mesoporous gold sponges exhibit higher surface area than the literature. In addition, application of the spongelike networks as an active material for surface-enhanced Raman scattering has been investigated by employing 4-aminothiophenol (4-ATP) molecules as a probe. PMID:26538365

  11. Mesoporous silica nanoparticles for biomedical and catalytical applications

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    Sun, Xiaoxing

    2011-01-01

    Mesoporous silica materials, discovered in 1992 by the Mobile Oil Corporation, have received considerable attention in the chemical industry due to their superior textual properties such as high surface area, large pore volume, tunable pore diameter, and narrow pore size distribution. Among those materials, MCM-41, referred to Mobile Composition of Matter NO. 41, contains honeycomb liked porous structure that is the most common mesoporous molecular sieve studied. Applications of MCM-41 type mesoporous silica material in biomedical field as well as catalytical field have been developed and discussed in this thesis. The unique features of mesoporous silica nanoparticles were utilized for the design of delivery system for multiple biomolecules as described in chapter 2. We loaded luciferin into the hexagonal channels of MSN and capped the pore ends with gold nanoparticles to prevent premature release. Luciferase was adsorbed onto the outer surface of the MSN. Both the MSN and the gold nanoparticles were protected by poly-ethylene glycol to minimize nonspecific interaction of luciferase and keep it from denaturating. Controlled release of luciferin was triggered within the cells and the enzymatic reaction was detected by a luminometer. Further developments by varying enzyme/substrate pairs may provide opportunities to control cell behavior and manipulate intracellular reactions. MSN was also served as a noble metal catalyst support due to its large surface area and its stability with active metals. We prepared MSN with pore diameter of 10 nm (LP10-MSN) which can facilitate mass transfer. And we successfully synthesized an organo silane, 2,2'-Bipyridine-amide-triethoxylsilane (Bpy-amide-TES). Then we were able to functionalize LP10-MSN with bipyridinyl group by both post-grafting method and co-condensation method. Future research of this material would be platinum complexation. This Pt (II) complex catalyst has been reported for a C-H bond activation reaction as an

  12. Sponge mesoporous silica formation using disordered phospholipid bilayers as template.

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    Galarneau, Anne; Sartori, Federica; Cangiotti, Michela; Mineva, Tzonka; Di Renzo, Francesco; Ottaviani, M Francesca

    2010-02-18

    Lecithin/dodecylamine/lactose mixtures in ethanol/aqueous media led to the formation of sponge mesoporous silica (SMS) materials by means of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as silica source. SMS materials show a "sponge-mesoporous" porosity with a pore diameter of about 5-6 nm, in accordance to the length of a lecithin bilayer. SMS synthesis was developed to create a new class of powerful biocatalysts able to efficiently encapsulate enzymes by adding a porosity control to the classical sol-gel synthesis and by using phospholipids and lactose as protecting agents for the enzymes. In the present study, the formation of SMS was investigated by using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) probes inserted inside phospholipid bilayers. The influence of progressive addition of each component (ethanol, dodecylamine, lactose, TEOS) on phospholipid bilayers was first examined; then, the time evolution of EPR spectra during SMS synthesis was studied. Parameters informative of mobility, structure, order, and polarity around the probes were extracted by computer analysis of the EPR line shape. The results were discussed on the basis of solids characterization by X-ray diffraction, nitrogen isotherm, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. The results, together with the well-known ability of ethanol to promote membrane hemifusion, suggested that the templating structure is a bicontinuous phospholipid bilayer phase, shaped as a gyroid, resulting of multiple membrane hemifusions induced by the high alcohol content used in SMS synthesis. SMS synthesis was compared to hexagonal mesoporous silica (HMS) synthesis accomplished by adding TEOS to a dodecylamine/EtOH/water mixture. EPR evidenced the difference between HMS and SMS synthesis; the latter uses an already organized but slowly growing mesophase of phospholipids, never observed before, whereas the former shows a progressive elongation of micelles into wormlike structures. SMS-type materials represent a new

  13. Flash freezing route to mesoporous polymer nanofibre networks

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    Samitsu, Sadaki; Zhang, Rui; Peng, Xinsheng; Krishnan, Mohan Raj; Fujii, Yoshihisa; Ichinose, Izumi

    2013-01-01

    There are increasing requirements worldwide for advanced separation materials with applications in environmental protection processes. Various mesoporous polymeric materials have been developed and they are considered as potential candidates. It is still challenging, however, to develop economically viable and durable separation materials from low-cost, mass-produced materials. Here we report the fabrication of a nanofibrous network structure from common polymers, based on a microphase separation technique from frozen polymer solutions. The resulting polymer nanofibre networks exhibit large free surface areas, exceeding 300 m2 g−1, as well as small pore radii as low as 1.9 nm. These mesoporous polymer materials are able to rapidly adsorb and desorb a large amount of carbon dioxide and are also capable of condensing organic vapours. Furthermore, the nanofibres made of engineering plastics with high glass transition temperatures over 200 °C exhibit surprisingly high, temperature-dependent adsorption of organic solvents from aqueous solution. PMID:24145702

  14. Controlled Synthesis of Pt Nanowires with Ordered Large Mesopores for Methanol Oxidation Reaction.

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    Zhang, Chengwei; Xu, Lianbin; Yan, Yushan; Chen, Jianfeng

    2016-01-01

    Catalysts for methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) are at the heart of key green-energy fuel cell technology. Nanostructured Pt materials are the most popular and effective catalysts for MOR. Controlling the morphology and structure of Pt nanomaterials can provide opportunities to greatly increase their activity and stability. Ordered nanoporous Pt nanowires with controlled large mesopores (15, 30 and 45 nm) are facilely fabricated by chemical reduction deposition from dual templates using porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes with silica nanospheres self-assembled in the channels. The prepared mesoporous Pt nanowires are highly active and stable electrocatalysts for MOR. The mesoporous Pt nanowires with 15 nm mesopores exhibit a large electrochemically active surface area (ECSA, 40.5 m(2) g(-1)), a high mass activity (398 mA mg(-1)) and specific activity (0.98 mA cm(-2)), and a good If/Ib ratio (1.15), better than the other mesoporous Pt nanowires and the commercial Pt black catalyst. PMID:27550737

  15. Controlled Synthesis of Pt Nanowires with Ordered Large Mesopores for Methanol Oxidation Reaction

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    Zhang, Chengwei; Xu, Lianbin; Yan, Yushan; Chen, Jianfeng

    2016-01-01

    Catalysts for methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) are at the heart of key green-energy fuel cell technology. Nanostructured Pt materials are the most popular and effective catalysts for MOR. Controlling the morphology and structure of Pt nanomaterials can provide opportunities to greatly increase their activity and stability. Ordered nanoporous Pt nanowires with controlled large mesopores (15, 30 and 45 nm) are facilely fabricated by chemical reduction deposition from dual templates using porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes with silica nanospheres self-assembled in the channels. The prepared mesoporous Pt nanowires are highly active and stable electrocatalysts for MOR. The mesoporous Pt nanowires with 15 nm mesopores exhibit a large electrochemically active surface area (ECSA, 40.5 m2 g−1), a high mass activity (398 mA mg−1) and specific activity (0.98 mA cm−2), and a good If/Ib ratio (1.15), better than the other mesoporous Pt nanowires and the commercial Pt black catalyst. PMID:27550737

  16. Controlled Synthesis of Pt Nanowires with Ordered Large Mesopores for Methanol Oxidation Reaction

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    Zhang, Chengwei; Xu, Lianbin; Yan, Yushan; Chen, Jianfeng

    2016-08-01

    Catalysts for methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) are at the heart of key green-energy fuel cell technology. Nanostructured Pt materials are the most popular and effective catalysts for MOR. Controlling the morphology and structure of Pt nanomaterials can provide opportunities to greatly increase their activity and stability. Ordered nanoporous Pt nanowires with controlled large mesopores (15, 30 and 45 nm) are facilely fabricated by chemical reduction deposition from dual templates using porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes with silica nanospheres self-assembled in the channels. The prepared mesoporous Pt nanowires are highly active and stable electrocatalysts for MOR. The mesoporous Pt nanowires with 15 nm mesopores exhibit a large electrochemically active surface area (ECSA, 40.5 m2 g‑1), a high mass activity (398 mA mg‑1) and specific activity (0.98 mA cm‑2), and a good If/Ib ratio (1.15), better than the other mesoporous Pt nanowires and the commercial Pt black catalyst.

  17. Graphitic Mesoporous Carbon Loaded with Iron-Nickel Hydroxide for Superior Oxygen Evolution Reactivity.

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    Wang, Ling; Huang, Xiaolei; Xue, Junmin

    2016-07-21

    Earth-abundant transition metal oxides and hydroxides have been intensively investigated as promising catalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). However, the overall OER performance of the transition metal oxides/hydroxides is largely jeopardized by their inherent low electrical conductivity. Mesoporous carbon has been a commonly used as a carrier material for these oxides/hydroxides to promote the electrical conductivity and provide a large specific surface area. However, most of the available mesoporous carbon carriers are amorphous. It has been very challenging to synthesize graphitic mesoporous carbon owing to the extremely high graphitization temperature. In this work, we report a new strategy used to prepare graphitic mesoporous carbon (GMC) by employing Fe metal as the graphitization catalyst. The graphitic carbon was obtained at 1000 °C, at which it retained its mesoporous structure. The conductivity of the obtained GMC was approximately 550 S m(-1) , which was almost ten times higher than that of amorphous carbon. The GMC was further loaded with Fe-Ni hydroxide to fabricate the OER catalyst. The obtained catalyst showed good OER activity with an overpotential of 320 mV at a current density of 10 mA cm(-2) and a low Tafel slope of 57 mV dec(-1) . The synthesized catalyst also possessed excellent stability, with almost no current drop even after 2000 cycles and at a constant voltage for 2 h. PMID:27312811

  18. Synthesis of manganese oxide supported on mesoporous titanium oxide: Influence of the block copolymer

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    Schmit, F.; Bois, L.; Chiriac, R.; Toche, F.; Chassagneux, F.; Besson, M.; Descorme, C.; Khrouz, L.

    2015-01-15

    Manganese oxides supported on mesoporous titanium oxides were synthesized via a sol–gel route using block copolymer self-assembly. The oxides were characterized by X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, thermal analyses, nitrogen adsorption/desorption, electron microscopy and electronic paramagnetic resonance. A mesoporous anatase containing amorphous manganese oxide particles could be obtained with a 0.2 Mn:Ti molar ratio. At higher manganese loading (0.5 Mn:Ti molar ratio), segregation of crystalline manganese oxide occurred. The influence of block copolymer and manganese salt on the oxide structure was discussed. The evolution of the textural and structural characteristics of the materials upon hydrothermal treatment was also investigated. - Graphical abstract: One-pot amorphous MnO{sub 2} supported on mesoporous anataseTiO{sub 2}. - Highlights: • Mesoporous manganese titanium oxides were synthesized using block copolymer. • Block copolymers form complexes with Mn{sup 2+} from MnCl{sub 2}. • With block copolymer, manganese oxide can be dispersed around the titania crystallites. • With Mn(acac){sub 2}, manganese is dispersed inside titania. • MnOOH crystallizes outside mesoporous titania during hydrothermal treatment.

  19. Ordered mesoporous platinum@graphitic carbon embedded nanophase as a highly active, stable, and methanol-tolerant oxygen reduction electrocatalyst.

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    Wu, Zhangxiong; Lv, Yingying; Xia, Yongyao; Webley, Paul A; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2012-02-01

    Highly ordered mesoporous platinum@graphitic carbon (Pt@GC) composites with well-graphitized carbon frameworks and uniformly dispersed Pt nanoparticles embedded within the carbon pore walls have been rationally designed and synthesized. In this facile method, ordered mesoporous silica impregnated with a variable amount of Pt precursor is adopted as the hard template, followed by carbon deposition through a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process with methane as a carbon precursor. During the CVD process, in situ reduction of Pt precursor, deposition of carbon, and graphitization can be integrated into a single step. The mesostructure, porosity and Pt content in the final mesoporous Pt@GC composites can be conveniently adjusted over a wide range by controlling the initial loading amount of Pt precursor and the CVD temperature and duration. The integration of high surface area, regular mesopores, graphitic nature of the carbon walls as well as highly dispersed and spatially embedded Pt nanoparticles in the mesoporous Pt@GC composites make them excellent as highly active, extremely stable, and methanol-tolerant electrocatalysts toward the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). A systematic study by comparing the ORR performance among several carbon supported Pt electrocatalysts suggests the overwhelmingly better performance of the mesoporous Pt@GC composites. The structural, textural, and framework properties of the mesoporous Pt@GC composites are extensively studied and strongly related to their excellent ORR performance. These materials are highly promising for fuel cell applications and the synthesis method is quite applicable for constructing mesoporous graphitized carbon materials with various embedded nanophases.

  20. Lanthanide Selective Sorbents: Self-Assembled Monolayers on Mesoporous Supports (SAMMS)

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    Fryxell, Glen E.; Wu, Hong; Lin, Yuehe; Shaw, Wendy J.; Birnbaum, Jerome C.; Linehan, John C.; Nie, Zimin; Kemner, Kenneth M.; Kelly, Shelley

    2004-11-01

    Through the marriage of mesoporous ceramics with self-assembled monolayer chemistry, the genesis of a powerful new class of environmental sorbent materials has been realized. By coating the mesoporous ceramic backbone with a monolayer terminated with a lanthanide-specific ligand, it is possible to couple high lanthanide binding affinity with the high loading capacity (resulting from the extremely high surface area of the support). This lanthanide-specific ligand field is created by pairing a “hard” anionic Lewis base with a suitable synergistic ligand, in a favorable chelating geometry. Details of the synthesis, characterization, lanthanide binding studies, binding kinetics, competition experiments and sorbent regeneration studies are summarized.

  1. Mesoporous carbon nitride-tungsten oxide composites for enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen evolution.

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    Kailasam, Kamalakannan; Fischer, Anna; Zhang, Guigang; Zhang, Jinshui; Schwarze, Michael; Schröder, Marc; Wang, Xinchen; Schomäcker, Reinhard; Thomas, Arne

    2015-04-24

    Composites of mesoporous polymeric carbon nitride and tungsten(VI) oxide show very high photocatalytic activity for the evolution of hydrogen from water under visible light and in the presence of sacrificial electron donors. Already addition of very small amounts of WO3 yields up to a twofold increase in the efficiency when compared to bulk carbon nitrides and their composites and more notably even to the best reported mesoporous carbon nitride-based photocatalytic materials. The higher activity can be attributed to the high surface area and synergetic effect of the carbon nitrides and the WO3 resulting in improved charge separation through a photocatalytic solid-state Z-scheme mechanism.

  2. Lanthanide Selective Sorbents: Self-Assembled Monolayers on Mesoporous Supports (SAMMS)

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    Fryxell, Glen E.; Wu, Hong; Lin, Yuehe; Shaw, Wendy J.; Birnbaum, Jerome C.; Linehan, John C.; Nie, Zimin; Kemner, K. M.; Kelly, Shelley

    2004-11-01

    Through the marriage of mesoporous ceramics with self-assembled monolayer chemistry, the genesis of a powerful new class of environmental sorbent materials has been realized. By coating the mesoporous ceramic backbone with a monolayer terminated with a lanthanide-specific ligand, it is possible to couple high lanthanide binding affinity with the high loading capacity (resulting from the extremely high surface area of the support). This lanthanide-specific ligand field is created by pairing a ''hard'' anionic Lewis base with a suitable synergistic ligand, in a favorable chelating geometry. Details of the synthesis, characterization, lanthanide binding studies, binding kinetics, competition experiments and sorbent regeneration studies are summarized

  3. Mesoporous NiO crystals with dominantly exposed {110} reactive facets for ultrafast lithium storage

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    Su, Dawei; Ford, Mike; Wang, Guoxiu

    2012-01-01

    Faceted crystals with exposed highly reactive planes have attracted intensive investigations for applications such as hydrogen production, enhanced catalytic activity, and electrochemical energy storage and conversion. Herein, we report the synthesis of mesoporous NiO crystals with dominantly exposed {110} reactive facets by the thermal conversion of hexagonal Ni(OH)2 nanoplatelets. When applied as anode materials in lithium-ion batteries, mesoporous NiO crystals exhibit a high reversible lithium storage capacity of 700 mAh g−1 at 1 C rate in 100 cycles and an excellent cyclability. In particular, the dominantly exposed {110} reactive facets and mesoporous nanostructure of NiO crystals lead to ultrafast lithium storage, which mimics the high power delivery of supercapacitors. PMID:23226591

  4. Soft-Templating Synthesis and Properties of Mesoporous Alumina-Titania

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    Morris, Stacy M; Horton, Jr, Joe A; Jaroniec, Mietek

    2010-01-01

    Mesoporous alumina-titania materials, having various molar compositions of aluminum and titanium, were synthesized via cooperative self-assembly of the corresponding metal alkoxides and Pluronic P123 triblock copolymer (soft template) in ethanolic solution under acidic conditions. The resulting mixed metal oxides possess ordered mesopores at low to equal molar compositions of titanium in relation to aluminum (up to 50%) and worm-like mesostructures at higher molar compositions of titanium (50-75%). In addition, these mesoporous oxides exhibit high BET surface areas (up to 438 m2/g), large pore widths (from 7.37 to 18.55 nm) and pore volumes (from 0.16 to 0.64 cm3/g), narrow pore size distributions, crystalline pore walls and high thermal stability.

  5. Cellulose conjugated FITC-labelled mesoporous silica nanoparticles: intracellular accumulation and stimuli responsive doxorubicin release.

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    Hakeem, Abdul; Zahid, Fouzia; Duan, Ruixue; Asif, Muhammad; Zhang, Tianchi; Zhang, Zhenyu; Cheng, Yong; Lou, Xiaoding; Xia, Fan

    2016-03-01

    Herein, we design novel cellulose conjugated mesoporous silica nanoparticle (CLS-MSP) based nanotherapeutics for stimuli responsive intracellular doxorubicin (DOX) delivery. DOX molecules are entrapped in pores of the fabricated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSPs) while cellulose is used as an encapsulating material through esterification on the outlet of the pores of the MSPs to avoid premature DOX release under physiological conditions. In in vitro studies, stimuli responsive DOX release is successfully achieved from DOX loaded cellulose conjugated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (DOX/CLS-MSPs) by pH and cellulase triggers. Intracellular accumulation of DOX/CLS-MSPs in human liver cancer cells (HepG2 cells) is investigated through confocal microscope magnification. Cell viability of HepG2 cells is determined as the percentage of the cells incubated with DOX/CLS-MSPs compared with that of non-incubated cells through an MTT assay.

  6. Sample Desorption/Onization From Mesoporous Silica

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    Iyer, Srinivas; Dattelbaum, Andrew M.

    2005-10-25

    Mesoporous silica is shown to be a sample holder for laser desorption/ionization of mass spectrometry. Supported mesoporous silica was prepared by coating an ethanolic silicate solution having a removable surfactant onto a substrate to produce a self-assembled, ordered, nanocomposite silica thin film. The surfactant was chosen to provide a desired pore size between about 1 nanometer diameter and 50 nanometers diameter. Removal of the surfactant resulted in a mesoporous silica thin film on the substrate. Samples having a molecular weight below 1000, such as C.sub.60 and tryptophan, were adsorbed onto and into the mesoporous silica thin film sample holder and analyzed using laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry.

  7. Epoxide ring-opening and Meinwald rearrangement reactions of epoxides catalyzed by mesoporous aluminosilicates.

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    Robinson, Mathew W C; Davies, A Matthew; Buckle, Richard; Mabbett, Ian; Taylor, Stuart H; Graham, Andrew E

    2009-06-21

    Mesoporous aluminosilicates efficiently catalyze the ring-opening of epoxides to produce beta-alkoxyalcohols in high yields under extremely mild reaction conditions. These materials also catalyze the corresponding Meinwald rearrangement in non-nucleophilic solvents to give aldehydes which can be trapped in situ to provide the corresponding acetals in an efficient tandem process.

  8. Large pore mesoporous silica nanomaterials for application in delivery of biomolecules

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    Knežević, Nikola Ž.; Durand, Jean-Olivier

    2015-01-01

    Various approaches for the synthesis of mesoporous silicate nanoparticles (MSN) with large pore (LP) diameters (in the range of 3-50 nm) are reviewed in this article. The work also covers the construction of magnetic analogues of large pore-mesoporous silica nanoparticles (LPMMSN) and their biomedical applications. The constructed materials exhibit vast potential for application in the loading and delivery of large drug molecules and biomolecules. Literature reports on the application of LPMSN and LPMMSN materials for the adsorption and delivery of proteins, enzymes, antibodies, and nucleic acids are covered in depth, which exemplify their highly potent characteristics for use in drug and biomolecule delivery to diseased tissues.Various approaches for the synthesis of mesoporous silicate nanoparticles (MSN) with large pore (LP) diameters (in the range of 3-50 nm) are reviewed in this article. The work also covers the construction of magnetic analogues of large pore-mesoporous silica nanoparticles (LPMMSN) and their biomedical applications. The constructed materials exhibit vast potential for application in the loading and delivery of large drug molecules and biomolecules. Literature reports on the application of LPMSN and LPMMSN materials for the adsorption and delivery of proteins, enzymes, antibodies, and nucleic acids are covered in depth, which exemplify their highly potent characteristics for use in drug and biomolecule delivery to diseased tissues. Dedicated to Professor Jeffrey I. Zink on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

  9. Incorporation of well-dispersed sub-5-nm graphitic pencil nanodots into ordered mesoporous frameworks

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    Kong, Biao; Tang, Jing; Zhang, Yueyu; Jiang, Tao; Gong, Xingao; Peng, Chengxin; Wei, Jing; Yang, Jianping; Wang, Yongcheng; Wang, Xianbiao; Zheng, Gengfeng; Selomulya, Cordelia; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2016-02-01

    Over the past few decades the direct assembly of optical nanomaterials into ordered mesoporous frameworks has proved to be a considerable challenge. Here we propose the incorporation of ultrasmall (sub-5-nm) graphitic pencil nanodots into ordered mesoporous frameworks for the fabrication of optoelectronic materials. The nanodots, which were prepared from typical commercial graphite pencils by an electrochemical tailoring process, combine properties such as uniform size (˜3 nm), excellent dispersibility and high photoconversion efficiency (˜27%). These nanodots were incorporated into a variety of ordered mesoporous frameworks (TiO2, silica, carbon and silica-carbon materials) by co-assembly, driven by hydrogen bonding, with the frameworks' precursors. The resulting materials showed a high degree of ordering, and a sharp increase in their optical performance (for example, photocurrent density). We envisage that the large-scale synthesis of ultrasmall carbon nanodots and their incorporation into ordered mesoporous frameworks may facilitate the preparation of materials with a variety of optical properties.

  10. Incorporation of well-dispersed sub-5-nm graphitic pencil nanodots into ordered mesoporous frameworks.

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    Kong, Biao; Tang, Jing; Zhang, Yueyu; Jiang, Tao; Gong, Xingao; Peng, Chengxin; Wei, Jing; Yang, Jianping; Wang, Yongcheng; Wang, Xianbiao; Zheng, Gengfeng; Selomulya, Cordelia; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2016-02-01

    Over the past few decades the direct assembly of optical nanomaterials into ordered mesoporous frameworks has proved to be a considerable challenge. Here we propose the incorporation of ultrasmall (sub-5-nm) graphitic pencil nanodots into ordered mesoporous frameworks for the fabrication of optoelectronic materials. The nanodots, which were prepared from typical commercial graphite pencils by an electrochemical tailoring process, combine properties such as uniform size (∼3 nm), excellent dispersibility and high photoconversion efficiency (∼27%). These nanodots were incorporated into a variety of ordered mesoporous frameworks (TiO2, silica, carbon and silica-carbon materials) by co-assembly, driven by hydrogen bonding, with the frameworks' precursors. The resulting materials showed a high degree of ordering, and a sharp increase in their optical performance (for example, photocurrent density). We envisage that the large-scale synthesis of ultrasmall carbon nanodots and their incorporation into ordered mesoporous frameworks may facilitate the preparation of materials with a variety of optical properties.

  11. Alendronate functionalized mesoporous hydroxyapatite nanoparticles for drug delivery

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    Li, Dongdong; Zhu, Yuntao; Liang, Zhiqiang

    2013-06-01

    Highlights: ► The synthesized mesoporous hydroxyapatite has nanostructure and bioactivity. ► The materials have high surface area and amino group. ► The materials show higher drug loading and slower release rate than pure HAP. - Abstract: Mesoporous nanosized hydroxyapatite (HAP) functionalized by alendronate (ALN) was synthesized using cationic surfactant CTAB as template. The structural, morphological and textural properties were fully characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and N{sub 2} adsorption/desorption. Then the obtained materials were performed as drug delivery carriers using ibuprofen (IBU) as a model drug to investigate their drug storage/release properties in simulated body fluid (SBF). The materials showed relatively slower release rate compared with HAP due to the ionic interaction between -NH{sub 3}{sup +} on the matrix and -COO{sup −}belongs to IBU. The system provides a new concept for improving the drug loading or slowing down the release rate.

  12. Cellulose conjugated FITC-labelled mesoporous silica nanoparticles: intracellular accumulation and stimuli responsive doxorubicin release

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    Hakeem, Abdul; Zahid, Fouzia; Duan, Ruixue; Asif, Muhammad; Zhang, Tianchi; Zhang, Zhenyu; Cheng, Yong; Lou, Xiaoding; Xia, Fan

    2016-02-01

    Herein, we design novel cellulose conjugated mesoporous silica nanoparticle (CLS-MSP) based nanotherapeutics for stimuli responsive intracellular doxorubicin (DOX) delivery. DOX molecules are entrapped in pores of the fabricated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSPs) while cellulose is used as an encapsulating material through esterification on the outlet of the pores of the MSPs to avoid premature DOX release under physiological conditions. In in vitro studies, stimuli responsive DOX release is successfully achieved from DOX loaded cellulose conjugated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (DOX/CLS-MSPs) by pH and cellulase triggers. Intracellular accumulation of DOX/CLS-MSPs in human liver cancer cells (HepG2 cells) is investigated through confocal microscope magnification. Cell viability of HepG2 cells is determined as the percentage of the cells incubated with DOX/CLS-MSPs compared with that of non-incubated cells through an MTT assay.Herein, we design novel cellulose conjugated mesoporous silica nanoparticle (CLS-MSP) based nanotherapeutics for stimuli responsive intracellular doxorubicin (DOX) delivery. DOX molecules are entrapped in pores of the fabricated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSPs) while cellulose is used as an encapsulating material through esterification on the outlet of the pores of the MSPs to avoid premature DOX release under physiological conditions. In in vitro studies, stimuli responsive DOX release is successfully achieved from DOX loaded cellulose conjugated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (DOX/CLS-MSPs) by pH and cellulase triggers. Intracellular accumulation of DOX/CLS-MSPs in human liver cancer cells (HepG2 cells) is investigated through confocal microscope magnification. Cell viability of HepG2 cells is determined as the percentage of the cells incubated with DOX/CLS-MSPs compared with that of non-incubated cells through an MTT assay. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr08753h

  13. Mesoporous tertiary oxides via a novel amphiphilic approach

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    Bennett, Natasha; Hall, Simon R. E-mail: Annela.Seddon@bristol.ac.uk; Seddon, Annela M. E-mail: Annela.Seddon@bristol.ac.uk; Hallett, James E.; Kockelmann, Winfried; Ting, Valeska P.; Sadasivan, Sajanikumari; Tooze, Robert P.

    2016-01-01

    We report a facile biomimetic sol-gel synthesis using the sponge phase formed by the lipid monoolein as a structure-directing template, resulting in high phase purity, mesoporous dysprosium- and gadolinium titanates. The stability of monoolein in a 1,4-butanediol and water mixture complements the use of a simple sol-gel metal oxide synthesis route. By judicious control of the lipid/solvent concentration, the sponge phase of monoolein can be directly realised in the pyrochlore material, leading to a porous metal oxide network with an average pore diameter of 10 nm.

  14. Enzyme-Powered Hollow Mesoporous Janus Nanomotors.

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    Ma, Xing; Jannasch, Anita; Albrecht, Urban-Raphael; Hahn, Kersten; Miguel-López, Albert; Schäffer, Erik; Sánchez, Samuel

    2015-10-14

    The development of synthetic nanomotors for technological applications in particular for life science and nanomedicine is a key focus of current basic research. However, it has been challenging to make active nanosystems based on biocompatible materials consuming nontoxic fuels for providing self-propulsion. Here, we fabricate self-propelled Janus nanomotors based on hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles (HMSNPs), which are powered by biocatalytic reactions of three different enzymes: catalase, urease, and glucose oxidase (GOx). The active motion is characterized by a mean-square displacement (MSD) analysis of optical video recordings and confirmed by dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. We found that the apparent diffusion coefficient was enhanced by up to 83%. In addition, using optical tweezers, we directly measured a holding force of 64 ± 16 fN, which was necessary to counteract the effective self-propulsion force generated by a single nanomotor. The successful demonstration of biocompatible enzyme-powered active nanomotors using biologically benign fuels has a great potential for future biomedical applications. PMID:26437378

  15. Microwave synthesis and electrochemical characterization of mesoporous carbon@Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} composites

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    Xia, Nannan; Yuan, Dingsheng; Zhou, Tianxiang; Chen, Jingxing; Mo, Shanshan; Liu, Yingliang

    2011-05-15

    Graphical abstract: An efficient and quick microwave method has been employed to prepare worm-like mesoporous carbon@Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} composites for the first time. The electrochemical measurement shows the worm-like mesoporous carbon@Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} composites exhibits excellent capacitance performance and the maximum specific capacitance is up to 386 F g{sup -1}. Research highlights: {yields} An efficient and quick microwave method has been employed. {yields} A worm-like mesoporous carbon@Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} composites have been successfully prepared. {yields} This composite exhibits excellent capacitance performance. {yields} This composite could be a potential electrode material for the supercapacitors. -- Abstract: An efficient and quick microwave method has been employed to prepare worm-like mesoporous carbon@Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} composites for the first time. As-prepared products have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and inductive coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy. The electrochemical measurement shows the worm-like mesoporous carbon@Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} composites exhibits excellent capacitance performance and the maximum specific capacitance reaches 386 F g{sup -1}, three times more than the pure worm-like mesoporous carbon.

  16. Nitrogen-enriched carbon with extremely high mesoporosity and tunable mesopore size for high-performance supercapacitors

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    Yang, Xiaoqing; Li, Chengfei; Fu, Ruowen

    2016-07-01

    As one of the most potential electrode materials for supercapacitors, nitrogen-enriched nanocarbons are still facing challenge of constructing developed mesoporosity for rapid mass transportation and tailoring their pore size for performance optimization and expanding their application scopes. Herein we develop a series of nitrogen-enriched mesoporous carbon (NMC) with extremely high mesoporosity and tunable mesopore size by a two-step method using silica gel as template. In our approach, mesopore size can be easily tailored from 4.7 to 35 nm by increasing the HF/TEOS volume ratio from 1/100 to 1/4. The NMC with mesopores of 6.2 nm presents the largest mesopore volume, surface area and mesopore ratio of 2.56 cm3 g-1, 1003 m2 g-1 and 97.7%, respectively. As a result, the highest specific capacitance of 325 F g-1 can be obtained at the current density of 0.1 A g-1, which can stay over 88% (286 F g-1) as the current density increases by 100 times (10 A g-1). This approach may open the doors for preparation of nitrogen-enriched nanocarbons with desired nanostructure for numerous applications.

  17. Effect of polyvinylpyrrolidone on mesoporous silica morphology and esterification of lauric acid with 1-butanol catalyzed by immobilized enzyme

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    Zhang, Jinyu; Zhou, Guowei; Jiang, Bin; Zhao, Minnan; Zhang, Yan

    2014-05-01

    Mesoporous silica materials with a range of morphology evolution, i.e., from curved rod-shaped mesoporous silica to straight rod-shaped mesoporous silica, were successfully prepared using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and triblock copolymer as dual template. The effects of PVP molecular weight and concentration on mesoporous silica structure parameters were studied. Results showed that surface area and pore volume continuously decreased with increased PVP molecular weight. Mesoporous silica prepared with PVP K30 also possessed larger pore diameter, interplanar spacing (d100), and cell parameter (a0) than that prepared with PVP K15 and PVP K90. In addition, with increased PVP concentration, d100 and a0 continuously decreased. The mechanism of morphology evolution caused by the change in PVP concentration was investigated. The conversion rate of lauric acid with 1-butanol catalyzed by immobilized Porcine pancreatic lipase (PPL) was also evaluated. Results showed that PPL immobilized on amino-functionalized straight rod-shaped mesoporous silica maintained 50% of its esterification conversion rate even after five cycles of use with a maximum conversion rate was about 90.15%.

  18. Synthesis of Monodisperse Mesoporous TiO2 Nanospheres from a Simple Double-Surfactant Assembly-Directed Method for Lithium Storage.

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    Zhu, Hongwei; Shang, Yesheng; Jing, Yunke; Liu, Yang; Liu, Yupu; El-Toni, Ahmed Mohamed; Zhang, Fan; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2016-09-28

    Exploring facile and reproducible methods to prepare mesoporous TiO2 nanospheres is crucial for improving the performance of TiO2 materials for energy conversion and storage. Herein, we report a simple and reproducible double-surfactant assembly-directed method to prepare monodisperse mesoporous TiO2 nanospheres. A double-surfactant system of n-dodecylamine (DDA) and Pluronic F127 was adopted to control the hydrolysis and condensation rates of tetrabutyl titanate in a mixture of water and alcohol at room temperature. In this process, the diameter size of mesoporous TiO2 nanospheres can be simply tuned from ∼50 to 250 nm by varying the concentration of H2O and surfactants. The double-surfactant system of DDA and F127 plays an effective role in determining the size, morphology, and monodispersity of mesoporous TiO2 nanospheres to reduce agglomeration during the sol-gel process. The resultant mesoporous anatase TiO2 nanospheres after solvothermal treatment at 160 °C are built of interpenetrating nanocrystals with a size of ∼10 nm, which are arranged to obtain a large number of connecting mesopores. Mesoporous TiO2 nanospheres with a small diameter size of around 50 nm possess a high surface area (∼160 m(2)/g) and mesopores with sizes of 4-30 nm. The small diameter size, high crystallinity, and mesoporous structure of TiO2 nanospheres lead to excellent performance in cycling stability and rate capability for lithium-ion batteries. After 500 cycles, the monodisperse mesoporous TiO2 nanospheres exhibit a charge capacity as high as 156 mAhg(-1) without obvious fade, and the Coulombic efficiency can reach up to 100%.

  19. A Sweet Killer: Mesoporous Polysaccharide Confined Silver Nanoparticles for Antibacterial Applications

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    White, Robin J.; Budarin, Vitaly L.; Moir, James W.B.; Clark, James H.

    2011-01-01

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNP) confined within porous starch have been prepared in a simple, green and efficient manner, utilising the nanoporous structure of predominantly mesoporous starch (MS) to act as nanoparticle stabiliser, support and reducing surface. MS/AgNP materials present high surface areas (SBET > 150 m2 g−1) and mesopore volumes (Vmeso > 0.45 cm3 g−1). The interaction of the AgNP precursor and forming nanoparticle nuclei with the mesoporous domains of the porous polysaccharide, direct porosity to increasingly narrower and more defined pore size distributions, indicative of a degree of cooperative assembly. Transmission electron microscopy images indicated the presence of spherical AgNP of a size reflective of the porous polysaccharide mesopore diameter (e.g., 5–25 nm), whilst XPS analysis confirmed the metallic Ag0 state. Materials were prepared at relatively low Ag loadings (<0.18 mmol g−1), demonstrating excellent antimicrobial activity in solid and liquid phase testing against Gram negative (E. coli) and positive (S. aureus) model bacteria. The resulting materials are biocompatible and present a useful solid porous carbohydrate-based polymer vehicle to control the AgNP size regime and facilitate transference to a biological environment. PMID:22016626

  20. Structure and surface chemistry in crystalline mesoporous (CeO(2-δ))-YSZ.

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    Somacescu, Simona; Parvulescu, Viorica; Osiceanu, Petre; Calderon-Moreno, Jose Maria; Su, Bao-Lian

    2011-11-01

    Mesoporous metal oxides (CeO(2-δ))-YSZ have been synthesized by a versatile direct synthesis method using ionic cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and different nonionic (block copolymers) as surfactants and urea as hydrolyzing agent. The synthesis was realized at pH=9 using tetraethylammonium hydroxide (TEAOH) as pH mediator. Calcination at 550 °C led to the formation of crystalline metal oxides with uniform mesoporosity. The obtained materials have been characterized by thermogravimetric analysis (TG-DTG), wide and small-angle X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, Brunauer, Emmett and Teller (BET) surface area analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). All the obtained materials exhibits mesoporous structure, crystalline structure indexed in a cubic symmetry, showing a high surface area, a uniform and narrow pore size distribution, spherical morphology typical for the mesoporous materials. The crystalline and mesoporous structures, surface chemistry and stoichiometry for the samples synthesized using ionic and nonionic surfactants have been discussed.

  1. Enzymes immobilized in mesoporous silica: a physical-chemical perspective.

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    Carlsson, Nils; Gustafsson, Hanna; Thörn, Christian; Olsson, Lisbeth; Holmberg, Krister; Åkerman, Björn

    2014-03-01

    Mesoporous materials as support for immobilized enzymes have been explored extensively during the last two decades, primarily not only for biocatalysis applications, but also for biosensing, biofuels and enzyme-controlled drug delivery. The activity of the immobilized enzymes inside the pores is often different compared to that of the free enzymes, and an important challenge is to understand how the immobilization affects the enzymes in order to design immobilization conditions that lead to optimal enzyme activity. This review summarizes methods that can be used to understand how material properties can be linked to changes in enzyme activity. Real-time monitoring of the immobilization process and techniques that demonstrate that the enzymes are located inside the pores is discussed by contrasting them to the common practice of indirectly measuring the depletion of the protein concentration or enzyme activity in the surrounding bulk phase. We propose that pore filling (pore volume fraction occupied by proteins) is the best standard for comparing the amount of immobilized enzymes at the molecular level, and present equations to calculate pore filling from the more commonly reported immobilized mass. Methods to detect changes in enzyme structure upon immobilization and to study the microenvironment inside the pores are discussed in detail. Combining the knowledge generated from these methodologies should aid in rationally designing biocatalyst based on enzymes immobilized in mesoporous materials.

  2. Silver nanoparticles incorporated onto ordered mesoporous silica from Tollen's reagent

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    Zienkiewicz-Strzałka, M.; Pasieczna-Patkowska, S.; Kozak, M.; Pikus, S.

    2013-02-01

    Noble metal nanostructures supported on mesoporous silica are bridge between traditional silica adsorbents and modern catalysts. In this work the Ag/SBA-15 mesoporous materials were synthesized and characterized. Various forms of nanosilver supported on ordered mesoporous template have been successfully obtained via proposed procedures. In all synthesized materials, Tollen's reagent (diammine silver complex [Ag(NH3)2]+) was used as a silver source. Silver nanoparticles were prepared by reduction of ammoniacal silver complex by formaldehyde in the solution of stabilizer. After reduction, Ag nanoparticles could be deposited on SBA-15, or added during traditional synthesis of SBA-15 giving silver or silver chloride nanoparticles in the combination with porous silica. Silver nanostructures as nanoparticles or nanowires were also embedded onto the SBA-15 by incipient wetness impregnation of silver ions. Absorbed silver ions were next reduced under hydrogen at high temperature. There are many advantages of utilized ammoniacal silver complex as a silver source. Proposed method is capable to synthesis of various metal nanostructures with controlled composition and morphology. The silver ammonia complex is composed of two ions surrounding and protecting the central silver ion, so it is possible to obtain very small nanoparticles using simple approach without any functionalization of external and internal surface of SBA-15. This approach allows obtaining greatly small silver nanoparticles on SBA-15 (4 nm) or nanowires depending on the metal loading amount. Moreover, the colloidal silver solution prepared from Tollen's reagent, in the presence of triblock copolymer, remains stable for a long time. Reduction of Tollen's reagent to silver colloidal solution seems to be efficient, fast and interesting approach for the preparation of supported silver nanostructures Obtained samples were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), UV

  3. Magnetic γ-Fe2O3, Fe3O4, and Fe nanoparticles confined within ordered mesoporous carbons as efficient microwave absorbers.

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    Wang, Jiacheng; Zhou, Hu; Zhuang, Jiandong; Liu, Qian

    2015-02-01

    A series of magnetic γ-Fe2O3, Fe3O4, and Fe nanoparticles have been successfully introduced into the mesochannels of ordered mesoporous carbons by the combination of the impregnation of iron salt precursors and then in situ hydrolysis, pyrolysis and reduction processes. The magnetic nanoparticles are uniformly dispersed and confined within the mesopores of mesoporous carbons. Although the as-prepared magnetic mesoporous carbon composites have high contents of magnetic components, they still possess very high specific surface areas and pore volumes. The magnetic hysteresis loops measurements indicate that the magnetic constituents are poorly-crystalline nanoparticles and their saturation magnetization is evidently smaller than bulky magnetic materials. The confinement of magnetic nanoparticles within the mesopores of mesoporous carbons results in the decrease of the complex permittivity and the increase of the complex permeability of the magnetic nanocomposites. The maximum reflection loss (RL) values of -32 dB at 11.3 GHz and a broad absorption band (over 2 GHz) with RL values <-10 dB are obtained for 10-Fe3O4-CMK-3 and 10-γ-Fe2O3-CMK-3 composites in a frequency range of 8.2-12.4 GHz (X-band), showing their great potentials in microwave absorption. This research opens a new method and idea for developing novel magnetic mesoporous carbon composites as high-performance microwave absorbing materials. PMID:25562071

  4. Magnetic γ-Fe2O3, Fe3O4, and Fe nanoparticles confined within ordered mesoporous carbons as efficient microwave absorbers.

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    Wang, Jiacheng; Zhou, Hu; Zhuang, Jiandong; Liu, Qian

    2015-02-01

    A series of magnetic γ-Fe2O3, Fe3O4, and Fe nanoparticles have been successfully introduced into the mesochannels of ordered mesoporous carbons by the combination of the impregnation of iron salt precursors and then in situ hydrolysis, pyrolysis and reduction processes. The magnetic nanoparticles are uniformly dispersed and confined within the mesopores of mesoporous carbons. Although the as-prepared magnetic mesoporous carbon composites have high contents of magnetic components, they still possess very high specific surface areas and pore volumes. The magnetic hysteresis loops measurements indicate that the magnetic constituents are poorly-crystalline nanoparticles and their saturation magnetization is evidently smaller than bulky magnetic materials. The confinement of magnetic nanoparticles within the mesopores of mesoporous carbons results in the decrease of the complex permittivity and the increase of the complex permeability of the magnetic nanocomposites. The maximum reflection loss (RL) values of -32 dB at 11.3 GHz and a broad absorption band (over 2 GHz) with RL values <-10 dB are obtained for 10-Fe3O4-CMK-3 and 10-γ-Fe2O3-CMK-3 composites in a frequency range of 8.2-12.4 GHz (X-band), showing their great potentials in microwave absorption. This research opens a new method and idea for developing novel magnetic mesoporous carbon composites as high-performance microwave absorbing materials.

  5. A simple synthesis of mesoporous carbons with tunable mesopores using a colloidal template-mediated vapor deposition polymerization.

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    Jang, Jyongsik; Lim, Byungkwon; Choi, Moonjung

    2005-09-01

    Mesoporous carbons with highly uniform and tunable mesopores were fabricated by one-step vapor deposition polymerization (VDP) using colloidal silica particles as templates and polyacrylonitrile (PAN) as a carbon precursor. PMID:16100607

  6. A functional mesoporous ionic crystal based on polyoxometalate.

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    Kawahara, Ryosuke; Niinomi, Kazuma; Kondo, Junko N; Hibino, Mitsuhiro; Mizuno, Noritaka; Uchida, Sayaka

    2016-02-21

    A mesoporous ionic crystal is synthesized with a polyoxometalate and a macrocation with polar cyano groups. The compound possesses one-dimensional mesopores with an opening of 3.0 × 2.0 nm. The compound shows high proton conductivity and catalytic activity, which are due to the water molecules in the mesopores. PMID:26804446

  7. Organosilica: Chemistry of Mesoporous Organosilica in Nanotechnology: Molecularly Organic-Inorganic Hybridization into Frameworks (Adv. Mater. 17/2016).

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    Chen, Yu; Shi, Jianlin

    2016-05-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid materials can combine the advantages of organic and inorganic materials, and overcome their drawbacks accordingly. On page 3235, Y. Chen and J. L. Shi review and discuss research progress on the design, synthesis, structure, and composition control of organic-inorganic hybrid mesoporous organosilica nanoparticles (MONs). Extensive applications of MONs in nanotechnology, mainly in nanomedicine, nanocatalysis and nanofabrication are discussed.

  8. Single-phased luminescent mesoporous nanoparticles for simultaneous cell imaging and anticancer drug delivery.

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    Di, Weihua; Ren, Xinguang; Zhao, Haifeng; Shirahata, Naoto; Sakka, Yoshio; Qin, Weiping

    2011-10-01

    Multifunctional materials for biological use have mostly been designed with composite or hybrid nanostructures in which two or more components are incorporated. The present work reports on a multifunctional biomaterial based on single-phased luminescent mesoporous lanthanide oxide nanoparticles that combine simultaneous drug delivery and cell imaging. A simple strategy based on solid-state-chemistry thermal decomposition process was employed to fabricate the spherical mesoporous Gd(2)O(3):Eu nanoparticles with homogeneous size distribution. The porous nanoparticles developed by this strategy possess well-defined mesopores, large pore size and volume, and high specific surface area. The mesoporous features of nanoparticles impart the material with capabilities of loading and releasing the drug with a relatively high loading efficiency and a sustained release behavior of drugs. The DOX-loaded porous Gd(2)O(3) nanoparticles are able to kill the cancer cells efficiently upon incubation with the human cervical carcinoma (HeLa) cells, indicating the potential for treatment of cancer cells. Meanwhile, the intrinsic luminescence of Gd(2)O(3):Eu nanoparticles gives the function of optical imaging. Therefore, the drug release activity and effect of drugs on the cells can be effectively monitored via luminescence of nanoparticles themselves, realizing multifunctionality of simultaneous cell imaging and anticancer drug delivery in a single-phased nanoparticle.

  9. Facile fabrication and supercapacitive properties of mesoporous zinc cobaltite microspheres

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    Wang, Qinghong; Du, Jialu; Zhu, Yuxuan; Yang, Jiaqin; Chen, Juan; Wang, Chao; Li, Liang; Jiao, Lifang

    2015-06-01

    Mesoporous zinc cobaltite (ZnCo2O4) microspheres have been successfully prepared by a facile solvothermal method followed by an annealing process. The as-prepared ZnCo2O4 displays uniform sphere-like morphology composed of interconnected ZnCo2O4 nanoparticles. The Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area of mesoporous ZnCo2O4 microspheres is about 51.4 m2 g-1 with dominant pore diameter of 7.5 nm. The novel ZnCo2O4 material exhibits high specific capacitance of 953.2 F g-1 and 768.5 F g-1 at discharge current densities of 4 A g-1 and 30 A g-1, respectively. The energy density can be estimated to be 26.68 Wh kg-1 at a power density of 8 kW kg-1. The specific capacitance retention is 97.8% after 3000 cycles, suggesting its excellent cycling stability. The superior electrochemical performance is mainly attributed to the uniformity of the surface structure and the porosity of the microspheres, which benefit electrons and ions transportation, provide large electrode-electrolyte contact area, and meanwhile reduce volume change during the charge-discharge process. This method of constructing porous microspheres is very effective, yet simple, and it could be applied in other high-performance metal oxide electrode materials for electrochemical capacitors, as well as in Li-ion batteries.

  10. Mesoporous Zirconium Phenylenesiliconate-phosphonate Hybrids with Ordered Lamellar Nanostructures.

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    Maeda, Kazuyuki; Kobayashi, Hiroki; Oguro, Kaku; Otsu, Masato; Kondo, Atsushi; Maki, Tei

    2015-11-16

    Novel ordered lamellar mesostructure pZrPS-2 was hydrothermally prepared by using zirconium propoxide and 4-(EtO)2OPC6H4Si(OEt)3 (pPPS-E), which was hydrolyzed to organic building units substituted with both siliconate and phosphonate groups, in the presence of Cn TAB and TMAOH. The pZrPS-2 materials were obtained at a Zr/PPS ratio of 2 or higher and the basal spacing was increased by using a longer-chain surfactant (n = 12-18). Removal of the occluded surfactants at 300 °C resulted in retention of the lamellar structure with negligible shrinkage of the interlayer distance. Nitrogen adsorption studies revealed the ordered mesoporous nature of pZrPS-2 with a pore diameter of approximately 2 to 3 nm. The lamellar structure is assumed to be composed of layers that include zirconia-based crystalline nanodomains and interlayer pillars mainly based on PPS units. Although lamellar structures with the same crystalline phase also formed when no surfactant was added or when the meta isomer of PPS was used, no mesoporous materials were obtained except pZrPS-2. A possible schematic model to elucidate these results is also proposed. PMID:26427615

  11. Periodic mesoporous organosilica with a hexagonally pillared lamellar structure.

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    Lee, Hyung Ik; Kim, Ji Man; Stucky, Galen D

    2009-10-14

    Ordered mesoporous materials (OMMs) with well-defined pore sizes (>2 nm) and pore geometries are important in various applications that require fast mass transfer or deal with large molecules. Extensive research has resulted in the discovery of OMMs with three types of mesostructures: (i) bi- or multicontinuous, (ii) columnar, and (iii) discontinuous (cagelike). However, another type, the pillared lamellar structure, which has long been sought and has been mathematically computed and known to exist in the research fields of surfactant and multiblock-copolymer mesophases, still remains a mesostructure that has not been observed in real OMMs for any specific symmetry. Herein, we report an unprecedented type of ordered mesoporous material with a hexagonally pillared lamellar (HPL) structure (P6(3)/mmc) that can be synthesized via a phase transformation from a lamellar mesophase by hydrothermal reaction in the presence of an organosilica precursor and a high concentration of a designed Gemini surfactant (Gem(16-3-16)) that has a large g value. The present GMO-HPL, which has an unique three-dimensional periodic structure with two-dimensionally connected pore channels running between the framework layers, provides a fascinating topological link between the lamellar and columnar (2D hexagonal) mesophases. It is unique in its application potential by making possible selective 2D diffusion in different directions.

  12. Mesoporous nitrogen-doped carbon derived from carp with high electrocatalytic performance for oxygen reduction reaction

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    Wang, Rongfang; Song, Huihui; Li, Hao; Wang, Hui; Mao, Xuefeng; Ji, Shan

    2015-03-01

    In this work, a low-cost and nitrogen-containing carbon material with mesopores and high surface area is synthesized by carbonizing carp with SiO2 nanoparticles as template. It is found that pyridinic-N dominates the N species on the surface of obtained carbon material, which can act as active sites for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The BET surface area of obtained carbon material is 401.7 m2 g-1 and the pore size is ca. 11.1 nm. Due to its high pyridinic-N content and mesoporous architecture, the ORR activity of obtained carbon material in alkaline media is comparable to that of commercial Pt/C catalyst. In addition, it shows a higher methanol tolerance than Pt/C catalyst, making it a potential alternative to Pt-based catalysts.

  13. Carbon Nanotube Synthesis Using Mesoporous Silica Templates

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    Zheng, Feng; Liang, Liang; Gao, Yufei; Sukamto, Johanes H.; Aardahl, Chris L.

    2002-07-01

    Well-aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were grown on mesoporous silica films by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Ethylene was used as the carbon source and CVD was performed at 1023 K and atmospheric pressure. The films were doped with Fe during gelation, and three different structure directing agents were used for mesoporous silica synthesis: polyoxyethylene (10) cetyl ether (C16EO10), Pluronic tri-block copolymer (P123), and cetyltriethylammonium chloride (CTAC). A high degree of CNT alignment on C16EO10-mesoporous silica films was produced at Fe:Si molar ratio of 1.80. Similar alignment of CNTs was achieved on the other two types of films but on CTAC-mesoporous silica films, CNTs only grew parallel to the substrate surface from the cracks in the films because of the in-plane arrangement of the mesopores in such films. Considerable progress has been made in producing multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by catalytic CVD techniques. If CNTs are to be integrated into certain useful devices, it is critical to be able to grow highly aligned arrays of CNTs with narrow size distribution and at specific locations on a substrate. Long-range alignment normal to the substrate results from steric crowding if the initial catalyst sites are sufficiently dense. Alignment may be improved with better control of the density of catalytic sites by means of a template of appropriate pore structure. The confinement of CNTs by the pores during the initial growth may also help align CNTs.

  14. Sol-gel synthesis and characterization of mesoporous manganese oxide

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    Hong Xinlin; Zhang Gaoyong; Zhu Yinyan; Yang Hengquan

    2003-10-30

    Mesoporous manganese oxide (MPMO) from reduction of KMnO{sub 4} with maleic acid, was obtained and characterized in detail. The characterization of the material was confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray powder diffractometry (XRD) and N{sub 2} sorptometry. The results showed that MPMO is a pseudo-crystalline material with complex network pore structure, of which BET specific surface area is 297 m{sup 2}/g and pore size distribution is approximately in the range of 0.7-6.0 nm. The MPMO material turns to cryptomelane when the calcinating temperature rises to 400 deg. C. The optimum sol-gel reaction conditions are KMnO{sub 4}/C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 4} molar ratio=3, pH=7 and gelation time>6 h.

  15. Hydrolysis of Cellulose by a Mesoporous Carbon-Fe2(SO4)3/γ-Fe2O3 Nanoparticle-Based Solid Acid Catalyst

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    Yamaguchi, Daizo; Watanabe, Koki; Fukumi, Shinya

    2016-01-01

    Carbon-based solid acid catalysts have shown significant potential in a wide range of applications, and they have been successfully synthesized using simple processes. Magnetically separable mesoporous carbon composites also have enormous potential, especially in separation and adsorption technology. However, existing techniques have been unable to produce a magnetically separable mesoporous solid acid catalyst because no suitable precursors have been identified. Herein we describe a magnetically separable, mesoporous solid acid catalyst synthesized from a newly developed mesoporous carbon-γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticle composite. This material exhibits an equivalent acid density and catalytic activity in the hydrolysis of microcrystalline cellulose, to that of the cellulose-derived conventional catalyst. Since it is magnetically separable, this material can be readily recovered and reused, potentially reducing the environmental impact of industrial processes to which it is applied. PMID:26856604

  16. Self-Immolative Linkers as Caps for the Design of Gated Silica Mesoporous Supports.

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    Juárez, L Alberto; Añón, Elena; Giménez, Cristina; Sancenón, Félix; Martínez-Máñez, Ramón; Costero, Ana M; Gaviña, Pablo; Parra, Margarita; Bernardos, Andrea

    2016-09-26

    A new hybrid material based on sulforhodamine B dye-loaded silica mesoporous nanoparticles capped with a self-immolative gate has been synthesized and characterized. The gated material's controlled release behavior is monitored under different pH conditions. Under acidic and neutral conditions, a low level of dye release is detected. However, at slightly basic pH, significant dye release occurs owing to deprotonation of the phenol moiety in the capping molecule, which results in its disassembly. PMID:27304830

  17. Mesoporous TiO2-B Microspheres with Superior Rate Performance for Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Liu, Hansan; Bi, Zhonghe; Sun, Xiao-Guang; Unocic, Raymond R; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Dai, Sheng; Brown, Gilbert M

    2011-01-01

    Mesoporous TiO2-B microsperes with a favorable material architecture are designed and synthesized for high power lithium ion batteries. This material, combining the advantages of fast lithium transport with a pseudocapacitive mechanism, adequate electrode-electrolyte contact and compact particle packing in electrode layer, shows superior high-rate charge-discharge capability and long-time cyclability for lithium ion batteries.

  18. Self-Immolative Linkers as Caps for the Design of Gated Silica Mesoporous Supports.

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    Juárez, L Alberto; Añón, Elena; Giménez, Cristina; Sancenón, Félix; Martínez-Máñez, Ramón; Costero, Ana M; Gaviña, Pablo; Parra, Margarita; Bernardos, Andrea

    2016-09-26

    A new hybrid material based on sulforhodamine B dye-loaded silica mesoporous nanoparticles capped with a self-immolative gate has been synthesized and characterized. The gated material's controlled release behavior is monitored under different pH conditions. Under acidic and neutral conditions, a low level of dye release is detected. However, at slightly basic pH, significant dye release occurs owing to deprotonation of the phenol moiety in the capping molecule, which results in its disassembly.

  19. Low temperature synthesis and visible light driven photocatalytic activity of highly crystalline mesoporous TiO2 particles.

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    Gujar, Tanaji P; Anand, Chokkalingam; Shinde, Vaishali R; Ye, Jinhua; Ariga, Katsuhiko; Vinu, Ajayan

    2010-12-01

    Mesoporous TiO2 powder materials with a high crystallinity have been prepared by evaporation induced self assembly (EISA) process using titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) and pluronic P123 surfactant (EO20PO70EO20) as titanium source and structure-directing reagent, respectively. The prepared materials were characterized by low and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), optical absorption, and N2 adsorption-desorption experiments. The crystallinity of the materials was controlled by varying the calcination temperature. The resulting TiO2 materials showed highly crystalline structure with uniform particle size which increases from 11.8 to 23.8 nm with increasing the calcination temperature from 400 to 600 degrees C, respectively, whereas the specific surface area decreases from 125 to 40 m2/g. TEM and XRD results revealed that the calcination temperature of 600 degrees C is the best condition to obtain highly crystalline mesoporous TiO2. The photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 mesoporous materials with different crystallinity and textural parameters has been studied in the decomposition of methylene blue (MB) dye molecules under visible light irradiation. Among the mesoporous TiO2 materials studied, the material with the highest crystallinity, prepared at 600 degrees C, showed the best photocatalytic performance in the decomposition of MB under visible light in a short time. PMID:21121305

  20. Synthesis and characterization of mesoporous hydrocracking catalysts

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    Munir, D.; Usman, M. R.

    2016-08-01

    Mesoporous catalysts have shown great prospective for catalytic reactions due to their high surface area that aids better distribution of impregnated metal. They have been found to contain more adsorption sites and controlled pore diameter. Hydrocracking, in the presence of mesoporous catalyst is considered more efficient and higher conversion of larger molecules is observed as compared to the cracking reactions in smaller microporous cavities of traditional zeolites. In the present study, a number of silica-alumina based mesoporous catalysts are synthesized in the laboratory. The concentration and type of surfactants and quantities of silica and alumina sources are the variables studied in the preparation of catalyst supports. The supports prepared are well characterized using SEM, EDX, and N2-BET techniques. Finally, the catalysts are tested in a high pressure autoclave reactor to study the activity and selectivity of the catalysts for the hydrocracking of a model mixture of plastics comprising of LDPE, HDPE, PP, and PS.

  1. Biological applications and transmission electron microscopy investigation of mesoporous silica nanoparticles

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    Trewyn, Brian G.

    The research presented and discussed within involves the development of novel biological applications of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN) and an investigation of mesoporous material by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). A series of room-temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) containing mesoporous silica nanoparticle (MSN) materials with various particle morphologies, including spheres, ellipsoids, rods, and tubes, were synthesized. By changing the RTIL template, the pore morphology was tuned from the MCM-41 type of hexagonal mesopores to rotational moire type of helical channels, and to wormhole-like porous structures. These materials were used as controlled release delivery nanodevices to deliver antibacterial ionic liquids against Escherichia coli K12. The involvement of a specific organosiloxane function group, covalently attached to the exterior of fluorescein doped mesoporous silica nanoparticles (FITC-MSN), on the degree and kinetics of endocytosis in cancer and plant cells was investigated. The kinetics of endocystosis of TEG coated FITC-MSN is significantly quicker than FITC-MSN as determined by flow cytometry experiments. The fluorescence confocal microscopy investigation showed the endocytosis of TEG coated-FITC MSN triethylene glycol grafted fluorescein doped MSN (TEG coated-FITC MSN) into both HeLa cells and Tobacco root protoplasts. Once the synthesis of a controlled-release delivery system based on MCM-41-type mesoporous silica nanorods capped by disulfide bonds with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles was completed. The material was characterized by general methods and the dosage and kinetics of the antioxidant dependent release was measured. Finally, the biological interaction of the material was determined along with TEM measurements. An electron microscopy investigation proved that the pore openings of the MSN were indeed blocked by the Fe 3O4 nanoparticles. The biological interaction investigation demonstrated Fe3O4-capped MSN

  2. Mesoporous Nb and Ta Oxides: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications in Heterogeneous Acid Catalysis

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    Rao, Yuxiang Tony

    In this work, a series of mesoporous Niobium and Tantalum oxides with different pore sizes (C6, C12, C18 , ranging from 12A to 30 A) were synthesized using the ligand-assisted templating approach and investigated for their activities in a wide range of catalytic applications including benzylation, alkylation and isomerization. The as-synthesized mesoporous materials were characterized by nitrogen adsorption, powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and solid-state Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques. In order to probe into the structural and coordination geometry of mesoporous Nb oxide and in efforts to make meaningful comparisons of mesoporous niobia prepared by the amine-templating method with the corresponding bulk sol-gel prepared Nb2O5 phase, 17O magic-angle-spinning solid-state NMR studies were conducted. The results showed a very high local order in the mesoporous sample. The oxygen atoms are coordinated only as ONb 2 in contrast with bulk phases in which the oxygen atoms are always present in a mixture of ONb2 and ONb3 coordination environments. To enhance their surface acidities and thus improve their performance as solid acid catalysts in the acid-catalyzed reactions mentioned above, pure mesoporous Nb and Ta oxides were further treated with 1M sulfuric acid or phosphoric acid. Their surface acidities before and after acid treatment were measured by Fourier transform infraRed (FT IR), amine titration and temperature programmed desorption of ammonia (NH3-TPD). Results obtained in this study showed that sulfated mesoporous Nb and Ta oxides materials possess relative high surface areas (up to 612 m 2/g) and amorphous wormhole structure. These mesoporous structures are thus quite stable to acid treatment. It was also found that Bronsted (1540 cm-1) and Lewis (1450 cm-1) acid sites coexist in a roughly 50:50 mixture

  3. Magnetic spherical cores partly coated with periodic mesoporous organosilica single crystals.

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    Li, Jing; Wei, Yong; Li, Wei; Deng, Yonghui; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2012-03-01

    Core-shell structured materials are of special significance in various applications. Until now, most reported core-shell structures have polycrystalline or amorphous coatings as their shell layers, with popular morphologies of microspheres or quasi-spheres. However, the single crystals, either mesoscale or atomic ones, are still rarely reported as shell layers. If single crystals can be coated on core materials, it would result in a range of new type core-shell structures with various morphologies, and probably more potential applications. In this work, we demonstrate that periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) single crystals can partly grow on magnetic microspheres to form incomplete Fe(3)O(4)@nSiO(2)@PMO core-shell materials in aqueous solution, which indeed is the first illustration that mesoporous single-crystal materials can be used as shell layers for preparation of core-shell materials. The achieved materials have advantages of high specific surface areas, good magnetic responses, embedded functional groups and cubic mesopore channels, which might provide them with various application conveniences. We suppose the partial growth is largely decided by the competition between growing tendency of single crystals and the resistances to this tendency. In principle, other single crystals, including a range of atomic single crystals, such as zeolites, are able to be developed into such core-shell structures.

  4. Peptide-laden mesoporous silica nanoparticles with promoted bioactivity and osteo-differentiation ability for bone tissue engineering.

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    Luo, Zuyuan; Deng, Yi; Zhang, Ranran; Wang, Mengke; Bai, Yanjie; Zhao, Qiang; Lyu, Yalin; Wei, Jie; Wei, Shicheng

    2015-07-01

    Combination of mesoporous silica materials and bioactive factors is a promising niche-mimetic solution as a hybrid bone substitution for bone tissue engineering. In this work, we have synthesized biocompatible silica-based nanoparticles with abundant mesoporous structure, and incorporated bone-forming peptide (BFP) derived from bone morphogenetic protein-7 (BMP-7) into the mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) to obtain a slow-release system for osteogenic factor delivery. The chemical characterization demonstrates that the small osteogenic peptide is encapsulated in the mesoporous successfully, and the nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms suggest that the peptide encapsulation has no influence on mesoporous structure of MSNs. In the cell experiment, the peptide-laden MSNs (p-MSNs) show higher MG-63 cell proliferation, spreading and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity than the bare MSNs, indicating good in vitro cytocompatibility. Simultaneously, the osteogenesis-related proteins expression and calcium mineral deposition disclose enhanced osteo-differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) under the stimulation of the p-MSNs, confirming that BFP released from MSNs could significantly promote the osteogenic differentiation of hMSCs, especially at 500μg/mL of p-MSNs concentration. The peptide-modified MSNs with better bioactivity and osteogenic differentiation make it a potential candidate as bioactive material for bone repairing, bone regeneration, and bio-implant coating applications. PMID:25969416

  5. Peptide-laden mesoporous silica nanoparticles with promoted bioactivity and osteo-differentiation ability for bone tissue engineering.

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    Luo, Zuyuan; Deng, Yi; Zhang, Ranran; Wang, Mengke; Bai, Yanjie; Zhao, Qiang; Lyu, Yalin; Wei, Jie; Wei, Shicheng

    2015-07-01

    Combination of mesoporous silica materials and bioactive factors is a promising niche-mimetic solution as a hybrid bone substitution for bone tissue engineering. In this work, we have synthesized biocompatible silica-based nanoparticles with abundant mesoporous structure, and incorporated bone-forming peptide (BFP) derived from bone morphogenetic protein-7 (BMP-7) into the mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) to obtain a slow-release system for osteogenic factor delivery. The chemical characterization demonstrates that the small osteogenic peptide is encapsulated in the mesoporous successfully, and the nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms suggest that the peptide encapsulation has no influence on mesoporous structure of MSNs. In the cell experiment, the peptide-laden MSNs (p-MSNs) show higher MG-63 cell proliferation, spreading and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity than the bare MSNs, indicating good in vitro cytocompatibility. Simultaneously, the osteogenesis-related proteins expression and calcium mineral deposition disclose enhanced osteo-differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) under the stimulation of the p-MSNs, confirming that BFP released from MSNs could significantly promote the osteogenic differentiation of hMSCs, especially at 500μg/mL of p-MSNs concentration. The peptide-modified MSNs with better bioactivity and osteogenic differentiation make it a potential candidate as bioactive material for bone repairing, bone regeneration, and bio-implant coating applications.

  6. Synthesis of Mesoporous Single Crystal Co(OH)2 Nanoplate and Its Topotactic Conversion to Dual-Pore Mesoporous Single Crystal Co3O4.

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    Jia, Bao-Rui; Qin, Ming-Li; Li, Shu-Mei; Zhang, Zi-Li; Lu, Hui-Feng; Chen, Peng-Qi; Wu, Hao-Yang; Lu, Xin; Zhang, Lin; Qu, Xuan-Hui

    2016-06-22

    A new class of mesoporous single crystalline (MSC) material, Co(OH)2 nanoplates, is synthesized by a soft template method, and it is topotactically converted to dual-pore MSC Co3O4. Most mesoporous materials derived from the soft template method are reported to be amorphous or polycrystallined; however, in our synthesis, Co(OH)2 seeds grow to form single crystals, with amphiphilic block copolymer F127 colloids as the pore producer. The single-crystalline nature of material can be kept during the conversion from Co(OH)2 to Co3O4, and special dual-pore MSC Co3O4 nanoplates can be obtained. As the anode of lithium-ion batteries, such dual-pore MSC Co3O4 nanoplates possess exceedingly high capacity as well as long cyclic performance (730 mAh g(-1) at 1 A g(-1) after the 350th cycle). The superior performance is because of the unique hierarchical mesoporous structure, which could significantly improve Li(+) diffusion kinetics, and the exposed highly active (111) crystal planes are in favor of the conversion reaction in the charge/discharge cycles. PMID:27250515

  7. Synthesis of Mesoporous Single Crystal Co(OH)2 Nanoplate and Its Topotactic Conversion to Dual-Pore Mesoporous Single Crystal Co3O4.

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    Jia, Bao-Rui; Qin, Ming-Li; Li, Shu-Mei; Zhang, Zi-Li; Lu, Hui-Feng; Chen, Peng-Qi; Wu, Hao-Yang; Lu, Xin; Zhang, Lin; Qu, Xuan-Hui

    2016-06-22

    A new class of mesoporous single crystalline (MSC) material, Co(OH)2 nanoplates, is synthesized by a soft template method, and it is topotactically converted to dual-pore MSC Co3O4. Most mesoporous materials derived from the soft template method are reported to be amorphous or polycrystallined; however, in our synthesis, Co(OH)2 seeds grow to form single crystals, with amphiphilic block copolymer F127 colloids as the pore producer. The single-crystalline nature of material can be kept during the conversion from Co(OH)2 to Co3O4, and special dual-pore MSC Co3O4 nanoplates can be obtained. As the anode of lithium-ion batteries, such dual-pore MSC Co3O4 nanoplates possess exceedingly high capacity as well as long cyclic performance (730 mAh g(-1) at 1 A g(-1) after the 350th cycle). The superior performance is because of the unique hierarchical mesoporous structure, which could significantly improve Li(+) diffusion kinetics, and the exposed highly active (111) crystal planes are in favor of the conversion reaction in the charge/discharge cycles.

  8. Orientation specific deposition of mesoporous particles

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    Kjellman, Tomas; Bodén, Niklas; Wennerström, Hâkan; Edler, Karen J.; Alfredsson, Viveka

    2014-11-01

    We present a protocol for a facile orientation specific deposition of plate-like mesoporous SBA-15 silica particles onto a surface (mesopores oriented normal to surface). A drop of an aqueous dispersion of particles is placed on the surface and water vaporizes under controlled relative humidity. Three requirements are essential for uniform coverage: particle dispersion should not contain aggregates, a weak attraction between particles and surface is needed, and evaporation rate should be low. Aggregates are removed by stirring/sonication. Weak attraction is realized by introducing cationic groups to the surface. Insight into the mechanisms of the so-called coffee stain effect is also provided.

  9. A Single-Crystalline Mesoporous Quartz Superlattice.

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    Matsuno, Takamichi; Kuroda, Yoshiyuki; Kitahara, Masaki; Shimojima, Atsushi; Wada, Hiroaki; Kuroda, Kazuyuki

    2016-05-10

    There has been significant interest in the crystallization of nanostructured silica into α-quartz because of its physicochemical properties. We demonstrate a single-crystalline mesoporous quartz superlattice, a silica polymorph with unprecedentedly ordered hierarchical structures on both the several tens of nanometers scale and the atomic one. The mesoporous quartz superlattice consists of periodically arranged α-quartz nanospheres whose crystalline axes are mostly oriented in an assembly. The superlattice is prepared by thermal crystallization of amorphous silica nanospheres constituting a colloidal crystal. We found that the deposition of a strong flux of Li(+) only on the surface of silica nanospheres is effective for crystallization.

  10. Synthesis, characterization, and electrochemical properties of ordered mesoporous carbons containing nickel oxide nanoparticles using sucrose and nickel acetate in a silica template

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    Cao Yulin; Cao Jieming Zheng Mingbo; Liu Jinsong; Ji Guangbin

    2007-02-15

    New ordered mesoporous carbons containing nickel oxide nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized by carbonization of sucrose in the presence of nickel acetate inside SBA-15 mesoporous silica template. The obtained samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen adsorption-desorption, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The NiO nanoparticles were embedded inside the mesoporous carbon framework due to the simultaneous pyrolysis of nickel acetate during carbonization. The electrochemical testing of the as-made nanocomposites showed a large specific capacitance of 230 F g{sup -1} using 2 M KOH as the electrolyte at room temperature. This is attributed to the nanometer-sized NiO formed inside mesoporous carbons and the high surface area of the mesopores in which the NiO nanoparticles are formed. Furthermore, the synthetic process is proposed as a simple and general method for the preparation of new functionalized mesoporous carbon materials, for various applications in catalysis, sensor or advanced electrode material. - Graphical abstract: Schematic drawings of synthesis routes for the NiOCMK materials.

  11. Synthesis and optimizable electrochemical performance of reduced graphene oxide wrapped mesoporous TiO₂ microspheres.

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    Yan, Xiao; Li, Yanjuan; Du, Fei; Zhu, Kai; Zhang, Yongquan; Su, Anyu; Chen, Gang; Wei, Yingjin

    2014-04-21

    A facile microwave solvothermal process is developed to prepare an anatase TiO2 anode material that maintains multiple properties including high surface area, high crystallinity, uniform mesoporous, perfect microspheres and uniform particle size. Using this fine anatase TiO₂ product, a TiO₂/RGO (RGO: reduced graphene oxide) hybrid material is prepared under UV-light irradiation. Incorporation of RGO improves the electrochemical kinetics of the TiO₂ microspheres, which results in superior electrochemical performance in terms of specific capacity, rate capability and cycle stability. The material shows a discharge capacity of 155.8 mA h g(-1) at the 5 C rate. Even at the 60 C rate, a high discharge capacity of 83.6 mA h g(-1) is still obtained which is two times higher than that of pristine mesoporous TiO₂. PMID:24604120

  12. Wet powder processing of sol-gel derived mesoporous silica-hydroxyapatite hybrid powders.

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    Andersson, Jenny; Johannessen, Espen; Areva, Sami; Järn, Mikael; Lindén, Mika

    2006-08-01

    This paper describes a method by which a porous silica coating layer can be obtained on different apatite particles through a simple sol-gel synthesis route. Sol-gel derived powders of hydroxyapatite (HAP) and beta tricalciumphosphate (beta-TCP) were coated with a mesoporous silica using C16TAB (hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide) as a template in order to induce mesophase formation. Further calcination of the material removes the template from the mesophase and leaves a highly ordered hexagonal arranged mesoporous silica structure with a core of HAP/beta-TCP. The phase purity of the SiO2/apatite composites has been thoroughly investigated by the means of FT-IR, XRD, and solid state 31P MAS NMR. The phase purity of these materials is shown to be dependent on the solubility properties of the used apatites. The hybrid materials are suitable as a multifunctional biomaterial where osteoconductive properties can be combined with drug delivery.

  13. One-step synthesis of hydrothermally stable mesoporous aluminosilicates with strong acidity

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    Yang Dongjiang; Xu Yao Wu Dong; Sun Yuhan

    2008-09-15

    Using tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS), polymethylhydrosiloxane (PMHS) and aluminium isopropoxide (AIP) as the reactants, through a one-step nonsurfactant route based on PMHS-TEOS-AIP co-polycondensation, hydrothermally stable mesoporous aluminosilicates with different Si/Al molar ratios were successfully prepared. All samples exclusively showed narrow pore size distribution centered at 3.6 nm. To assess the hydrothermal stability, samples were subjected to 100 deg. C distilled water for 300 h. The boiled mesoporous aluminosilicates have nearly the same N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption isotherms and the same pore size distributions as those newly synthesized ones, indicating excellent hydrothermal stability. The {sup 29}Si MAS NMR spectra confirmed that PMHS and TEOS have jointly condensed and CH{sub 3} groups have been introduced into the materials. The {sup 27}Al MAS NMR spectra indicated that Al atoms have been incorporated in the mesopore frameworks. The NH{sub 3} temperature-programmed desorption showed strong acidity. Due to the existence of large amount of CH{sub 3} groups, the mesoporous aluminosilicates obtained good hydrophobicity. Owing to the relatively large pore and the strong acidity provided by the uniform four-coordinated Al atoms, the excellent catalytic performance for 1,3,5-triisopropylbenzene cracking was acquired easily. The materials may be a profitable complement for the synthesis of solid acid catalysts. - Graphical abstract: Based on the nonsurfactant method, a facile one-step synthesis route has been developed to prepare methyl-modified mesoporous aluminosilicates that possessed hydrothermal stability and strong acidity.

  14. Hierarchical mesoporous NiCo2O4 hollow nanocubes for supercapacitors.

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    Zheng, Chunrui; Cao, Chuanbao; Chang, Runling; Hou, Jianhua; Zhai, Huazhang

    2016-02-17

    In the present work, mesoporous NiCo2O4 hollow nanocubes are synthesized using a "coordinating etching & precipitating" (CEP) route. The hollow nanocubes are characterized using SEM, TEM, XRD, XPS and BET methods. The hollow nanocubes have a uniform morphology of 300-500 nm, a high surface area of 134.52 m(2) g(-1) and a mesoporous structure of 2.4-6 nm. These mesoporous NiCo2O4 hollow nanocubes exhibit the specific capacitance of 795.6 F g(-1) at a constant discharge current density of 1 A g(-1). The high specific capacitance and the stability of the NiCo2O4 hollow nanocube electrode are attributed to its large specific surface area and mesoporous structure. The specific capacity retention is 97.5% at a current density of 1 A g(-1) and 96.1% at a current density of 2 A g(-1) over 2000 charge-discharge cycles. The high specific capacitance and excellent cyclic stability indicate that NiCo2O4 hollow nanocubes are excellent supercapacitor electrode materials.

  15. Self-cleaning antireflective coatings assembled from peculiar mesoporous silica nanoparticles.

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    Li, Xiaoyu; Du, Xin; He, Junhui

    2010-08-17

    Novel mesoporous silica nanoparticles of peculiar shapes were synthesized, from which hierarchically porous silica coatings were fabricated on glass substrates via layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly, followed by calcination. These porous silica coatings were highly transparent and superhydrophilic. The maximum transmittance reached as high as 94%, whereas that of the glass substrate is 91%. The time for a droplet to spread lower than 5 degrees decreased to as short as 0.25 s. After the coating surface was treated with a low surface energy material, the surface became superhydrophobic (water contract angle >150 degrees) with a very low sliding angle of <1 degree. Compared with MCM-41-type mesoporous silica nanoparticles, the coatings fabricated using the novel mesoporous silica nanoparticles possess much better self-cleaning property. We used scanning (SEM) and transmission (TEM) electron microscopy to observe the morphology and structure of nanoparticles and surfaces. Transmission spectra and their change with time were characterized by UV-vis spectrophotometer. We studied the surface wettability by a contact angle/interface system. The influence of mesopores on the transmittance and wetting properties of coatings was discussed on the basis of experimental observations.

  16. Comprehensive study of mesoporous carbon functionalized with carboxylate groups and magnetic nanoparticles as a promising adsorbent.

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    Chi, Yue; Geng, Wangchang; Zhao, Liang; Yan, Xiao; Yuan, Qing; Li, Nan; Li, Xiaotian

    2012-03-01

    Highly ordered mesoporous carbon functionalized with carboxylate groups and magnetic nanoparticles has been successfully synthesized. By oxidative treatment using (NH(4))(2)S(2)O(8) and H(2)SO(4) mixed solution, numerous hydrophilic groups were created in the mesopores without destroying the ordered mesostructure of CMK-3. Through the in situ reduction in Fe(3+), magnetic nanoparticles were successfully introduced into the mesopores, resulting in the multifunctional mesoporous carbon Fe-CMK-3. The obtained hybrid carbon material possesses ordered mesostructure, high Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area up to 1013 m(2)/g, large pore volume of about 1.16 cm(3)/g, carboxylic surface, and excellent magnetic property. When used as an adsorbent, Fe-CMK-3 exhibits excellent performances for removing toxic organic compounds from waster-water, with a high adsorption capacity, an extremely rapid adsorption rate, and an easy magnetically separable process. In the case of requiring emergency removal of large amount of organic pollutants in aqueous, the hybrid carbon adsorbent would be an ideal choice.

  17. The adsorption of gold, palladium and platinum from acidic chloride solutions on mesoporous carbons.

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    Zalupski, Peter R.; McDowell, Rocklan; Dutech, Guy

    2014-08-05

    Studies on the adsorption characteristics of gold, palladium and platinum on mesoporous carbon (CMK-3) and sulfur-impregnated mesoporous carbon (CMK-3/S) evaluated the benefits/drawbacks of the presence of a layer of elemental sulfur inside mesoporous carbon structures. Adsorption isotherms collected for Au(III), Pd(II) and Pt(IV) on those materials suggest that sulfur does enhance the adsorption of those metal ions in mildly acidic environment (pH 3). The isotherms collected in 1 M HCl show that the benefit of sulfur disappears due to the competing influence of large concentration of hydrogen ions on the ion-exchanging mechanism of metal ions sorption on mesoporous carbon surfaces.more » The collected acid dependencies illustrate similar adsorption characteristics for CMK-3 and CMK-3/S in 1-5 M HCl concentration range. Sorption of metal ions from diluted aqueous acidic mixtures of actual leached electronic waste demonstrated the feasibility of recovery of gold from such liquors.« less

  18. The adsorption of gold, palladium and platinum from acidic chloride solutions on mesoporous carbons.

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    Zalupski, Peter R.; McDowell, Rocklan; Dutech, Guy

    2014-08-05

    Studies on the adsorption characteristics of gold, palladium and platinum on mesoporous carbon (CMK-3) and sulfur-impregnated mesoporous carbon (CMK-3/S) evaluated the benefits/drawbacks of the presence of a layer of elemental sulfur inside mesoporous carbon structures. Adsorption isotherms collected for Au(III), Pd(II) and Pt(IV) on those materials suggest that sulfur does enhance the adsorption of those metal ions in mildly acidic environment (pH 3). The isotherms collected in 1 M HCl show that the benefit of sulfur disappears due to the competing influence of large concentration of hydrogen ions on the ion-exchanging mechanism of metal ions sorption on mesoporous carbon surfaces. The collected acid dependencies illustrate similar adsorption characteristics for CMK-3 and CMK-3/S in 1-5 M HCl concentration range. Sorption of metal ions from diluted aqueous acidic mixtures of actual leached electronic waste demonstrated the feasibility of recovery of gold from such liquors.

  19. Biodegradable mesoporous bioactive glass nanospheres for drug delivery and bone tissue regeneration

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    Wang, Xiaojian; Li, Wei

    2016-06-01

    Bioactive inorganic materials are attractive for hard tissue regeneration, and they are used as delivery vehicles for pharmaceutical molecules, scaffolds and components for bio-composites. We demonstrated mesoporous bioactive glass (BG) nanospheres that exhibited the capacity to deliver pharmaceutical molecules. Mesoporous BG nanospheres with variable Ca to Si ratios were synthesized using sol-gel chemistry. By controlling the hydrolysis and condensation conditions, the diameter of the mesoporous BG nanospheres was changed from 300 nm to 1500 nm. The porous structure and surface area of the BG nanospheres were shown to be dependent on their composition. The surface area of the BG nanospheres decreased from 400 ± 2 m2 g-1 to 56 ± 0.1 m2 g-1 when the Ca/Si ratio increased from 5 to 50 at.%. When the mesoporous BG nanospheres were loaded with ibuprofen (IBU), they exhibited a sustained release profile in simulated body fluid (SBF). In the meantime, the IBU-loaded BG nanospheres degraded in SBF, and induced apatite layer formation on the surface as a result of their good bioactivity. When the BG nanospheres were used as a composite filler to poly (ɛ-caprolactone) (PCL), they were shown to be effective at improving the in vitro bioactivity of PCL microspheres.

  20. Capillary Condensation Pathways of CO2 under Templated Mesoporous Silica Confinement

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    Wang, Bo; Sokol, Paul

    2014-03-01

    Adsorption of CO2 in porous medium has been of great current interest due to its potential for mitigating the global warming caused by greenhouse gases. In particular, the behavior of confined CO2 in mesoporous media near room temperature is particularly relevant to sequestration efforts. Realistic mesoporous systems, such as shales and coals, represent a complex fractal pore structure that complicates the interpretation of adsorption studies. We present the results of a study focused on the adsorption of CO2 in model mesoporous media with well-defined pore structures. Templated porous glasses, such as MCM-41 which has a regular network of 1D pores, provide an ideal system for fundamental studies of the adsorption process. In this study, we focus on the structure of adsorbed CO2 films which evolves in a mixture of phases and the development of nucleation occurs during the formation of high density liquid CO2 inside the confining matrix. We have used Small Angle Neutron Scattering to study the spatial distribution of material radially and transversely within the pores. The 30m SANS NG7 at NIST was used to map out the details of CO2 condensation pathway under mesoporous silica confinement.

  1. Highly active Pd-In/mesoporous alumina catalyst for nitrate reduction.

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    Gao, Zhenwei; Zhang, Yonggang; Li, Deyi; Werth, Charles J; Zhang, Yalei; Zhou, Xuefei

    2015-04-01

    The catalytic reduction of nitrate is a promising technology for groundwater purification because it transforms nitrate into nitrogen and water. Recent studies have mainly focused on new catalysts with higher activities for the reduction of nitrate. Consequently, metal nanoparticles supported on mesoporous metal oxides have become a major research direction. However, the complex surface chemistry and porous structures of mesoporous metal oxides lead to a non-uniform distribution of metal nanoparticles, thereby resulting in a low catalytic efficiency. In this paper, a method for synthesizing the sustainable nitrate reduction catalyst Pd-In/Al2O3 with a dimensional structure is introduced. The TEM results indicated that Pd and In nanoparticles could efficiently disperse into the mesopores of the alumina. At room temperature in CO2-buffered water and under continuous H2 as the electron donor, the synthesized material (4.9 wt% Pd) was the most active at a Pd-In ratio of 4, with a first-order rate constant (k(obs) = 0.241 L min(-1) g(cata)(-1)) that was 1.3× higher than that of conventional Pd-In/Al2O3 (5 wt% Pd; 0.19 L min(-1) g(cata)(-1)). The Pd-In/mesoporous alumina is a promising catalyst for improving the catalytic reduction of nitrate. PMID:25600582

  2. Ti containing mesoporous silica submicrometer-sphere, with tunable particle size for styrene oxidation

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    Wang, Jingjing; Lu, Jinming; Yang, Jianhua; Chen, Rui; Zhang, Yan; Yin, Dehong; Wang, Jinqu

    2013-10-01

    Ti-containing mesoporous silica materials with size-tunable mesopores and isolated tetrahedrally coordinated Ti species have widely applications in bulk molecular catalysis. Herein, mesoporous titanium silica submicrometer-spheres (Ti-MSSs) with tunable outer particle diameter were synthesized based on developed Stober method using nonionic surfactant P123 as particle dispersing agent at room temperature. P123 molecular assembled structures will interact with silica species through interface hydrogen bond leading to the formation of tunable sized particles. The particle size was controlled ranging from 400 to 80 nm by adjusting the P123 concentration. The influence of Ti-MSSs particle size on the oxidation of styrene with aqueous H2O2 as oxidant was investigated in detail. Ti-MSSs showed better catalytical performance compared to mesoporous titanium silica large particles. Moreover, the catalyst activity increased with decrease in particle size of Ti-MSSs. Nano-sized Ti-MSSs of about 80 nm demonstrated the optimized performance for styrene oxidation with styrene conversion 44.7%, benzaldehyde selectivity 82.2% and styrene oxide 17.7% while the reaction time was 6 h.

  3. Highly mesoporous metal–organic framework assembled in a switchable solvent

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    Peng, Li; Zhang, Jianling; Xue, Zhimin; Han, Buxing; Sang, Xinxin; Liu, Chengcheng; Yang, Guanying

    2014-01-01

    The mesoporous metal–organic frameworks are a family of materials that have pore sizes ranging from 2 to 50 nm, which have shown promising applications in catalysis, adsorption, chemical sensing and so on. The preparation of mesoporous metal–organic frameworks usually needs the supramolecular or cooperative template strategy. Here we report the template-free assembly of mesoporous metal–organic frameworks by using CO2-expanded liquids as switchable solvents. The mesocellular metal–organic frameworks with large mesopores (13–23 nm) are formed, and their porosity properties can be easily adjusted by controlling CO2 pressure. Moreover, the use of CO2 can accelerate the reaction for metal–organic framework formation from metal salt and organic linker due to the viscosity-lowering effect of CO2, and the product can be recovered through CO2 extraction. The as-synthesized mesocellular metal–organic frameworks are highly active in catalysing the aerobic oxidation of benzylic alcohols under mild temperature at atmospheric pressure. PMID:25047059

  4. Biodegradable mesoporous bioactive glass nanospheres for drug delivery and bone tissue regeneration

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    Wang, Xiaojian; Li, Wei

    2016-06-01

    Bioactive inorganic materials are attractive for hard tissue regeneration, and they are used as delivery vehicles for pharmaceutical molecules, scaffolds and components for bio-composites. We demonstrated mesoporous bioactive glass (BG) nanospheres that exhibited the capacity to deliver pharmaceutical molecules. Mesoporous BG nanospheres with variable Ca to Si ratios were synthesized using sol–gel chemistry. By controlling the hydrolysis and condensation conditions, the diameter of the mesoporous BG nanospheres was changed from 300 nm to 1500 nm. The porous structure and surface area of the BG nanospheres were shown to be dependent on their composition. The surface area of the BG nanospheres decreased from 400 ± 2 m2 g‑1 to 56 ± 0.1 m2 g‑1 when the Ca/Si ratio increased from 5 to 50 at.%. When the mesoporous BG nanospheres were loaded with ibuprofen (IBU), they exhibited a sustained release profile in simulated body fluid (SBF). In the meantime, the IBU-loaded BG nanospheres degraded in SBF, and induced apatite layer formation on the surface as a result of their good bioactivity. When the BG nanospheres were used as a composite filler to poly (ε-caprolactone) (PCL), they were shown to be effective at improving the in vitro bioactivity of PCL microspheres.

  5. Synthesis and textural evolution of alumina particles with mesoporous structures

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    Liu Xun; Peng Tianyou; Yao Jinchun; Lv Hongjin; Huang Cheng

    2010-06-15

    Alumina particles with mesostructures were synthesized through a chemical precipitation method by using different inorganic aluminum salts followed by a heterogeneous azeotropic distillation and calcination process. The obtained mesoporous {gamma}-alumina particles were systematically characterized by the X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and nitrogen adsorption-desorption measurement. Effects of the aluminum salt counter anion, pH value and the azeotropic distillation process on the structural or textural evolution of alumina particles were investigated. It is found that Cl{sup -} in the reaction solution can restrain the textural evolution of the resultant precipitates into two-dimensional crystallized pseudoboehmite lamellae during the heterogeneous azeotropic distillation, and then transformed into {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles with mesostructures after further calcination at 1173 K, whereas coexisting SO{sub 4}{sup 2-} can promote above morphology evolution and then transformed into {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanofibers after calcination at 1173 K. Moreover nearly all materials retain relatively high specific surface areas larger than 100 m{sup 2} g{sup -1} even after calcinations at 1173 K. - Graphical abstract: Co-existing Cl{sup -} is beneficial for the formation of {gamma}-alumina nanoparticles with mesostructures during the precipitation process. Interparticle and intraparticle mesopores can be derived from acidic solution and near neutral solution, respectively.

  6. Extreme Light Management in Mesoporous Wood Cellulose Paper for Optoelectronics.

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    Zhu, Hongli; Fang, Zhiqiang; Wang, Zhu; Dai, Jiaqi; Yao, Yonggang; Shen, Fei; Preston, Colin; Wu, Wenxin; Peng, Peng; Jang, Nathaniel; Yu, Qingkai; Yu, Zongfu; Hu, Liangbing

    2016-01-26

    Wood fibers possess natural unique hierarchical and mesoporous structures that enable a variety of new applications beyond their traditional use. We dramatically modulate the propagation of light through random network of wood fibers. A highly transparent and clear paper with transmittance >90% and haze <1.0% applicable for high-definition displays is achieved. By altering the morphology of the same wood fibers that form the paper, highly transparent and hazy paper targeted for other applications such as solar cell and antiglare coating with transmittance >90% and haze >90% is also achieved. A thorough investigation of the relation between the mesoporous structure and the optical properties in transparent paper was conducted, including full-spectrum optical simulations. We demonstrate commercially competitive multitouch touch screen with clear paper as a replacement for plastic substrates, which shows excellent process compatibility and comparable device performance for commercial applications. Transparent cellulose paper with tunable optical properties is an emerging photonic material that will realize a range of much improved flexible electronics, photonics, and optoelectronics.

  7. Extreme Light Management in Mesoporous Wood Cellulose Paper for Optoelectronics.

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    Zhu, Hongli; Fang, Zhiqiang; Wang, Zhu; Dai, Jiaqi; Yao, Yonggang; Shen, Fei; Preston, Colin; Wu, Wenxin; Peng, Peng; Jang, Nathaniel; Yu, Qingkai; Yu, Zongfu; Hu, Liangbing

    2016-01-26

    Wood fibers possess natural unique hierarchical and mesoporous structures that enable a variety of new applications beyond their traditional use. We dramatically modulate the propagation of light through random network of wood fibers. A highly transparent and clear paper with transmittance >90% and haze <1.0% applicable for high-definition displays is achieved. By altering the morphology of the same wood fibers that form the paper, highly transparent and hazy paper targeted for other applications such as solar cell and antiglare coating with transmittance >90% and haze >90% is also achieved. A thorough investigation of the relation between the mesoporous structure and the optical properties in transparent paper was conducted, including full-spectrum optical simulations. We demonstrate commercially competitive multitouch touch screen with clear paper as a replacement for plastic substrates, which shows excellent process compatibility and comparable device performance for commercial applications. Transparent cellulose paper with tunable optical properties is an emerging photonic material that will realize a range of much improved flexible electronics, photonics, and optoelectronics. PMID:26673796

  8. Nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbons for high performance supercapacitors

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    Wu, Kai; Liu, Qiming

    2016-08-01

    The mesoporous carbons have been synthesized by using α-D(+)-Glucose, D-Glucosamine hydrochloride or their mixture as carbon precursors and mesoporous silicas (SBA-15 or MCF) as hard templates. The as-prepared products show a large pore volume (0.59-0.97 cm3 g-1), high surface areas (352.72-1152.67 m2 g-1) and rational nitrogen content (ca. 2.5-3.9 wt.%). The results of electrochemical tests demonstrate that both heteroatom doping and suitable pore structure play a decisive role in the performance of supercapacitors. The representative sample of SBA-15 replica obtained using D-Glucosamine hydrochloride only exhibits high specific capacitance (212.8 F g-1 at 0.5 A g-1) and good cycle durability (86.1% of the initial capacitance after 2000 cycles) in 6 M KOH aqueous electrolyte, which is attributed to the contribution of double layer capacitance and pseudo-capacitance. The excellent electrochemical performance makes it a promising electrode material for supercapacitors.

  9. Selective functionalization of the mesopores of SBA-15

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    Webb, Jonathan D.; Seki, Tomohiro; Goldston, Jennifer F.; Pruski, Marek; Crudden, Cathleen M.

    2014-10-23

    In this study, a method has been developed that permits the highly selective functionalization of the interior and exterior surfaces of the ubiquitous mesoporous material, SBA-15. The key step is reloading the as-synthesized material with structure-directing agent, Pluronic® P123, prior to selective functionalization of the external surface with a silylating agent. This new approach represents a significant improvement over literature procedures. Results from physisorption analyses as well as solid-state NMR permit a detailed, quantitative assessment of functionalized SBA-15. This work also provides insight into the stability of the silyl layer during extraction procedures – an issue often neglected in othermore » studies but of significant importance as decomposition of this layer could result in the introduction of new silanols and reduce the effectiveness of any selective grafting procedure.« less

  10. Selective functionalization of the mesopores of SBA-15

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    Webb, Jonathan D.; Seki, Tomohiro; Goldston, Jennifer F.; Pruski, Marek; Crudden, Cathleen M.

    2014-10-23

    In this study, a method has been developed that permits the highly selective functionalization of the interior and exterior surfaces of the ubiquitous mesoporous material, SBA-15. The key step is reloading the as-synthesized material with structure-directing agent, Pluronic® P123, prior to selective functionalization of the external surface with a silylating agent. This new approach represents a significant improvement over literature procedures. Results from physisorption analyses as well as solid-state NMR permit a detailed, quantitative assessment of functionalized SBA-15. This work also provides insight into the stability of the silyl layer during extraction procedures – an issue often neglected in other studies but of significant importance as decomposition of this layer could result in the introduction of new silanols and reduce the effectiveness of any selective grafting procedure.

  11. Nanostructured poly(benzimidazole): from mesoporous networks to nanofibers.

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    Weber, Jens

    2010-02-22

    Poly(benzimidazole)s (PBIs) are a class of high-performance polymers which have been receiving increasing interest during the last years due to their high potential as constituents of membrane materials in proton-exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). In addition to the importance of PBI in fuel-cell technology, there are a number of other applications (e.g., catalysis) that make use of the special properties of this material. The scope of this Minireview is to first give a short overview about the use of nanostructured, mesoporous PBI as a proton conductor. Secondly, the use of spirobifluorene derivatives as new monomers, which allow the synthesis of hierarchically structured PBI, is presented. Limitations of traditional synthetic methods will be discussed, and an ionothermal scheme towards PBI will be presented as a versatile tool for the synthesis of plain and spirobifluorene-based PBIs. Finally, the use of electrospinning as a powerful processing technique for PBI will be presented briefly.

  12. Intrusion and extrusion of water in hydrophobic mesopores

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    Lefevre, B.; Saugey, A.; Barrat, J. L.; Bocquet, L.; Charlaix, E.; Gobin, P. F.; Vigier, G.

    2004-03-01

    We present experimental and theoretical results on intrusion-extrusion cycles of water in hydrophobic mesoporous materials, characterized by independent cylindrical pores. The intrusion, which takes place above the bulk saturation pressure, can be well described using a macroscopic capillary model. Once the material is saturated with water, extrusion takes place upon reduction of the externally applied pressure. Our results for the extrusion pressure can only be understood by assuming that the limiting extrusion mechanism is the nucleation of a vapor bubble inside the pores. A comparison of calculated and experimental nucleation pressures shows that a proper inclusion of line tension effects is necessary to account for the observed values of nucleation barriers. Negative line tensions of order 10-11 J m-1 are found for our system, in reasonable agreement with other experimental estimates of this quantity.

  13. Triblock siloxane copolymer surfactant: template for spherical mesoporous silica with a hexagonal pore ordering.

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    Stébé, M J; Emo, M; Forny-Le Follotec, A; Metlas-Komunjer, L; Pezron, I; Blin, J L

    2013-02-01

    Ordered mesoporous silica materials with a spherical morphology have been prepared for the first time through the cooperative templating mechanism (CTM) by using a silicone triblock copolymer as template. The behavior of the pure siloxane copolymer amphiphile in water was first investigated. A direct micellar phase (L(1)) and a hexagonal (H(1)) liquid crystal were found. The determination of the structural parameters by SAXS measurements leads us to conclude that in the hexagonal liquid crystal phase a part of the ethylene oxide group is not hydrated as observed for the micelles. Mesoporous materials were then synthesized from the cooperative templating mechanism. The recovered materials were characterized by SAXS measurements, nitrogen adsorption-desorption analysis, and transmission and scanning electron microscopy. The results clearly evidence that one can control the morphology and the nanostructuring of the resulting material by modifying the synthesis parameters. Actually, highly ordered mesoporous materials with a spherical morphology have been obtained with a siloxane copolymer/tetramethoxysilane molar ratio of 0.10 after hydrothermal treatment at 100 °C. Our study also supports the fact that the interactions between micelles and the hydrolyzed precursor are one of the key parameters governing the formation of ordered mesostructures through the cooperative templating mechanism. Indeed, we have demonstrated that when the interactions between micelles are important, only wormhole-like structures are recovered.

  14. Periodic Mesoporous Organosilica Nanocubes with Ultrahigh Surface Areas for Efficient CO2 Adsorption

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    Wei, Yong; Li, Xiaomin; Zhang, Renyuan; Liu, Yong; Wang, Wenxing; Ling, Yun; El-Toni, Ahmed Mohamed; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2016-01-01

    Ultrahigh surface area single-crystals of periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMOs) with uniform cubic or truncated-cubic morphology and organic/inorganic components homogeneously distributed over the whole frameworks have successfully been prepared by a sol-gel surfactant-templating method. By tuning the porous feature and polymerization degree, the surface areas of the obtained PMO nanocubes can reach as high as 2370 m2/g, which is the highest for silica-based mesoporous materials. The ultrahigh surface area of the obtained PMO single crystals is mainly resulted from abundant micropores in the mesoporous frameworks. Furthermore, the diameter of the nanocubes can also be well controlled from 150 to 600 nm. The materials show ultrahigh CO2 adsorption capacity (up to 1.42 mmol/g at 273 K) which is much higher than other porous silica materials and comparable to some carbonaceous materials. The adsorption of CO2 into the PMO nanocubes is mainly in physical interaction, therefore the adsorption-desorption process is highly reversible and the adsorption capacity is much dependent on the surface area of the materials. Moreover, the selectivity is also very high (~11 times to N2) towards CO2 adsorption. PMID:26868049

  15. Periodic Mesoporous Organosilica Nanocubes with Ultrahigh Surface Areas for Efficient CO2 Adsorption

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    Wei, Yong; Li, Xiaomin; Zhang, Renyuan; Liu, Yong; Wang, Wenxing; Ling, Yun; El-Toni, Ahmed Mohamed; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2016-02-01

    Ultrahigh surface area single-crystals of periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMOs) with uniform cubic or truncated-cubic morphology and organic/inorganic components homogeneously distributed over the whole frameworks have successfully been prepared by a sol-gel surfactant-templating method. By tuning the porous feature and polymerization degree, the surface areas of the obtained PMO nanocubes can reach as high as 2370 m2/g, which is the highest for silica-based mesoporous materials. The ultrahigh surface area of the obtained PMO single crystals is mainly resulted from abundant micropores in the mesoporous frameworks. Furthermore, the diameter of the nanocubes can also be well controlled from 150 to 600 nm. The materials show ultrahigh CO2 adsorption capacity (up to 1.42 mmol/g at 273 K) which is much higher than other porous silica materials and comparable to some carbonaceous materials. The adsorption of CO2 into the PMO nanocubes is mainly in physical interaction, therefore the adsorption-desorption process is highly reversible and the adsorption capacity is much dependent on the surface area of the materials. Moreover, the selectivity is also very high (~11 times to N2) towards CO2 adsorption.

  16. Nanocrystalline heterojunction materials

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    Elder, Scott H.; Su, Yali; Gao, Yufei; Heald, Steve M.

    2003-07-15

    Mesoporous nanocrystalline titanium dioxide heterojunction materials are disclosed. In one disclosed embodiment, materials comprising a core of titanium dioxide and a shell of a molybdenum oxide exhibit a decrease in their photoadsorption energy as the size of the titanium dioxide core decreases.

  17. Nanocrystalline Heterojunction Materials

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    Elder, Scott H.; Su, Yali; Gao, Yufei; Heald, Steve M.

    2004-02-03

    Mesoporous nanocrystalline titanium dioxide heterojunction materials and methods of making the same are disclosed. In one disclosed embodiment, materials comprising a core of titanium dioxide and a shell of a molybdenum oxide exhibit a decrease in their photoadsorption energy as the size of the titanium dioxide core decreases.

  18. Influence of spatial configurations on electromagnetic interference shielding of ordered mesoporous carbon/ordered mesoporous silica/silica composites

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    Wang, Jiacheng; Zhou, Hu; Zhuang, Jiandong; Liu, Qian

    2013-01-01

    Ordered mesoporous carbons (OMCs), obtained by nanocasting using ordered mesoporous silicas (OMSs) as hard templates, exhibit unique arrangements of ordered regular nanopore/nanowire mesostructures. Here, we used nanocasting combined with hot-pressing to prepare 10 wt% OMC/OMS/SiO2 ternary composites possessing various carbon mesostructure configurations of different dimensionalities (1D isolated CS41 carbon nanowires, 2D hexagonal CMK-3 carbon, and 3D cubic CMK-1 carbon). The electric/dielectric properties and electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding efficiency (SE) of the composites were influenced by spatial configurations of carbon networks. The complex permittivity and the EMI SE of the composites in the X-band frequency range decreased for the carbon mesostructures in the following order: CMK-3-filled > CMK-1-filled > CS41-filled. Our study provides technical directions for designing and preparing high-performance EMI shielding materials. Our OMC-based silica composites can be used for EMI shielding, especially in high-temperature or corrosive environments, owing to the high stability of the OMC/OMS fillers and the SiO2 matrix. Related shielding mechanisms are also discussed. PMID:24248277

  19. A simple route to synthesize mesoporous titania from TiOSO4: Influence of the synthesis conditions on the structural, pigments and photocatalytic properties

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    Yang, Guang; Ding, Hao; Chen, Daimei; Ao, Weihua; Wang, Jian; Hou, Xifeng

    2016-07-01

    The work obtained mesoporous TiO2 white pigments using titanyl sulfate as titanium source with a simple, low-temperature method simplifying the synthesis process and reducing the energy consumption. We investigated the effects of the aging temperature and aging time on the structure and pigments properties of the samples. The structure and morphology of mesoporous samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The obtained mesoporous TiO2 showed excellent pigments properties of whiteness (93.91%), hiding power (12.37 g m-2), and lightness value (97.89), respectively. Moreover, such materials showed outstanding photodegradation performance of organic dyes under UV light irradiation. The current research provided an alternative route to prepare mesoporous TiO2 micspheres white pigments with well photocatalytic performance for indoor purification on industrial scale. It has great significance in titania white pigments field.

  20. Synthesis of Mesoporous Supraparticles on Superamphiphobic Surfaces.

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    Wooh, Sanghyuk; Huesmann, Hannah; Tahir, Muhammad Nawaz; Paven, Maxime; Wichmann, Kristina; Vollmer, Doris; Tremel, Wolfgang; Papadopoulos, Periklis; Butt, Hans-Jürgen

    2015-12-01

    A method for mesoporous supraparticle synthesis on superamphiphobic surfaces is designed. Therefore, supraparticles assembled with nanoparticles are synthesized by the evaporation of nanoparticle dispersion drops on the superamphiphobic surface. For synthesis, no further purification is required and no organic solvents are wasted. Moreover, by changing the conditions such as drop size and concentration, supraparticles of different sizes, compositions, and architectures are fabricated.

  1. Mesoporous carbon-vanadium oxide films by resol-assisted, triblock copolymer-templated cooperative self-assembly.

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    Bhaway, Sarang M; Kisslinger, Kim; Zhang, Lihua; Yager, Kevin G; Schmitt, Andrew L; Mahanthappa, Mahesh K; Karim, Alamgir; Vogt, Bryan D

    2014-11-12

    Unlike other crystalline metal oxides amenable to templating by the combined assemblies of soft and hard chemistries (CASH) method, vanadium oxide nanostructures templated by poly(ethylene oxide-b-1,4-butadiene-b-ethylene oxide) (OBO) triblock copolymers are not preserved upon high temperature calcination in argon. Triconstituent cooperative assembly of a phenolic resin oligomer (resol) and an OBO triblock in a VOCl3 precursor solution enhances the carbon yield and can prevent breakout crystallization of the vanadia during calcination. However, the calcination environment significantly influences the observed mesoporous morphology in these composite thin films. Use of an argon atmosphere in this processing protocol leads to nearly complete loss of carbon-vanadium oxide thin film mesostructure, due to carbothermal reduction of vanadium oxide. This reduction mechanism also explains why the CASH method is not more generally successful for the fabrication of ordered mesoporous vanadia. Carbonization under a nitrogen atmosphere at temperatures up to 800 °C instead enables formation of a block copolymer-templated mesoporous structure, which apparently stems from the formation of a minor fraction of a stabilizing vanadium oxynitride. Thus, judicious selection of the inert gas for template removal is critical for the synthesis of well-defined, mesoporous vanadia-carbon composite films. This resol-assisted assembly method may generally apply to the fabrication of other mesoporous materials, wherein inorganic framework crystallization is problematic due to kinetically competitive carbothermal reduction processes.

  2. Electrografting of 3-Aminopropyltriethoxysilane on a Glassy Carbon Electrode for the Improved Adhesion of Vertically Oriented Mesoporous Silica Thin Films.

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    Nasir, Tauqir; Zhang, Lin; Vilà, Neus; Herzog, Grégoire; Walcarius, Alain

    2016-05-01

    Vertically oriented mesoporous silica has proven to be of interest for applications in a variety of fields (e.g., electroanalysis, energy, and nanotechnology). Although glassy carbon is widely used as an electrode material, the adherence of silica deposits is rather poor, causing mechanical instability. A solution to improve the adhesion of mesoporous silica films onto glassy carbon electrodes without compromising the vertical orientation and the order of the mesopores will greatly contribute to the use of this kind of modified carbon electrode. We propose here the electrografting of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane on glassy carbon as a molecular glue to improve the mechanical stability of the silica film on the electrode surface without disturbing the vertical orientation and the order of the mesoporous silica obtained by electrochemically assisted self-assembly. These findings are supported by a series of surface chemistry techniques such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and cyclic voltammetry. Finally, methylviologen was used as a model redox probe to investigate the cathodic potential region of both glassy carbon and indium tin oxide electrodes modified with mesoporous silica in order to demonstrate further the interest in the approach developed here. PMID:27065214

  3. Facile synthesis of water-soluble luminescent mesoporous Tb(OH)3@SiO2 core-shell nanospheres

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    2013-01-01

    Luminescent mesoporous Tb(OH)3@SiO2 core-shell nanospheres were synthesized through W/O microemulsion process at ambient temperature. The negatively charged silica favors a coating of the positively charged Tb3+ composite. Thus, silicon layer was adsorbed on the surface of Tb(OH)3 groups to form Tb-O-Si through electrostatic interaction. X-ray diffraction, field emission transmission electron microscopy (FE-TEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry, and Fourier transform infrared, UV/Visible, and photoluminescence spectroscopies were applied to examine the phase purity, crystallinity, surface morphology, and optical properties of the core-shell nanospheres. The FE-TEM results have revealed typically ordered mesoporous characteristics of the material with monodisperse spherical morphology in a narrow size distribution. The luminescent mesoporous core-shell nanospheres exposed remarkable splitting with broadening in the emission transition 5D4 → 7F5 (543 nm). In addition, the luminescent mesoporous core-shell nanospheres emit strong green fluorescence (from Tb3+) in the middle of the visible region under 325 nm (3.8) excitation. The luminescent mesoporous Tb(OH)3@SiO2 core-shell nanospheres can therefore be exploited as fluorescent probes in biomarkers or biolabeling, optical sensing, and drug delivery system. Further, these nanospheres could have potential use as scattering layers in dye-sensitized solar cells. PMID:23574757

  4. The Effect of Synthesis Conditions on Mesoporous Structure and the Photocatalytic Activity of TiO2 Nanoparticles.

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    Myilsamy, M; Murugesan, V; Mahalakshmi, M

    2015-06-01

    Mesoporous TiO2 nanoparticles have been synthesized by sol-gel method in different preparation conditions to investigate the effect of triblock copolymer, acetic acid and water on mesoporous structure and the photocatalytic activity. The synthesized photocatalysts were characterized by means of X-ray powder diffraction, Nitrogen adsorption/desorption studies, High resolution transmission electron microscopy, Scanning electron microscopy, Diffuse reflectance UV-Vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. Among the various synthesized materials, mesoporous TiO2 synthesized using triblock copolymer as a structure directing template in acetic acid medium with high water ratio calcined at 400 degrees C was found to have the highest photocatalytic activity due to the enhanced band gap energy, high specific surface area and high average pore size. The large mesopores provide more pathways for the reactants to enter and products to escape and enhances the adsorption of methylene blue. The photocatalytic activity decreases with increase of solution pH. The rate of *OH formation is high at lower pH, which enhances the photocatalytic activity was revealed by photoluminescence technique. In addition, the adsorbed hydroxyl groups on the surface of mesoporous TiO2 particles can interact with photogenerated holes to produce more *OH radicals, which enhances charge transfer efficiency and enhances the rate of *OH formation.

  5. Surface engineering on mesoporous silica chips for enriching low molecular weight phosphorylated proteins

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    Hu, Ye; Peng, Yang; Lin, Kevin; Shen, Haifa; Brousseau, Louis C., III; Sakamoto, Jason; Sun, Tong; Ferrari, Mauro

    2011-02-01

    Phosphorylated peptides and proteins play an important role in normal cellular activities, e.g., gene expression, mitosis, differentiation, proliferation, and apoptosis, as well as tumor initiation, progression and metastasis. However, technical hurdles hinder the use of common fractionation methods to capture phosphopeptides from complex biological fluids such as human sera. Herein, we present the development of a dual strategy material that offers enhanced capture of low molecular weight phosphoproteins: mesoporous silica thin films with precisely engineered pore sizes that sterically select for molecular size combined with chemically selective surface modifications (i.e. Ga3+, Ti4+ and Zr4+) that target phosphoroproteins. These materials provide high reproducibility (CV = 18%) and increase the stability of the captured proteins by excluding degrading enzymes, such as trypsin. The chemical and physical properties of the composite mesoporous thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and ellipsometry. Using mass spectroscopy and biostatistics analysis, the enrichment efficiency of different metal ions immobilized on mesoporous silica chips was investigated. The novel technology reported provides a platform capable of efficiently profiling the serum proteome for biomarker discovery, forensic sampling, and routine diagnostic applications.Phosphorylated peptides and proteins play an important role in normal cellular activities, e.g., gene expression, mitosis, differentiation, proliferation, and apoptosis, as well as tumor initiation, progression and metastasis. However, technical hurdles hinder the use of common fractionation methods to capture phosphopeptides from complex biological fluids such as human sera. Herein, we present the development of a dual strategy material that offers enhanced capture of low molecular weight phosphoproteins: mesoporous

  6. Rare earth (Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}) mesoporous hybrids with calix[4]arene derivative covalently linking MCM-41: Physical characterization and photoluminescence property

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    Li Yajuan; Yan Bing; Wang Li

    2011-09-15

    MCM-41 mesoporous silica has been functionalized with two kinds of macrocylic calixarene derivatives Calix[4] and Calix[4]Br (Calix[4]=P-tert-butylcalix[4]arene, Calix[4]Br=5.11,17.23-tetra-tert-butyl-25.27-bihydroxy- 26.28-bibromopropoxycalix[4]arene) through condensation approach of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) in the presence of the cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) surfactant as a template. Novel organic-inorganic mesoporous luminescent hybrid containing RE{sup 3+} (Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}) complexes covalently attached to the functionalized ordered mesoporous MCM-41, which are designated as RE-Calix[4]-MCM-41 and RE-Calix[4]Br-MCM-41, respectively, are obtained by sol-gel process. It is found that they all have high surface area, uniform in the mesostructure and good crystallinity. Measurement of the photoluminescence properties show the mesoporous material covalently bonded Tb{sup 3+} complexes (Tb-Calix[4]-MCM-41 and Tb-Calix[4]Br-MCM-41) exhibit the stronger characteristic emission of Tb{sup 3+} and longer lifetime than the corresponding Eu-containing materials Eu-Calix[4]-MCM-41 and Eu-Calix[4]Br-MCM-41 due to the triplet state energy of modified organic ligands Calix[4]-Si and Calix[4]Br-Si match with the emissive energy level of Tb{sup 3+} very well. - Graphical abstract: MCM-41 mesoporous silica is functionalized with two kinds of macrocylic calixarene derivatives and luminescent organic-inorganic mesoporous hybrids containing Ln{sup 3+} complexes covalently attached to the functionalized ordered mesoporous MCM-41. Highlights: > Novel linkages of functionalized calixarene derivative. > New rare earth mesoporous hybrids. > Luminescence in visible region.

  7. Ordered mesoporous polymers in situ coated on a stainless steel wire for a highly sensitive solid phase microextraction fibre.

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    Zheng, Juan; Liang, Yeru; Liu, Shuqin; Ding, Yajuan; Shen, Yong; Luan, Tiangang; Zhu, Fang; Jiang, Ruifen; Wu, Dingcai; Ouyang, Gangfeng

    2015-07-21

    Development of facile and effective methods for fabrication of high-performance solid phase microextraction (SPME) fibres remains a great challenge. Herein, a new class of ordered mesoporous polymers (OMPs) in situ coated on a stainless steel wire were successfully developed and utilized as a highly sensitive and stable SPME fibre for the first time. Because of the highly ordered mesoporous structure of its OMP coating, the π-π interactions and the dispersion forces, the OMP-coated SPME fibre exhibited much better extraction properties as compared to the commercial PDMS fibre. The findings could provide a new benchmark for preparing well-defined porous materials for the SPME application.

  8. [Preparation, characterization and adsorption performance of mesoporous activated carbon with acidic groups].

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    Li, Kun-Quan; Li, Ye; Zheng, Zheng; Zhang, Yu-Xuan

    2013-06-01

    Mesoporous activated carbons containing acidic groups were prepared with cotton stalk based fiber as raw materials and H3PO4 as activating agent by one step carbonization method. Effects of impregnation ratio, carbonization temperature and heat preservation time on the yield, elemental composition, oxygen-containing acid functional groups and adsorptive capacity of activated carbon were studied. The adsorption capacity of the prepared activated carbon AC-01 for p-nitroaniline and Pb(II) was studied, and the adsorption mechanism was also suggested according to the equilibrium experimental results. The maximum yield of activated carbons prepared from cotton stalk fiber reached 35.5% when the maximum mesoporous volume and BET surface area were 1.39 cm3 x g(-1) and 1 731 m2 x g(-1), respectively. The activated carbon AC-01 prepared under a H3 PO4/precursor ratio of 3:2 and activated at 900 degrees C for 90 min had a total pore volume of 1.02 cm3 x g(-1), a micoporous ratio of 31%, and a mesoporous ratio of 65%. The pore diameter of the mesoporous activated carbon was mainly distributed in the range of 2-5 nm. The Langmuir maximum adsorption capacities of Pb(II) and p-nitroaniline on cotton stalk fiber activated carbon were 123 mg x g(-1) and 427 mg x g(-1), respectively, which were both higher than those for commercial activated carbon fiber ACF-CK. The equilibrium adsorption experimental data showed that mesopore and oxygen-containing acid functional groups played an important role in the adsorption. PMID:23947073

  9. Synthesis, characterization, and catalytic application of ordered mesoporous carbon–niobium oxide composites

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    Gao, Juan-Li; Gao, Shuang; Liu, Chun-Ling; Liu, Zhao-Tie; Dong, Wen-Sheng

    2014-11-15

    Graphical abstract: The ordered mesoporous carbon–niobium oxide composites have been synthesized by a multi-component co-assembly method associated with a carbonization process. - Highlights: • Ordered mesoporous carbon–niobium oxide composites were synthesized. • The content of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} in the composites could be tuned from 38 to 75%. • Niobium species were highly dispersed in amorphous carbon framework walls. • The composites exhibited good catalytic performance in the dehydration of fructose. - Abstract: Ordered mesoporous carbon–niobium oxide composites have been synthesized by a multi-component co-assembly method associated with a carbonization process using phenolic resol as carbon source, niobium chloride as precursor and amphiphilic triblock copolymer Pluronic F127 as template. The resulting materials were characterized using a combination of techniques including differential scanning calorimetry–thermogravimetric analysis, N{sub 2} physical adsorption, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results show that with increasing the content of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} from 38 to 75% the specific surface area decreases from 306.4 to 124.5 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}, while the ordered mesoporous structure is remained. Niobium species is well dispersed in the amorphous carbon framework. The mesoporous carbon–niobium oxide composites exhibit high catalytic activity in the dehydration of fructose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural. A 100% conversion of fructose and a 76.5% selectivity of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural were obtained over the carbon–niobium oxide composite containing 75% Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} under the investigated reaction conditions.

  10. Enhancing plasma peptide MALDI-TOF-MS profiling by mesoporous silica assisted crystallization.

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    Terracciano, Rosa; Casadonte, Francesca; Pasqua, Luigi; Candeloro, Patrizio; Di Fabrizio, Enzo; Urbani, Andrea; Savino, Rocco

    2010-02-15

    Promising profiling techniques based on new material/solid phase extraction for capturing "molecular signatures" from body fluids are being coupled to MALDI-TOF-MS. Sample preparation significantly influences spectrum quality in this ionization method. Mesoporous silica beads (MSB), by the means of nano-sized porous channels with high surface area, enable harvesting of peptides from plasma and serum excluding large size proteins. We have investigated the morphology of a sample slurry, developed as a new tool for plasma peptides enrichment based on mesoporous materials. Our study highlights a correlation between crystals morphology and enhanced performances in MALDI-TOF-MS analysis. This is the first report which correlates the increase in signal intensity with crystal formation in samples preparations which make use of various kinds of slurries for the analysis of samples clinically relevant like human plasma.

  11. Mesoporous carbide-derived carbon with porosity tuned for efficient adsorption of cytokines.

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    Yushin, Gleb; Hoffman, Elizabeth N; Barsoum, Michel W; Gogotsi, Yury; Howell, Carol A; Sandeman, Susan R; Phillips, Gary J; Lloyd, Andrew W; Mikhalovsky, Sergey V

    2006-12-01

    Porous carbons can be used for the purification of various bio-fluids, including the cleansing blood of inflammatory mediators in conditions such as sepsis or auto-immune diseases. Here we show that the control of pore size in carbons is a key factor to achieving efficient removal of cytokines. In particular, the surface area accessible by the protein governs the rate and effectiveness of the adsorption process. We demonstrate that novel mesoporous carbon materials synthesized from ternary MAX-phase carbides can be optimized for efficient adsorption of large inflammatory proteins. The synthesized carbons, having tunable pore size with a large volume of slit-shaped mesopores, outperformed all other materials or methods in terms of efficiency of TNF-alpha removal and the results are comparable only with highly specific antibody-antigen interactions. PMID:16914195

  12. Synthesis and Characterization of Bionanoparticle-Silica Composites and Mesoporous Silica with Large Pores

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    Niu, Z.; Yang, L.; Kabisatpathy, S.; He, J.; Lee, A.; Ron, J.; Sikha, G.; Popov, B.N.; Emrick, T.; Russell, T. P.; Wang. Q.

    2009-03-24

    A sol-gel process has been developed to incorporate bionanoparticles, such as turnip yellow mosaic virus, cowpea mosaic virus, tobacco mosaic virus, and ferritin into silica, while maintaining the integrity and morphology of the particles. The structures of the resulting materials were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, small angle X-ray scattering, and N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption analysis. The results show that the shape and surface morphology of the bionanoparticles are largely preserved after being embedded into silica. After removal of the bionanoparticles by calcination, mesoporous silica with monodisperse pores, having the shape and surface morphology of the bionanoparticles replicated inside the silica, was produced,. This study is expected to lead to both functional composite materials and mesoporous silica with structurally well-defined large pores.

  13. Mesoporous aluminium organophosphonates: a reusable chemsensor for the detection of explosives

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    Li, Dongdong; Yu, Xiang

    2016-07-01

    Rapid and sensitive detection of explosives is in high demand for homeland security and public safety. In this work, electron-rich of anthracene functionalized mesoporous aluminium organophosphonates (En-AlPs) were synthesized by a one-pot condensation process. The mesoporous structure and strong blue emission of En-AlPs were confirmed by the N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, transmission electron microscopy images and fluorescence spectra. The materials En-AlPs can serve as sensitive chemosensors for various electron deficient nitroderivatives, with the quenching constant and the detection limit up to 1.5×106 M-1 and 0.3 ppm in water solution. More importantly, the materials can be recycled for many times by simply washed with ethanol, showing potential applications in explosives detection.

  14. Microwave assisted N-alkylation of amine functionalized crystal-like mesoporous phenylene-silica.

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    Lourenço, Mirtha A O; Siegel, Renée; Mafra, Luís; Ferreira, Paula

    2013-04-28

    N-alkylation reaction of amine functionalized phenylene moieties in crystal-like mesoporous silica is successfully achieved with about 87% of conversion in two reaction cycles. A potassium iodide catalyzed method commonly used for the selective N-monoalkylation of aniline is adapted and optimized to the N-monoalkylation reactions of the amine functionalized periodic mesoporous phenylene-silica (NH2-PMO) under microwave irradiation with preservation of the ordered mesostructure and of the crystal-like molecular scale periodicity of the material. This functionalization opens an avenue for the preparation of new materials with different amino-alkyl groups specially designed for a desired application, namely on the adsorption or catalytic fields.

  15. Characteristics of the mass transfer of phosphatidylcholine during its sorption on mesoporous composites based on MCM-41

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    Sinyaeva, L. A.; Karpov, S. I.; Belanova, N. A.; Roessner, F.; Selemenev, V. F.

    2015-12-01

    The kinetic parameters of sorption of phosphatidylcholine on mesoporous composites based on MCM-41 are considered. It is noted that the possibility of both the diffusion and adsorption rate limitations of the process should be taken into account in the description of the kinetics of sorption of non-polar fat-soluble physiologically active compounds (PACs) from hexane solutions onto mesoporous materials of MCM- 41 type. The adequacy of using the Boyd diffusion model and the Lagergren, Ho and McKay, and Elovich models to describe the kinetics of sorption of phosphatidylcholine on mesoporous composites based on MCM-41 is shown. The contributions from diffusion limitation (internal and external) and the rate of the chemical step of adsorption to the overall rate of the sorption process are determined. It is found that the sorption of the phospholipid is a mixed diffusion process.

  16. One-pot synthesis of macro-mesoporous bioactive glasses/polylactic acid for bone tissue engineering.

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    Han, Xiao; Wang, Dan; Chen, Xiang; Lin, Huiming; Qu, Fengyu

    2014-10-01

    The macro-mesoporous bioactive glasses/polylactic acid nanofibers were synthesized via electrospun method followed by acid treatment processing. It was identified to be an effective and simple synthetic strategy to form the uniform nanofibers about 350 nm in size. The non-ionic triblock copolymer, poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(propylene glycol)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (P123), was used as the template for mesoporous structure (5 nm) and the macroporous structure about 10 μm in size derived from the overlapping of the nanofibers. Furthermore, the surface hydrophilic-hydrophobic property can be adjusted by varying the amount of mesoporous bioglass precursor (MBG-p). With the outstanding structure characters and the suitable hydrophilic property, these nanofiber composites show controlled drug release and the fast hydroxyapatite (HAP) mineralization performance. Herein, the novel materials are expected to have potential application for bone tissue engineering.

  17. A direct and quantitative three-dimensional reconstruction of the internal structure of disordered mesoporous carbon with tailored pore size.

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    Balach, Juan; Soldera, Flavio; Acevedo, Diego F; Mücklich, Frank; Barbero, César A

    2013-06-01

    A new technique that allows direct three-dimensional (3D) investigations of mesopores in carbon materials and quantitative characterization of their physical properties is reported. Focused ion beam nanotomography (FIB-nt) is performed by a serial sectioning procedure with a dual beam FIB-scanning electron microscopy instrument. Mesoporous carbons (MPCs) with tailored mesopore size are produced by carbonization of resorcinol-formaldehyde gels in the presence of a cationic surfactant as a pore stabilizer. A visual 3D morphology representation of disordered porous carbon is shown. Pore size distribution of MPCs is determined by the FIB-nt technique and nitrogen sorption isotherm methods to compare both results. The obtained MPCs exhibit pore sizes of 4.7, 7.2, and 18.3 nm, and a specific surface area of ca. 560 m(2)/g.

  18. Facile Fabrication of Well-Dispersed Pt Nanoparticles in Mesoporous Silica with Large Open Spaces and Their Catalytic Applications.

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    Liu, Xianchun; Chen, Dashu; Chen, Lin; Jin, Renxi; Xing, Shuangxi; Xing, Hongzhu; Xing, Yan; Su, Zhongmin

    2016-06-27

    In this paper, a facile strategy is reported for the preparation of well-dispersed Pt nanoparticles in ordered mesoporous silica (Pt@OMS) by using a hybrid mesoporous phenolic resin-silica nanocomposite as the parent material. The phenolic resin polymer is proposed herein to be the key in preventing the aggregation of Pt nanoparticles during their formation process and making contributions both to enhance the surface area and enlarge the pore size of the support. The Pt@OMS proves to be a highly active and stable catalyst for both gas-phase oxidation of CO and liquid-phase hydrogenation of 4-nitrophenol. This work might open new avenues for the preparation of noble metal nanoparticles in mesoporous silica with unique structures for catalytic applications. PMID:27245766

  19. Mesoporous delafossite CuCrO2 and spinel CuCr2O4: synthesis and catalysis

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    Zhang, Peng; Shi, Yifeng; Chi, Miaofang; Park, Jung-Nam; Stucky, Galen D.; McFarland, Eric W.; Gao, Lian

    2013-08-01

    Delafossite CuCrO2 and spinel CuCr2O4 with mesoporous structures have been successfully synthesized using nanocasting methods based on a KIT-6 template. The functional activity of the mesoporous materials was evaluated in applications as heterogeneous catalysts. The activity for photocatalytic hydrogen production of the delafossite structures with different morphologies was characterized and the oxidation state changes associated with photocorrosion of Cu+ investigated using electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). Mg2+ doping was found to facilitate the casting of ordered structures for CuCrO2 and improves the photocorrosion resistance of delafossite structures. The mesoporous spinel CuCr2O4 nanostructures were found to be active for low temperature CO oxidation.

  20. Facile Fabrication of Well-Dispersed Pt Nanoparticles in Mesoporous Silica with Large Open Spaces and Their Catalytic Applications.

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    Liu, Xianchun; Chen, Dashu; Chen, Lin; Jin, Renxi; Xing, Shuangxi; Xing, Hongzhu; Xing, Yan; Su, Zhongmin

    2016-06-27

    In this paper, a facile strategy is reported for the preparation of well-dispersed Pt nanoparticles in ordered mesoporous silica (Pt@OMS) by using a hybrid mesoporous phenolic resin-silica nanocomposite as the parent material. The phenolic resin polymer is proposed herein to be the key in preventing the aggregation of Pt nanoparticles during their formation process and making contributions both to enhance the surface area and enlarge the pore size of the support. The Pt@OMS proves to be a highly active and stable catalyst for both gas-phase oxidation of CO and liquid-phase hydrogenation of 4-nitrophenol. This work might open new avenues for the preparation of noble metal nanoparticles in mesoporous silica with unique structures for catalytic applications.

  1. Synthesis of magnetic, macro/mesoporous bioactive glasses based on coral skeleton for bone tissue engineering.

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    Bian, Chunhui; Lin, Huiming; Zhang, Feng; Ma, Jie; Li, Fengxiao; Wu, Xiaodan; Qu, Fengyu

    2014-12-01

    The magnetic and macro/mesoporous bioactive glasses scaffolds are synthesised successfully by the combination of coral and P123 as co-templates through an evaporation-induced self-assembly process. The prepared material can induce the precipitation of hydroxyapatite layers on their surface in SBF only within 12 h. At the same time, the material exhibited excellent super-paramagnetic and mechanical property. Furthermore, the biocompatible assessment confirmed that the obtained material presented the good biocompatibility and the enhanced adherence of HeLa cells. Herein, the novel materials are expected to have potential application for bone tissue engineering.

  2. Fluorination of brick and mortar soft-templated graphitic ordered mesoporous carbons for high power lithium-ion battery

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    Fulvio, Pasquale F; Veith, Gabriel M; Adcock, Professor Jamie L.; Brown, Suree; Mayes, Richard T; Wang, Xiqing; Mahurin, Shannon Mark; Guo, Bingkun; Puretzky, Alexander A; Rouleau, Christopher; Geohegan, David B; Dai, Sheng

    2013-01-01

    Ordered mesoporous carbon graphitic carbon composites prepared by the brick and mortar method were fluorinated using F2 and investigated as cathodes for primary lithium batteries. The resulting materials have a rich array of C F species, asmeasured by XPS, which influence conduction and voltage profiles.

  3. Mesoporous poly(melamine-formaldehyde) solid sorbent for carbon dioxide capture.

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    Tan, Mei Xuan; Zhang, Yugen; Ying, Jackie Y

    2013-07-01

    Feed the pore: A highly mesoporous melamine-formaldehyde resin is synthesized through a simple, one-step polycondensation reaction by using inexpensive and abundant common industrial chemicals. The material is demonstrated to have a high surface area and a well-defined pore structure. Its high density of CO2 binding pockets with low CO2 binding energy facilitates rapid and reversible CO2 sorption.

  4. Studies of adsorption equilibria and kinetics in the systems: Aqueous solution of dyes-mesoporous carbons

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    Derylo-Marczewska, A.; Marczewski, A. W.; Winter, Sz.; Sternik, D.

    2010-06-01

    Two carbonaceous materials were synthesized by using the method of impregnation of mesoporous silicas obtained by applying the Pluronic copolymers as pore-creating agents. The isotherms of adsorption of methylene blue and methyl orange from aqueous solutions were measured by the static method. The profiles of adsorbate concentration change in time were obtained from the UV-vis spectra. The adsorption isotherms and kinetic dependence were discussed in the terms of theory of adsorption on heterogeneous surfaces.

  5. Encapsulating Palladium Nanoparticles Inside Mesoporous MFI Zeolite Nanocrystals for Shape-Selective Catalysis.

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    Cui, Tian-Lu; Ke, Wen-Yu; Zhang, Wen-Bei; Wang, Hong-Hui; Li, Xin-Hao; Chen, Jie-Sheng

    2016-08-01

    Pd nanoparticles were successfully encapsulated inside mesoporous silicalite-1 nanocrystals (Pd@mnc-S1) by a one-pot method. The as-synthesized Pd@mnc-S1 with excellent stability functioned as an active and reusable heterogeneous catalyst. The unique porosity and nanostructure of silicalite-1 crystals endowed the Pd@mnc-S1 material general shape-selectivity for various catalytic reactions, including selective hydrogenation, oxidation, and carbon-carbon coupling reactions. PMID:27346582

  6. Breakable mesoporous silica nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery.

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    Maggini, Laura; Cabrera, Ingrid; Ruiz-Carretero, Amparo; Prasetyanto, Eko A; Robinet, Eric; De Cola, Luisa

    2016-04-01

    "Pop goes the particle". Here we report on the preparation of redox responsive mesoporous organo-silica nanoparticles containing disulfide (S-S) bridges (ss-NPs) that, even upon the exohedral grafting of targeting ligands, retained their ability to undergo structural degradation, and increase their local release activity when exposed to a reducing agent. This degradation could be observed also inside glioma C6 cancer cells. Moreover, when anticancer drug-loaded pristine and derivatized ss-NPs were fed to glioma C6 cells, the responsive hybrids were more effective in their cytotoxic action compared to non-breakable particles. The possibility of tailoring the surface functionalization of this hybrid, yet preserving its self-destructive behavior and enhanced drug delivery properties, paves the way for the development of effective biodegradable materials for in vivo targeted drug delivery.

  7. Breakable mesoporous silica nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery.

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    Maggini, Laura; Cabrera, Ingrid; Ruiz-Carretero, Amparo; Prasetyanto, Eko A; Robinet, Eric; De Cola, Luisa

    2016-04-01

    "Pop goes the particle". Here we report on the preparation of redox responsive mesoporous organo-silica nanoparticles containing disulfide (S-S) bridges (ss-NPs) that, even upon the exohedral grafting of targeting ligands, retained their ability to undergo structural degradation, and increase their local release activity when exposed to a reducing agent. This degradation could be observed also inside glioma C6 cancer cells. Moreover, when anticancer drug-loaded pristine and derivatized ss-NPs were fed to glioma C6 cells, the responsive hybrids were more effective in their cytotoxic action compared to non-breakable particles. The possibility of tailoring the surface functionalization of this hybrid, yet preserving its self-destructive behavior and enhanced drug delivery properties, paves the way for the development of effective biodegradable materials for in vivo targeted drug delivery. PMID:26974603

  8. A simple method to ordered mesoporous carbons containing nickel nanoparticles

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    Dai, Sheng; Wang, Xiqing

    2009-01-01

    A series of ordered mesoporous carbons containing magnetic Ni nanoparticles (Ni-OMCs) with a variety of Ni loadings was made by a simple one-pot synthetic procedure through carbonization of phenolic resin-Pluronic block copolymer composites containing various amount of nickel nitrate. Such composite materials were characterized by N{sub 2} sorption, XRD, and STEM. Ni-OMCs exhibited high BET surface area, uniform pore size, and large pore volume without obvious pore blockage with a Ni loading as high as 15 wt%. Ni nanoparticles were crystalline with a face-center-cubic phase and observed mainly in the carbon matrix and on the outer surface as well. The average particle size of Ni nanoparticles was dependent on the preparation (carbonization) temperature and Ni loading; the higher the temperature was used and the more the Ni was incorporated, the larger the Ni nanoparticles were observed. One of the applications of Ni-OMCs was demonstrated as magnetically separable adsorbents.

  9. Porous thin films of functionalized mesoporous silica nanoparticles.

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    Kobler, Johannes; Bein, Thomas

    2008-11-25

    The synthesis of extremely small mesoporous silica nanoparticles via a specific co-condensation process with phenyl groups is demonstrated. The suspensions are ideally suited for the production of nanoscale thin films by spin-coating. Thanks to the small particle size and the resulting low surface roughness, the films show excellent optical qualities and exhibit good diffusion properties and a highly accessible pore system. The availability of such homogeneous porous thin films made it possible to use ellipsometric porosimetry (EP) as a convenient method to determine the effective porosity of the films on their original support without destroying it. It was possible to record sorption isotherms of the thin films with ellipsometry and to correlate the data with nitrogen sorption data of dried powders of the same material. The thin films showed very low refractive indices of around 1.2. PMID:19206399

  10. Mesoporous nano/micro noble metal particles: synthesis and applications.

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    Yang, Shengchun; Luo, Xiao

    2014-05-01

    The morphology, size and composition often govern the physical and chemical properties of noble metal units with a size in the nano or micro scale. Thus, the controlled growth of noble metal crystals would help to tailor their unique properties and this would be followed by their practical application. Mesoporous nano/micro noble metal units are types of nanostructured material that have fascinating properties that can generate great potential for various applications. This review presents a general view on the growth mechanisms of porous noble metal units and is focused on recent progresses in their synthetic approaches. Then, their potential applications in the field of drug delivery, cell imaging and SERS substrates, as well as fuel cell catalysts are overviewed.

  11. TiO2-coated mesoporous carbon: conventional vs. microwave-annealing process.

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    Coromelci-Pastravanu, Cristina; Ignat, Maria; Popovici, Evelini; Harabagiu, Valeria

    2014-08-15

    The study of coating mesoporous carbon materials with titanium oxide nanoparticles is now becoming a promising and challenging area of research. To optimize the use of carbon materials in various applications, it is necessary to attach functional groups or other nanostructures to their surface. The combination of the distinctive properties of mesoporous carbon materials and titanium oxide is expected to be applied in field emission displays, nanoelectronic devices, novel catalysts, and polymer or ceramic reinforcement. But, their synthesis is still largely based on conventional techniques, such as wet impregnation followed by chemical reduction of the metal nanoparticle precursors, which takes time and money. The thermal heating based techniques are time consuming and often lack control of particle size and morphology. Hence, since there is a growing interest in microwave technology, an alternative way of power input into chemical reactions through dielectric heating is the use of microwaves. This work is focused on the advantages of microwave-assisted synthesis of TiO2-coated mesoporous carbon over conventional thermal heating method. The reviewed studies showed that the microwave-assisted synthesis of such composites allows processes to be completed within a shorter reaction time allowing the nanoparticles formation with superior properties than that obtained by conventional method.

  12. Photodegradation of Orange II by mesoporous TiO2.

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    Kuang, Liyuan; Zhao, Yaping; Liu, Lu

    2011-09-01

    Mesoporous TiO(2) microspheres were prepared by a hydrothermal reaction and are characterized in this paper. Decoloration and mineralization during photodegradation of Orange II by mesoporous TiO(2) at different pH values, formation of sulfate, relative luminosity to luminous bacteria and recycling experiments of the catalyst were studied. The FTIR results further suggested that the novel mesoporous TiO(2) can not only decolor and mineralize dyes completely but also can be effectively reused several times. On the basis of the research, mesoporous TiO(2) would be a promising photocatalyst for practical use. PMID:21833403

  13. Breakable mesoporous silica nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery

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    Maggini, Laura; Cabrera, Ingrid; Ruiz-Carretero, Amparo; Prasetyanto, Eko A.; Robinet, Eric; de Cola, Luisa

    2016-03-01

    ``Pop goes the particle''. Here we report on the preparation of redox responsive mesoporous organo-silica nanoparticles containing disulfide (S-S) bridges (ss-NPs) that, even upon the exohedral grafting of targeting ligands, retained their ability to undergo structural degradation, and increase their local release activity when exposed to a reducing agent. This degradation could be observed also inside glioma C6 cancer cells. Moreover, when anticancer drug-loaded pristine and derivatized ss-NPs were fed to glioma C6 cells, the responsive hybrids were more effective in their cytotoxic action compared to non-breakable particles. The possibility of tailoring the surface functionalization of this hybrid, yet preserving its self-destructive behavior and enhanced drug delivery properties, paves the way for the development of effective biodegradable materials for in vivo targeted drug delivery.``Pop goes the particle''. Here we report on the preparation of redox responsive mesoporous organo-silica nanoparticles containing disulfide (S-S) bridges (ss-NPs) that, even upon the exohedral grafting of targeting ligands, retained their ability to undergo structural degradation, and increase their local release activity when exposed to a reducing agent. This degradation could be observed also inside glioma C6 cancer cells. Moreover, when anticancer drug-loaded pristine and derivatized ss-NPs were fed to glioma C6 cells, the responsive hybrids were more effective in their cytotoxic action compared to non-breakable particles. The possibility of tailoring the surface functionalization of this hybrid, yet preserving its self-destructive behavior and enhanced drug delivery properties, paves the way for the development of effective biodegradable materials for in vivo targeted drug delivery. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Full experimental procedures, additional SEM and TEM images of particles, complete UV-Vis and PL-monitored characterization of the breakdown of

  14. Preparation of Carbon Nanotube/TiO2 Mesoporous Hybrid Photoanode with Iron Pyrite (FeS2) Thin Films Counter Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell.

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    Kilic, Bayram; Turkdogan, Sunay; Astam, Aykut; Ozer, Oguz Can; Asgin, Mansur; Cebeci, Hulya; Urk, Deniz; Mucur, Selin Pravadili

    2016-01-01

    Multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/TiO2 mesoporous networks can be employed as a new alternative photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). By using the MWCNT/TiO2 mesoporous as photoanodes in DSSC, we demonstrate that the MWCNT/TiO2 mesoporous photoanode is promising alternative to standard FTO/TiO2 mesoporous based DSSC due to larger specific surface area and high electrochemical activity. We also show that iron pyrite (FeS2) thin films can be used as an efficient counter electrode (CE), an alternative to the conventional high cost Pt based CE. We are able to synthesis FeS2 nanostructures utilizing a very cheap and easy hydrothermal growth route. MWCNT/TiO2 mesoporous based DSSCs with FeS2 CE achieved a high solar conversion efficiency of 7.27% under 100 mW cm(-2) (AM 1.5G 1-Sun) simulated solar irradiance which is considerably (slightly) higher than that of A-CNT/TiO2 mesoporous based DSSCs with Pt CE. Outstanding performance of the FeS2 CE makes it a very promising choice among the various CE materials used in the conventional DSSC and it is expected to be used more often to achieve higher photon-to-electron conversion efficiencies.

  15. Preparation of Carbon Nanotube/TiO2 Mesoporous Hybrid Photoanode with Iron Pyrite (FeS2) Thin Films Counter Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

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    Kilic, Bayram; Turkdogan, Sunay; Astam, Aykut; Ozer, Oguz Can; Asgin, Mansur; Cebeci, Hulya; Urk, Deniz; Mucur, Selin Pravadili

    2016-01-01

    Multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/TiO2 mesoporous networks can be employed as a new alternative photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). By using the MWCNT/TiO2 mesoporous as photoanodes in DSSC, we demonstrate that the MWCNT/TiO2 mesoporous photoanode is promising alternative to standard FTO/TiO2 mesoporous based DSSC due to larger specific surface area and high electrochemical activity. We also show that iron pyrite (FeS2) thin films can be used as an efficient counter electrode (CE), an alternative to the conventional high cost Pt based CE. We are able to synthesis FeS2 nanostructures utilizing a very cheap and easy hydrothermal growth route. MWCNT/TiO2 mesoporous based DSSCs with FeS2 CE achieved a high solar conversion efficiency of 7.27% under 100 mW cm−2 (AM 1.5G 1-Sun) simulated solar irradiance which is considerably (slightly) higher than that of A-CNT/TiO2 mesoporous based DSSCs with Pt CE. Outstanding performance of the FeS2 CE makes it a very promising choice among the various CE materials used in the conventional DSSC and it is expected to be used more often to achieve higher photon-to-electron conversion efficiencies. PMID:27243374

  16. Preparation of Carbon Nanotube/TiO2 Mesoporous Hybrid Photoanode with Iron Pyrite (FeS2) Thin Films Counter Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

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    Kilic, Bayram; Turkdogan, Sunay; Astam, Aykut; Ozer, Oguz Can; Asgin, Mansur; Cebeci, Hulya; Urk, Deniz; Mucur, Selin Pravadili

    2016-05-01

    Multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/TiO2 mesoporous networks can be employed as a new alternative photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). By using the MWCNT/TiO2 mesoporous as photoanodes in DSSC, we demonstrate that the MWCNT/TiO2 mesoporous photoanode is promising alternative to standard FTO/TiO2 mesoporous based DSSC due to larger specific surface area and high electrochemical activity. We also show that iron pyrite (FeS2) thin films can be used as an efficient counter electrode (CE), an alternative to the conventional high cost Pt based CE. We are able to synthesis FeS2 nanostructures utilizing a very cheap and easy hydrothermal growth route. MWCNT/TiO2 mesoporous based DSSCs with FeS2 CE achieved a high solar conversion efficiency of 7.27% under 100 mW cm-2 (AM 1.5G 1-Sun) simulated solar irradiance which is considerably (slightly) higher than that of A-CNT/TiO2 mesoporous based DSSCs with Pt CE. Outstanding performance of the FeS2 CE makes it a very promising choice among the various CE materials used in the conventional DSSC and it is expected to be used more often to achieve higher photon-to-electron conversion efficiencies.

  17. Preparation of Carbon Nanotube/TiO2 Mesoporous Hybrid Photoanode with Iron Pyrite (FeS2) Thin Films Counter Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

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    Kilic, Bayram; Turkdogan, Sunay; Astam, Aykut; Ozer, Oguz Can; Asgin, Mansur; Cebeci, Hulya; Urk, Deniz; Mucur, Selin Pravadili

    2016-05-01

    Multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/TiO2 mesoporous networks can be employed as a new alternative photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). By using the MWCNT/TiO2 mesoporous as photoanodes in DSSC, we demonstrate that the MWCNT/TiO2 mesoporous photoanode is promising alternative to standard FTO/TiO2 mesoporous based DSSC due to larger specific surface area and high electrochemical activity. We also show that iron pyrite (FeS2) thin films can be used as an efficient counter electrode (CE), an alternative to the conventional high cost Pt based CE. We are able to synthesis FeS2 nanostructures utilizing a very cheap and easy hydrothermal growth route. MWCNT/TiO2 mesoporous based DSSCs with FeS2 CE achieved a high solar conversion efficiency of 7.27% under 100 mW cm‑2 (AM 1.5G 1-Sun) simulated solar irradiance which is considerably (slightly) higher than that of A-CNT/TiO2 mesoporous based DSSCs with Pt CE. Outstanding performance of the FeS2 CE makes it a very promising choice among the various CE materials used in the conventional DSSC and it is expected to be used more often to achieve higher photon-to-electron conversion efficiencies.

  18. Additive-Driven Self-Assembly of Well Ordered Mesoporous Carbon/Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Composites for Supercapacitors

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    Lin, Ying; Wang, Xinyu; Qian, Gang; Watkins, James; Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst Team

    2014-03-01

    Supercapacitors have attracted significant attention as energy storage devices for applications to meet the requirements of fast charge and discharge, high power density, and long cycle life. Recent research efforts demonstrate that the metal oxide- mesoporous carbon nanocomposite materials are indeed a class of promising electrode materials for high performance supercapacitors. However several major drawbacks for metal oxide-carbon nanocomposite materials remain, such as relatively low loadings of the metal oxide, aggregation of nanoparticles, and the lack of an ordered mesoporous structure. Here we demonstrate that well ordered mesoporous carbon/iron oxide composites can be prepared through simple carbonization of blends of block copolymers serving as the source of carbon and a porogen, e.g., poly(t-butyl acrylate)-block-polyacrylonitrile (PtBA-b-PAN), and iron oxide nanoparticles (NPs). Strong interactions between phenol-functionalized iron oxide NPs and polyacrylonitrile result in a preferential dispersion of the nanoparticles within the PAN domains and leads to ordered nanostructured mesoporous carbon framework containing upto 30 wt This work was supported by the NSF Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing at the University of Massachusetts (CMMI-1025020).

  19. Semiconducting polymer encapsulated mesoporous silica particles with conjugated Europium complexes: toward enhanced luminescence under aqueous conditions.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Jixi; Prabhakar, Neeraj; Näreoja, Tuomas; Rosenholm, Jessica M

    2014-01-01

    Immobilization of lanthanide organic complexes in meso-organized hybrid materials for luminescence applications have attracted immense interest due to the possibility of controlled segregation at the nanoscopic level for novel optical properties. Aimed at enhancing the luminescence intensity and stability of the hybrid materials in aqueous media, we developed polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) stabilized, semiconducting polymer (poly(9-vinylcarbazole), PVK) encapsulated mesoporous silica hybrid particles grafted with Europium(III) complexes. Monosilylated β-diketonate ligands (1-(2-naphthoyl)-3,3,3-trifluoroacetonate, NTA) were first co-condensed in the mesoporous silica particles as pendent groups for bridging and anchoring the lanthanide complexes, resulting in particles with an mean diameter of ∼ 450 nm and a bimodal pore size distribution centered at 3.5 and 5.3 nm. PVK was encapsulated on the resulted particles by a solvent-induced surface precipitation process, in order to seal the mesopores and protect Europium ions from luminescence quenching by producing a hydrophobic environment. The obtained polymer encapsulated MSN-EuLC@PVK-PVP particles exhibit significantly higher intrinsic quantum yield (Φ(Ln) = 39%) and longer lifetime (τ(obs) = 0.51 ms), as compared with those without polymer encapsulation. Most importantly, a high luminescence stability was realized when MSN-EuLC@PVK-PVP particles were dispersed in various aqueous media, showing no noticeable quenching effect. The beneficial features and positive attributes of both mesoporous silica and semiconducting polymers as lanthanide-complex host were merged in a single hybrid carrier, opening up the possibility of using these hybrid luminescent materials under complex aqueous conditions such as biological/physiological environments.

  20. Spark Plasma Sintering and Multi-scale Characterization of Mesoporous Silica Disks

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Maheshwari, Harsh

    Oil from shale and tight formations has helped the United States produce close to 10 million barrels of oil per day, a 40-year high. Well characterized sintered nano materials will serve as calibration materials for understanding important thermodynamic and flow properties of fluids in similar formations. To this effect, sintered mesoporous silica monoliths containing micro- and nano-porosity are characterized across multiple length scales at various processing temperatures using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Vickers hardness tests, and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) gas adsorption measurements. Results show that the mesoporosity in raw SBA-15 silica powders can be retained during spark-plasma sintering (SPS) up to 850 ºC which is lower than those achieved by conventional sintering techniques (>1050 ºC). Details of micro- and meso-porosity were revealed by studying the internal structure through SEM and in-situ TEM tomography of the sintered specimens in comparison to the pristine silica powder. The microporosity is retained up to 950°C under the same pressure, and the degree of microporosity increases when the mesopores collapse due to individual nanoparticle shrinkage. In situ TEM characterization of mesoporosity in the absence of applied pressure reveal pore collapse above 1050°C, which is considerably above the temperatures observed under applied pressures during SPS processing. The degree of microporosity, obtained under different processing conditions, is correlated to the mechanical properties, available surface area and pore morphology. In spite of the unique synthesis process, sintered mesoporous silica satisfies the Ryshkewitch relationship -- the correlation of mechanical properties to porosity. Subsequently, in-situ TEM nanoindentation was conducted to investigate the mechanical properties of individual mesoporous silica nanoparticles. The ability to control the micro- and meso-porosity of these