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Sample records for mesoporous silica-magnetite nanocomposite

  1. Synthesis, characterisation and application of silica-magnetite nanocomposites

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    Bruce, Ian J.; Taylor, James; Todd, Michael; Davies, Martin J.; Borioni, Enrico; Sangregorio, Claudio; Sen, Tapas

    2004-12-01

    Silica-magnetite composites were prepared for eventual applications in biomolecular separations (nucleic acids). Their production on large scale has been optimised and they have been extensively characterised in a physical and chemical context. They perform at least as well, if not better than a commercially available equivalent at adsorbing and eluting DNA. Several methods for the preparation of magnetite were compared in order to select one, which produced particles, possessing high magnetic susceptibility, low rate of sedimentation and good chemical stability. Of the main methods studied: (i) oxidative hydrolysis of iron(II) sulphate in alkaline media, (ii) alkaline hydrolysis of iron(II) and iron(III) chloride solutions, and (iii) precipitation from iron(II) and iron(III) chloride solutions by hydrolysis of urea, method (i) produced the 'best' magnetite particles. Silica-magnetite composites were prepared using the 'best' magnetite, and, for comparison, two methods for depositing silica were used to coat the silica onto magnetite nanoparticles, from silicic acid at pH 10 and by acid hydrolysis of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) at 90 °C. The best method for yielding silica-magnetite composites that worked well in DNA adsorption and elution proved to be that involving silicic acid and this material could be made in 20 g batch sizes. Silica-magnetite composites from the two methods proved to have distinct and different physical and chemical properties. All magnetite and silica-magnetite samples were fully characterised for their relative chemical composition using Fourier-transform infrared, XRF and thermo-gravimetric analysis. Their physical characteristics were determined using scanning electron microscopy and N2 adsorption and Mossbauer spectroscopy was used to confirm the identity of the iron oxides produced. Selected samples were comparatively tested for their ability to adsorb, and subsequently elute, 2-deoxyguanosine-5-monophosphate (GMP) and its non

  2. Coating cells with cationic silica-magnetite nanocomposites for rapid purification of integral plasma membrane proteins.

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    Zhang, Wei; Zhao, Chao; Wang, Sheng; Fang, Caiyun; Xu, Yawei; Lu, Haojie; Yang, Pengyuan

    2011-09-01

    This study developed a simple and rapid purification method for plasma membrane with high yields from adherent cells. The plasma membrane (PM) sheets could be absorbed specifically by the cationic silica-magnetite nanocomposites (CSMN) under acidic conditions, and recovered directly in cell-lysis-buffer with no need for precipitation. The binding between CSMN and PM sheets was confirmed by electron microscopy. Western blot analysis demonstrated a >10-fold relative enrichment factor. Up to 422 integral membrane proteins were identified from 10(7) Huh7 cells. Notably, we found 29 Ras family proteins by classification according to their biological functions. The whole enrichment procedure took <30 min. The CSMN-based procedure demonstrates a simple, economical and efficient enrichment of integral PM proteins in proteomic study.

  3. Study of mesoporous silica/magnetite systems in drug controlled release.

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    Souza, K C; Ardisson, J D; Sousa, E M B

    2009-02-01

    Ordered mesoporous materials like SBA-15 have a network of channels and pores with well-defined size in the nanoscale range. This particular silica matrix pore architecture makes them suitable for hosting a broad variety of compounds in very promising materials in a range of applications, including drug release magnetic carriers. In this work, magnetic nanoparticles embedded into mesoporous silica were prepared in two steps: first, magnetite was synthesized by oxidation-precipitation method, and next, the magnetic nanoparticles were coated with mesoporous silica by using nonionic block copolymer surfactants as structure-directing agents. The materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), N(2) adsorption, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The influence of magnetic nanoparticles on drug release kinetics was studied with cisplatin, carboplatin, and atenolol under in vitro conditions in the absence and in the presence of an external magnetic field (0.25 T) by using NdFeB permanent magnet. The constant external magnetic field did not affect drug release significantly. The low-frequency alternating magnetic field had a large influence on the cisplatin release profile.

  4. 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.

  5. Ordered mesoporous silica-based inorganic nanocomposites

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    Wang, Qingqing; Shantz, Daniel F.

    2008-07-01

    This article reviews the synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles and nanowires grown in ordered mesoporous silicas (OMS). Summarizing work performed over the last 4 years, this article highlights the material properties of the final nanocomposite in the context of the synthesis methodology employed. While certain metal-OMS systems (e.g. gold in MCM-41) have been extensively studied this article highlights that there is a rich set of chemistries that have yet to be explored. The article concludes with some thoughts on future developments and challenges in this area.

  6. Mesoporous nanocomposite coatings for photonic devices: sol-gel approach

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    Islam, Shumaila; Bidin, Noriah; Riaz, Saira; Suan, Lau Pik; Naseem, Shahzad; Sanagi, Mohd. Marsin

    2016-10-01

    Thermally stable, optically active inorganic nanocomposites, i.e., aluminum-silicate (AS) and silica-titania (ST), are synthesized via acid-catalyzed low-temperature sol-gel method in order to get stable, crack-free coating material for photonic devices. The samples are characterized by atomic force microscope, field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Brunauer-Emmett--Teller (BET) surface area, Barrett-Joyner-Halenda (BJH) pore size distribution surface analysis and UV-Vis spectroscopy. Microscopic results show good incorporation of ST and AS particles as composites with grain size within range of 12-17 and 62-109 nm, respectively. EDX analysis substantiated the stoichiometric formation of homogeneous nanocomposites. XRD of the films reveals primary polycrystalline anatase titania phase and mullite phase of ST and AS nanocomposites. FTIR confirms the heterogeneous bond linkage between titania, silica and alumina species. Furthermore, the fabricated samples have mesoporous nature with high surface area, large pore volume and diameter. The tunable refractive index of 1.33-1.35 with high transparency is obtained for synthesized nanocomposites. The experimental findings show that these physically modified and thermally stable alumina- and titania-doped silica-based composite coatings are promising for photonic devices modification.

  7. Efficient photodecomposition of herbicide imazapyr over mesoporous Ga2O3-TiO2 nanocomposites.

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    Ismail, Adel A; Abdelfattah, Ibrahim; Faisal, M; Helal, Ahmed

    2017-08-23

    The unabated release of herbicide imazapyr into the soil and groundwater led to crop destruction and several pollution-related concerns. In this contribution, heterogeneous photocatalytic technique was employed utilizing mesoporous Ga2O3-TiO2 nanocomposites for degrading imazapyr herbicide as a model pollutant molecule. Mesoporous Ga2O3-TiO2 nanocomposites with varied Ga2O3 contents (0-5wt%) were synthesized through sol-gel process. XRD and Raman spectra exhibited extremely crystalline anatase TiO2 phase at low Ga2O3 content which gradually reduced with the increase of Ga2O3 content. TEM images display uniform TiO2 particles (10±2nm) with mesoporous structure. The mesoporous TiO2 exhibits large surface areas of 167m(2)g(-1), diminished to 108m(2)g(-1) upon 5% Ga2O3 incorporation, with tunable mesopore diameter in the range of 3-9nm. The photocatalytic efficiency of synthesized Ga2O3-TiO2 nanocomposites was assessed by degrading imazapyr herbicide and comparing with commercial photocatalyst UV-100 and mesoporous Ga2O3 under UV illumination. 0.1% Ga2O3-TiO2 nanocomposite is considered the optimum photocatalyst, which degrades 98% of imazapyr herbicide within 180min. Also, the photodegradation rate of imazapyr using 0.1% Ga2O3-TiO2 nanocomposite is nearly 10 and 3-fold higher than that of mesoporous Ga2O3 and UV-100, respectively. The high photonic efficiency and long-term stability of the mesoporous Ga2O3-TiO2 nanocomposites are ascribed to its stronger oxidative capability in comparison with either mesoporous TiO2, Ga2O3 or commercial UV-100. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Preparation and Electrochemical Characterization of Mesoporous Polyaniline-Silica Nanocomposites as an Electrode Material for Pseudocapacitors

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    Zu, Lei; Cui, Xiuguo; Jiang, Yanhua; Hu, Zhongkai; Lian, Huiqin; Liu, Yang; Jin, Yushun; Li, Yan; Wang, Xiaodong

    2015-01-01

    Mesoporous polyaniline-silica nanocomposites with a full interpenetrating structure for pseudocapacitors were synthesized via the vapor phase approach. The morphology and structure of the nanocomposites were deeply investigated by scanning electron microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, thermal gravimetric analysis and nitrogen adsorption-desorption tests. The results present that the mesoporous nanocomposites possess a uniform particle morphology and full interpenetrating structure, leading to a continuous conductive polyaniline network with a large specific surface area. The electrochemical performances of the nanocomposites were tested in a mixed solution of sulfuric acid and potassium iodide. With the merits of a large specific surface area and suitable pore size distribution, the nanocomposite showed a large specific capacitance (1702.68 farad (F)/g) due to its higher utilization of the active material. This amazing value is almost three-times larger than that of bulk polyaniline when the same mass of active material was used. PMID:28788006

  9. Agarose encapsulated mesoporous carbonated hydroxyapatite nanocomposites powder for drug delivery.

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    Kolanthai, Elayaraja; Abinaya Sindu, P; Thanigai Arul, K; Sarath Chandra, V; Manikandan, E; Narayana Kalkura, S

    2017-01-01

    The powder composites are predominantly used for filling of voids in bone and as drug delivery carrier to prevent the infection or inflammatory reaction in the damaged tissues. The objective of this work was to study the synthesis of agarose encapsulation on carbonated hydroxyapatite powder and their biological and drug delivery properties. Mesoporous, nanosized carbonated hydroxyapatite/agarose (CHAp/agarose) powder composites were prepared by solvothermal method and subsequently calcined to study the physico-chemical changes, if it subjected to thermal exposure. The phase of the as-synthesized powder was CHAp/agarose whereas the calcinated samples were non-stoichiometric HAp. The CHAp/agarose nanorods were of length 10-80nm and width 40-190nm for the samples synthesized at temperatures 120°C (ST120) and 150°C (ST150). The calcination process produced spheres (10-50nm) and rods with reduced size (40-120nm length and 20-30nm width). Composites were partially dissolved in SBF solution followed by exhibited better bioactivity than non-stoichiometric HAp confirmed by gravimetric method. Hemo and biocompatibility remained unaffected by presence of agarose or carbonate in the HAp. Specific surface area of the composites was high and exhibited an enhanced amoxicillin and 5-fluorouracil release than the calcined samples. The composites demonstrated a strong antimicrobial activity against E. coli, S. aureus and S. epidermidis. The ST120 showed prolonged drug (AMX and 5-Fcil) release and antimicrobial efficacy than ST150 and calcined samples. This technique would be simple and rapid for composites preparation, to produce high quality crystalline, resorbable, mesoporous and bioactive nanocomposite (CHAp/agarose) powders. This work provides new insight into the role of agarose coated on bioceramics by solvothermal technique and suggests that CHAp/agarose composites powders are promising materials for filling of void in bone and drug delivery applications.

  10. Controlled synthesis of uniform and monodisperse upconversion core/mesoporous silica shell nanocomposites for bimodal imaging.

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    Liu, Jianan; Bu, Wenbo; Zhang, Shengjian; Chen, Feng; Xing, Huaiyong; Pan, Limin; Zhou, Liangping; Peng, Weijun; Shi, Jianlin

    2012-02-20

    Here we report the design and controlled synthesis of monodisperse and precisely size-controllable UCNP@mSiO(2) nanocomposites smaller than 50 nm by directly coating a mesoporous silica shell (mSiO(2)) on upconversion nanocrystals NaYF(4):Tm/Yb/Gd (UCNPs), which can be used as near-infrared fluorescence and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) agents and a platform for drug delivery as well. Some key steps such as transferring hydrophobic UCNPs to the water phase by using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), removal of the excess amount of CTAB, and temperature-controlled ultrasonication treatment should be adopted and carefully monitored to obtain uniform upconversion core/mesoporous silica shell nanocomposites. The excellent performance of the core-shell-structured nanocomposite in near-infrared fluorescence and magnetic resonance imaging was also demonstrated. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Design of an ultrasmall Au nanocluster-CeO2 mesoporous nanocomposite catalyst for nitrobenzene reduction.

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    Chong, Hanbao; Li, Peng; Xiang, Ji; Fu, Fangyu; Zhang, Dandan; Ran, Xiaorong; Zhu, Manzhou

    2013-08-21

    In this work we are inspired to explore gold nanoclusters supported on mesoporous CeO2 nanospheres as nanocatalysts for the reduction of nitrobenzene. Ultrasmall Au nanoclusters (NCs) and mesoporous CeO2 nanospheres were readily synthesized and well characterized. Due to their ultrasmall size, the as-prepared Au clusters can be easily absorbed into the mesopores of the mesoporous CeO2 nanospheres. Owing to the unique mesoporous structure of the CeO2 support, Au nanoclusters in the Au@CeO2 may effectively prevent the aggregation which usually results in a rapid decay of the catalytic activity. It is notable that the ultrasmall gold nanoclusters possess uniform size distribution and good dispersibility on the mesoporous CeO2 supports. Compared to other catalyst systems with different oxide supports, the as-prepared Au nanocluster-CeO2 nanocomposite nanocatalysts showed efficient catalytic performance in transforming nitrobenzene into azoxybenzene. In addition, a plausible mechanism was deeply investigated to explain the transforming process. Au@CeO2 exhibited efficient catalytic activity for reduction of nitrobenzene. This strategy may be easily extended to fabricate many other heterogeneous catalysts including ultrasmall metal nanoclusters and mesoporous oxides.

  12. Amino-functionalized silica magnetite nanoparticles for the simultaneous removal of pollutants from aqueous solution

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    Hozhabr Araghi, Samira; Entezari, Mohammad H.

    2015-04-01

    Amino-functionalized silica magnetite nanoparticles (A-S-MNPs) have been prepared through coating of sono-synthesized magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs) in a basic medium by SiO2. Then, the resultant silica magnetite nanoparticles (S-MNPs) were modified with 3-aminpropyltriethoxysilane (APTES). The modification was carried out by the organic solvent method in dry hexane to graft amine groups on the surface. The adsorption behavior of this novel magnetic sorbent was studied for the simultaneous removal of two organic pollutants containing the sulfonate group, e.g., Reactive Black 5 (RB5) and sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate (SDBS) in aqueous solutions. The results show that a pseudo-second-order model fits well the experimental data and the rate constant of adsorption for SDBS is higher than for RB5. The adsorption capacity was obtained by the Langmuir isotherm. The qmax was 83.33 and 62.5 mg/g for RB5 and SDBS at pH 2 and 298 K, respectively. Furthermore, the loaded A-S-MNPs can be recovered easily from aqueous solution by magnetic separation and regenerated by simply washing with 0.1 M NaOH solution. Therefore, the synthesized novel magnetic sorbent can be used as an effective and recyclable adsorbent for the simultaneous removal of dye and surfactant from aqueous solutions.

  13. Simultaneous adsorption and photocatalytic behavior of hybrid mesoporous ZnS-SiO2 nanocomposite

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    Banna Motejadded Emrooz, Hosein; Gotor, Francisco Jose

    2017-08-01

    Mesoporous ZnS-SiO2 nanocomposite was synthesized with a facile process. At first a large pore volume (1.86 cm3·g-1), moderate pore size (about 12.8 nm) and moderate surface area (586 m2·g-1) mesoporous SiO2 was synthesized in an acidic PH using cationic surfactant. ZnS nanoparticles were infiltrated in the porosities of the synthesized SiO2, with a room temperature post grafting method. The synthesized particles have been characterized with transmission electron microscopy (TEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), furrier transformation infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). Results confirm the mesoporous characteristics of ZnS-SiO2 nanocomposite with specific surface area as high as 248 m2·g-1, pore volume of 0.89 cm3·g-1 and average pore diameter of about 14.4 nm. Simultaneous adsorption-photocatalytic behavior of this hybrid mesoporous nanocomposite for degradation of methylene blue (MB) was investigated. The efficiency of this material was compared with that of mesoporous SiO2 and also lone ZnS nanoparticles. Results showed that by using ultraviolet irradiation, ZnS-SiO2 can degrade greater than 85% of MB only after 3 min. The case for lone ZnS is less than 5% after 30 min. Degradation mechanism of MB using ZnS-SiO2 and ultraviolet radiation was explained with simultaneous adsorption and photocatalytic phenomena. Ultraviolet irradiation can degrade adsorbed MB of mesoporous SiO2 which can prevent it from saturation.

  14. A facile method for fabricating TiO2@mesoporous carbon and three-layered nanocomposites.

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    Liu, Yong; Jin, Haibao; Zhu, Shenmin; Liu, Yunchun; Long, Mingce; Zhou, Yongfeng; Yan, Deyue

    2012-08-17

    Herein, we report a new and facile method for fabricating TiO(2)@mesoporous carbon hybrid materials. Uniform polydopamine (PDA) layers were coated onto the surface of titanate nanotubes (TNTs) and TiO(2) nanorods (TNDs) through the spontaneous adhesion and self-polymerization of dopamine during the dipping process. Core-shell mesoporous carbon nanotubes with TiO(2) nanorods or nanoparticles encapsulated inside (TiO(2)@MC) were then obtained by transforming PDA layers into carbonaceous ones through calcination in nitrogen at 800 °C. The thickness of the mesoporous carbon layers is tens of nanometers and can be controlled by adjusting the coated PDA layers through the self-polymerization reaction time. In addition, three-layered nanocomposites of TiO(2)@MC@MO (MO, metal oxide) can be readily prepared by utilizing PDA layers in TNTs@PDA or TNDs@PDA to adsorb the metal ions, followed by the calcination process.

  15. Reduced Graphene Oxide/Mesoporous TiO2 Nanocomposite Based Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Han, Gill Sang; Song, Young Hyun; Jin, Young Un; Lee, Jin-Wook; Park, Nam-Gyu; Kang, Bong Kyun; Lee, Jung-Kun; Cho, In Sun; Yoon, Dae Ho; Jung, Hyun Suk

    2015-10-28

    We report on reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/mesoporous (mp)-TiO2 nanocomposite based mesostructured perovskite solar cells that show an improved electron transport property owing to the reduced interfacial resistance. The amount of rGO added to the TiO2 nanoparticles electron transport layer was optimized, and their impacts on film resistivity, electron diffusion, recombination time, and photovoltaic performance were investigated. The rGO/mp-TiO2 nanocomposite film reduces interfacial resistance when compared to the mp-TiO2 film, and hence, it improves charge collection efficiency. This effect significantly increases the short circuit current density and open circuit voltage. The rGO/mp-TiO2 nanocomposite film with an optimal rGO content of 0.4 vol % shows 18% higher photon conversion efficiency compared with the TiO2 nanoparticles based perovskite solar cells.

  16. Amine-Impregnated Mesoporous Silica Nanotube as an Emerging Nanocomposite for CO2 Capture.

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    Niu, Mengya; Yang, Huaming; Zhang, Xiangchao; Wang, Yutang; Tang, Aidong

    2016-07-13

    Pristine halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) were pretreated to produce mesoporous silica nanotubes (MSiNTs), which was further impregnated with polyethenimine (PEI) to prepare an emerging nanocomposite MSiNTs/PEI (MP) for CO2 capture. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was employed to analyze the influences of PEI loading amount and adsorption temperature on CO2 adsorption capacity of the nanocomposite. The Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area (SBET) of MSiNTs was six times higher than that of HNTs, and the corresponding pore volume was more than two times higher than that of HNTs. The well dispersion of PEI within the nanotubes of MSiNTs benefits more CO2 gas adsorption, and the adsorption capacity of the nanocomposite could reach 2.75 mmol/g at 85 °C for 2 h. The CO2 adsorption on the nanocomposite was demonstrated to occur via a two-stage process: initially, a sharp linear weight increase at the beginning, and then a relatively slow adsorption step. The adsorption capacity could reach as high as 70% within 2 min. Also, the nanocomposite exhibited good stability on CO2 adsorption/desorption performance, indicating that the as-prepared emerging nanocomposite show an interesting application potential in the field of CO2 capture.

  17. One-step synthesis of degradable T1-FeOOH functionalized hollow mesoporous silica nanocomposites from mesoporous silica spheres

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    Peng, Yung-Kang; Tseng, Yu-Jui; Liu, Chien-Liang; Chou, Shang-Wei; Chen, Yu-Wei; Tsang, S. C. Edman; Chou, Pi-Tai

    2015-01-01

    The combination of a hollow mesoporous structure and a magnetic resonance (MR) contrast agent has shown its potential in simultaneous drug delivery and cell tracking applications. However, the preparation of this kind of nanocomposite is complicated and usually takes several days, which is unsuitable for scaled-up production. To overcome these hurdles, we report herein a facile method to synthesize iron oxide hydroxide functionalized hollow mesoporous silica spheres (FeOOH/HMSS) in a one-step manner. By carefully controlling the reaction kinetics of K2FeO4 in water, the gram-scale production of FeOOH/HMSS can be readily achieved at 60 °C for as short as 30 min. Most importantly, this synthetic process is also cost-effective and eco-friendly in both the precursor (K2FeO4 and H2O) and the product (FeOOH). The mechanism for the formation of a hollow structure was carefully investigated, which involves the synergetic effect of the surfactant CTAB and the side product KOH. Having outstanding biocompatibility, these degradable nanocolloids also demonstrate their feasibility in in vitro/vivo MR imaging and in vitro drug delivery.The combination of a hollow mesoporous structure and a magnetic resonance (MR) contrast agent has shown its potential in simultaneous drug delivery and cell tracking applications. However, the preparation of this kind of nanocomposite is complicated and usually takes several days, which is unsuitable for scaled-up production. To overcome these hurdles, we report herein a facile method to synthesize iron oxide hydroxide functionalized hollow mesoporous silica spheres (FeOOH/HMSS) in a one-step manner. By carefully controlling the reaction kinetics of K2FeO4 in water, the gram-scale production of FeOOH/HMSS can be readily achieved at 60 °C for as short as 30 min. Most importantly, this synthetic process is also cost-effective and eco-friendly in both the precursor (K2FeO4 and H2O) and the product (FeOOH). The mechanism for the formation of a

  18. Highly reversible and large lithium storage in mesoporous si/c nanocomposite anodes with silicon nanoparticles embedded in a carbon framework.

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    Zhang, Renyuan; Du, Yuanjin; Li, Dan; Shen, Dengke; Yang, Jianping; Guo, Zaiping; Liu, Hua Kun; Elzatahry, Ahmed A; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2014-10-22

    A magnesiothermic reduction approach is designed to synthesize mesoporous Si/C nanocomposites with ultrasmall, uniform silicon nanoparticles (ca. 3 nm) embedded in a rigid mesoporous carbon framework. The resultant mesoporous Si/C nanocomposites present excellent performance with high reversible capacity, good Coulombic efficiency and rate capability, and outstanding cycling stability in lithium-ion battery applications. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. A facile synthesis of mesoporous Pdsbnd ZnO nanocomposites as efficient chemical sensor

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    Ismail, Adel A.; Harraz, Farid A.; Faisal, M.; El-Toni, Ahmed Mohamed; Al-Hajry, A.; Al-Assiri, M. S.

    2016-07-01

    Mesoporous ZnO was synthesized through the sol-gel method in the presence of triblock co-polymer Pluronic (F-127) template as the structure directing agent. Palladium nanoparticles were photochemically reduced and deposited onto mesoporous ZnO to obtain 1 wt.% Pd/ZnO nanocomposite. Structural and morphological analysis revealed high homogeneity and monodispersity of Pd nanoclusters with small particle sizes ∼ 2-5 nm onto mesoporous ZnO. The electrochemical detection of ethanol in aqueous solutions was conducted at the newly developed Pd/ZnO modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) by the current-potential (IV) and cyclic voltammetry (CV) techniques and compared with bare GCE or pure ZnO. The presence of Pd dopant greatly enhances the sensitivity of ZnO, and the obtained mesoporous Pd/ZnO sensor has an excellent performance for precision detection of ethanol in aqueous solution with low concentration. The sensitivity was found to be 33.08 μAcm-2 mM-1 at lower concentration zone (0.05-0.8 mM) and 2.13 μAcm-2 mM-1 at higher concentration zone (0.8-12 mM), with a limit of detection (LOD) 19.2 μM. The kinetics study of ethanol oxidation revealed a characteristic feature for a mixed surface and diffusion-controlled process. These excellent sensing characteristics make the mesoporous Pd/ZnO nanocomposite a good candidate for the production of high-performance electrochemical sensors at low ethanol concentration in aqueous solution.

  20. One-step synthesis of degradable T(1)-FeOOH functionalized hollow mesoporous silica nanocomposites from mesoporous silica spheres.

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    Peng, Yung-Kang; Tseng, Yu-Jui; Liu, Chien-Liang; Chou, Shang-Wei; Chen, Yu-Wei; Tsang, S C Edman; Chou, Pi-Tai

    2015-02-14

    The combination of a hollow mesoporous structure and a magnetic resonance (MR) contrast agent has shown its potential in simultaneous drug delivery and cell tracking applications. However, the preparation of this kind of nanocomposite is complicated and usually takes several days, which is unsuitable for scaled-up production. To overcome these hurdles, we report herein a facile method to synthesize iron oxide hydroxide functionalized hollow mesoporous silica spheres (FeOOH/HMSS) in a one-step manner. By carefully controlling the reaction kinetics of K2FeO4 in water, the gram-scale production of FeOOH/HMSS can be readily achieved at 60 °C for as short as 30 min. Most importantly, this synthetic process is also cost-effective and eco-friendly in both the precursor (K2FeO4 and H2O) and the product (FeOOH). The mechanism for the formation of a hollow structure was carefully investigated, which involves the synergetic effect of the surfactant CTAB and the side product KOH. Having outstanding biocompatibility, these degradable nanocolloids also demonstrate their feasibility in in vitro/vivo MR imaging and in vitro drug delivery.

  1. Core-shell-type magnetic mesoporous silica nanocomposites for bioimaging and therapeutic agent delivery.

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    Wang, Yao; Gu, Hongchen

    2015-01-21

    Advances in nanotechnology and nanomedicine offer great opportunities for the development of nanoscaled theranostic platforms. Among various multifunctional nanocarriers, magnetic mesoporous silica nanocomposites (M-MSNs) attract prominent research interest for their outstanding properties and potential biomedical applications. This Research News article highlights recent progress in the design of core-shell-type M-MSNs for both diagnostic and therapeutic applications. First, an overview of synthetic strategies for three representative core-shell-type M-MSNs with different morphologies and structures is presented. Then, the diagnostic functions of M-MSNs is illustrated for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) applications. Next, magnetic targeted delivery and stimuli-responsive release of drugs, and effective package of DNA/siRNA inside mesopores using M-MSNs as therapeutic agent carriers are discussed. The article concludes with some important challenges that need to be overcome for further practical applications of M-MSNs in nanomedicine.

  2. Polypyrrole/silica/magnetite nanoparticles as a sorbent for the extraction of sulfonamides from water samples.

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    Sukchuay, Thanyaporn; Kanatharana, Proespichaya; Wannapob, Rodtichoti; Thavarungkul, Panote; Bunkoed, Opas

    2015-09-08

    A magnetic solid-phase extraction sorbent of polypyrrole/silica/magnetite nanoparticles was successfully synthesized and applied for the extraction and preconcentration of sulfonamides in water samples. The magnetite nanoparticles provided a simple and fast separation method for the analytes in water samples. The silica coating increased the surface area that helped to increase the polypyrrole layer. The polypyrrole-coated silica provided a high extraction efficiency due to the π-π and hydrophobic interactions between the polypyrrole and sulfonamides. Several parameters that affected the extraction efficiencies, i.e. the amount of sorbent, pH of the sample, extraction time, extraction temperature, ionic strength, and desorption conditions were investigated. Under the optimal conditions, the method was linear over the range of 0.30-200 μg/L for sulfadiazine and sulfamerazine, and 1.0-200 μg/L for sulfamethazine and sulfamonomethoxine. The limit of detection was 0.30 μg/L for sulfadiazine and sulfamerazine and 1.0 μg/L for sulfamethazine and sulfamonomethoxine. This simple and rapid method was successfully applied to efficiently extract sulfonamides from water samples. It showed a high extraction efficiency for all tested sulfonamides, and the recoveries were in the range of 86.7-99.7% with relative standard deviations of < 6%. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of magnetic iron oxide/calcium silicate mesoporous nanocomposites as a promising vehicle for drug delivery.

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    Lu, Bing-Qiang; Zhu, Ying-Jie; Ao, Hai-Yong; Qi, Chao; Chen, Feng

    2012-12-01

    The synthesis of the mesoporous nanocomposites consisting of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and calcium silicate with uniform size has been a challenge, although they are the ideal potential agent for medical diagnosis and therapy. In this work, the core/shell structured mesoporous nanocomposites consisting of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles as the core and calcium silicate as the shell have been successfully synthesized using a two liquid phase system by ultrasound irradiation, in which the hydrophobic phase is composed of hydrophobic Fe(3)O(4) nanoparticles and tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS), and the water phase consists of Ca(NO(3))(2), NaOH, and water. The hollow mesoporous nanocomposites consisting of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and calcium silicate are obtained by adding a certain amount of the inert hydrophobic solvent isooctane in the reaction system before ultrasound irradiation. The nanocomposites have a superparamagnetic behavior, high Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) specific surface area (474 m(2) g(-1)), and high Barrett-Joyner-Halenda (BJH) pore volume (2.75 cm(3) g(-1)). The nanocomposites have high drug loading capacities for bovine hemoglobin, docetaxel, and ibuprofen. The docetaxel-loaded nanocomposites have the anticancer ability and, thus, are promising for applications in biomedical fields.

  4. Effects of Synthesis Process on Luminescence Properties and Structure of Mesoporous Carbon-Silica Nanocomposite

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    Sato, Koji; Ishikawa, Yukari; Ishii, Yosuke; Kawasaki, Shinji; Muto, Shunsuke; Yamamoto, Yuta

    2012-08-01

    The effects of hydrolysis and polycondensation reactions for synthesizing light-emitting mesoporous carbon-silica (MPCS) nanocomposite on the structure, chemical bonding state, and luminescence properties of MPCS were investigated by controlling the concentration (0.02 to 5 M) of HCl, which was used as a catalyst for hydrolysis and polycondensation. The progress of hydrolysis and polycondensation reactions provides a nanometer-order pore/wall structure and results in a strong light-emitting property. The pore/wall structure was obtained using HCl at concentrations of 0.2 M and higher, but it became disordered with increasing HCl concentration (2 and 5 M). The luminescence color of the MPCS nanocomposite can be changed from yellowish-white to bluish-white by changing the concentration of HCl.

  5. A mesoporous silica nanocomposite shuttle: pH-triggered phase transfer between oil and water.

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    Wang, Haixia; Yang, Hengquan; Liu, Huanrong; Yu, Yuhong; Xin, Hongchuan

    2013-06-04

    With a simple protocol, we synthesize a novel mesoporous silica nanocomposite shuttle that can reversibly transfer between an organic phase and water in response to the pH, due to the switchable surface hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity. Our synthesis protocol allows the phase transfer ability to be tuned in a controllable fashion. This nanocomposite shuttle exhibits a good ability to load various cargoes such as Pd(OAc)2, Pd nanoparticles, and organic molecules. The built-in properties of the nanocomposite shuttle lay the foundations for many innovative applications. As a proof of concept, we successfully demonstrate its application in separating and recycling Pd nanoparticle catalysts. The composite shuttle can take Pd nanoparticles to an organic phase for catalyzing hydrogenation of olefins and come back to an aqueous phase at the end of reaction, making in situ separation and recycling of nanocatalysts possible. This pH-driven round trip for catalysis can be repeated several times. Our investigations not only supply a novel nanocomposite shuttle with controllable properties but also open an innovative avenue to in situ separation and recycling of nanocatalysts, which can address the obstacles of the conventional methods such as centrifugation and filtration.

  6. A facile method for fabricating TiO2@mesoporous carbon and three-layered nanocomposites

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    Liu, Yong; Jin, Haibao; Zhu, Shenmin; Liu, Yunchun; Long, Mingce; Zhou, Yongfeng; Yan, Deyue

    2012-08-01

    Herein, we report a new and facile method for fabricating TiO2@mesoporous carbon hybrid materials. Uniform polydopamine (PDA) layers were coated onto the surface of titanate nanotubes (TNTs) and TiO2 nanorods (TNDs) through the spontaneous adhesion and self-polymerization of dopamine during the dipping process. Core-shell mesoporous carbon nanotubes with TiO2 nanorods or nanoparticles encapsulated inside (TiO2@MC) were then obtained by transforming PDA layers into carbonaceous ones through calcination in nitrogen at 800 °C. The thickness of the mesoporous carbon layers is tens of nanometers and can be controlled by adjusting the coated PDA layers through the self-polymerization reaction time. In addition, three-layered nanocomposites of TiO2@MC@MO (MO, metal oxide) can be readily prepared by utilizing PDA layers in TNTs@PDA or TNDs@PDA to adsorb the metal ions, followed by the calcination process.

  7. Fabrication of Mesoporous Silica/Alumina Hybrid Membrane Film Nanocomposites using Template Sol-Gel Synthesis of Amphiphilic Triphenylene

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    Lintang, H. O.; Jalani, M. A.; Yuliati, L.; Salleh, M. M.

    2017-05-01

    Herein we reported that by introducing a one-dimensional (1D) substrate with a porous structure such as anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membrane, mesoporous silica/alumina hybrid nanocomposites were successfully fabricated by using amphiphilic triphenylene (TPC10TEG) as a template in sol-gel synthesis (TPC10TEG/silicahex). For the optical study of the nanocomposites, TPC10TEG/silicahex showed absorption peak at 264 nm due to the ordered and long-range π-π stacking of the disc-like aromatic triphenylene core. Moreover, the hexagonal arrangement of TPC10TEG/silicahex was proven based on their diffraction peaks of d 100 and d 200 at 2θ = 2.52° and 5.04° and images of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), respectively. For fabrication of mesoporous silica/alumina hybrid membrane, TPC10TEG/silicahex was drop-casted onto AAO membrane for penetration into the porous structure via gravity. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis on the resulted hybrid nanocomposites showed that the diffraction peaks of d 100 and d 200 of TPC10TEG/silicahex were still preserved, indicating that the hexagonal arrangements of mesoporous silica were maintained even on AAO substrate. The morphology study on the hybrid nanocomposites using TEM, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) showed the successful filling of most AAO channels with the TPC10TEG/silicahex nanocomposites.

  8. Investigation of a Mesoporous Silicon Based Ferromagnetic Nanocomposite

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    2010-01-01

    A semiconductor/metal nanocomposite is composed of a porosified silicon wafer and embedded ferromagnetic nanostructures. The obtained hybrid system possesses the electronic properties of silicon together with the magnetic properties of the incorporated ferromagnetic metal. On the one hand, a transition metal is electrochemically deposited from a metal salt solution into the nanostructured silicon skeleton, on the other hand magnetic particles of a few nanometres in size, fabricated in solution, are incorporated by immersion. The electrochemically deposited nanostructures can be tuned in size, shape and their spatial distribution by the process parameters, and thus specimens with desired ferromagnetic properties can be fabricated. Using magnetite nanoparticles for infiltration into porous silicon is of interest not only because of the magnetic properties of the composite material due to the possible modification of the ferromagnetic/superparamagnetic transition but also because of the biocompatibility of the system caused by the low toxicity of both materials. Thus, it is a promising candidate for biomedical applications as drug delivery or biomedical targeting. PMID:20672039

  9. Hydrogen Oxidation-Mediated Current Discharge in Mesoporous Pt/TiO2 Nanocomposite.

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    Ray, Nathan J; Karpov, Eduard G

    2016-11-23

    Here we report on direct evidence of a correlation between hydrogen-to-water oxidation on mesoporous Pt/TiO2 nanocomposites at room temperature and the conversion of surface-released chemical energy into a stationary electrical current. The Pt phase of this heterojunction device is an electrically continuous 15 nm thick mesh deposited onto a mesoporous TiO2 substrate fabricated with a plasma electrolytic oxidation process. The H2O turnover frequency approaches an asymptotic value associated with the saturation of the Pt/TiO2 interface as the concentration of hydrogen gas is increased. In situ measurements of the reaction-induced current concurrently with mass spectrometry measurements illuminate the polarity switch of the reaction current (from thermionic emission to a reverse steady-state flow) simultaneously with the production of water. Furthermore, a concentration-dependent value of 5 min is measured as the time constant for the adsorption of the initial addition of H2 and H2O formation and desorption.

  10. The plumber's nightmare: a new morphology in block copolymer-ceramic nanocomposites and mesoporous aluminosilicates.

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    Finnefrock, Adam C; Ulrich, Ralph; Toombes, Gilman E S; Gruner, Sol M; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2003-10-29

    A novel cubic bicontinuous morphology is found in polymer-ceramic nanocomposites and mesoporous aluminosilicates that are derived by an amphiphilic diblock copolymer, poly(isoprene-b-ethylene oxide) (PI-b-PEO), used as a structure-directing agent for an inorganic aluminosilicate. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) was employed to unambiguously identify the Im(-)3m crystallographic symmetry of the materials by fitting individual Bragg peak positions in the two-dimensional X-ray images. Structure factor calculations, in conjunction with results from transmission electron microscopy, were used to narrow the range of possible structures consistent with the symmetry and showed the plumber's nightmare morphology to be consistent with the data. The samples are made by deposition onto a substrate that imposes a strain field, generating a lattice distortion. This distortion is quantitatively analyzed and shown to have resulted in shrinkage of the crystallites by approximately one-third in a direction perpendicular to the substrate, in both as-made composites and calcined ceramic materials. Finally, the observation of the bicontinuous block-copolymer-derived hybrid morphology is discussed in the context of a pseudo-ternary morphology diagram and compared to existing studies of ternary phase diagrams of amphiphiles in a mixture of two solvents. The calcined mesoporous materials have potential applications in the fields of catalysis, separation technology, and microelectronics.

  11. Mesoporous Hybrid Polypyrrole-Silica Nanocomposite Films with a Strata-Like Structure.

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    Farghaly, Ahmed A; Collinson, Maryanne M

    2016-06-14

    Using a single-potential-step coelectrodeposition route, Ppy-SiO2 nanocomposite films characterized by a multimodal porous structure were cathodically deposited from ethanolic solutions on oxidizable and nonoxidizable substrates for the first time. The materials produced have an interesting and unique strata-like pore structure along their depth. With the exception of a silica-rich inner region, the nanocomposite films are homogeneous in composition. Because the region closest to the electrode surface is silica-rich, the fabrication of Ppy-SiO2 and Ppy free-standing films become possible using a multistep etching strategy. Such films can be captured on a variety of different supports depending on the application, and they maintain their conductivity when interfaced with an electrode surface. These mesoporous composite films form through a unique mechanism that involves the production of two catalysts, OH(-) and NO(+). Through the process of understanding the reaction mechanism, we highlighted the effect of two simultaneous competing redox reactions occurring at the electrode interface on the morphology of the electrodeposited Ppy nanocomposite films and how solvent can influence the Ppy electropolymerization reaction mechanism and hence control the morphology of the final material. In an ethanolic solvent system, the pyrrole monomers undergo a step-growth polymerization, and particulate-like nanostructured films were obtained even upon changing the monomer or acid concentration. In an aqueous-based system, nanowire-like structures were produced, which is consistent with a chain-growth mechanism. Such materials are promising candidates for a wide range of applications including electrochemical sensing, energy storage, and catalysis.

  12. Multifunctional mesoporous nanocomposites with magnetic, optical, and sensing features: synthesis, characterization, and their oxygen-sensing performance.

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    Wang, Yanyan; Li, Bin; Zhang, Liming; Song, Hang

    2013-01-29

    In this paper, the fabrication, characterization, and application in oxygen sensing are reported for a novel multifunctional nanomaterial of [Ru(bpy)(2)phen-MMS] (bpy, 2,2'-bipyridyl; phen, phenathrolin) which was simply prepared by covalently grafting the ruthenium(II) polypyridyl compounds into the channels of magnetic mesoporous silica nanocomposites (MMS). Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, N(2) adsorption-desorption, a superconducting quantum interference device, UV-vis spectroscopy, and photoluminescence spectra were used to characterize the samples. The well-designed multifunctional nanocomposites show superparamagnetic behavior and ordered mesoporous characteristics and exhibit a strong red-orange metal-to-ligand charge transfer emission. In addition, the obtained nanocomposites give high performance in oxygen sensing with high sensitivity (I(0)/I(100) = 5.2), good Stern-Volmer characteristics (R(2) = 0.9995), and short response/recovery times (t↓ = 6 s and t↑ = 12 s). The magnetic, mesoporous, luminescent, and oxygen-sensing properties of this multifunctional nanostructure make it hold great promise as a novel multifunctional oxygen-sensing system for chemical/biosensor.

  13. Amperometric hydrogen peroxide and glucose biosensor based on NiFe2/ordered mesoporous carbon nanocomposites.

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    Xiang, Dong; Yin, Longwei; Ma, Jingyun; Guo, Enyan; Li, Qun; Li, Zhaoqiang; Liu, Kegao

    2015-01-21

    Nanocomposites of NiFex embedded in ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) (x = 0, 1, 2) were prepared by a wet impregnation and hydrogen reduction process and were used to construct electrochemical biosensors for the amperometric detection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) or glucose. The NiFe2/OMC nanocomposites were demonstrated to have a large surface area, suitable mesoporous channels, many edge-plane-like defective sites, and a good distribution of alloyed nanoparticles. The NiFe2/OMC and Nafion modified glass carbon electrode (GCE) exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activities toward the reduction of H2O2 as well. By utilizing it as a bioplatform, GOx (glucose oxidase) cross-linked with Nafion was immobilized on the surface of the electrode for the construction of an amperometric glucose biosensor. Our results indicated that the amperometric hydrogen peroxide biosensor (NiFe2/OMC + Nafion + GCE) showed good analytical performances in term of a high sensitivity of 4.29 μA mM(-1) cm(-2), wide linearity from 6.2 to 42,710 μM and a low detection limit of 0.24 μM at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3 (S/N = 3). This biosensor exhibited excellent selectivity, high stability and negligible interference for the detection of H2O2. In addition, the immobilized enzyme on NiFe2/OMC + Nafion + GCE, retaining its bioactivity, exhibited a reversible two-proton and two-electron transfer reaction, a fast heterogeneous electron transfer rate and an effective Michaelis-Menten constant (K) (3.18 mM). The GOx + NiFe2/OMC + Nafion + GCE could be used to detect glucose based on the oxidation of glucose catalyzed by GOx and exhibited a wide detection range of 48.6-12,500 μM with a high sensitivity of 6.9 μA mM(-1) cm(-2) and a low detection limit of 2.7 μM (S/N = 3). The enzymic biosensor maintained a high selectivity and stability features, and shows great promise for application in the detection of glucose.

  14. Study of interface interactions in ZnO/Mesoporous silica nanocomposite

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    Reddy A, R. C.; Babu K, Sowri; Ch, Sujatha; Reddy K, V. G.

    2012-02-01

    The Photoluminescence (PL) properties of ZnO/Mesoporous silica (MPS) nanocomposite annealed under different temperatures were studied. A broad PL band at 395 nm has been observed in all samples and analysis was made by using Gaussian fitting. As the temperature increased, emission bands were blue shifted and the relative intensity ratio of the oxygen vacancies at ZnO-SiO2 interface to the oxygen vacancies in inner ZnO crystallites was increased. The emission peaks at 363 nm and 384 nm are attributed to the near band edge emission (NBE) and to the phonon replica emission. At 550C the exciton confinement effect disappears due to the large amount of surface effects. The influence of porosity of host media on Si-O-Zn cross linking bonds was also investigated. ZnO nanoparticles were loaded into nanocrystalline silica (NCS) and silica gel (SG). The surface area increases monotonously from NCS to MPS through SG. Si-O-Zn cross linking bonds were almost absent in the sample prepared with NCS. It exhibits NBE emission at 360 nm which was found to be absent in other samples prepared with SG and MPS. It was also found that the emission intensity of the samples decreases with aging. This is due to diffusion of oxygen atoms from the atmosphere to interior of the sample.

  15. Synthesis of mesoporous Mn/TiO2 nanocomposites and investigating the photocatalytic properties in aqueous systems.

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    Oseghe, Ekemena Oghenovoh; Ndungu, Patrick Gathura; Jonnalagadda, Sreekanth Babu

    2015-01-01

    Mesoporous 20 wt% Mn/TiO2 nanocomposites were synthesized adopting modified sol-gel method at different pH (pH = 2, 7 and 11) conditions and calcined at 400 °C. Based on the characteristics of the 20 wt% Mn/TiO2 nanocomposites synthesized at pH 11, same procedure was adopted for the synthesis of different wt% Mn/TiO2. The nanocomposite samples and their surface properties were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), mapping, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), and fluorescence spectrometry. The nanocomposites existed in the anatase phase of TiO2 with no peak assigned to Mn on the diffractogram. The photocatalytic activities of the materials were evaluated by monitoring degradation of a model dye (methylene blue (MB)) in presence of visible light and ozone. The nanocomposite synthesized under neutral condition (pH = 7) exhibited the best photocatalytic activity resulting from its relatively smaller crystal size (5.98 nm) and larger pore volume (0.30 cm(3)/g). One percentage of weight Mn/TiO2 showed 100% decolouration of MB in the presence of O3 after 100 min.

  16. Nanocomposite of LiFePO4 and mesoporous carbon prepared by microwave heating for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Roh, Kwang Chul; Lee, Ho Jun; Lee, Jae-Won

    2013-11-01

    A nanocomposite of LiFePO4 and mesoporous carbon was synthesized from MgO-templated mesoporous carbon by microwave heating for use as a cathode material in rechargeable Li batteries. Our research group reported a composition method using a porous template in the a previous paper.[1] Despite its low carbon content, the present composite shows better electrochemical performance than our previously reported version. The LiFePO4 nanoparticles were homogeneously dispersed in the template because of the suppressed growth of LiFePO4 crystals in the template pores and small thermal gradient resulting from microwave heating. The three-dimensional conducting carbon network between the LiFePO4 nanoparticles led to excellent cycling stability and rate capability. No decrease in discharge capacity was observed up to 100 cycles, and 85% of the reversible capacity at a Crate of 0.1 was retained at a C-rate of 30.

  17. An alternative method to remove PEO-PPO-PEO template in organic-inorganic mesoporous nanocomposites by sulfuric acid extraction

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    Zhuang, Xin; Qian, Xufang; Lv, Jiahui; Wan, Ying

    2010-06-01

    Sulfuric acid is used as an extraction agent to remove PEO-PPO-PEO templates in the organic-inorganic mesoporous nanocomposites from the triconstituent co-assembly which includes the low-polymerized phenolic resins, TEOS and triblock copolymer F127. The XRD and TEM results show well ordered mesostructure after extraction with sulfuric acid. As followed from the N 2 sorption isotherms the extracted composites possess high surface areas (332-367 m 2/g), large pore volumes (0.66-0.78 cm 3/g), and large pore sizes (about 10.7 nm). The FT-IR analysis reveals almost complete elimination of triblock copolymer F127, and the maintenance of organic groups. This method shows potentials in removing templates from nanocomposites containing functional moieties.

  18. Mesoporous carbon-zirconium oxide nanocomposite derived from carbonized metal organic framework: A coating for solid-phase microextraction.

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    Saraji, Mohammad; Mehrafza, Narges

    2016-08-19

    In this paper, a mesoporous carbon-ZrO2 nanocomposite was fabricated on a stainless steel wire for the first time and used as the solid-phase microextraction coating. The fiber was synthesized with the direct carbonization of a Zr-based metal organic framework. With the utilization of the metal organic framework as the precursor, no additional carbon source was used for the synthesis of the mesoporous carbon-ZrO2 nanocomposite coating. The fiber was applied for the determination of BTEX compounds (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and m, p-xylenes) in different water samples prior to gas chromatography-flame ionization detection. Such important experimental factors as synthesis time and temperature, salt concentration, equilibrium and extraction time, extraction temperature, desorption time and desorption temperature were studied and optimized. Good linearity in the concentration range of 0.2-200μgL(-1) and detection limits in the range of 0.05-0.56μgL(-1) was achieved for BTEX compounds. The intra- and inter-day relative standard deviations were in the range of 3.5-4.8% and 4.9-6.7%, respectively. The prepared fiber showed high capability for the analysis of BTEX compounds in different water and wastewater samples with good relative recoveries in the range of 93-107%.

  19. Fabrication of semi-aromatic polyamide/spherical mesoporous silica nanocomposite reverse osmosis membrane with superior permeability

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    Li, Qiang; Yu, Hui; Wu, Feiyang; Song, Jie; Pan, Xianhui; Zhang, Meng

    2016-02-01

    Semi-aromatic polyamide (SAP)/spherical mesoporous silica nanocomposite reverse osmosis (RO) membrane was successfully fabricated using m-phenylene diamine aqueous solution and cyclohexane-1,3,5-tricarbonyl chloride/mesoporous-silica-sphere (MSS) organic solution as main raw materials. The experimental suggests that the microstructures and surface features are significantly different from those of the contrast samples (the full- and semi-aromatic polyamide membranes), including the surface morphology, polymer framework structure, surface charge density, hydrophilicity, and the thickness of barrier layer. It was observed that many MSSs with ca. 1.5 nm of pore size are evenly embedded on the surface of the fabricated SAP/MSS RO membrane. Furthermore, the separation performance testing results indicate that the permeabilities range from 62.53 to 72.73 L/m2 h with the increase of the introduced MSSs from 0.02 to 0.08 w/v % under 1.5 MPa operating pressure and 2000 mg/L NaCl solution, which is obviously better than the contrast samples. Simultaneously, their salt rejections can be still maintained at a comparable level (94.78-91.46%). The excellent separation performance of the nanocomposite RO membrane is closely related to the higher-freedom-degree semi-aromatic framework, the incorporation of MSSs, the improved surface hydrophilicity, the thinner barrier layer, and the enhanced surface negative charge density.

  20. Preparation and controlled drug delivery applications of mesoporous silica polymer nanocomposites through the visible light induced surface-initiated ATRP

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    Huang, Long; Liu, Meiying; Mao, Liucheng; Xu, Dazhuang; Wan, Qing; Zeng, Guangjian; Shi, Yingge; Wen, Yuanqing; Zhang, Xiaoyong; Wei, Yen

    2017-08-01

    The mesoporous materials with large pore size, high specific surface area and high thermal stability have been widely utilized in a variety of fields ranging from environmental remediation to separation and biomedicine. However, surface modification of these silica nanomaterials is required to endow novel properties and achieve better performance for most of these applications. In this work, a new method has been established for surface modification of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) that relied on the visible light induced atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). In the procedure, the copolymers composited with itaconic acid (IA) and poly(ethylene glycol)methyl acrylate (PEGMA) were grafted from MSNs using IA and PEGMA as the monomers and 10-Phenylphenothiazine(PTH) as the organic catalyst. The successful preparation of final polymer nanocomposites (named as MSNs-NH2-poly(IA-co-PEGMA)) were evidenced by a series of characterization techniques. More importantly, the anticancer agent cisplatin can be effectively loaded on MSNs-NH2-poly(IA-co-PEGMA) and controlled release it from the drug-loading composites with pH responsive behavior. As compared with conventional ATRP, the light induced surface-initiated ATRP could also be utilized for preparation of various silica polymer nanocomposites under rather benign conditions (e.g. absent of transition metal ions, low polymerization temperature and short polymerization time). Taken together, we have developed a rather promising strategy method for fabrication of multifunctional MSNs-NH2-poly(IA-co-PEGMA) with great potential for biomedical applications.

  1. Magnetic and pH dual-responsive mesoporous silica nanocomposites for effective and low-toxic photodynamic therapy.

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    Zhan, Jieqiong; Ma, Zhiqiang; Wang, Dan; Li, Xinfang; Li, Xiangui; Le, Lijing; Kang, Anfeng; Hu, Pengwei; She, Lan; Yang, Feng

    2017-01-01

    Nonspecific targeting, large doses and phototoxicity severely hamper the clinical effect of photodynamic therapy (PDT). In this work, superparamagnetic Fe3O4 mesoporous silica nanoparticles grafted by pH-responsive block polymer polyethylene glycol-b-poly(aspartic acid) (PEG-b-PAsp) were fabricated to load the model photosensitizer rose bengal (RB) in the aim of enhancing the efficiency of PDT. Compared to free RB, the nanocomposites (polyethylene glycol-b-polyaspartate-modified rose bengal-loaded magnetic mesoporous silica [RB-MMSNs]) could greatly enhance the cellular uptake due to their effective endocytosis by mouse melanoma B16 cell and exhibited higher induced apoptosis although with little dark toxicity. RB-MMSNs had little dark toxicity and even much could be facilitated by magnetic field in vitro. RB-MMSNs demonstrated 10 times induced apoptosis efficiency than that of free RB at the same RB concentration, both by cell counting kit-8 (CCK-8) result and apoptosis detection. Furthermore, RB-MMSNs-mediated PDT in vivo on tumor-bearing mice showed steady physical targeting of RB-MMSNs to the tumor site; tumor volumes were significantly reduced in the magnetic field with green light irradiation. More importantly, the survival time of tumor-bearing mice treated with RB-MMSNs was much prolonged. Henceforth, polyethylene glycol-b-polyaspartate-modified magnetic mesoporous silica (MMSNs) probably have great potential in clinical cancer photodynamic treatment because of their effective and low-toxic performance as photosensitizers' vesicles.

  2. Magnetic and pH dual-responsive mesoporous silica nanocomposites for effective and low-toxic photodynamic therapy

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    Zhan, Jieqiong; Ma, Zhiqiang; Wang, Dan; Li, Xinfang; Li, Xiangui; Le, Lijing; Kang, Anfeng; Hu, Pengwei; She, Lan; Yang, Feng

    2017-01-01

    Nonspecific targeting, large doses and phototoxicity severely hamper the clinical effect of photodynamic therapy (PDT). In this work, superparamagnetic Fe3O4 mesoporous silica nanoparticles grafted by pH-responsive block polymer polyethylene glycol-b-poly(aspartic acid) (PEG-b-PAsp) were fabricated to load the model photosensitizer rose bengal (RB) in the aim of enhancing the efficiency of PDT. Compared to free RB, the nanocomposites (polyethylene glycol-b-polyaspartate-modified rose bengal-loaded magnetic mesoporous silica [RB−MMSNs]) could greatly enhance the cellular uptake due to their effective endocytosis by mouse melanoma B16 cell and exhibited higher induced apoptosis although with little dark toxicity. RB−MMSNs had little dark toxicity and even much could be facilitated by magnetic field in vitro. RB−MMSNs demonstrated 10 times induced apoptosis efficiency than that of free RB at the same RB concentration, both by cell counting kit-8 (CCK-8) result and apoptosis detection. Furthermore, RB−MMSNs-mediated PDT in vivo on tumor-bearing mice showed steady physical targeting of RB−MMSNs to the tumor site; tumor volumes were significantly reduced in the magnetic field with green light irradiation. More importantly, the survival time of tumor-bearing mice treated with RB−MMSNs was much prolonged. Henceforth, polyethylene glycol-b-polyaspartate-modified magnetic mesoporous silica (MMSNs) probably have great potential in clinical cancer photodynamic treatment because of their effective and low-toxic performance as photosensitizers’ vesicles. PMID:28442903

  3. Ease synthesis of mesoporous WO3-TiO2 nanocomposites with enhanced photocatalytic performance for photodegradation of herbicide imazapyr under visible light and UV illumination.

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    Ismail, Adel A; Abdelfattah, Ibrahim; Helal, Ahmed; Al-Sayari, S A; Robben, L; Bahnemann, D W

    2016-04-15

    Herein, we report the ease synthesis of mesoporous WO3-TiO2 nanocomposites at different WO3 contents (0-5wt%) together with their photocatalytic performance for the degradation of the imazapyr herbicide under visible light and UV illumination. XRD and Raman spectra indicated that the highly crystalline anatase TiO2 phase and monoclinic and triclinic of WO3 were formed. The mesoporous TiO2 exhibits large pore volumes of 0.267cm(3)g-1 and high surface areas of 180m(2)g(-1) but they become reduced to 0.221cm(3)g(-1) and 113m(2)g(-1), respectively upon WO3 incorporation, with tunable mesopore diameter in the range of 5-6.5nm. TEM images show WO3-TiO2 nanocomposites are quite uniform with 10-15nm of TiO2 and 5-10nm of WO3 sizes. Under UV illumination, the overall photocatalytic efficiency of the 3% WO3-TiO2 nanocomposite is 3.5 and 6.6 times higher than that of mesoporous TiO2 and commercial UV-100 photocatalyst, respectively. The 3% WO3-TiO2 nanocomposite is considered to be the optimum photocatalyst which is able to degrade completely (100% conversion) of imazapyr herbicide along 120min with high photonic efficiency ∼8%. While under visible light illumination, the 0.5% WO3-TiO2 nanocomposite is the optimum photocatalyst which achieves 46% photocatalytic efficiency. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Facile large-scale synthesis of brain-like mesoporous silica nanocomposites via a selective etching process

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    Chen, Yu; Wang, Qihua; Wang, Tingmei

    2015-10-01

    The core-shell structured mesoporous silica nanomaterials (MSNs) are experiencing rapid development in many applications such as heterogeneous catalysis, bio-imaging and drug delivery wherein a large pore volume is desirable. We develop a one-pot method for large-scale synthesis of brain-like mesoporous silica nanocomposites based on the reasonable change of the intrinsic nature of the -Si-O-Si- framework of silica nanoparticles together with a selective etching strategy. The as-synthesized products show good monodispersion and a large pore volume of 1.0 cm3 g-1. The novelty of this approach lies in the use of an inorganic-organic hybrid layer to assist the creation of large-pore morphology on the outermost shell thereby promoting efficient mass transfer or storage. Importantly, the method is reliable and grams of products can be easily prepared. The morphology on the outermost silica shell can be controlled by simply adjusting the VTES-to-TEOS molar ratio (VTES: triethoxyvinylsilane, TEOS: tetraethyl orthosilicate) as well as the etching time. The as-synthesized products exhibit fluorescence performance by incorporating rhodamine B isothiocyanate (RITC) covalently into the inner silica walls, which provide potential application in bioimaging. We also demonstrate the applications of as-synthesized large-pore structured nanocomposites in drug delivery systems and stimuli-responsive nanoreactors for heterogeneous catalysis.The core-shell structured mesoporous silica nanomaterials (MSNs) are experiencing rapid development in many applications such as heterogeneous catalysis, bio-imaging and drug delivery wherein a large pore volume is desirable. We develop a one-pot method for large-scale synthesis of brain-like mesoporous silica nanocomposites based on the reasonable change of the intrinsic nature of the -Si-O-Si- framework of silica nanoparticles together with a selective etching strategy. The as-synthesized products show good monodispersion and a large pore volume

  5. Preparation of magnetic nano-composite: barium hexaferrite loaded in the ordered meso-porous silica matrix (MCM-41).

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    Emamian, H R; Honarbakhsh-Raouf, A; Ataie, A

    2010-04-01

    In this work a magnetic nano-composite was synthesized by modified incorporation of iron-barium complex into ordered meso-porous silica (MCM-41) as a matrix. The MCM-41 was synthesized by silylation treatment which was accompanied by pH adjusting. Low angle XRD patterns of both annealed MCM-41 and resulted composite exhibited the characteristic reflection of high quality hexagonal meso-structures. TEM image of the composite material revealed that the hexagonal ordered meso-structure host material was not affected by wet impregnation and subsequent calcination in order to incorporate with barium hexaferrite. Also, TEM images accompanied by EDS analysis confirmed the formation of second phase consists of barium and iron ions inside the MCM-41 channels. The resulted composite material showed a super-paramagnetic nature at room temperature.

  6. Ammonium Fluoride Mediated Synthesis of Anhydrous Metal Fluoride-Mesoporous Carbon Nanocomposites for High-Performance Lithium Ion Battery Cathodes.

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    Chun, Jinyoung; Jo, Changshin; Sahgong, Sunhye; Kim, Min Gyu; Lim, Eunho; Kim, Dong Hyeon; Hwang, Jongkook; Kang, Eunae; Ryu, Keun Ah; Jung, Yoon Seok; Kim, Youngsik; Lee, Jinwoo

    2016-12-28

    Metal fluorides (MFx) are one of the most attractive cathode candidates for Li ion batteries (LIBs) due to their high conversion potentials with large capacities. However, only a limited number of synthetic methods, generally involving highly toxic or inaccessible reagents, currently exist, which has made it difficult to produce well-designed nanostructures suitable for cathodes; consequently, harnessing their potential cathodic properties has been a challenge. Herein, we report a new bottom-up synthetic method utilizing ammonium fluoride (NH4F) for the preparation of anhydrous MFx (CuF2, FeF3, and CoF2)/mesoporous carbon (MSU-F-C) nanocomposites, whereby a series of metal precursor nanoparticles preconfined in mesoporous carbon were readily converted to anhydrous MFx through simple heat treatment with NH4F under solventless conditions. We demonstrate the versatility, lower toxicity, and efficiency of this synthetic method and, using XRD analysis, propose a mechanism for the reaction. All MFx/MSU-F-C prepared in this study exhibited superior electrochemical performances, through conversion reactions, as the cathode for LIBs. In particular, FeF3/MSU-F-C maintained a capacity of 650 mAh g(-1)FeF3 across 50 cycles, which is ∼90% of its initial capacity. We expect that this facile synthesis method will trigger further research into the development of various nanostructured MFx for use in energy storage and other applications.

  7. NIR Light-, Temperature-, pH-, and Redox-Responsive Polymer-Modified Reduced Graphene Oxide/Mesoporous Silica Sandwich-Like Nanocomposites for Controlled Release.

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    Wang, Panjun; Chen, Shuo; Cao, Ziquan; Wang, Guojie

    2017-08-30

    Here a novel quadruple-responsive nanocarrier based on reduced graphene oxide/mesoporous silica sandwich-like nanocomposites (rGO@MS) modified by pH- and temperature-responsive poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) with a linker of disulfide was constructed via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization. The polymer chains would be used as gatekeepers to control the release of the loaded cargo molecules under pH, temperature, NIR light and redox stimuli. The cargo molecules (rhodamine B) were demonstrated to release from the polymer-modified nanocomposites triggered by the quadruple-stimuli. It is noted that the release of the loaded rhodamine B from the nanocarriers could be enhanced greatly under the synergistic effect of multiple stimuli. The prepared quadruple-responsive polymer-modified nanocomposites show a bright prospect in the field of smart nanocarriers for controlled release.

  8. High Rate Performance Nanocomposite Electrode of Mesoporous Manganese Dioxide/Silver Nanowires in KI Electrolytes

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    Jiang, Yanhua; Cui, Xiuguo; Zu, Lei; Hu, Zhongkai; Gan, Jing; Lian, Huiqin; Liu, Yang; Xing, Guangjian

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, manganese dioxide has become a research hotspot as an electrode material because of its low price. However, it has also become an obstacle to industrialization due to its low ratio of capacitance and the low rate performance which is caused by the poor electrical conductivity. In this study, a KI solution with electrochemical activity was innovatively applied to the electrolyte, and we systematically investigated the rate performance of the mesoporous manganese dioxide and the composite electrode with silver nanowires in supercapacitors. The results showed that when mesoporous manganese dioxide and mesoporous manganese dioxide/silver nanowires composite were used as electrodes, the strength of the current was amplified five times (from 0.1 to 0.5 A/g), the remaining rates of specific capacitance were 95% (from 205.5 down to 197.1 F/g) and 92% (from 208.1 down to 191.7 F/g) in the KI electrolyte, and the rate performance was much higher than which in an Na2SO4 electrolyte with a remaining rate of 25% (from 200.3 down to 49.1 F/g) and 60% (from 187.2 down to 113.1 F/g). The morphology and detail structure were investigated by Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry and Nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms. The electrochemical performance was assessed by cyclic voltammograms, galvanostatic charge/discharge and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. PMID:28347086

  9. 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.

  10. High sensitivity of gold nanoparticles co-doped with Gd2O3 mesoporous silica nanocomposite to nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells

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    Wang, Hui; Zhang, Songjin; Tian, Xiumei; Liu, Chufeng; Zhang, Lei; Hu, Wenyong; Shao, Yuanzhi; Li, Li

    2016-10-01

    Nanoprobes for combined optical and magnetic resonance imaging have tremendous potential in early cancer diagnosis. Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) co-doped with Gd2O3 mesoporous silica nanocomposite (Au/Gd@MCM-41) can produce pronounced contrast enhancement for T1 weighted image in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Here, we show the remarkably high sensitivity of Au/Gd@MCM-41 to the human poorly differentiated nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) cell line (CNE-2) using fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM). The upconversion luminescences from CNE-2 and the normal nasopharyngeal (NP) cells (NP69) after uptake of Au/Gd@MCM-41 show the characteristic of two-photon-induced-radiative recombination of the AuNPs. The presence of the Gd3+ ion induces a much shorter luminescence lifetime in CNE-2 cells. The interaction between AuNPs and Gd3+ ion clearly enhances the optical sensitivity of Au/Gd@MCM-41 to CNE-2. Furthermore, the difference in the autofluorescence between CNE-2 and NP69 cells can be efficiently demonstrated by the emission lifetimes of Au/Gd@MCM-41 through the Forster energy transfers from the endogenous fluorophores to AuNPs. The results suggest that Au/Gd@MCM-41 may impart high optical resolution for the FLIM imaging that differentiates normal and high-grade precancers.

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

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    2014-01-01

    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. PMID:25258598

  12. High sensitivity of gold nanoparticles co-doped with Gd2O3 mesoporous silica nanocomposite to nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells

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    Wang, Hui; Zhang, Songjin; Tian, Xiumei; Liu, Chufeng; Zhang, Lei; Hu, Wenyong; Shao, Yuanzhi; Li, Li

    2016-01-01

    Nanoprobes for combined optical and magnetic resonance imaging have tremendous potential in early cancer diagnosis. Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) co-doped with Gd2O3 mesoporous silica nanocomposite (Au/Gd@MCM-41) can produce pronounced contrast enhancement for T1 weighted image in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Here, we show the remarkably high sensitivity of Au/Gd@MCM-41 to the human poorly differentiated nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) cell line (CNE-2) using fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM). The upconversion luminescences from CNE-2 and the normal nasopharyngeal (NP) cells (NP69) after uptake of Au/Gd@MCM-41 show the characteristic of two-photon-induced-radiative recombination of the AuNPs. The presence of the Gd3+ ion induces a much shorter luminescence lifetime in CNE-2 cells. The interaction between AuNPs and Gd3+ ion clearly enhances the optical sensitivity of Au/Gd@MCM-41 to CNE-2. Furthermore, the difference in the autofluorescence between CNE-2 and NP69 cells can be efficiently demonstrated by the emission lifetimes of Au/Gd@MCM-41 through the Forster energy transfers from the endogenous fluorophores to AuNPs. The results suggest that Au/Gd@MCM-41 may impart high optical resolution for the FLIM imaging that differentiates normal and high-grade precancers. PMID:27694966

  13. Confined Formation of Ultrathin ZnO Nanorods/Reduced Graphene Oxide Mesoporous Nanocomposites for High-Performance Room-Temperature NO2 Sensors.

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    Xia, Yi; Wang, Jing; Xu, Jian-Long; Li, Xian; Xie, Dan; Xiang, Lan; Komarneni, Sridhar

    2016-12-28

    Here we demonstrate high-performance room-temperature NO2 sensors based on ultrathin ZnO nanorods/reduced graphene oxide (rGO) mesoporous nanocomposites. Ultrathin ZnO nanorods were loaded on rGO nanosheets by a facile two-step additive-free solution synthesis involving anchored seeding followed by oriented growth. The ZnO nanorod diameters were simply controlled by the seed diameters associated with the spatial confinement effects of graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets. Compared to the solely ZnO nanorods and rGO-based sensors, the optimal sensor based on ultrathin ZnO nanorods/rGO nanocomposites exhibited higher sensitivity and quicker p-type response to parts per million level of NO2 at room temperature, and the sensitivity to 1 ppm of NO2 was 119% with the response and recovery time being 75 and 132 s. Moreover, the sensor exhibited full reversibility, excellent selectivity, and a low detection limit (50 ppb) to NO2 at room temperature. In addition to the high transport capability of rGO as well as excellent NO2 adsorption ability derived from ultrathin ZnO nanorods and mesoporous structures, the superior sensing performance of the nanocomposites was attributed to the synergetic effect of ZnO and rGO, which was realized by the electron transfer across the ZnO-rGO interfaces through band energy alignment.

  14. Ge/GeO2-Ordered Mesoporous Carbon Nanocomposite for Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries with a Long-Term Cycling Performance.

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    Zeng, Lingxing; Huang, Xiaoxia; Chen, Xi; Zheng, Cheng; Qian, Qingrong; Chen, Qinghua; Wei, Mingdeng

    2016-01-13

    Germanium-based nanostructures are receiving intense interest in lithium-ion batteries because they have ultrahigh lithium ion storage ability. However, the Germanium-based anodes undergo the considerably large volume change during the charge/discharge processes, leading to a fast capacity fade. In the present work, a Ge/GeO2-ordered mesoporous carbon (Ge/GeO2-OMC) nanocomposite was successfully fabricated via a facile nanocasting route by using mesoporous carbon as a nanoreactor, and was then used as an anode for lithium-ion batteries. Benefited from its unique three-dimensional "meso-nano" structure, the Ge/GeO2-OMC nanocomposite exhibited large reversible capacity, excellent long-time cycling stability and high rate performance. For instance, a large reversible capacity of 1018 mA h g(-1) was obtained after 100 cycles at a current density of 0.1 A g(-1), which might be attributed to the unique structure of the Ge/GeO2-OMC nanocomposite. In addition, a reversible capacity of 492 mA h g(-1) can be retained when cycled to 500 cycles at a current density of 1 A g(-1).

  15. Mesoporous anatase TiO{sub 2}/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites: A simple template-free synthesis and their high photocatalytic performance

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    Zhou, Qi; Zhong, Yong-Hui; Chen, Xing; Huang, Xing-Jiu; Wu, Yu-Cheng

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Mesoporous TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles with anatase phase were assembled on reduced graphene oxide via a template-free one-step hydrothermal method. • The TiO{sub 2}/rGO nanocomposites have better adsorption capacity and photocatalytic degradation efficiency for dyes removal. • Improved dye adsorption and photogenerated charge separation are responsible for enhanced activity. - Abstract: Mesoporous anatase phase TiO{sub 2} was assembled on reduced graphene oxide (rGO) using a template-free one-step hydrothermal process. The nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy, and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) surface area. Morphology of TiO{sub 2} was related to the content of graphene oxide. TiO{sub 2}/rGO nanocomposites exhibited excellent photocatalytic activity for the photo-degradation of methyl orange. The degradation rate was 4.5 times greater than that of pure TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles. This difference was attributed to the thin two-dimensional graphene sheet. The graphene sheet had a large surface area, high adsorption capacity, and acted as a good electron acceptor for the transfer of photo-generated electrons from the conduction band of TiO{sub 2}. The enhanced surface adsorption characteristics and excellent charge transport separation were independent properties of the photocatalytic degradation process.

  16. Synthesis and adsorption properties of polymer-mesoporous SiO2 nanocomposite based on cellulose biomass via self-assembly

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    Tao, Jin; Xiong, Jiaqing; Jiao, Chenlu; Chen, Yuyue; Lin, Hong

    2017-06-01

    The present work describes the fabrication of an amino hyperbranched polymer (AHP) functionalized mesoporous SiO2 nanocomposite based on cellulose biomass substrate through self-assembly method, obtaining a multi-functional hybrid composite (AM-cotton) as adsorbent for dye pollutions from aqueous medium. Specifically, polymer-functionalized mesoporous SiO2 nanoparticles (AMSNs) was obtained by covalently graft of AHP onto carboxyl-functionalized mesoporous silica nanoparticles (CMSNs) which were prepared via one-pot co-condensation. Subsequently, owing to electrostatic interaction between interfaces, AM-cotton fibers were fabricated via self-assembly of amino coated AMSNs on the surface of anion-modified cotton fiber (AN-cotton). Due to considerate versatile functional groups from hyperbranched polymer on nano-sized mesoporous silica with large surface area per unit mass, the functional fiber AM-cotton exhibits excellent adsorption capabilities for anionic (Congo red, CR) and cationic (Methylene blue, MB) dye pollutant with maximum of 195 mg/g for CR and 144 mg/g for MB, respectively.

  17. Tuning magnetoelectric coupling using porosity in multiferroic nanocomposites of ALD-grown Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 and templated mesoporous CoFe2O4

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    Chien, Diana; Buditama, Abraham N.; Schelhas, Laura T.; Kang, Hye Yeon; Robbennolt, Shauna; Chang, Jane P.; Tolbert, Sarah H.

    2016-09-01

    In this manuscript, we examine ways to create multiferroic composites with controlled nanoscale architecture. We accomplished this by uniformly depositing piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) into templated mesoporous, magnetostrictive cobalt ferrite (CFO) thin films to form nanocomposites in which strain can be transferred at the interface between the two materials. To study the magnetoelectric coupling, the nanostructure was electrically poled ex situ prior to magnetic measurements. No samples showed a change in in-plane magnetization as a function of voltage due to substrate clamping. Out-of-plane changes were observed, but contrary to expectations based on total PZT volume fraction, mesoporous CFO samples partially filled with PZT showed more change in out-of-plane magnetization than the sample with fully filled pores. This result suggests that residual porosity in the composite adds mechanical flexibility and results in greater magnetoelectric coupling.

  18. Evaluation of mesoporous cyclodextrin-silica nanocomposites for the removal of pesticides from aqueous media.

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    Sawicki, Richard; Mercier, Louis

    2006-03-15

    The treatment of aqueous solutions containing various pesticides by cyclodextrin-functionalized mesoporous silica adsorbents was investigated. The pesticides studied belonged to three chemical structure classes: hexachlorocyclohexane-based, hexachlorobicycloheptene-based, and p,p' substituted biphenyl-based pesticides. The solutions studied contained a mass concentration with respect to each pesticide in the range of 0.060-0.270 microg/mL, values that are consistentwith the low levels typically encountered in environmental samples. Adsorbents containing low to intermediate amounts of cyclodextrin groups were found to have optimal adsorption affinity toward the pesticides. The materials were particularly specific toward p,p'substituted diphenyl-based pesticides such as DDT and DDE.

  19. 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

  20. Structural and magnetic properties of the nanocomposite materials based on a mesoporous silicon dioxide matrix

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    Grigor'eva, N. A.; Eckerlebe, H.; Eliseev, A. A.; Lukashin, A. V.; Napol'skii, K. S.; Kraje, M.; Grigor'ev, S. V.

    2017-03-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of the mesoporous systems based on silicon dioxide with a regular hexagonal arrangement of pores several microns in length and several nanometers in diameter, which are filled with iron compound nanofilaments in various chemical states, are studied in detail. The studies are performed using the following mutually complementary methods: transmission electron microscopy, SQUID magnetometry, electron spin resonance, Mössbauer spectroscopy, polarized neutron small-angle diffraction, and synchrotron radiation diffraction. It is shown that the iron nanoparticles in pores are mainly in the γ phase of Fe2O3 with a small addition of the α phase and atomic iron clusters. The effective magnetic field acting on a nanofilament from other nanofilaments is 11 mT and has a dipole nature, the ferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition temperature is in the range 76-94 K depending on the annealing temperature of the samples, and the temperature that corresponds to the change in the magnetic state of the iron oxide nanofilaments is T ≈ 50-60 K at H = 0 and T ≈ 80 K at H = 300 mT. It is also shown that the magnetization reversal of an array of nanofilaments is caused by the magnetostatic interaction between nanofilaments at the fields that are lower than the saturation field.

  1. Engineering 3D bicontinuous hierarchically macro-mesoporous LiFePO4/C nanocomposite for lithium storage with high rate capability and long cycle stability.

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    Zhang, Qian; Huang, Shao-Zhuan; Jin, Jun; Liu, Jing; Li, Yu; Wang, Hong-En; Chen, Li-Hua; Wang, Bin-Jie; Su, Bao-Lian

    2016-05-16

    A highly crystalline three dimensional (3D) bicontinuous hierarchically macro-mesoporous LiFePO4/C nanocomposite constructed by nanoparticles in the range of 50~100 nm via a rapid microwave assisted solvothermal process followed by carbon coating have been synthesized as cathode material for high performance lithium-ion batteries. The abundant 3D macropores allow better penetration of electrolyte to promote Li(+) diffusion, the mesopores provide more electrochemical reaction sites and the carbon layers outside LiFePO4 nanoparticles increase the electrical conductivity, thus ultimately facilitating reverse reaction of Fe(3+) to Fe(2+) and alleviating electrode polarization. In addition, the particle size in nanoscale can provide short diffusion lengths for the Li(+) intercalation-deintercalation. As a result, the 3D macro-mesoporous nanosized LiFePO4/C electrode exhibits excellent rate capability (129.1 mA h/g at 2 C; 110.9 mA h/g at 10 C) and cycling stability (87.2% capacity retention at 2 C after 1000 cycles, 76.3% at 5 C after 500 cycles and 87.8% at 10 C after 500 cycles, respectively), which are much better than many reported LiFePO4/C structures. Our demonstration here offers the opportunity to develop nanoscaled hierarchically porous LiFePO4/C structures for high performance lithium-ion batteries through microwave assisted solvothermal method.

  2. Engineering 3D bicontinuous hierarchically macro-mesoporous LiFePO4/C nanocomposite for lithium storage with high rate capability and long cycle stability

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    Zhang, Qian; Huang, Shao-Zhuan; Jin, Jun; Liu, Jing; Li, Yu; Wang, Hong-En; Chen, Li-Hua; Wang, Bin-Jie; Su, Bao-Lian

    2016-01-01

    A highly crystalline three dimensional (3D) bicontinuous hierarchically macro-mesoporous LiFePO4/C nanocomposite constructed by nanoparticles in the range of 50~100 nm via a rapid microwave assisted solvothermal process followed by carbon coating have been synthesized as cathode material for high performance lithium-ion batteries. The abundant 3D macropores allow better penetration of electrolyte to promote Li+ diffusion, the mesopores provide more electrochemical reaction sites and the carbon layers outside LiFePO4 nanoparticles increase the electrical conductivity, thus ultimately facilitating reverse reaction of Fe3+ to Fe2+ and alleviating electrode polarization. In addition, the particle size in nanoscale can provide short diffusion lengths for the Li+ intercalation-deintercalation. As a result, the 3D macro-mesoporous nanosized LiFePO4/C electrode exhibits excellent rate capability (129.1 mA h/g at 2 C; 110.9 mA h/g at 10 C) and cycling stability (87.2% capacity retention at 2 C after 1000 cycles, 76.3% at 5 C after 500 cycles and 87.8% at 10 C after 500 cycles, respectively), which are much better than many reported LiFePO4/C structures. Our demonstration here offers the opportunity to develop nanoscaled hierarchically porous LiFePO4/C structures for high performance lithium-ion batteries through microwave assisted solvothermal method. PMID:27181195

  3. Engineering 3D bicontinuous hierarchically macro-mesoporous LiFePO4/C nanocomposite for lithium storage with high rate capability and long cycle stability

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    Zhang, Qian; Huang, Shao-Zhuan; Jin, Jun; Liu, Jing; Li, Yu; Wang, Hong-En; Chen, Li-Hua; Wang, Bin-Jie; Su, Bao-Lian

    2016-05-01

    A highly crystalline three dimensional (3D) bicontinuous hierarchically macro-mesoporous LiFePO4/C nanocomposite constructed by nanoparticles in the range of 50~100 nm via a rapid microwave assisted solvothermal process followed by carbon coating have been synthesized as cathode material for high performance lithium-ion batteries. The abundant 3D macropores allow better penetration of electrolyte to promote Li+ diffusion, the mesopores provide more electrochemical reaction sites and the carbon layers outside LiFePO4 nanoparticles increase the electrical conductivity, thus ultimately facilitating reverse reaction of Fe3+ to Fe2+ and alleviating electrode polarization. In addition, the particle size in nanoscale can provide short diffusion lengths for the Li+ intercalation-deintercalation. As a result, the 3D macro-mesoporous nanosized LiFePO4/C electrode exhibits excellent rate capability (129.1 mA h/g at 2 C; 110.9 mA h/g at 10 C) and cycling stability (87.2% capacity retention at 2 C after 1000 cycles, 76.3% at 5 C after 500 cycles and 87.8% at 10 C after 500 cycles, respectively), which are much better than many reported LiFePO4/C structures. Our demonstration here offers the opportunity to develop nanoscaled hierarchically porous LiFePO4/C structures for high performance lithium-ion batteries through microwave assisted solvothermal method.

  4. Study of the efficiency of UV and visible-light photocatalytic oxidation of methanol on mesoporous RuO2-TiO2 nanocomposites.

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    Ismail, Adel A; Robben, Lars; Bahnemann, Detlef W

    2011-04-04

    Mesoporous RuO(2)-TiO(2) nanocomposites at different RuO(2) concentrations (0-10 wt%) are prepared through a simple one-step sol-gel reaction of tetrabutyl orthotitanate with ruthenium(III) acetylacetonate in the presence of an F127 triblock copolymer as structure-directing agent. The thus-formed RuO(2)-TiO(2) network gels are calcined at 450 °C for 4 h leading to mesoporous RuO(2)-TiO(2) nanocomposites. The photocatalytic CH(3)OH oxidation to HCHO is chosen as the test reaction to examine the photocatalytic activity of the mesoporous RuO(2)-TiO(2) nanocomposites under UV and visible light. The photooxidation of CH(3)OH is substantially affected by the loading amount and the degree of dispersion of RuO(2) particles onto the TiO(2), which indicates the exclusive effect of the RuO(2) nanoparticles on this photocatalytic reaction under visible light. The measured photonic efficiency ξ=0.53% of 0.5 wt% RuO(2)-TiO(2) nanocomposite for CH(3)OH oxidation is maximal and the further increase of RuO(2) loading up to 10 wt% gradually decreases this value. The cause of the visible-light photocatalytic behavior is the incorporation of small amounts of Ru(4+) into the anatase lattice. On the other hand, under UV light, undoped TiO(2) shows a very good photonic efficiency, which is more than three times that for commercial photocatalyst, P-25 (Evonik-Degussa); however, addition of RuO(2) suppresses the photonic efficiency of TiO(2). The proposed reaction mechanism based on the observed behavior of RuO(2)-TiO(2) photocatalysts under UV and visible light is explored. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Graphene-Mesoporous Si Nanocomposite as a Compliant Substrate for Heteroepitaxy.

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    Boucherif, Abderrahim Rahim; Boucherif, Abderraouf; Kolhatkar, Gitanjali; Ruediger, Andreas; Arès, Richard

    2017-05-01

    The ultimate performance of a solid state device is limited by the restricted number of crystalline substrates that are available for epitaxial growth. As a result, only a small fraction of semiconductors are usable. This study describes a novel concept for a tunable compliant substrate for epitaxy, based on a graphene-porous silicon nanocomposite, which extends the range of available lattice constants for epitaxial semiconductor alloys. The presence of graphene and its effect on the strain of the porous layer lattice parameter are discussed in detail and new remarkable properties are demonstrated. These include thermal stability up to 900 °C, lattice tuning up to 0.9 % mismatch, and compliance under stress for virtual substrate thicknesses of several micrometers. A theoretical model is proposed to define the compliant substrate design rules. These advances lay the foundation for the fabrication of a compliant substrate that could unlock the lattice constant restrictions for defect-free new epitaxial semiconductor alloys and devices. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Hierarchical porous nanocomposite architectures from multi-wall carbon nanotube threaded mesoporous NaTi2(PO4)3 nanocrystals for high-performance sodium electrodes

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    Xu, G. B.; Yang, L. W.; Wei, X. L.; Ding, J. W.; Zhong, J. X.; Chu, P. K.

    2016-09-01

    Rational design and self-assembly of nanostructured electrode materials for high-performance energy-storage devices is highly desirable but still challenging. Herein, we design and synthesize hierarchical porous nanocomposite architectures consisting of mesoporous NaTi2(PO4)3 (MNTP) nanocrystals (NCs) with a pore size of about 10 nm and multi-wall carbon nanotube (MWCNT) networks for high-performance sodium ion batteries (SIBs). Our strategy is based on the hetero-assembly of MWCNTs and nanostructured building units by utilizing the screening effect of electrostatic repulsion in a solution engineered ionic strength using highly soluble ammonium salt to form three-dimensional hierarchical assemblies of MWCNT networks and packed MNTP NCs. Subsequent freeze-drying and calcination convert the assemblies into robust hierarchical porous MWCNTs-threaded particles. Calcination of residual ammonium salt introduces nitrogen into the MWCNTs. Such nanoarchitecture enhances electron/ion conductivity and structural stability as anode materials for SIBs. The nanocomposite has high initial Coulombic efficiency of 99%, high rate capability of 74.0 mAhg-1 at 50C, as well as long-term cycling stability with capacity retention of 74.3 mAhg-1 after 2000 cycles with only 0.012% loss per cycle at 10C. The results provide a general and scalable hetero-assembly approach to different types of nanocomposites for high-performance energy storage devices such as LIBs and SIBs.

  7. A self-ordered, crystalline glass, mesoporous nanocomposite with high proton conductivity of 2 x 10(-2) S cm-1 at intermediate temperature.

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    Yamada, Masanori; Li, Donglin; Honma, Itaru; Zhou, Haoshen

    2005-09-28

    We prepared a TiO2-P2O5 self-ordered, crystalline glass, mesoporous nanocomposite (CGMN) with water-holding capacity at an intermediate temperature region (130-200 degrees C). This TiO2-P2O5 CGMN showed the high proton conductivity of 2 x 10-2 S cm-1 at 160 degrees C under fully saturated humidification conditions (100% RH). Additionally, these conductivities were stable at intermediate temperature conditions. The TiO2-P2O5 CGMN may have a potential not only for the fuel cell electrolytes operated at intermediate temperature conditions but also for electrochemical devices, including electrochromic displays, chemical sensors, lithium rechargeable batteries, and others.

  8. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of nitrogen and indium co-doped mesoporous TiO2 nanocomposites for the degradation of 2,4-dinitrophenol under visible light

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    Myilsamy, M.; Mahalakshmi, M.; Murugesan, V.; Subha, N.

    2015-07-01

    Mesoporous N/In2O3-TiO2 nanocomposite photocatalysts were synthesized by sol-gel route using Pluronic P123 as the structure directing template. The synthesized composite materials were successfully characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, N2 adsorption-desorption studies, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance UV-vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activities of all the synthesized catalysts were evaluated for the degradation of 2,4-dinitrophenol under visible light irradiation. The results demonstrated that the mesoporous N/In2O3-TiO2 showed higher efficiency than meso TiO2, N-TiO2 and In2O3-TiO2 under visible light irradiation and the optimum molar ratio of N and In to Ti is 0.3 wt%. DRUV-vis revealed that the substitution of N- and In3+ dopants on TiO2 lattice shifted the light absorption to the longer wavelength and reduced the band gap energy. The enhanced •OH radicals formation during the photocatalytic reaction was revealed by photoluminescence spectra. The photoluminescence spectra of synthesized catalysts revealed that the efficient charge separation of photo induced charge carriers for 0.3 wt% N/In2O3-TiO2 nanocomposite. The enhanced surface area, large pore volume and large pore diameter for 0.3 wt% N/In2O3-TiO2 improved the photocatalytic efficiency. In3+ ions can easily trap and transfer the excited electrons to the adsorbed O2 molecules, hence efficiently extending the life time of electron-hole pair.

  9. Facile synthesis of Fe3O4-graphene@mesoporous SiO2 nanocomposites for efficient removal of Methylene Blue

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    Wu, Xi-Lin; Shi, Yanpeng; Zhong, Shuxian; Lin, Hongjun; Chen, Jian-Rong

    2016-08-01

    Herein, we have developed a facile and low-cost method for the synthesis of novel graphene based nanosorbents. Firstly, well-defined Fe3O4 nanoparticles were decorated onto graphene sheets, and then a layer of mesoporous SiO2 were deposited on the surface of the Fe3O4-graphene composites. The obtained Fe3O4-graphene@mesoporous SiO2 nanocomposites (denoted as MG@m-SiO2) were characterized by scanning electron microscopic (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The adsorptive property was investigated by using MG@m-SiO2 as sorbents and Methylene Blue (MB), a common dye, as model of the organic pollutants. Adsorption kinetics, isotherms, thermodynamics as well as effects of pH and adsorbent dose on the adsorption were studied. The adsorption isotherms and kinetics are better described by Langmuir isotherm model and pseudo-second-order kinetic model, respectively. Thermodynamic studies suggest that the adsorption of MB onto the MG@m-SiO2 is endothermic and spontaneous process. The results imply that the MG@m-SiO2 can be served as a cost-effective adsorbent for the removal of organic pollutants from aqueous solutions.

  10. Core-shell structured polypyrrole/mesoporous SiO2 nanocomposite capped with graphene quantum dots as gatekeeper for irradiation-controlled release of methotrexate.

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    Liu, Xiaolin; Shou, Dan; Chen, Chuanxiang; Mao, Huihui; Kong, Yong; Tao, Yongxin

    2017-12-01

    A core-shell structured nanocomposite of polypyrrole/mesoporous SiO2 (PPy/mSiO2) is rationally designed as the nanocarrier for methotrexate (MTX), a chemotherapeutic drug for cancer treatment. Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) are introduced to the outer surface of PPy/mSiO2, and it functions as a gatekeeper for the loaded MTX through the formation of H-bonds with the functionalized mSiO2. In the proposed nanocarrier for MTX, the mesopores in mSiO2 are beneficial for the accommodation of MTX, resulting in enhanced encapsulation capacity of the nanocarrier; on the other hand, PPy can effectively convert the near-infrared (NIR) light to heat. Under the irradiation of NIR light, the H-bonds between GQDs and mSiO2 are broken due to the gradually increased temperature, and therefore the GQDs cap is removed and consequently the encapsulated MTX is released from the nanocarrier. In this study, NIR irradiation-controlled drug delivery is achieved successfully owing to the synergistic effects of PPy, mSiO2 and GQDs, which opens a new window for the construction of smart drug delivery systems. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Effect of silica/titania ratio on enhanced photooxidation of industrial hazardous materials by microwave treated mesoporous SBA-15/TiO2 nanocomposites

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    Mehta, Akansha; Mishra, Amit; Sharma, Manisha; Singh, Satnam; Basu, Soumen

    2016-07-01

    In this study microwave assisted technique has been adopted for the synthesis of different weight ratios of TiO2 dispersed on Santa barbara amorphous-15 (SBA-15) support. Morphological study revealed TiO2 particles (4-10 nm) uniformly distributed on SBA-15 while increases in SBA-15 content results in higher specific surface area (524-237 m2/g). The diffraction intensity of 101 plane of anatase polymorph was seen increasing with increase in TiO2 ratio. All the photocatalysts were having a mesoporous nature and follow the Langmuir IV isotherm, SBA-15 posses the highest pore volume (0.93 cm3 g-1) which consistently decreased with TiO2 content and was lowest (0.50 cm3 g-1) in case of 5 wt% of TiO2 followed by P25 (0.45 cm3 g-1) while pore diameter increased after TiO2 incorporation due to pore strain. The photocatalytic activity of the nanocomposites were analysed for the photodegradation of alizarin dye and pentachlorophenol under UV light irradiation. The reaction kinetics suggested the highest efficiency (98 % for alizarin and 94 % for PCP) of 5 wt% TiO2 compared to other photocatalysts, these nanocomposites were reused for several cycles, which is most important for heterogeneous photocatalytic degradation reaction.

  12. A plum-pudding like mesoporous SiO2/flake graphite nanocomposite with superior rate performance for LIB anode materials.

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    Li, Huan-Huan; Zhang, Lin-Lin; Fan, Chao-Ying; Wang, Kang; Wu, Xing-Long; Sun, Hai-Zhu; Zhang, Jing-Ping

    2015-09-21

    A novel kind of plum-pudding like mesoporous SiO2 nanospheres (MSNs) and flake graphite (FG) nanocomposite (pp-MSNs/FG) was designed and fabricated via a facile and cost-effective hydrothermal method. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis showed that most of the MSNs were well anchored on FG. This special architecture has multiple advantages, including FG that offers a conductive framework and hinders the volume expansion effect. Moreover, the porous structure of MSNs could provide more available lithium storage sites and extra free space to accommodate the mechanical strain caused by the volume change during the repeated reversible reaction between Li(+) and active materials. Due to the synergetic effects of its unique plum-pudding structure, the obtained pp-MSNs/FG nanocomposite exhibited a decent reversible capacity of 702 mA h g(-1) (based on the weight of MSNs in the electrode material) after 100 cycles with high Coulombic efficiency above 99% under 100 mA g(-1) and a charge capacity of 239.6 mA h g(-1) could be obtained even under 5000 mA g(-1). Their high rate performance is among the best-reported performances of SiO2-based anode materials.

  13. Nanocomposite of LiFePO4 and mesoporous carbon for high power cathode of lithium rechargeable batteries.

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    Kim, Jun-Il; Roh, Kwang Chul; Lee, Jae-Won

    2012-11-01

    A composite of LiFePO4 and MgO-templated disordered mesoporous carbon was prepared through infiltrating a LiFePO4 precursor solution into the mesoporous carbon and growing LiFePO4 nanocrystals in the pore of the carbon. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis showed that LiFePO4 nanoparticles are embedded homogeneously in the mesoporous carbon without formation of big LiFePO4 particles out of the pores. The pores of the carbon are believed to suppress crystal growth of LiFePO4. The 3-dimensional conducting carbon network between the LiFePO4 nanoparticles led to excellent cycling stability and rate capability. The composite showed no fade of discharge capacity up to 100 cycles and 85% of the reversible capacity at 0.1 C was retained at 30 C.

  14. Synthesis and application of Pb-MCM-41/ZnNiO2 as a novel mesoporous nanocomposite adsorbent for the decontamination of chloroethyl phenyl sulfide (CEPS)

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    Sadeghi, Meysam; Yekta, Sina; Ghaedi, Hamed

    2017-04-01

    In the current research, MCM-41 was successfully prepared by the sol-gel method and lead ions (Pb2+) were loaded in the synthesized MCM-41 mesoporous structure to prepare Pb-MCM-41. The ZnO-NiO nanoparticles (ZnNiO2 NPs) as a type of bimetallic oxides were then dispersed and deposited on the surface of Pb-MCM-41 through indirect method to gain the final Pb-MCM-41/ZnNiO2 nanocomposite adsorbent. The characterization study of samples carried out by SEM-EDAX, AFM, XRD and FTIR techniques. Pb-MCM-41/ZnNiO2 nanocomposite as a destructive adsorbent has been proposed for the first time for the decontamination process of chloroethyl phenyl sulfide (CEPS), a mimic of bis(chloroethyl) sulfide (i.e. sulfur mustard), and were confirmed using GC-FID, GC-MS and FTIR instruments. Besides, the effect of different experimental parameters including contact time, catalyst dose and initial concentration of CEPS on the decontamination efficiency of this agent simulant were also perused. The GC-FID analysis results verified that the maximum decontamination of CEPS was more than 90% yield. The parameters such as: contact time (240 min), adsorbent dose (0.4 g/L), and initial concentration (10 mg/L) were investigated and considered as optimized conditions for the noted reaction. Moreover, the reaction kinetic information was surveyed by employing first order model. The values of the rate constant (k) and half-life (t1/2) were determined as 0.0128 min-1 and 54.1406 min, and 0.0012 min-1 and 577.5 min for CEPS and its hydrolysis/elimination products, respectively. Data demonstrates the role of the hydrolysis and elimination products, i.e. hydroxy ethyl phenyl sulfide (HEPS) and phenyl vinyl sulfide (PVS) in the reaction of CEPS with Pb-MCM-41/ZnNiO2 nanocomposite and GC-MS analysis was exerted to identify and quantify simulant destruction products. It was clarified that Pb-MCM-41/ZnNiO2 nanocomposite gains a high capacity and potential for the effective decontamination of CEPS.

  15. Nanocomposites

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    2013-09-10

    Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2211 15. SUBJECT TERMS nanocomposite, polymer, rheology , tensile modulus Michael E. Mackay, PhD University of Delaware...published in peer-reviewed journals (N/A for none) Enter List of papers submitted or published that acknowledge ARO support from the start of the project to...the date of this printing. List the papers, including journal references, in the following categories: Received Paper TOTAL: (b) Papers published

  16. Enhanced photocatalytic performance of mesoporous TiO{sub 2} coated SBA-15 nanocomposites fabricated through a novel approach: supercritical deposition aided by liquid-crystal template

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    Liu, Chen; Lin, Xiao; Li, Youji Xu, Peng; Li, Ming; Chen, Feitai

    2016-03-15

    Highlights: • Highly uniform mesoporous TiO{sub 2} nanopartices were coated SBA-15. • MT showed smaller crystallite size, higher hydroxyl content and surface area. • MT/SBA-15 show enhanced photocatalytic activity and high reused activity. • The optimum MT loading rate and calcination temperature were obtained to be 15% and 400 °C, respectively. • Photocatalytic behaviors are discussed in terms of the Langmuir–Hinshelwood model. - Abstract: Mesoporous TiO2 coated SBA-15 (MT@S) nanocomposites were fabricated through supercritical CO{sub 2} deposition aided by liquid-crystal template. The as-prepared samples were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and so on. The results reveal that MT uniformly deposited onto silica with titania incorporated in SBA-15 channels, showed smaller crystallite size, higher hydroxyl content and surface area than nonporous TiO{sub 2} coated SBA-15 (NT@S) obtained by a similar route without template. With TiO{sub 2} loading ratio of 15 wt% and calcination temperature of 400 °C, 15%MT@S-400 showed the enhanced degradation efficiency for azo dyes (methylene blue, methyl orange, and rhodamine B) and phenol in comparsion with 15%NT@S-400, due to those improved textural and physicochemical properties. Meanwhile, the reused MT@S also showed high photoactivity. Additionally, the effects of MT content and calcination temperature have been examined as operational parameters. Photocatalytic reactions followed pseudo-first-order kinetics and are discussed in terms of the Langmuir–Hinshelwood model.

  17. Multifunctional nanocomposites of lanthanide (Eu3+, Tb3+) complexes functionalized magnetic mesoporous silica nanospheres covalently bonded with polymer modified ZnO.

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    Yan, Bing; Shao, Yan-Fei

    2013-07-14

    Methacrylic-group-modified ZnO nanoparticles (designated ZnO-MAA) prepared through the sol-gel process are copolymerized with 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) to form ZnO-MAA-PHEMA hybrid system. ZnO-MAA-PHEMA unit is functionalized with 3-(triethoxysilyl)-propyl isocyanate (TEPIC) to form ZnO-MAA-PHEMA-Si hybrids, and then is incorporated with oleic acid-modified Fe3O4 nanoparticles by co-condensation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and ZnO-MAA-PHEMA-Si. Subsequently, ZnO-polymer covalently bonded mesoporous silica nanospheres are assembled using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) surfactant as template. Furthermore, lanthanide (Eu(3+), Tb(3+)) complexes with nicotinic acid (NTA), isonicotinic acid (INTA) and 2-chloronicotinic (CNTA) are introduced by coordination bonds, resulting in the final multifunctional nanocomposites. The detailed physical characterization of these hybrids is discussed in detail. It reveals that they possess both magnetic and luminescent properties. Especially Eu(ZnO-MMS)(CNTA)3 and Tb(ZnO-MMS)(NTA)3 present high quantum yield values of 32.2% and 68.5%, respectively. The results will lay the foundation for further application in biomedical and biopharmaceutical fields.

  18. Nanocomposites with graft copolymer-templated mesoporous MgTiO3 perovskite for CO2 capture applications.

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    Roh, Dong Kyu; Kim, Sang Jin; Jeon, Harim; Kim, Jong Hak

    2013-07-24

    Mesoporous MgTiO3 perovskite with a high porosity and interfacial properties were synthesized via a solvothermal reaction at 150 °C for 10 h using a graft copolymer, i.e., poly(vinyl chloride)-g-poly(oxyethylene methacrylate) (PVC-g-POEM) with a well-ordered micellar morphology as a structure-directing agent. A PVC-g-POEM graft copolymer with a wormlike morphology was utilized as a soft matrix to prepare a mixed matrix membrane (MMM) with mesoporous MgTiO3 perovskite through a solution-casting method. The structure and morphology of PVC-g-POEM graft copolymer was carefully tuned by controlling polymer-solvent interactions, as characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The average pore diameter of the MgTiO3 perovskite was 10.4 nm, which is effective in facilitating gas transport via Knudsen diffusion through mesopores as well as improving interfacial contact with the organic polymer matrix. Because of a high porosity (0.56), the density of mesoporous MgTiO3 (1.75 g/cm(3)) was much lower than that of dense nonporous MgTiO3 (4 g/cm(3)) and not significantly higher than that of PVC-g-POEM (1.25 g/cm(3)), leading to a uniform distribution of MgTiO3 in MMM. The permeability of MMM with MgTiO3 was greater than those of MMM with only MgO or TiO2, indicating the simultaneous improvement of solubility and diffusivity in the former, as supported by CO2 temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) measurements. The MMM with MgTiO3 25 wt % exhibited a CO2 permeability improvement of 140% up to 138.7 Barrer (1 Barrer = 1 × 10(-10) cm(3)(STP) cm cm(-2) s(-1) cmHg(-1)) without a large loss of CO2/N2 selectivity.

  19. Synthesis of rambutan-like MoS2/mesoporous carbon spheres nanocomposites with excellent performance for supercapacitors

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    Zhang, Shouchuan; Hu, Ruirui; Dai, Peng; Yu, Xinxin; Ding, Zongling; Wu, Mingzai; Li, Guang; Ma, Yongqing; Tu, Chuanjun

    2017-02-01

    A novel rambutan-like composite of MoS2/mesoporous carbon spheres were synthesized by a simple two-step hydrothermal and post-annealing approach via using glucose as C source and Na2MoO4·2H2O and thiourea as Mo and S sources. It is found that the morphology and electrochemical properties can be effectively controlled by the change of the weight ratio of coated MoS2 sheets to carbon spheres. When used as electrode material for supercapacitor, the hybrid MoS2/carbon spheres show a high specific capacity of 411 F/g at a current density of 1 A/g and 272 F/g at a high discharge current density of 10 A/g. The annealing treatment at 700 °C transformed the core carbon spheres into mesoporous ones, which served as the conduction network and favor the enhancement of the specific capacitance. In addition, the strain released during the charge/discharge process can be accommodated and the structural integrity can be kept, improving the cycling life. After 1000 cycles, the capacitance retention of the hybrid MoS2/carbon spheres is 93.2%.

  20. Mesoporous Silica Particles Integrated with All-Inorganic CsPbBr3 Perovskite Quantum-Dot Nanocomposites (MP-PQDs) with High Stability and Wide Color Gamut Used for Backlight Display.

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    Wang, Hung-Chia; Lin, Shin-Ying; Tang, An-Cih; Singh, Bheeshma Pratap; Tong, Hung-Chun; Chen, Ching-Yi; Lee, Yu-Chun; Tsai, Tzong-Liang; Liu, Ru-Shi

    2016-07-04

    All-inorganic CsPbX3 (X=I, Br, Cl) perovskite quantum dots (PQDs) have been investigated because of their optical properties, such as tunable wavelength, narrow band, and high quantum efficiency. These features have been used in light emitting diode (LED) devices. LED on-chip fabrication uses mixed green and red quantum dots with silicone gel. However, the ion-exchange effect widens the narrow emission spectrum. Quantum dots cannot be mixed because of anion exchange. We address this issue with a mesoporous PQD nanocomposite that can prevent ion exchange and increase stability. We mixed green quantum-dot-containing mesoporous silica nanocomposites with red PQDs, which can prevent the anion-exchange effect and increase thermal and photo stability. We applied the new PQD-based LEDs for backlight displays. We also used PQDs in an on-chip LED device. Our white LED device for backlight display passed through a color filter with an NTSC value of 113 % and Rec. 2020 of 85 %.

  1. Hierarchical TiO2/C nanocomposite monoliths with a robust scaffolding architecture, mesopore-macropore network and TiO2-C heterostructure for high-performance lithium ion batteries.

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    Huang, Hai-Bo; Yang, Yue; Chen, Li-Hua; Wang, Yun; Huang, Shao-Zhuan; Tao, Jia-Wei; Ma, Xiao-Ting; Hasan, Tawfique; Li, Yu; Xu, Yan; Su, Bao-Lian

    2016-06-07

    Engineering hierarchical structures of electrode materials is a powerful strategy for optimizing the electrochemical performance of an anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Herein, we report the fabrication of hierarchical TiO2/C nanocomposite monoliths by mediated mineralization and carbonization using bacterial cellulose (BC) as a scaffolding template as well as a carbon source. TiO2/C has a robust scaffolding architecture, a mesopore-macropore network and TiO2-C heterostructure. TiO2/C-500, obtained by calcination at 500 °C in nitrogen, contains an anatase TiO2-C heterostructure with a specific surface area of 66.5 m(2) g(-1). When evaluated as an anode material at 0.5 C, TiO2/C-500 exhibits a high and reversible lithium storage capacity of 188 mA h g(-1), an excellent initial capacity of 283 mA h g(-1), a long cycle life with a 94% coulombic efficiency preserved after 200 cycles, and a very low charge transfer resistance. The superior electrochemical performance of TiO2/C-500 is attributed to the synergistic effect of high electrical conductivity, anatase TiO2-C heterostructure, mesopore-macropore network and robust scaffolding architecture. The current material strategy affords a general approach for the design of complex inorganic nanocomposites with structural stability, and tunable and interconnected hierarchical porosity that may lead to the next generation of electrochemical supercapacitors with high energy efficiency and superior power density.

  2. Hierarchical TiO2/C nanocomposite monoliths with a robust scaffolding architecture, mesopore-macropore network and TiO2-C heterostructure for high-performance lithium ion batteries

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    Huang, Hai-Bo; Yang, Yue; Chen, Li-Hua; Wang, Yun; Huang, Shao-Zhuan; Tao, Jia-Wei; Ma, Xiao-Ting; Hasan, Tawfique; Li, Yu; Xu, Yan; Su, Bao-Lian

    2016-05-01

    Engineering hierarchical structures of electrode materials is a powerful strategy for optimizing the electrochemical performance of an anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Herein, we report the fabrication of hierarchical TiO2/C nanocomposite monoliths by mediated mineralization and carbonization using bacterial cellulose (BC) as a scaffolding template as well as a carbon source. TiO2/C has a robust scaffolding architecture, a mesopore-macropore network and TiO2-C heterostructure. TiO2/C-500, obtained by calcination at 500 °C in nitrogen, contains an anatase TiO2-C heterostructure with a specific surface area of 66.5 m2 g-1. When evaluated as an anode material at 0.5 C, TiO2/C-500 exhibits a high and reversible lithium storage capacity of 188 mA h g-1, an excellent initial capacity of 283 mA h g-1, a long cycle life with a 94% coulombic efficiency preserved after 200 cycles, and a very low charge transfer resistance. The superior electrochemical performance of TiO2/C-500 is attributed to the synergistic effect of high electrical conductivity, anatase TiO2-C heterostructure, mesopore-macropore network and robust scaffolding architecture. The current material strategy affords a general approach for the design of complex inorganic nanocomposites with structural stability, and tunable and interconnected hierarchical porosity that may lead to the next generation of electrochemical supercapacitors with high energy efficiency and superior power density.Engineering hierarchical structures of electrode materials is a powerful strategy for optimizing the electrochemical performance of an anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Herein, we report the fabrication of hierarchical TiO2/C nanocomposite monoliths by mediated mineralization and carbonization using bacterial cellulose (BC) as a scaffolding template as well as a carbon source. TiO2/C has a robust scaffolding architecture, a mesopore-macropore network and TiO2-C heterostructure. TiO2/C-500

  3. Thermally stable polymer composites with improved transparency by using colloidal mesoporous silica nanoparticles as inorganic fillers.

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    Suzuki, Norihiro; Zakaria, Mohamed B; Chiang, Ya-Dong; Wu, Kevin C-W; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2012-05-28

    The colloidal mesoporous silica nanoparticles with small particle sizes (namely, CMS) are used as inorganic fillers of polymers (i.e. epoxy and silicone). From simple calculation, almost all polymers are estimated to be confined in the mesopores. To clarify the superiority of CMS over nonporous silica particles and mesoporous silica particles with much larger size (TMPS-4) as inorganic fillers, a systematic study on mechanical strength and transparency of polymer-silica nanocomposites was conducted. Compared with nonporous silica particles, similar to TMPS-4, CMS shows a greater effect on lowering the CTE. In addition, obtained polymer-CMS nanocomposites show improved transparency than polymer-TMPS-4 nanocomposites.

  4. 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.

  5. Pseudocapacitive Sodium Storage in Mesoporous Single-Crystal-like TiO2-Graphene Nanocomposite Enables High-Performance Sodium-Ion Capacitors.

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    Le, Zaiyuan; Liu, Fang; Nie, Ping; Li, Xinru; Liu, Xiaoyan; Bian, Zhenfeng; Chen, Gen; Wu, Hao Bin; Lu, Yunfeng

    2017-03-28

    Sodium-ion capacitors can potentially combine the virtues of high power capability of conventional electrochemical capacitors and high energy density of batteries. However, the lack of high-performance electrode materials has been the major challenge of sodium-based energy storage devices. In this work, we report a microwave-assisted synthesis of single-crystal-like anatase TiO2 mesocages anchored on graphene as a sodium storage material. The architecture of the nanocomposite results in pseudocapacitive charge storage behavior with fast kinetics, high reversibility, and negligible degradation to the micro/nanostructure. The nanocomposite delivers a high capacity of 268 mAh g(-1) at 0.2 C, which remains 126 mAh g(-1) at 10 C for over 18 000 cycles. Coupling with a carbon-based cathode, a full cell of sodium-ion capacitor successfully demonstrates a high energy density of 64.2 Wh kg(-1) at 56.3 W kg(-1) and 25.8 Wh kg(-1) at 1357 W kg(-1), as well as an ultralong lifespan of 10 000 cycles with over 90% of capacity retention.

  6. Aptamer/Graphene Quantum Dots Nanocomposite Capped Fluorescent Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for Intracellular Drug Delivery and Real-Time Monitoring of Drug Release.

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    Zheng, Fen-Fen; Zhang, Peng-Hui; Xi, Yu; Chen, Jing-Jia; Li, Ling-Ling; Zhu, Jun-Jie

    2015-12-01

    Great challenges in investigating the release of drug in complex cellular microenvironments necessitate the development of stimuli-responsive drug delivery systems with real-time monitoring capability. In this work, a smart drug nanocarrier based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) is fabricated by capping graphene quantum dots (GQDs, the acceptor) onto fluorescent mesoporous silica nanoparticles (FMSNs, the donor) via ATP aptamer for real-time monitoring of ATP-triggered drug release. Under extracellular conditions, the fluorescence of FMSNs remains in the "off" state in the low ATP level which is unable to trigger the release of drug. Once specifically recognized and internalized into the target tumor cells by AS1411 aptamer, in the ATP-rich cytoplasm, the conformation switch of the ATP aptamer causes the shedding of the GQDs from the nanocarriers, leading to the release of the loaded drugs and consequently severe cytotoxicity. Simultaneously, the fluorescence of FMSNs turns "on" along with the dissociation of GQDs, which allows real-time monitoring of the release of drug from the pores. Such a drug delivery system features high specificity of dual-target recognition with AS1411 and ATP aptamer as well as high sensitivity of the FRET-based monitoring strategy. Thus, the proposed multifunctional ATP triggered FRET-nanocarriers will find potential applications for versatile drug-release monitoring, efficient drug transport, and targeted cancer therapeutics.

  7. Solid phase extraction of Cu2+, Ni2+, and Co2+ ions by a new magnetic nano-composite: excellent reactivity combined with facile extraction and determination.

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    Azizi, Parastou; Golshekan, Mostafa; Shariati, Shahab; Rahchamani, Jalal

    2015-04-01

    In the present study, silica magnetite mesoporous nanoparticles functionalized with a new chelating agent were synthesized and introduced as a magnetic solid phase for preconcentration of trace amounts of Cu2+, Ni2+, and Co2+ ions from aqueous solutions. Briefly, MCM-41 mesoporous-coated magnetite nano-particles (MMNPs) with particle size lower than 15 nm were synthesized via chemical co-precipitation methods. Then, N-(4-methoxysalicylidene)-4,5-dinitro-1,2-phenylenediamine (HL) as a new chelating agent was synthesized and used for surface modification of mesoporous magnetic solid phase by dispersive liquid-liquid functionalization (DLLF) as a new rapid method to form HL functionalized mesoporous magnetite nanoparticles (MMNPs─HL). The structure and morphology of prepared sorbent were characterized by FT-IR, XRD, VSM, and TEM. Finally, the prepared nanoparticles were utilized for preconcentration of Cu2+, Ni2+, and Co2+ ions prior to determination by atomic absorption spectrophotometery. The calibration graph was obtained under the optimized conditions with linear dynamic range of 1.0-300 μg L(-1) and correlation coefficient (r2) of 0.998. The detection limits of this method for cobalt, nickel, and copper ions were 0.03, 0.03, and 0.04 ng/mL, respectively. Finally, the method was successfully applied to the extraction and determination of the analyte ions in natural waters and reference plant samples.

  8. 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.

  9. An ultrasensitive sandwich-type electrochemical immunosensor based on the signal amplification strategy of mesoporous core-shell Pd@Pt nanoparticles/amino group functionalized graphene nanocomposite.

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    Li, Mingdang; Wang, Ping; Li, Faying; Chu, Qingyan; Li, Yueyun; Dong, Yunhui

    2017-01-15

    Herein, a novel and sensitive sandwich-type electrochemical immunosensor was fabricated for quantitative monitoring of prostate specific antigen (PSA). The sulfo group functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs-SO3H) were used as substrate material to increase the specific surface area and enhance the conductivity of the glassy carbon electrode. Gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) were introduced to enhance the load capacity of the substrate material for primary antibodies (Ab1) and accelerate the electron transfer on the electrode interface. The mesoporous core-shell Pd@Pt nanoparticle loaded by amino group functionalized graphene (M-Pd@Pt/NH2-GS) with high specific surface area, high indexed facets, and good biocompatibility was not only as the carriers of secondary antibodies (Ab2) but also catalyzed the reduction of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which effectually amplified the current signal in detection of PSA. The as-proposed immunosensor exhibited high sensitivity and stability on the detection of PSA. A linear relationship between current signals and the concentrations of PSA was obtained in the range from 10fg/mL to 50ng/mL and the detection limit of PSA was 3.3fg/mL (signal-to-noise ratio of 3). Furthermore, the as-proposed immunosensor showed excellent performance in detection of human serum samples. The results suggest that the proposed immunosensor will be promising in the diagnostics application for accurately quantitative detection of PSA. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Self-assembled polymer nanocomposites and their networks

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    Patil, Nitin Vikas

    This dissertation describes new routes to synthesize polymer nanocomposite networks via self-assembly. Polymerizable structure directing agents (referred to as surfmers) obtained by end-group functionalization preserves the structure-directing capabilities of the surfactant for templating ordered mesoporous silica particle growth, while simultaneously generating a reactive matrix for polymer network formation through reactive end groups in the presence of intimately mixed mesoporous silicates. A combination of small angle X-ray scattering, surface area, and microscopy experiments on mesoporous silica indicated the structure directing capabilities of surfmers. Free-radical polymerization of the surfmer leads to novel crosslinked nanocomposites networks. Multiple experiments, including gel permeation chromatography, swelling, and solid state NMR experiments on polymer nanocomposites gave evidence of the polymerization of surfmer leading to formation of crosslink networks. Polymer nanocomposites with varied silica content were prepared. Effects of silica content on polymer nanocomposites were studied on rheometer. Results obtained from rheological experiments indicate that the storage (G') and loss modulus (G") increases with increase in the content of mesoporous silica. In this way, the nanocomposites networks obtained via self-assembly shows independent behavior with respect to frequency in rheological experiments. Additionally, this self-assembled route was extended to synthesize biodegradable and biocompatible polymer nanocomposites networks. The nanocomposite networks obtained with 15% of silica content showed the increase in storage modulus by two orders of magnitude in rheological experiments.

  11. Iron oxide nanoparticles stabilized inside highly ordered mesoporous silica

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    Bhaumik, A.; Samanta, S.; Mal, N. K.

    2005-11-01

    Nanosized iron oxide, a moderately large band-gap semiconductor and an essential component of optoelectrical and magnetic devices, has been prepared successfully inside the restricted internal pores of mesoporous silica material through in-situ reduction during impregnation. The samples were characterized by powder XRD, TEM, SEM/EDS, N_{2} adsorption, FT-IR and UV-visible spectroscopies. Characterization data indicated well-dispersed isolated nanoclusters of (Fe_{2}O_{3})_{n}, within the internal surface of 2D-hexagonal mesoporous silica structure. No occluded Fe/Fe_{2}O_{3} crystallites were observed at the external surface of the mesoporous silica nanocomposites. Inorganic mesoporous host, such as hydrophilic silica in the pore walls, directs a physical constraint necessary to prevent the creation of large Fe_{2}O_{3} agglomerates and enables the formation of nanosized Fe_{2}O_{3} particles inside the mesopore.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Electric Field-Responsive Mesoporous Suspensions: A Review

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    Kwon, Seung Hyuk; Piao, Shang Hao; Choi, Hyoung Jin

    2015-01-01

    This paper briefly reviews the fabrication and electrorheological (ER) characteristics of mesoporous materials and their nanocomposites with conducting polymers under an applied electric field when dispersed in an insulating liquid. Smart fluids of electrically-polarizable particles exhibit a reversible and tunable phase transition from a liquid-like to solid-like state in response to an external electric field of various strengths, and have potential applications in a variety of active control systems. The ER properties of these mesoporous suspensions are explained further according to their dielectric spectra in terms of the flow curve, dynamic moduli, and yield stress. PMID:28347119

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

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    Ivanova, Irina I; Knyazeva, Elena E

    2013-05-07

    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.

  16. Polyolefin nanocomposites

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    Chaiko, David J.

    2007-01-02

    The present invention relates to methods for the preparation of clay/polymer nanocomposites. The methods include combining an organophilic clay and a polymer to form a nanocomposite, wherein the organophilic clay and the polymer each have a peak recrystallization temperature, and wherein the organophilic clay peak recrystallization temperature sufficiently matches the polymer peak recrystallization temperature such that the nanocomposite formed has less permeability to a gas than the polymer. Such nanocomposites exhibit 2, 5, 10, or even 100 fold or greater reductions in permeability to, e.g., oxygen, carbon dioxide, or both compared to the polymer. The invention also provides a method of preparing a nanocomposite that includes combining an amorphous organophilic clay and an amorphous polymer, each having a glass transition temperature, wherein the organophilic clay glass transition temperature sufficiently matches the polymer glass transition temperature such that the nanocomposite formed has less permeability to a gas than the polymer.

  17. Fabrication and characterization of magnetic mesoporous silica nanospheres covalently bonded with europium complex.

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    Feng, Jing; Fan, Wei-Qiang; Song, Shu-Yan; Yu, Ying-Ning; Deng, Rui-Ping; Zhang, Hong-Jie

    2010-06-07

    A novel multifunctional nanocomposite has been developed by combining the magnetic (Fe3O4) cores encapsulated in the mesoporous silica nanospheres and the luminescent Eu(TTA)3phen complex covalently bonded to the framework of mesoporous silica through a chelate ligand 5-[N,N-bis-3-(triethoxysilyl)propyl]ureyl-1,10-phenanthroline (phen-Si). The obtained nanocomposite is denoted as Eu(TTA)3phen-MMS. It has been well characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption/desorption, Quantum Design SQUID magnetometer and photoluminescence spectroscopy, respectively. The results demonstrated that Eu(TTA)3phen-MMS nanocomposite possess superparamagnetic behavior, intense red emission and mesostructures simultaneously.

  18. Photochromic mesoporous hybrid coatings

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    Raboin, L.; Matheron, M.; Gacoin, T.; Boilot, J.-P.

    2008-09-01

    Spirooxazine (SO) photochromic molecules were trapped in sol-gel matrices. In order to increase the colourability and improve mechanical properties of sol-gel photochromic films, we present an original strategy in which SO photochromic molecules were dispersed in mesoporous organized films using the impregnation technique. Well-ordered organosilicate mesoporous coatings with the 3D-hexagonal symmetry were prepared by the sol-gel technique. These robust mesoporous films, which contain high amounts of hydrophobic methyl groups at the pore surface, offer optimized environments for photochromic dyes dispersed by impregnation technique. After impregnation by a spirooxazine solution, the photochromic response is only slightly slower when compared with mesostructured or soft sol-gel matrices, showing that mesoporous organized hybrid matrix are good host for photochromic dyes. Moreover, the molecular loading in films is easily adjustable in a large range using multi-impregnation procedure and increasing the film thickness leading to coatings for optical switching devices.

  19. A facile one-pot synthesis of colloidal stable, monodisperse, highly PEGylated CuS@mSiO2 nanocomposites for the combination of photothermal therapy and chemotherapy.

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    Lu, Feng; Wang, Jinfeng; Yang, Lin; Zhu, Jun-Jie

    2015-06-11

    A facile one-pot approach was developed for the synthesis of colloidal stable, monodisperse, highly PEGylated mesoporous silica coated copper sulfide nanocomposites for the combination of photothermal therapy and chemotherapy. The proposed method can also be extended to the synthesis of other metal sulfide nanocomposites.

  20. 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.

  1. Mesoporous metallic rhodium nanoparticles

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    Jiang, Bo; Li, Cuiling; Dag, Ömer; Abe, Hideki; Takei, Toshiaki; Imai, Tsubasa; Hossain, Md. Shahriar A.; Islam, Md. Tofazzal; Wood, Kathleen; Henzie, Joel; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2017-05-01

    Mesoporous noble metals are an emerging class of cutting-edge nanostructured catalysts due to their abundant exposed active sites and highly accessible surfaces. Although various noble metal (e.g. Pt, Pd and Au) structures have been synthesized by hard- and soft-templating methods, mesoporous rhodium (Rh) nanoparticles have never been generated via chemical reduction, in part due to the relatively high surface energy of rhodium (Rh) metal. Here we describe a simple, scalable route to generate mesoporous Rh by chemical reduction on polymeric micelle templates [poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PEO-b-PMMA)]. The mesoporous Rh nanoparticles exhibited a ~2.6 times enhancement for the electrocatalytic oxidation of methanol compared to commercially available Rh catalyst. Surprisingly, the high surface area mesoporous structure of the Rh catalyst was thermally stable up to 400 °C. The combination of high surface area and thermal stability also enables superior catalytic activity for the remediation of nitric oxide (NO) in lean-burn exhaust containing high concentrations of O2.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Magnetic nanocomposites.

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    Behrens, Silke; Appel, Ingo

    2016-06-01

    Magnetic nanocomposites are multi-component materials, typically containing nanosized magnetic materials to trigger the response to an external stimulus (i.e., an external static or alternating magnetic field). Up to now, the search for novel nanocomposites has lead to the combination of a plethora of different materials (e.g., gels, liquid crystals, renewable polymers, silica, carbon or metal organic frameworks) with various types of magnetic particles, offering exciting perspectives not only for fundamental investigations but also for application in various fields, including medical therapy and diagnosis, separations, actuation, or catalysis. In this review, we have selected a few of the most recent examples to highlight general concepts and advances in the preparation of magnetic nanocomposites and recent advances in the synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Direct formation of thermally stabilized amorphous mesoporous Fe2O3/SiO2 nanocomposites by hydrolysis of aqueous iron III nitrate in sols of spherical silica particles.

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    Khalil, Kamal M S; Mahmoud, Hatem A; Ali, Tarek T

    2008-02-05

    Nanocomposite materials containing 10% and 20% iron oxide/silica, Fe2O3/SiO2 (w/w), were prepared by direct hydrolysis of aqueous iron III nitrate solution in sols of freshly prepared spherical silica particles (Stöber particles) present in their mother liquors. This was followed by aging, drying, calcination up to 600 degrees C through two different ramp rates, and then isothermal calcinations at 600 degrees C for 3 h. The calcined and the uncalcined (dried at 120 degrees C) composites were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption/desorption techniques, and scanning electron microscopy as required. XRD patterns of the calcined composites showed no line broadening at any d-spacing positions of iron oxide phases, thereby reflecting the amorphous nature of Fe2O3 in the composite. The calcined composites showed nitrogen adsorption isotherms characterizing type IV isotherms with high surface area. Moreover, surface area increased with the increasing of the iron oxide ratio and lowering of the calcination ramp rate. Results indicated that iron oxide particles were dispersed on the exterior of silica particles as isolated and/or aggregated nanoparticles. The formation of the title composite was discussed in terms of the hydrolysis and condensation mechanisms of the inorganic FeIII precursor in the silica sols. Thereby, fast nucleation and limited growth of hydrous iron oxide led to the formation of nanoparticles that spread interactively on the hydroxylated surface of spherical silica particles. Therefore, a nanostructured composite of amorphous nanoparticles of iron oxide (as a shell) spreading on the surface of silica particles (as a core) was formed. This morphology limited the aggregation of Fe2O3 nanoparticles, prevented silica particle coalescence at high temperatures, and enhanced thermal stability.

  7. Two-Solvent Method Synthesis of NiO/ZnO Nanoparticles Embedded in Mesoporous SBA-15: Photocatalytic Properties Study

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    Dai, Peng; Yan, Tao-tao; Yu, Xin-xin; Bai, Zhi-man; Wu, Ming-zai

    2016-04-01

    Different loadings of NiO/ZnO nanoparticles embedded in mesoporous silica (SBA-15) were prepared via a two-solvent method with the ordered hexagonal mesoporous structure of SBA-15 kept. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscope, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, diffusive reflective UV-vis spectroscopy, and N2 adsorption porosimetry were employed to characterize the nanocomposites. The results indicate that the ordered hexagonal mesoporous structure of SBA-15 is kept and the absorption band edges of the nanocomposites shift into the ultraviolet light regime. The photocatalytic activity of our samples for degradation of methylene orange was investigated under UV light irradiation, and the results show that the nanocomposites have higher photodegradation ability toward methylene orange than commercial pure P-25. The photocatalytic activity of the nanocomposites was found to be dependent on both the adsorption ability of the SBA-15 and the photocatalytic activity of NiO-ZnO nanoparticles encapsulated in SBA-15. In addition, there is an optimal loading of NiO-ZnO nanoparticles. Too high or low loading will lower the photodegradation ability of the nanocomposites.

  8. 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.

  9. Advanced Mesoporous Spinel Li4Ti5O12/rGO Composites with Increased Surface Lithium Storage Capability for High-Power Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Ge, Hao; Hao, Tingting; Osgood, Hannah; Zhang, Bing; Chen, Li; Cui, Luxia; Song, Xi-Ming; Ogoke, Ogechi; Wu, Gang

    2016-04-13

    Spinel Li4Ti5O12 (LTO) and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) are attractive anode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) because of their unique electrochemical properties. Herein, we report a facile one-step hydrothermal method in preparation of a nanocomposite anode consisting of well-dispersed mesoporous LTO particles onto rGO. An important reaction step involves glucose as a novel linker agent and reducing agent during the synthesis. It was found to prevent the aggregation of LTO particles, and to yield mesoporous structures in nanocomposites. Moreover, GO is reduced to rGO by the hydroxyl groups on glucose during the hydrothermal process. When compared to previously reported LTO/graphene electrodes, the newly prepared LTO/rGO nanocomposite has mesoporous characteristics and provides additional surface lithium storage capability, superior to traditional LTO-based materials for LIBs. These unique properties lead to markedly improved electrochemical performance. In particular, the nanocomposite anode delivers an ultrahigh reversible capacity of 193 mA h g(-1) at 0.5 C and superior rate performance capable of retaining a capacity of 168 mA h g(-1) at 30 C between 1.0 and 2.5 V. Therefore, the newly prepared mesoporous LTO/rGO nanocomposite with increased surface lithium storage capability will provide a new opportunity to develop high-power anode materials for LIBs.

  10. Ordered mesoporous necklace-like ZnS on graphene for use as a high performance photocatalyst

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    Bin, Zeng; Xiaohua, Chen; Qianxiang, Tang; Chuansheng, Chen; Aiping, Hu

    2014-07-01

    A simple and effective approach was developed to prepare novel graphene/ordered mesoporous necklace-like ZnS nanocomposite (GR-ZnS). Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy observations confirmed that the as-formed necklace-like ZnS, about 50 nm in diameter and more than hundreds of nanometers in length, were distributed on graphene sheets. Each ZnS contained a lot of ordered mesopores. The photocatalytic experimental results indicated that this nanocomposite enhanced photocatalytic performance with 97.5% decomposition of methyl orange (MO) after 30 min under UV-light irradiation. This new nanocomposite is expected to show considerable potential applications in water purification.

  11. Highly sensitive and stable relative humidity sensors based on WO3 modified mesoporous silica

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    Tomer, Vijay K.; Duhan, Surender

    2015-02-01

    This study investigates the effectiveness of using WO3 loaded mesoporous silica nanocomposite developed using one step hydrothermal method for measuring relative humidity (RH) at room temperature. On measuring the sensing response, the nanocomposite sensor exhibits excellent linearity, negligible hysteresis, swift response and recovery time, good repeatability, and outstanding stability in 11%-98% RH range. The complex impedance spectra of the sensor at different RHs were used to explore the humidity sensing mechanism. This work could encourage a right approach to blueprint practical humidity sensors with high sensitivity, long stability and fast response/recovery time.

  12. Fuzzy logic modeling of Pb (II) sorption onto mesoporous NiO/ZnCl2-Rosa Canina-L seeds activated carbon nanocomposite prepared by ultrasound-assisted co-precipitation technique.

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    Javadian, Hamedreza; Ghasemi, Maryam; Ruiz, Montserrat; Sastre, Ana Maria; Asl, Seyed Mostafa Hosseini; Masomi, Mojtaba

    2018-01-01

    In this study, NiO/Rosa Canina-L seeds activated carbon nanocomposite (NiO/ACNC) was prepared by adding dropwise NaOH solution (2mol/L) to raise the suspension pH to around 9 at room temperature under ultrasonic irradiation (200W) as an efficient method and characterized by FE-SEM, FTIR and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm. The effect of different parameters such as contact time (0-120min), initial metal ion concentration (25-200mg/L), temperature (298, 318 and 333K), amount of adsorbent (0.002-0.007g) and the solution's initial pH (1-7) on the adsorption of Pb (II) was investigated in batch-scale experiments. The equilibrium data were well fitted by Langmuir model type 1 (R(2)>0.99). The maximum monolayer adsorption capacity (qm) of NiO/ACNC was 1428.57mg/L. Thermodynamic parameters (ΔG°, ΔH° and ΔS°) were also calculated. The results showed that the adsorption of Pb (II) onto NiO/ACNC was feasible, spontaneous and exothermic under studied conditions. In addition, a fuzzy-logic-based model including multiple inputs and one output was developed to predict the removal efficiency of Pb (II) from aqueous solution. Four input variables including pH, contact time (min), dosage (g) and initial concentration of Pb (II) were fuzzified using an artificial intelligence-based approach. The fuzzy subsets consisted of triangular membership functions with eight levels and a total of 26 rules in the IF-THEN approach which was implemented on a Mamdani-type of fuzzy inference system. Fuzzy data exhibited small deviation with satisfactory coefficient of determination (R(2)>0.98) that clearly proved very good performance of fuzzy-logic-based model in prediction of removal efficiency of Pb (II). It was confirmed that NiO/ACNC had a great potential as a novel adsorbent to remove Pb (II) from aqueous solution. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. 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.

  14. Highly Loaded Mesoporous Silica/Nanoparticle Composites and Patterned Mesoporous Silica Films

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    Kothari, Rohit; Hendricks, Nicholas R.; Wang, Xinyu; Watkins, James J.

    2014-03-01

    Novel approaches for the preparation of highly filled mesoporous silica/nanoparticle (MS/NP) composites and for the fabrication of patterned MS films are described. The incorporation of iron platinum NPs within the walls of MS is achieved at high NP loadings by doping amphiphilic poly(ethylene oxide-b-propylene oxide-b-ethylene oxide) (Pluronic®) copolymer templates via selective hydrogen bonding between the pre-synthesized NPs and the hydrophilic portion of the block copolymer. The MS is then synthesized by means of phase selective condensation of tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) within the NP loaded block copolymer templates dilated with supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) followed by calcination. For patterned films, microphase separated block copolymer/small molecule additive blends are patterned using UV-assisted nanoimprint lithography. Infusion and condensation of a TEOS within template films using ScCO2 as a processing medium followed by calcination yields the patterned MS films. Scanning electron microscopy is used characterize pattern fidelity and transmission electron microscopy analysis confirms the presence of the mesopores. Long range order in nanocomposites is confirmed by low angle x-ray diffraction.

  15. Electrooxidation of formaldehyde based on nickel-palladium modified ordered mesoporous silicon.

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    Miao, Fengjuan; Tao, Bairui

    2013-04-01

    Nickel and palladium nanoparticles were finely dispersed on ordered mesoporous silicon microchannels plate (MCP) by electroless plating. The structure and composition of the resulting Ni-Pd/Si MCP were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS). The electrocatalystic properties of Ni-Pd/Si MCP electrode for formaldehyde oxidation have been investigated by cyclic voltammetry. The results show that Ni-Pd/Si MCP has a higher catalytic activity and better steady-state behavior for formaldehyde oxidation. This may be attributed to the synergistic property of high dispersion of Nickel and Palladium nanoparticles and particular properties of mesoporous Si MCP. The present study shows a promising choice of Ni-Pd nanoparticles supported by mesoporous silicon as effective electrocatalyst for formaldehyde electrooxidation in alkaline medium. The results imply that the Ni-Pd/Si MCP nanocomposite has good potential application in formaldehyde fuel cells and sensors.

  16. Magnetic Gold Confined in Ordered Mesoporous Titania Thin Films: A Noble Approach for Magnetic Devices.

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    Granja, Leticia P; Martínez, Eduardo D; Troiani, Horacio; Sanchez, Clément; Soler Illia, Galo J A A

    2017-01-11

    In the past decade, the surprising magnetic behavior of gold nanoparticles has been reported. This unexpected property is mainly attributed both to size and surface effects. Mesoporous thin films are ideal matrices for metallic nanoparticles inclusion, because of their highly accessible and tailorable pore systems that lead to completely tunable chemical environments. Exploiting these features, we synthesized Au nanoparticles within mesoporous titania thin films (film thickness of ∼150 nm and pore diameter of ∼5 nm), and we studied their magnetic properties under confinement. Here, we present the results of the magnetization as a function of temperature and magnetic field for this system, which are consistent with the previously reported for free (unconfined) thiol-capped gold nanoparticles. The successful inclusion of stable magnetic Au nanoparticles within transparent mesoporous thin films opens the gates for the application of these nanocomposites in two-dimensional (2D) microdevices technology and magneto-optical devices.

  17. A general route to hollow mesoporous rare-earth silicate nanospheres as a catalyst support.

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    Jin, Renxi; Yang, Yang; Zou, Yongcun; Liu, Xianchun; Xing, Yan

    2014-02-17

    Hollow mesoporous structures have recently aroused intense research interest owing to their unique structural features. Herein, an effective and precisely controlled synthesis of hollow rare-earth silicate spheres with mesoporous shells is reported for the first time, produced by a simple hydrothermal method, using silica spheres as the silica precursors. The as-prepared hollow rare-earth silicate spheres have large specific surface area, high pore volume, and controllable structure parameters. The results demonstrate that the selection of the chelating reagent plays critical roles in forming the hollow mesoporous structures. In addition, a simple and low-energy-consuming approach to synthesize highly stable and dispersive gold nanoparticle-yttrium silicate (AuNPs/YSiO) hollow nanocomposites has also been developed. The reduction of 4-nitrophenol with AuNPs/YSiO hollow nanocomposites as the catalyst has clearly demonstrated that the hollow rare-earth silicate spheres are good carriers for Au nanoparticles. This strategy can be extended as a general approach to prepare multifunctional yolk-shell structures with diverse compositions and morphologies simply by replacing silica spheres with silica-coated nanocomposites. Copyright © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Drug silica nanocomposite: preparation, characterization and skin permeation studies.

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    Pilloni, Martina; Ennas, Guido; Casu, Mariano; Fadda, Anna Maria; Frongia, Francesca; Marongiu, Francesca; Sanna, Roberta; Scano, Alessandra; Valenti, Donatella; Sinico, Chiara

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this work was to evaluate silica nanocomposites as topical drug delivery systems for the model drug, caffeine. Preparation, characterization, and skin permeation properties of caffeine-silica nanocomposites are described. Caffeine was loaded into the nanocomposites by grinding the drug with mesoporous silica in a ball mill up to 10 h and the efficiency of the process was studied by XRPD. Formulations were characterized by several methods that include FTIR, XRPD, SEM and TEM. The successful loading of caffeine was demonstrated by XRPD and FTIR. Morphology was studied by SEM that showed particle size reduction while TEM demonstrated formation of both core-shell and multilayered caffeine-silica structures. Solid-state NMR spectra excluded chemical interactions between caffeine and silica matrix, thus confirming that no solid state reactions occurred during the grinding process. Influence of drug inclusion in silica nanocomposite on the in vitro caffeine diffusion into and through the skin was investigated in comparison with a caffeine gel formulation (reference), using newborn pig skin and vertical Franz diffusion cells. Results from the in vitro skin permeation experiments showed that inclusion into the nanocomposite reduced and delayed caffeine permeation from the silica nanocomposite in comparison with the reference, independently from the amount of the tested formulation.

  19. Preparation and photoluminescence of monolithic silica glass doped with Tb3+ ions using SiO2-PVA nanocomposite

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    Ikeda, Hiroshi; Murata, Takahiro; Fujino, Shigeru

    2014-05-01

    The monolithic silica glass doped with Tb3+ ions was fabricated using the SiO2-PVA nanocomposite as the glass precursor. In order to dope Tb3+ ions in the monolithic silica glass, the mesoporous SiO2-PVA nanocomposite was immersed in the Tb3+ ions contained solution and subsequently sintered at 1100 °C in air. Consequently the monolithic transparent silica glass was obtained, exhibiting green fluorescence attributed to 5D4 → 7F5 main transitions under UV excitation. The Tb concentration in the sintered glass could be controlled by immersion time of the nanocomposite in the solution.

  20. Mesoporous polyacrylic acid supported silver nanoparticles as an efficient catalyst for reductive coupling of nitrobenzenes and alcohols using glycerol as hydrogen source.

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    Mandi, Usha; Roy, Anupam Singha; Kundu, Sudipta K; Roy, Susmita; Bhaumik, Asim; Islam, Sk Manirul

    2016-06-15

    Silver nanoparticle immobilized mesoporous cross-linked polyacrylic acid (Ag-MCP-1) has been synthesized via aqueous-phase polymerization of acrylic acid followed by the surface immobilization with silver nanoparticles. The nanocomposite material has been characterized by different spectroscopic techniques. Powder X-ray diffraction patterns revealed the formation of silver nanoparticles, while transmission electron microscope image showed that Ag nanoparticles are formed and uniformly dispersed in the mesoporous polyacrylic acid. The Ag-MCP-1 nanocomposite can be used as an efficient heterogeneous catalyst in the reductive coupling of nitrobenzenes and alcohols using glycerol as hydrogen source. This nanocomposite can be reused more than five times without any significant decrease in its catalytic activity.

  1. 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.

  2. Entrapping cross-linked glucose oxidase aggregates within a graphitized mesoporous carbon network for enzymatic biofuel cells.

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    Garcia-Perez, Tsai; Hong, Sung-Gil; Kim, Jungbae; Ha, Su

    2016-08-01

    This paper reports a novel method for producing glucose oxidase-nanocomposites by entrapping cross-linked glucose oxidase (GOx) aggregates within a graphitized mesoporous carbon (GMC) network. Entrapment was achieved by utilizing the strong self-aggregation tendency of GMC in aqueous buffer solution to form carbon networks. Using confocal microscopy and TEM, GOx-GMC nanocomposites were visualized. The electrochemical properties of GOx-GMC nanocomposites were studied by means of cyclic voltammograms, chronoamperometric and potentiostatic tests. Results therefrom suggested that the GOx-GMC nanocomposites offer a high electrical conductivity with the maximum electron transfer rate constant estimated at 5.16±0.61s(-1). Furthermore, thermally treating the GOx-GMC nanocomposite and GOx aggregates at 60°C for four hours, both samples maintained 99% of their initial activity, while the free GOx were completely deactivated. These performances suggested that our nanocomposite structure offered both improved electrochemical performance and stability by combining the high electrical conductivity offered by the GMC network with the high enzyme loading and stability offered by the cross-linked GOx aggregates. The GOx-GMC nanocomposite's electrochemical activity towards glucose oxidation was also investigated by using an enzymatic biofuel cell without artificial mediators, producing a power density of up to 22.4μWcm(-2) at 0.24V.

  3. Improvements of reinforced silica aerogel nanocomposites thermal properties for architecture applications.

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    Saboktakin, Amin; Saboktakin, Mohammad Reza

    2015-01-01

    An 1,4-cis polybutadiene rubber/carboxymethyl starch (CMS)-based silica aerogel nanocomposites as a insulation material was developed that will provide superior thermal insulation properties, flexibility, toughness, durability of the parent polymer, yet with the low density and superior insulation properties associated with the aerogels. In this study, reinforced 1,4-cis polybutadiene-CMS-silica aerogel nanocomposites were prepared from a silica aerogel with a surface area 710 m(2) g(-1), a pore size of 25.3 nm and a pore volume of 4.7 cm(3) g(-1). The tensile properties and dynamic mechanical properties of 1,4-cis polybutadiene/CMS nanocomposites were systematically enhanced at low silica loading. Similar improvements in tensile modulus and strength have been observed for 1,4-cis polybutadiene/CMS mesoporous silica aerogel nanocomposites.

  4. 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.

  5. Rigid templating of high surface-area, mesoporous, nanocrystalline rutile using a polyether block amide copolymer template.

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    Jiang, Xingmao; Brinker, C Jeffrey

    2010-09-07

    Highly crystalline rutile with a specific surface area as high as 280 m(2) g(-1) and well-connected uniform mesoporosity has been synthesized by rigid templating using commercial, low-cost polyether block amide. This general, simple synthesis route for high surface-area mesoporous nanocrystalline oxides and nanocomposite membranes is important for catalysis, sensors, energy storage, solar cells, heavy metal removal and separations.

  6. Interactions of Plutonium and Lanthanides with Ordered Mesoporous Materials

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    Parsons-Moss, Tashi

    Pu(IV), Pu(VI), Eu(III), Ce(III), and Zr(IV). The acetamide phosphonate functionalized silica called Ac-Phos-SBA-15 required more extensive synthesis than the other three functionalized silica materials. Development of functionalized mesoporous silica extractants for actinides is contingent on their synthesis and hydrolytic stability, and these two aspects of the Ac-Phos-SBA-15 material are discussed. This material showed the highest binding affinity for all of the target ions, and the sorption and desorption of Pu(VI) to Ac-Phos-SBA-15 was extensively investigated. Ordered mesoporous carbons are attractive as sorbents because of their extremely high surface areas and large pore volumes, and could be suitable substrates for the development of actinide sensors based on their electrochemical properties. Three different mesoporous carbon materials were synthesized by collaborators to test their application as radionuclide sorbent materials. The first is called CMK (carbons mesostructured by Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), and was synthesized using a hard silica template with 3D-bicontinuous ordered mesostructure. Highly ordered body-centered cubic mesoporous carbon was synthesized by self-assembly of a phenol resin around a soft polymer template, and this material is known as FDU-16 (Fudan University). Etching of the silica portion of mesoporous carbon-silica composites created the 2D-hexagonal mesoporous carbon called C-CS (carbon from carbon-silica nanocomposites) with a bimodal pore size distribution. The as-synthesized nanocast mesoporous carbon in this work is called UN CMK, and the same material after oxidation treatment with nitric acid is called OX CMK. A portion of both FDU-16-type and C-CS-type ordered mesoporous carbons were oxidized with acidic ammonium persulfate, which created the oxidized carbon materials called FDU-16-COOH and C-CS-COOH, respectively. The mesoporous carbons were characterized by scanning electron microscopy to view

  7. Manganese Oxide Nanorod-Decorated Mesoporous ZSM-5 Composite as a Precious-Metal-Free Electrode Catalyst for Oxygen Reduction.

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    Cui, Xiangzhi; Hua, Zile; Chen, Lisong; Zhang, Xiaohua; Chen, Hangrong; Shi, Jianlin

    2016-05-10

    A precious-metal-free cathode catalyst, MnO2 nanorod-decorated mesoporous ZSM-5 zeolite nanocomposite (MnO2 / m-ZSM-5), has been successfully synthesized by a hydrothermal and electrostatic interaction approach for efficient electrochemical catalysis of the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The active MnOOH species, that is, Mn(4+) /Mn(3+) redox couple and Brønsted acid sites on the mesoporous ZSM-5 matrix facilitate an approximately 4 e(-) process for the catalysis of the ORR comparable to commercial 20 wt % Pt/C. Stable electrocatalytic activity with 90 % current retention after 5000 cycles, and more importantly, excellent methanol tolerance is observed. Synergetic catalytic effects between the MnO2 nanorods and the mesoporous ZSM-5 matrix are proposed to account for the high electrochemical catalytic performance.

  8. 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.

  9. Cancer therapy improvement with mesoporous silica nanoparticles combining photodynamic and photothermal therapy

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    Zhao, Z. X.; Huang, Y. Z.; Shi, S. G.; Tang, S. H.; Li, D. H.; Chen, X. L.

    2014-07-01

    In this work, we develop novel mesoporous silica composite nanoparticles (hm-SiO2(AlC4Pc)@Pd) for the co-delivery of photosensitizer (PS) tetra-substituted carboxyl aluminum phthalocyanine (AlC4Pc) and small Pd nanosheets as a potential dual carrier system to combine photodynamic therapy (PDT) with photothermal therapy (PTT). In the nanocomposite, PS AlC4Pc was covalently conjugated to a mesoporous silica network, and small Pd nanosheets were coated onto the surface of mesoporous silica by both coordination and electrostatic interaction. Since small Pd nanosheets and AlC4Pc display matched maximum absorptions in the 600-800 nm near-infrared (NIR) region, the fabricated hm-SiO2(AlC4Pc)@Pd nanocomposites can generate both singlet oxygen and heat upon 660 nm single continuous wavelength (CW) laser irradiation. In vitro results indicated that the cell-killing efficacy by simultaneous PDT/PTT treatment using hm-SiO2(AlC4Pc)@Pd was higher than PDT or PTT treatment alone after exposure to a 660 nm CW-NIR laser.

  10. Cancer therapy improvement with mesoporous silica nanoparticles combining photodynamic and photothermal therapy.

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    Zhao, Z X; Huang, Y Z; Shi, S G; Tang, S H; Li, D H; Chen, X L

    2014-07-18

    In this work, we develop novel mesoporous silica composite nanoparticles (hm-SiO2(AlC4Pc)@Pd) for the co-delivery of photosensitizer (PS) tetra-substituted carboxyl aluminum phthalocyanine (AlC4Pc) and small Pd nanosheets as a potential dual carrier system to combine photodynamic therapy (PDT) with photothermal therapy (PTT). In the nanocomposite, PS AlC4Pc was covalently conjugated to a mesoporous silica network, and small Pd nanosheets were coated onto the surface of mesoporous silica by both coordination and electrostatic interaction. Since small Pd nanosheets and AlC4Pc display matched maximum absorptions in the 600-800 nm near-infrared (NIR) region, the fabricated hm-SiO2(AlC4Pc)@Pd nanocomposites can generate both singlet oxygen and heat upon 660 nm single continuous wavelength (CW) laser irradiation. In vitro results indicated that the cell-killing efficacy by simultaneous PDT/PTT treatment using hm-SiO2(AlC4Pc)@Pd was higher than PDT or PTT treatment alone after exposure to a 660 nm CW-NIR laser.

  11. 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

    2015-02-07

    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.

  12. 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).

  13. Ion-Exchange-Induced Selective Etching for the Synthesis of Amino-Functionalized Hollow Mesoporous Silica for Elevated-High-Temperature Fuel Cells.

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    Zhang, Jin; Liu, Jian; Lu, Shanfu; Zhu, Haijin; Aili, David; De Marco, Roland; Xiang, Yan; Forsyth, Maria; Li, Qingfeng; Jiang, San Ping

    2017-09-07

    As differentiated from conventional synthetic processes, amino-functionalized hollow mesoporous silica (NH2-HMS) has been synthesized using a new and facile strategy of ion-exchange-induced selective etching of amino-functionalized mesoporous silica (NH2-meso-silica) by an alkaline solution. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and in situ time-resolved small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) reveal that ion-exchange-induced selective etching arises from the gradient distribution of OH(-) in the NH2-meso-silica nanospheres. Moreover, the ion-exchange-induced selective etching mechanism is verified through a successful synthesis of hollow mesoporous silica. After infiltration with phosphotungstic acid (PWA), PWA-NH2-HMS nanoparticles are dispersed in the poly(ether sulfone)-polyvinylpyrrolidone (PES-PVP) matrix, forming a hybrid PWA-NH2-HMS/PES-PVP nanocomposite membrane. The resultant nanocomposite membrane with an optimum loading of 10 wt % of PWA-NH2-HMS showed an enhanced proton conductivity of 0.175 S cm(-1) and peak power density of 420 mW cm(-2) at 180 °C under anhydrous conditions. Excellent durability of the hybrid composite membrane fuel cell has been demonstrated at 200 °C. The results of this study demonstrated the potential of the facile synthetic strategy in the fabrication of NH2-HMS with controlled mesoporous structure for application in nanocomposite membranes as a technology platform for elevated-temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cells.

  14. Nanoionics and Nanocatalysts: Conformal Mesoporous Surface Scaffold for Cathode of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Chen, Yun; Gerdes, Kirk; Song, Xueyan

    2016-09-01

    Nanoionics has become increasingly important in devices and systems related to energy conversion and storage. Nevertheless, nanoionics and nanostructured electrodes development has been challenging for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) owing to many reasons including poor stability of the nanocrystals during fabrication of SOFCs at elevated temperatures. In this study, a conformal mesoporous ZrO2 nanoionic network was formed on the surface of La1‑xSrxMnO3/yttria-stabilized zirconia (LSM/YSZ) cathode backbone using Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and thermal treatment. The surface layer nanoionic network possesses open mesopores for gas penetration, and features a high density of grain boundaries for enhanced ion-transport. The mesoporous nanoionic network is remarkably stable and retains the same morphology after electrochemical operation at high temperatures of 650–800 °C for 400 hours. The stable mesoporous ZrO2 nanoionic network is further utilized to anchor catalytic Pt nanocrystals and create a nanocomposite that is stable at elevated temperatures. The power density of the ALD modified and inherently functional commercial cells exhibited enhancement by a factor of 1.5–1.7 operated at 0.8 V at 750 °C.

  15. Nanoionics and Nanocatalysts: Conformal Mesoporous Surface Scaffold for Cathode of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Chen, Yun; Gerdes, Kirk; Song, Xueyan

    2016-01-01

    Nanoionics has become increasingly important in devices and systems related to energy conversion and storage. Nevertheless, nanoionics and nanostructured electrodes development has been challenging for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) owing to many reasons including poor stability of the nanocrystals during fabrication of SOFCs at elevated temperatures. In this study, a conformal mesoporous ZrO2 nanoionic network was formed on the surface of La1−xSrxMnO3/yttria-stabilized zirconia (LSM/YSZ) cathode backbone using Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and thermal treatment. The surface layer nanoionic network possesses open mesopores for gas penetration, and features a high density of grain boundaries for enhanced ion-transport. The mesoporous nanoionic network is remarkably stable and retains the same morphology after electrochemical operation at high temperatures of 650–800 °C for 400 hours. The stable mesoporous ZrO2 nanoionic network is further utilized to anchor catalytic Pt nanocrystals and create a nanocomposite that is stable at elevated temperatures. The power density of the ALD modified and inherently functional commercial cells exhibited enhancement by a factor of 1.5–1.7 operated at 0.8 V at 750 °C. PMID:27605121

  16. Nanoionics and Nanocatalysts: Conformal Mesoporous Surface Scaffold for Cathode of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

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    Chen, Yun; Gerdes, Kirk; Song, Xueyan

    2016-09-08

    Nanoionics has become increasingly important in devices and systems related to energy conversion and storage. Nevertheless, nanoionics and nanostructured electrodes development has been challenging for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) owing to many reasons including poor stability of the nanocrystals during fabrication of SOFCs at elevated temperatures. In this study, a conformal mesoporous ZrO2 nanoionic network was formed on the surface of La1-xSrxMnO3/yttria-stabilized zirconia (LSM/YSZ) cathode backbone using Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and thermal treatment. The surface layer nanoionic network possesses open mesopores for gas penetration, and features a high density of grain boundaries for enhanced ion-transport. The mesoporous nanoionic network is remarkably stable and retains the same morphology after electrochemical operation at high temperatures of 650-800 °C for 400 hours. The stable mesoporous ZrO2 nanoionic network is further utilized to anchor catalytic Pt nanocrystals and create a nanocomposite that is stable at elevated temperatures. The power density of the ALD modified and inherently functional commercial cells exhibited enhancement by a factor of 1.5-1.7 operated at 0.8 V at 750 °C.

  17. Template-Free Mesoporous Electrochromic Films on Flexible Substrates from Tungsten Oxide Nanorods.

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    Heo, Sungyeon; Kim, Jongwook; Ong, Gary K; Milliron, Delia J

    2017-09-13

    Low-temperature processed mesoporous nanocrystal thin films are platforms for fabricating functional composite thin films on flexible substrates. Using a random arrangement of anisotropic nanocrystals can be a facile solution to generate pores without templates. However, the tendency for anisotropic particles to spontaneously assemble into a compact structure must be overcome. Here, we present a method to achieve random networking of nanorods during solution phase deposition by switching their ligand-stabilized colloidal nature into a charge-stabilized nature by a ligand-stripping chemistry. Ligand-stripped tungsten suboxide (WO2.72) nanorods result in uniform mesoporous thin films owing to repulsive electrostatic forces preventing nanorods from densely packing. Porosity and pore size distribution of thin films are controlled by changing the aspect ratio of the nanorods. This template-free mesoporous structure, achieved without annealing, provides a framework for introducing guest components, therefore enabling our fabrication of inorganic nanocomposite electrochromic films on flexible substrates. Following infilling of niobium polyoxometalate clusters into pores and successive chemical condensation, a WOx-NbOx composite film is produced that selectively controls visible and near-infrared light transmittance without any annealing required. The composite shows rapid switching kinetics and can be stably cycled between optical states over 2000 times. This simple strategy of using anisotropic nanocrystals gives insight into mesoporous thin film fabrication with broader applications for flexible devices.

  18. 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

    2011-04-06

    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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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. PMID:27873810

  1. 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.

  2. Removal of bacterial pathogen from wastewater using Al filter with Ag-containing nanocomposite film by in situ dispersion involving polyol process.

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    Seo, Young Ik; Hong, Ki Ho; Kim, Se Hoon; Chang, Duk; Lee, Kyu Hwan; Kim, Young Do

    2012-08-15

    In this study, a filter with deposited Ag/Al(OH)(3) mesoporous nanocomposite film was fabricated to remove bacterial pathogens from wastewater. Mesoporous Al(OH)(3) film was generated on the Al foam body by alkali surface modification, followed by immersion in a polyol solution for 4h at an elevated temperature in order to deposit silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs). The Al(OH)(3) porous matrix showed a significant increase in specific surface area due to the large size of the voids between flakes, which reached several tens of nanometers. After in situ three-dimensional deposition of Ag NPs by a polyol process, the Ag NPs were nucleated and grown at the surface of the mesoporous Al(OH)(3) film. The filter with Ag/Al(OH)(3) mesoporous nanocomposite film showed a good bacterial pathogen removal rate within a very short contact time compared to the untreated Al foam filter. Filters with deposited Ag/Al(OH)(3) mesoporous nanocomposite film have great potential for application as antimicrobial filters for tap water purification, wastewater treatment, and other bio-related applications. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Analytical and Theranostic Applications of Gold Nanoparticles and Multifunctional Nanocomposites

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    Khlebtsov, Nikolai; Bogatyrev, Vladimir; Dykman, Lev; Khlebtsov, Boris; Staroverov, Sergey; Shirokov, Alexander; Matora, Larisa; Khanadeev, Vitaly; Pylaev, Timofey; Tsyganova, Natalia; Terentyuk, Georgy

    2013-01-01

    Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) and GNP-based multifunctional nanocomposites are the subject of intensive studies and biomedical applications. This minireview summarizes our recent efforts in analytical and theranostic applications of engineered GNPs and nanocomposites by using plasmonic properties of GNPs and various optical techniques. Specifically, we consider analytical biosensing; visualization and bioimaging of bacterial, mammalian, and plant cells; photodynamic treatment of pathogenic bacteria; and photothermal therapy of xenografted tumors. In addition to recently published reports, we discuss new data on dot immunoassay diagnostics of mycobacteria, multiplexed immunoelectron microscopy analysis of Azospirillum brasilense, materno-embryonic transfer of GNPs in pregnant rats, and combined photodynamic and photothermal treatment of rat xenografted tumors with gold nanorods covered by a mesoporous silica shell doped with hematoporphyrin. PMID:23471188

  4. Multifunctional upconversion mesoporous silica nanostructures for dual modal imaging and in vivo drug delivery.

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    Li, Chunxia; Yang, Dongmei; Ma, Ping'an; Chen, Yinyin; Wu, Yuan; Hou, Zhiyou; Dai, Yunlu; Zhao, Jihong; Sui, Changping; Lin, Jun

    2013-12-20

    Incorporating the agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), optical imaging, and therapy in one nanostructured matrix to construct multifunctional nanomedical platform has attracted great attention for simultaneous diagnostic and therapeutic applications. In this work, a facile methodology is developed to construct a multifunctional anticancer drug nanocarrier by combining the special advantages of upconversion nanoparticles and mesoporous silica. β-NaYF4 :Yb(3+) , Er(3+) @β-NaGdF4 :Yb(3+) is chosen as it can provide the dual modality of upconversion luminescence and MRI. Then mesoporous silica is directly coated onto the upconversion nanoparticles to form discrete, monodisperse, highly uniform, and core-shell structured nanospheres (labeled as UCNPs@mSiO2 ), which are subsequently functionalized with hydrophilic polymer poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) to improve the colloidal stability and biocompatibility. The obtained multifunctional nanocomposites can be used as an anticancer drug delivery carrier and applied for imaging. The anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX) is absorbed into UCNPs@mSiO2 -PEG nanospheres and released in a pH-sensitive pattern. In vitro cell cytotoxicity tests on cancer cells verify that the DOX-loaded UCNPs@mSiO2 -PEG has comparable cytotoxicity with free DOX at the same concentration of DOX. In addition, the T1 -weighted MRI that measures in aqueous solutions reveals that the contrast brightening increases with the concentration of Gd(3+) component. Upconversion luminescence images of UCNPs@mSiO2 -PEG uptaken by cells show green emission under 980 nm infrared laser excitation. Finally, the nanocomposites show low systematic toxicity and high in vivo antitumor therapy efficacy. These findings highlight the fascinating features of upconversion-mesoporous nanocomposites as multimodality imaging contrast agents and nanocarrier for drug molecules. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. SnCo–CMK nanocomposite with improved electrochemical performance for lithium-ion batteries

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    Zeng, Lingxing; Deng, Cuilin; Zheng, Cheng; Qiu, Heyuan; Qian, Qingrong; Chen, Qinghua; Wei, Mingdeng

    2015-11-15

    Highlights: • The SnCo–CMK nanocomposite was synthesized using mesoporous carbon as nano-reactor. • Ultrafine SnCo nanoparticles distribute both inside and outside of mesopore channels. • The SnCo–CMK nanocomposite is an alternative anode material for Li-ion intercalation. • A high reversible capacity of 562 mAh g{sup −1} is maintained after 60 cycles at 100 mA g{sup −1}. - Abstract: In the present work, SnCo–CMK nanocomposite was successfully synthesized for the first time via a simple nanocasting route by using mesoporous carbon as nano-reactor. The nanocomposite was then characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TG), N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption, scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM/TEM) respectively. Furthermore, the SnCo–CMK nanocomposite exhibited large reversible capacities, excellent cycling stability and enhanced rate capability when employed as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries. A large reversible capacity of 562 mA h g{sup −1} was obtained after 60 cycles at a current density of 0.1 A g{sup −1} which is attributed to the structure of ‘meso-nano’ SnCo–CMK composite. This unique structure ensures the intimate contact between CMK and SnCo nanoparticles, buffers the large volume expansion and prevents the aggregation of the SnCo nanoparticles during cycling, leading to the excellent cycling stability and enhanced rate capability.

  6. THE BIOCOMPATIBILITY OF MESOPOROUS SILICATES

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    Hudson, Sarah; Padera, Robert F.; Langer, Robert; Kohane, Daniel S.

    2008-01-01

    Micro- and nano- mesoporous silicate particles are considered potential drug delivery systems because of their ordered pore structures, large surface areas and the ease with which they can be chemically modified. However, few cytotoxicity or biocompatibility studies have been reported, especially when silicates are administered in the quantities necessary to deliver low-potency drugs. The biocompatibility of mesoporous silicates of particle sizes ~ 150 nm, ~ 800 nm and ~ 4 µm and pore sizes of 3 nm, 7 nm and 16 nm respectively are examined here. In vitro, mesoporous silicates showed a significant degree of toxicity at high concentrations with mesothelial cells. Following subcutaneous injection of silicates in rats, the amount of residual material decreased progressively over three months, with good biocompatibility on histology at all time points. In contrast, intra peritoneal and intra venous injections in mice resulted in death or euthanasia. No toxicity was seen with subcutaneous injection of the same particles in mice. Microscopic analysis of the lung tissue of the mice indicates that death may be due to thrombosis. Although local tissue reaction to mesoporous silicates was benign, they caused severe systemic toxicity. This toxicity could be mitigated by modification of the materials. PMID:18675454

  7. 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).

  8. 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.

  9. Activators generated by electron transfer for atom transfer radical polymerization of styrene in the presence of mesoporous silica nanoparticles

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    Khezri, Khezrollah; Roghani-Mamaqani, Hossein

    2014-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Effect of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MCM-41) on the activator generated by electron transfer for atom transfer radical polymerization (AGET ATRP) is investigated. Decrement of conversion and number average molecular weight and also increment of polydispersity index (PDI) values are three main results of addition of MCM-41 nanoparticles. Incorporation of MCM-41 nanoparticles in the polystyrene matrix can clearly increase thermal stability and decrease glass transition temperature of the nanocomposites. - Highlights: • Spherical morphology, hexagonal structure, and high surface area with regular pore diameters of the synthesized MCM-41 nanoparticles are examined. • AGET ATRP of styrene in the presence of MCM-41 nanoparticles is performed. • Effect of MCM-41 nanoparticles addition on the polymerization rate, conversion and molecular weights of the products are discussed. • Improvement in thermal stability of the nanocomposites and decreasing T{sub g} values was also observed by incorporation of MCM-41 nanoparticles. - Abstract: Activator generated by electron transfer for atom transfer radical polymerization was employed to synthesize well-defined mesoporous silica nanoparticles/polystyrene composites. Inherent features of spherical mesoporous silica nanoparticles were evaluated by nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherm, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy analysis techniques. Conversion and molecular weight evaluations were carried out using gas and size exclusion chromatography respectively. By the addition of only 3 wt% mesoporous silica nanoparticles, conversion decreases from 81 to 58%. Similarly, number average molecular weight decreases from 17,116 to 12,798 g mol{sup −1}. However, polydispersity index (PDI) values increases from 1.24 to 1.58. A peak around 4.1–4.2 ppm at proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy results clearly confirms the living nature of the polymerization. Thermogravimetric

  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. Dealloying-driven synthesis and characterization of AgCl/Ag/TiO2 nanocomposites with enhanced photocatalytic properties

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    Wang, Tongyang; Wang, Yan; Zhao, Zhengfeng; Zhang, Lanxiang; Huang, Shifeng

    2017-03-01

    The combination of dealloying with acid treatment was used to fabricate mesoporous anatase TiO2 with high specific surface area of 233 m2/g. Using anatase TiO2 as a matrix, a photoreduction strategy was developed to synthesize AgCl/Ag/TiO2 nanocomposites with different Ti/Ag molar ratios. The morphology and properties of AgCl/Ag/TiO2 nanocomposites were investigated by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The AgCl/Ag/TiO2 nanocomposites showed an enhanced photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methyl orange solution under visible light irradiation. The optimum Ti/Ag molar ratio in the AgCl/Ag/TiO2 nanocomposites was shown to be 6:1, which was attributed to its high specific surface area of 207 m2/g and the surface plasmon resonance effect.

  12. A novel solvent-free thermal reaction of ferrocene and sulfur for one-step synthesis of iron sulfide and carbon nanocomposites and their electrochemical performance

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    Fei, Ling; Jiang, Yufeng; Xu, Yun; Chen, Gen; Li, Yuling; Xu, Xun; Deng, Shuguang; Luo, Hongmei

    2014-11-01

    A novel solvent-free thermal reaction of ferrocene and sulfur is developed for preparing iron sulfide and carbon nanocomposites, where ferrocene acts as both iron and carbon source. The prepared composite has iron sulfide sandwiched in carbon matrix. Moreover, ferrocene and sulfur can turn to vapor phase at an elevated temperature, resulting in easy deposition of product on the surface of templates. Sodium chloride was selected as a template due to its nontoxic and water-soluble nature. The NaCl-templated composite shows "sphere on mattress" morphology and exhibits the highest capacity and the longest cyclability ever reported for iron pyrite anode. To obtain mesoporous nanocomposites, SBA-15 was also applied as templates. The mesoporous nanocomposite demonstrates excellent capacity retention capability, indicating the robust structural stability.

  13. Investigating the mesostructure of ordered porous silica nanocomposites by transmission electron microscopy techniques

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    Bullita, S.; Casula, M. F.; Piludu, M.; Falqui, A.; Carta, D.; Corrias, A.

    2014-10-21

    Nanocomposites made out of FeCo alloy nanocrystals supported onto pre-formed mesoporous ordered silica which features a cubic arrangement of pores (SBA-16) were investigated. Information on the effect of the nanocrystals on the mesostructure (i.e. pore arrangement symmetry, pore size, and shape) were deduced by a multitechnique approach including N2 physisorption, low angle X-ray diffraction, and Transmission electron microscopy. It is shown that advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques are required, however, to gain direct evidence on key compositional and textural features of the nanocomposites. In particular, electron tomography and microtomy techniques make clear that the FeCo nanocrystals are located within the pores of the SBA-16 silica, and that the ordered mesostructure of the nanocomposite is retained throughout the observed specimen.

  14. 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

  15. Assemblies of biomaterials in mesoporous media.

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    Vinu, Ajayan; Miyahara, Masahiko; Ariga, Katsuhiko

    2006-06-01

    Assemblies of biomaterials onto mechanically stable inorganic structure are advantageous for the practical applications because of the potential to improve the stability and performance of biomaterials in the biocatalytic processes. Among many kinds of inorganic materials, mesoporous materials such as mesoporous silica and mesoporous carbon have attracted special attention owing to their well-defined structures and perfectly controlled pore geometries, which would lead to unique functions such as size selective adsorption of biomaterials. In the first part of this review, adsorption behaviors of proteins, enzymes, vitamins, and amino acids in aqueous solutions onto mesoporous media are systematically explained. Pore geometries (pore diameter and volume) of mesoporous materials are the crucial factors for the size selective adsorption of biomaterials, especially proteins, which often have a size comparable to pore dimension. The studies on the adsorption of biomaterials on the mesoporous carbon reveal that hydrophobic interaction between guest molecules and surface of the mesoporous materials is an important parameter which controls the amount of biomaterials adsorption. Enhanced adsorption of biomaterials was commonly observed at their isoelectric point, where electrostatic repulsion is minimized between the biomaterials. In addition, several functions such as biomolecular separation, reactor function, controlled drug release, and photochemical properties are discussed in the latter sections. Studies on assemblies of biomaterials in mesoporous media are still in initial stage, but the development of appropriately designed mesoporous materials would powerfully promote researches in these fascinating unexplored fields.

  16. Hierarchically Structured Sulfur/Carbon Nanocomposite Material for High Energy Lithium Battery

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    Liang, Chengdu; Dudney, Nancy J; Howe, Jane Y

    2009-01-01

    We report herein a hierarchically structured sulfur-carbon (S/C) nanocomposite material as the high surface-area cathode for rechargeable lithium batteries. A porous carbon with a uniform distribution of mesopores of 7.3 nm has been synthesized through a soft-template synthesis method. The potassium hydroxide activation of this mesoporous carbon results in a bimodal porous carbon with added microporosity of less than 2 nm to the existing mesopores without deterioration of the integrity of the original mesoporous carbon. Elemental sulfur has been loaded to the micropores through a solution infiltration method. The resulted S/C composites with various loading level of sulfur have a high surface areas and large internal porosities. These materials have been tested as novel cathodes for Li/S batteries. The results show that the cyclability and the utilization of sulfur in the Li/S batteries have been significantly improved. The large internal porosity and surface area of the micro-mesoporous carbon is essential for retaining sulfur in the cathode and therefore maximizing the capacity and lifespan of the cathode.

  17. Visualization of Adsorption: Luminescent Mesoporous Silica-Carbon Dots Composite for Rapid and Selective Removal of U(VI) and in Situ Monitoring the Adsorption Behavior.

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    Wang, Zhe; Xu, Chao; Lu, Yuexiang; Wu, Fengcheng; Ye, Gang; Wei, Guoyu; Sun, Taoxiang; Chen, Jing

    2017-03-01

    The removal and separation of uranium from aqueous solutions are quite important for resource reclamation and environmental protection. Being one of the most effective techniques for metal separation, adsorption of uranium by a variety of adsorbent materials has been a subject of study with high interest in recent years. However, current methods for monitoring the adsorption process require complicated procedures and tedious measurements, which hinders the development of processes for efficient separation of uranium. In this work, we prepared a type of luminescent mesoporous silica-carbon dots composite material that has high efficiency for the adsorption of uranium and allows simultaneous in situ monitoring of the adsorption process. Carbon dots (CDs) were prepared in situ and introduced onto amino-functionalized ordered mesoporous silica (SBA-NH2) by a facile microplasma-assisted method. The prepared CDs/SBA-NH2 nanocomposites preserved the high specific surface area of the mesoporous silica, as well as the fluorescent properties of the CDs. Compared with bare SBA-NH2, the CDs/SBA-NH2 nanocomposites showed much improved adsorption ability and excellent selectivity for uranyl ions. Moreover, the fluorescence intensity of the composites decreased along with the increase of uranium uptake, indicating that the CDs/SBA-NH2 nanocomposites could be used for on-site monitoring of the adsorption behavior. More interestingly, the adsorption selectivity of the composites for metal ions was in good agreement with the selective fluorescence response of the original CDs, which means that the adsorption selectivity of CDs-based composite materials can be predicted by evaluating the fluorescence selectivity of the CDs for metal ions. As the first study of CDs-based nanocomposites for the adsorption of actinide elements, this work opens a new avenue for the in situ monitoring of adsorption behavior of CDs-based nanocomposites while extending their application areas.

  18. Ultrahard carbon nanocomposite films

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    SIEGAL,MICHAEL P.; TALLANT,DAVID R.; PROVENCIO,PAULA P.; OVERMYER,DONALD L.; SIMPSON,REGINA L.; MARTINEZ-MIRANDA,L.J.

    2000-01-27

    Modest thermal annealing to 600 C of diamondlike amorphous-carbon (a-C) films grown at room temperature results in the formation of carbon nanocomposites with hardness similar to diamond. These nanocomposite films consist of nanometer-sized regions of high density a-C embedded in an a-C matrix with a reduced density of 5--10%. The authors report on the evolution of density and bonding topologies as a function of annealing temperature. Despite a decrease in density, film hardness actually increases {approximately} 15% due to the development of the nanocomposite structure.

  19. Sulfur-carbon nanocomposite cathodes improved by an amphiphilic block copolymer for high-rate lithium-sulfur batteries.

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    Fu, Yongzhu; Su, Yu-Sheng; Manthiram, Arumugam

    2012-11-01

    A sulfur-carbon nanocomposite consisting of a commercial high-surface-area carbon (i.e., Black Pearls 2000, BET surface area >1000 m² g⁻¹) and sulfur has been synthesized by an in situ deposition method. The nanocomposite is in the form of agglomerated nanoparticles, with the micropores within the carbon filled with sulfur and the mesopores on the carbon surface almost completely covered by sulfur. The BET surface area of the nanocomposite containing a sulfur content of 63.5 wt % is significantly reduced to only 40 m² g⁻¹. Cathodes containing the nanocomposite and Pluronic F-127 block copolymer, which partially replaces the polyvinylidene fluoride binder, were prepared and evaluated in lithium cells by cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic cycling. The nanocomposite cathodes with the copolymer show improved electrochemical stability and cyclability. The Pluronic copolymer helps retain a uniform nanocomposite structure within the electrodes, improving the electrochemical contact, which was manifested by scanning electron microscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The sulfur-Black Pearls nanocomposite with the Pluronic copolymer as an additive in the electrodes is promising for high-rate rechargeable lithium-sulfur batteries.

  20. 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

  1. Mesoporous Nano-Silica Serves as the Degradation Inhibitor in Polymer Dielectrics

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    Yang, Yang; Hu, Jun; He, Jinliang

    2016-01-01

    A new generation of nano-additives for robust high performance nanodielectrics is proposed. It is demonstrated for the first time that mesoporous material could act as “degradation inhibitor” for polymer dielectrics to sequestrate the electrical degradation products then restrain the electrical aging process especially under high temperature conditions, which is superior to the existing additives of nanodielectrics except further increasing the dielectric strength. Polyethylenimine (PEI) loaded nano-scaled mesoporous silica MCM-41 (nano-MS) is doped into the dielectric matrix to prepare the PP/MCM-41-PEI nanocomposites. PEI provides the amines to capture the electrical degradation products while the MCM-41 brackets afford large adsorption surface, bring down the activating temperature of the absorbent then enhance the absorptive capacity. The electrical aging tests confirm the contribution of the mesoporous structure to electrical aging resistance and FT-IR analysis of the electrical degraded regions demonstrates the chemical absorption especially under high temperature conditions. Take the experimental data as examples, extending the aging durability and dielectric strength of polymer dielectrics by 5 times and 16%, respectively, can have substantial commercial significance in energy storage, power electronics and power transmission areas. PMID:27338622

  2. Mesoporous Nano-Silica Serves as the Degradation Inhibitor in Polymer Dielectrics

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    Yang, Yang; Hu, Jun; He, Jinliang

    2016-06-01

    A new generation of nano-additives for robust high performance nanodielectrics is proposed. It is demonstrated for the first time that mesoporous material could act as “degradation inhibitor” for polymer dielectrics to sequestrate the electrical degradation products then restrain the electrical aging process especially under high temperature conditions, which is superior to the existing additives of nanodielectrics except further increasing the dielectric strength. Polyethylenimine (PEI) loaded nano-scaled mesoporous silica MCM-41 (nano-MS) is doped into the dielectric matrix to prepare the PP/MCM-41-PEI nanocomposites. PEI provides the amines to capture the electrical degradation products while the MCM-41 brackets afford large adsorption surface, bring down the activating temperature of the absorbent then enhance the absorptive capacity. The electrical aging tests confirm the contribution of the mesoporous structure to electrical aging resistance and FT-IR analysis of the electrical degraded regions demonstrates the chemical absorption especially under high temperature conditions. Take the experimental data as examples, extending the aging durability and dielectric strength of polymer dielectrics by 5 times and 16%, respectively, can have substantial commercial significance in energy storage, power electronics and power transmission areas.

  3. Mesoporous Nano-Silica Serves as the Degradation Inhibitor in Polymer Dielectrics.

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    Yang, Yang; Hu, Jun; He, Jinliang

    2016-06-24

    A new generation of nano-additives for robust high performance nanodielectrics is proposed. It is demonstrated for the first time that mesoporous material could act as "degradation inhibitor" for polymer dielectrics to sequestrate the electrical degradation products then restrain the electrical aging process especially under high temperature conditions, which is superior to the existing additives of nanodielectrics except further increasing the dielectric strength. Polyethylenimine (PEI) loaded nano-scaled mesoporous silica MCM-41 (nano-MS) is doped into the dielectric matrix to prepare the PP/MCM-41-PEI nanocomposites. PEI provides the amines to capture the electrical degradation products while the MCM-41 brackets afford large adsorption surface, bring down the activating temperature of the absorbent then enhance the absorptive capacity. The electrical aging tests confirm the contribution of the mesoporous structure to electrical aging resistance and FT-IR analysis of the electrical degraded regions demonstrates the chemical absorption especially under high temperature conditions. Take the experimental data as examples, extending the aging durability and dielectric strength of polymer dielectrics by 5 times and 16%, respectively, can have substantial commercial significance in energy storage, power electronics and power transmission areas.

  4. 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.

  5. Non-destructively shattered mesoporous silica for protein drug delivery

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    Lei, Chenghong; Chen, Baowei; Li, Xiaolin; Qi, Wen N.; Liu, Jun

    2013-07-15

    Mesoporous silicas have been extensively used for entrapping small chemical molecules and biomacromolecules. We hypothesize that the loading density of biomacromlecules such as proteins in mesoporous silicas could be limited due to mesopore disorderness and depth because of some pore volume inaccessible. We innovatively shattered mesoporous silicas resulting in reduced particle sizes and improved intramesoporous structures in aqueous solution by a powerful sonication, where the mesoporous structures were still well maintained. The sonication-shattered mesoporous silicas can allow protein loading densities to be increased by more than 170%, demonstrating that significantly more mesoporous room of the silicas could become accessible for biomacromolecule loading after the sonication-shattering.

  6. Chemical gas sensor application of open-pore mesoporous thin films based on integrated optical polarimetric interferometry.

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    Qi, Zhi-Mei; Honma, Itaru; Zhou, Haoshen

    2006-02-15

    Chemical gas sensors that employ integrated optical polarimetric interferometry were fabricated by the sol-gel synthesis of transparent mesoporous thin films of TiO2-P2O5 nanocomposite on tapered layers of TiO2 sputtered on tin-diffused glass waveguides. Atomic force microscopy images of the mesoporous thin film clearly show the open pore mouths on the film surface that favor rapid diffusion and adsorption of gas-phase analytes within the entire film. Adsorption of gas and vapor induces changes (Deltan) in the refractive index of the mesoporous thin film that lead to shifts in the phase difference between the fundamental transverse electric and magnetic modes simultaneously excited in the glass waveguide via single-beam incidence. Upon exposure to NH3 gas at concentrations as low as 100 ppb in dry air at room temperature, the sensor exhibits a reversible change in the phase difference with the response and recovery times of less than 60 and 90 s, respectively. It is unexpected that the sensor is unresponsive to either NO2 or C6H6 vapor, leading to a somewhat selective sensitivity to NH3. Determination of Deltan was carried out with a combination of the experimental results and the theoretical calculations. The sensor design represents a novel, effective, and easily accessible approach to mesoporous thin-film-based integrated optical chemical sensors.

  7. 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.

  8. Nanocomposite thermite ink

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    Tappan, Alexander S.; Cesarano, III, Joseph; Stuecker, John N.

    2011-11-01

    A nanocomposite thermite ink for use in inkjet, screen, and gravure printing. Embodiments of this invention do not require separation of the fuel and oxidizer constituents prior to application of the ink to the printed substrate.

  9. Interfaces exchange bias and magnetic properties of ordered CoFe2O4/Co3O4 nanocomposites

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    Zhang, B. B.; Xu, J. C.; Wang, P. F.; Han, Y. B.; Hong, B.; Jin, H. X.; Jin, D. F.; Peng, X. L.; Li, J.; Yang, Y. T.; Gong, J.; Ge, H. L.; Wang, X. Q.

    2015-11-01

    Cobalt ferrites (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles were implanted into the ordered mesoporous cobaltosic oxide (Co3O4) nanowires to synthesize magnetic CoFe2O4/Co3O4 nanocomposites. X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 physical absorption-desorption, transmission electron microscope (TEM) and energy disperse spectroscopy (EDS) were used to characterize the microstructure of mesoporous Co3O4 and CoFe2O4/Co3O4 nanocomposites. The percent of pore-volume of mesoporous Co3O4 nanowires was calculated to be about 41.99% and CoFe2O4 nanoparticles were revealed to exist in the mesopores of Co3O4. The magnetic behavior of both samples were investigated with superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). Magnetization increased with the doping CoFe2O4 and decreasing temperature, while coercivity hardly changed. The exchange bias effect was obviously observed at 100 K and enhanced with the doping CoFe2O4. CoFe2O4 nanoparticles reinforced the interfaces magnetic interaction between antiferromagnetic Co3O4 and ferrimagnetic CoFe2O4.

  10. Nano-composite materials

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    Lee, Se-Hee; Tracy, C. Edwin; Pitts, J. Roland

    2010-05-25

    Nano-composite materials are disclosed. An exemplary method of producing a nano-composite material may comprise co-sputtering a transition metal and a refractory metal in a reactive atmosphere. The method may also comprise co-depositing a transition metal and a refractory metal composite structure on a substrate. The method may further comprise thermally annealing the deposited transition metal and refractory metal composite structure in a reactive atmosphere.

  11. 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.

  12. Single crystalline mesoporous silicon nanowires.

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    Hochbaum, Allon I; Gargas, Daniel; Hwang, Yun Jeong; Yang, Peidong

    2009-10-01

    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.

  13. Efficient Removal of Anionic Radioactive Pollutant from Water Using Ordered Urea-Functionalized Mesoporous Polymeric Nanoparticle.

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    Shen, Jian; Chai, Wei; Wang, Kaixuan; Zhang, Fang

    2017-07-12

    A urea-functionalized ordered mesoporous polymeric nanoparticle for removing the perrhenate anion ReO4(-) as the surrogate of the particularly intractable anion radioactive pollutant TcO4(-) was demonstrated in the present study. This nanomaterial (denoted as urea-MPN) was produced for the first time by a surfactant-directed urea-phenol-formaldehyde resol oligomers self-assembly protocol under hydrothermal condition. The obtained urea-MPN possessed the uniform nanosized spherical morphology with a 3D interconnected ordered cubic mesoporous structure. Also, the urea functional groups were succefully embedded in the polymer framework without the alteration of the molecular configuration. Meanwhile, it exhibited excellent β radiation resistance up to 200 kGy dose. We employed the perrhenate anion ReO4(-) to test its potential for the removal of anionic radioactive pollutant TcO4(-) from water. Interestingly, the optimized urea-MPN nanocomposite achieved the high removal efficiency at a low concentration of 0.25 mM within a short contact time of 30 min. The control experimental results revealed that the short nanoscale pore channels and the hydrophobic mesopore surface facilitated the hydrogen-bonding interaction between the charge-diffuse ReO4(-) tetrahedral oxoanion and the urea moieties in the framework of urea-MPN, accounting for the rapid and effective removal performance in pure water. Importantly, it can selectively capture ReO4(-) in the presence of different competitive anions including NO3(-), CO3(2-), SO4(2-), and PO4(3-). This attractive capability of this unique nanosized mesoporous polymeric sorbent will pave the way for the diverse applications in the decontamination of nuclear wastes in a more economical and sustainable manner.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of mesoporous zirconia and aluminated mesoporous zirconia

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    Zhao, Elizabeth Sun

    Synthesis of mesoporous zirconia has been performed by slowly hydrolyzing zirconium propoxide in the presence of anionic surfactants: namely, dodecyl phosphate or sulfate (P12 and Sf12) and hexadecyl sulfonate (So16) The zirconia. outgassed at 140--150°C has T-plot surface areas higher than 400 M2/g. This outgassing does not remove the surfactant. After calcination in air at 500°C and combustion of the surfactant, the mesoporous volume is reduced by a factor of about 2, whereas the pore wall material crystallizes in the tetragonal phase. The high-resolution electron microscopic study reveals the presence of a disorganized network of polygonal pores structure. It is suggested that the chemistry of the hydrolysis solution is instrumental in determining the pore structure. A schematic model in which the surfactant is a scaffold component is suggested in order to explain these results and the fixation of PO4, or SO4 in the walls may help to preserve the porous structure. It is very different from the templating mechanism. From the density obtained from phase transition temperature, and from the mesoporous volume (N2 adsorption), the thickness of the wall can be calculated as well as the pseudo-length of the pores. From the thickness, the T-plot area can be recalculated and agrees well with the measured T-plot surface area for the sample calcined at 500°C. Around 900°C, the walls become thicker and crystallizes into monoclinic zirconia without pore structure. In order to try to modify, the acidity of the mesoporous sulfated and oxo-phosphated zirconia, they were doped with aluminum. The sulfated zirconia only has a coating layer of amorphous alumina, while the phosphated zirconia has aluminum in the lattice and the alumina coat. A maximum ratio of Al/Zr ˜ 0.04 can be reached in the lattice. The introduction of aluminum into the lattice prevents the crystallization of the oxo-phosphate at 900°C, and helps to preserve the surface area and porosity of the sulfated

  15. Sonochemical synthesis and high lithium storage properties of ordered Co/CMK-3 nanocomposites

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    Qiao, Hui; Xia, Zhaokang; Liu, Yanhua; Cui, Rongrong; Fei, Yaqian; Cai, Yibing; Wei, Qufu; Yao, Qingxia; Qiao, Qiquan

    2017-04-01

    A novel ordered Co/CMK-3 nanocomposite was successfully synthesized via the sonochemical method followed by carbonization process. The ordered Co/CMK-3 nanocomposite were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and N2 adsorption-desorption analysis techniques. The lithium storage properties shows that the Co/CMK-3 nanocomposites exhibit a large reversible capacity and good cycle stability with the capacity of 720 mAh g-1 after 50 cycles at a current rate of 50 mA g-1, much higher than that of original CMK-3 electrode. The Co/CMK-3 nanocomposites also demonstrates an excellent rate capability with capacity of 479 mAh g-1 even at a current density of 1000 mA g-1 after 50 cycles. The improved lithium storage properties of ordered Co/CMK-3 nanocomposites can be attributed to the CMK-3 could restrain the aggregation of Co nanoparticles, the large surface area of the mesopores in which the Co nanoparticles are formed, as well as presence of Co which played the role of catalyst could promote the lithium storage reaction.

  16. Carbon Nanohorns Carried Iron Fluoride Nanocomposite with ultrahigh rate lithium ion storage properties

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    Fan, Lishuang; Li, Bingjiang; Zhang, Naiqing; Sun, Kening

    2015-01-01

    Novel hierarchical carbon nanohorns (CNHs) carried iron fluoride nanocomposites have been constructed by direct growth of FeF3·0.33H2O nanoparticles on CNHs. In the FeF3·0.33H2O@CNHs nanocomposite, the mesopore CNHs play the role as conductive matrix and robust carrier to support the FeF3·0.33H2O nanoparticles. The intimate conductive contact between the two components can build up an express way of electron transfer for rapid Li+ insertion/extraction. The CNHs can not only suppress the growth and agglomeration of FeF3·0.33H2O during the crystallization process, but also sever as an “elastic confinement” to support FeF3·0.33H2O. As was to be expected, the hierarchical FeF3·0.33H2O@CNHs nanocomposite exhibits impressive rate capability and excellent cycle performance. Markedly, the nanocomposite proves stable, ultrahigh rate lithium ion storage properties of 81 mAh g−1 at charge/discharge rate of 50 C (a discharge/charge process only takes 72 s). The integration of high electron conductivity, confined nano sized FeF3·0.33H2O (~5 nm), hierarchical mesopores CNHs and the “elastic confinement” support, the FeF3·0.33H2O@CNHs nanocomposite demonstrates excellent ultrahigh rate capability and good cycling properties. PMID:26173994

  17. ZnFe2O4-TiO2 Nanoparticles within Mesoporous MCM-41

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    Tang, Aidong; Deng, Yuehua; Jin, Jiao; Yang, Huaming

    2012-01-01

    A novel nanocomposite ZnFe2O4-TiO2/MCM-41 (ZTM) was synthesized by a sol-gel method and characterized through X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), N2 adsorption-desorption, Raman spectroscopy, and ultraviolet visible (UV-vis) spectrophotometry. The results confirmed the incorporation of ZnFe2O4-TiO2 nanoparticles inside the pores of the mesoporous MCM-41 host without destroying its integrity. ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles can inhibit the transformation of anatase into rutile phase of TiO2. Incorporation of ZnFe2O4-TiO2 within MCM-41 avoided the agglomeration of nanoparticles and reduced the band gap energy of TiO2 to enhance its visible light photocatalytic activity. UV-vis absorption edges of ZTM nanocomposites redshifted with the increase of Zn/Ti molar ratio. The nanocomposite approach could be a potential choice for enhancing the photoactivity of TiO2, indicating an interesting application in the photodegradation and photoelectric fields. PMID:22919325

  18. Mesoporous polyaniline nanofiber decorated graphene micro-flowers for enzyme-less cholesterol biosensors

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    Lakshmi, G. B. V. S.; Sharma, Anshu; Solanki, Pratima R.; Avasthi, D. K.

    2016-08-01

    In the present work, we have studied a nanocomposite of polyaniline nanofiber-graphene microflowers (PANInf-GMF), prepared by an in situ rapid mixing polymerization method. The structural and morphological studies of the nanocomposite (PANInf-GMF) were carried out by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy. The mesoporous, nanofibrous and microflower structures were observed by scanning electron microscopy. The functional groups and synergetic effects were observed by FTIR and micro-Raman measurements. The water wettability was carried out by a contact angle measurement technique and found to be super hydrophilic in nature towards water. This nanocomposite was deposited onto indium-tin-oxide coated glass substrate by a drop casting method and used for the detection of cholesterol using an electrochemical technique. The differential pulse voltammetry studies show the appreciable increase in the current with the addition of 1.93 to 464.04 mg dl-1 cholesterol concentration. It is also found that the electrodes were highly selective towards cholesterol when compared to other biological interfering analytes, such as glucose, urea, citric acid, cysteine and ascorbic acid. The sensitivity of the sensor is estimated as 0.101 μA mg-1 dl cm-2 and the lower detection limit as 1.93 mg dl-1. This work will throw light on the preparation of non-enzymatic biosensors based on PANInf-carbon nanostructure composites.

  19. Synthesis of mesoporous SAPO-34 zeolite from mesoporous silica materials for methanol to light olefins.

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    Kang, Eun A; Kim, Tae-Wan; Chae, Ho-Jeong; Kim, Min; Jeong, Kwang-Eun; Kim, Joo-Wan; Kim, Chul-Ung; Jeong, Soon-Yong

    2013-11-01

    Mesoporous SAPO-34 zeolites were synthesized by using as-prepared mesoporous silica material as both silica source and mesopore tailor. The mesoporous SAPO-34 zeolite materials thus obtained are characterized by a series of different techniques, including poweder X-ray diffraction pattern, nitrogen physisorption analysis, scanning electron micrograph, temperature programmed desorption of ammonia, and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry. The resultant mesoporous SAPO-34 crystals exhibit sphere-like particle with zeolite layer units. The mesopore size distribution and particle size can be changed by amounts of silica source and water. The methanol-to-olefins (MTO) reactions using these mesoporous SAPO-34 zeolites are carried out with a fixed-bed reactor. Catalytic tests exhibit that the mesoporous SAPO-34 zeolite materials show high catalytic activity compared with the conventional SAPO-34 for MTO reaction. The better catalytic activity and longer life time of the mesoporous SAPO-34 catalysts in MTO are mainly due to the existence of the mesoporosity of SAPO-34 with small particle size.

  20. Ecodesign of ordered mesoporous silica materials.

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

    2013-05-07

    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.

  1. Surfactant-Templated Mesoporous Metal Oxide Nanowires

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    Luo, Hongmei; Lin, Qianglu; Baber, Stacy; ...

    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

  2. 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.

  3. A novel core-shell nanocomposite Ni-Ca@mSiO2 for benzophenone selective hydrogenation

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    Han, Xue; Feng, Wenhui; Chu, Xiaoning; Chu, Hailong; Niu, Libo; Bai, Guoyi

    2017-02-01

    A novel core-shell nanocomposite Ni-Ca@mSiO2 was first prepared by a modified Stöber method in this paper. It has a core-shell structure with Ni (about 8 nm in diameter) and Ca as the cores and mesoporous silica as the outer shell, as proven by the transmission electron microscopy. This nanocomposite exhibited good catalytic performance in the selective hydrogenation of benzophenone, with 96.1% conversion and 94.9% selectivity for benzhydrol under relatively mild reaction conditions. It was demonstrated that addition of small amounts of alkaline Ca can not only markedly improve the dispersion of the active species but also tune the acid-base property of this nanocomposite, resulting in the efficient suppression of benzhydrol dehydration to achieve a high selectivity. Furthermore, the core-shell nanocomposite Ni-Ca@mSiO2 can be recycled four runs without appreciable loss of its initial activity, more stable than the traditional supported nanocatalyst Ni-Ca/mSiO2. It was suggested that the outer mesoporous silica shell of Ni-Ca@mSiO2 can prevent both the aggregation and the leaching of the active Ni species, accounting for its relatively good stability.

  4. Hierarchical multifunctional nanocomposites

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    Ghasemi-Nejhad, Mehrdad N.

    2014-03-01

    Nanocomposites; including nano-materials such as nano-particles, nanoclays, nanofibers, nanotubes, and nanosheets; are of significant importance in the rapidly developing field of nanotechnology. Due to the nanometer size of these inclusions, their physicochemical characteristics differ significantly from those of micron size and bulk materials. The field of nanocomposites involves the study of multiphase materials where at least one of the constituent phases has one dimension less than 100 nm. This is the range where the phenomena associated with the atomic and molecular interaction strongly influence the macroscopic properties of materials. Since the building blocks of nanocomposites are at nanoscale, they have an enormous surface area with numerous interfaces between the two intermix phases. The special properties of the nano-composite arise from the interaction of its phases at the interface and/or interphase regions. By contrast, in a conventional composite based on micrometer sized filler such as carbon fibers, the interfaces between the filler and matrix constitutes have a much smaller surface-to-volume fraction of the bulk materials, and hence influence the properties of the host structure to a much smaller extent. The optimum amount of nanomaterials in the nanocomposites depends on the filler size, shape, homogeneity of particles distribution, and the interfacial bonding properties between the fillers and matrix. The promise of nanocomposites lies in their multifunctionality, i.e., the possibility of realizing unique combination of properties unachievable with traditional materials. The challenges in reaching this promise are tremendous. They include control over the distribution in size and dispersion of the nanosize constituents, and tailoring and understanding the role of interfaces between structurally or chemically dissimilar phases on bulk properties. While the properties of the matrix can be improved by the inclusions of nanomaterials, the

  5. Piezoresistance in Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Rizvi, Reza

    Piezoresistivity in conductive polymer nanocomposites occurs because of the disturbance of particle networks in the polymer matrix. The piezoresistance effect becomes more prominent if the matrix material is compliant making these materials attractive for applications that require flexible force and displacement sensors such as e-textiles and biomechanical measurement devices. However, the exact mechanisms of piezoresistivity including the relationship between the matrix polymer, conductive particle, internal structure and the composite's piezoresistance need to be better understood before it can be applied for such applications. The objective of this thesis is to report on the development of conductive polymer nanocomposites for use as flexible sensors and electrodes. Electrically conductive and piezoresistive nanocomposites were fabricated by a scalable melt compounding process. Particular attention was given to elucidating the role of matrix and filler materials, plastic deformation and porosity on the electrical conduction and piezoresistance. These effects were parametrically investigated through characterizing the morphology, electrical properties, rheological properties, and piezoresistivity of the polymer nanocomposites. The electrical and rheological behavior of the nanocomposites was modeled by the percolation-power law. Furthermore, a model was developed to describe the piezoresistance behavior during plastic deformation in relation to the stress and filler concentration.

  6. Thermoelectric Transport in Nanocomposites

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    Liu, Bin; Hu, Jizhu; Zhou, Jun; Yang, Ronggui

    2017-01-01

    Thermoelectric materials which can convert energies directly between heat and electricity are used for solid state cooling and power generation. There is a big challenge to improve the efficiency of energy conversion which can be characterized by the figure of merit (ZT). In the past two decades, the introduction of nanostructures into bulk materials was believed to possibly enhance ZT. Nanocomposites is one kind of nanostructured material system which includes nanoconstituents in a matrix material or is a mixture of different nanoconstituents. Recently, nanocomposites have been theoretically proposed and experimentally synthesized to be high efficiency thermoelectric materials by reducing the lattice thermal conductivity due to phonon-interface scattering and enhancing the electronic performance due to manipulation of electron scattering and band structures. In this review, we summarize the latest progress in both theoretical and experimental works in the field of nanocomposite thermoelectric materials. In particular, we present various models of both phonon transport and electron transport in various nanocomposites established in the last few years. The phonon-interface scattering, low-energy electrical carrier filtering effect, and miniband formation, etc., in nanocomposites are discussed. PMID:28772777

  7. Thermoelectric Transport in Nanocomposites.

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    Liu, Bin; Hu, Jizhu; Zhou, Jun; Yang, Ronggui

    2017-04-15

    Thermoelectric materials which can convert energies directly between heat and electricity are used for solid state cooling and power generation. There is a big challenge to improve the efficiency of energy conversion which can be characterized by the figure of merit (ZT). In the past two decades, the introduction of nanostructures into bulk materials was believed to possibly enhance ZT. Nanocomposites is one kind of nanostructured material system which includes nanoconstituents in a matrix material or is a mixture of different nanoconstituents. Recently, nanocomposites have been theoretically proposed and experimentally synthesized to be high efficiency thermoelectric materials by reducing the lattice thermal conductivity due to phonon-interface scattering and enhancing the electronic performance due to manipulation of electron scattering and band structures. In this review, we summarize the latest progress in both theoretical and experimental works in the field of nanocomposite thermoelectric materials. In particular, we present various models of both phonon transport and electron transport in various nanocomposites established in the last few years. The phonon-interface scattering, low-energy electrical carrier filtering effect, and miniband formation, etc., in nanocomposites are discussed.

  8. Complex Filling Dynamics in Mesoporous Thin Films.

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    Mercuri, Magalí; Pierpauli, Karina; Bellino, Martín G; Berli, Claudio L A

    2017-01-10

    The fluid-front dynamics resulting from the coexisting infiltration and evaporation phenomena in nanofluidic systems has been investigated. More precisely, water infiltration in both titania and silica mesoporous films was studied through a simple experiment: a sessile drop was deposited over the film and the advancement of the fluid front into the porous structure was optically followed and recorded in time. In the case of titania mesoporous films, capillary infiltration was arrested at a given distance, and a steady annular region of the wetted material was formed. A simple model that combines Lucas-Washburn infiltration and surface evaporation was derived, which appropriately describes the observed filling dynamics and the annulus width in dissimilar mesoporous morphologies. In the case of wormlike mesoporous morphologies, a remarkable phenomenon was found: instead of reaching a steady infiltration-evaporation balance, the fluid front exhibits an oscillating behavior. This complex filling dynamics opens interesting possibilities to study the unusual nanofluidic phenomena and to discover novel applications.

  9. Ordered mesoporous metal oxides: synthesis and applications.

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    Ren, Yu; Ma, Zhen; Bruce, Peter G

    2012-07-21

    Great progress has been made in the preparation and application of ordered mesoporous metal oxides during the past decade. However, the applications of these novel and interesting materials have not been reviewed comprehensively in the literature. In the current review we first describe different methods for the preparation of ordered mesoporous metal oxides; we then review their applications in energy conversion and storage, catalysis, sensing, adsorption and separation. The correlations between the textural properties of ordered mesoporous metal oxides and their specific performance are highlighted in different examples, including the rate of Li intercalation, sensing, and the magnetic properties. These results demonstrate that the mesoporosity has a direct impact on the properties and potential applications of such materials. Although the scope of the current review is limited to ordered mesoporous metal oxides, we believe that the information may be useful for those working in a number of fields.

  10. Highly Efficient Water Decontamination by Using Sub-10 nm FeOOH Confined within Millimeter-Sized Mesoporous Polystyrene Beads.

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    Zhang, Xiaolin; Cheng, Cheng; Qian, Jieshu; Lu, Zhenda; Pan, Siyuan; Pan, Bingcai

    2017-08-15

    Millimeter-sized polymer-based FeOOH nanoparticles (NPs) provide a promising option to overcome the bottlenecks of direct use of NPs in scaled-up water purification, and decreasing the NP size below 10 nm is expected to improve the decontamination efficiency of the polymeric nanocomposites due to the size and surface effect. However, it is still challenging to control the dwelled FeOOH NP sizes to sub-10 nm, mainly due to the wide pore size distribution of the currently available polymeric hosts. Herein, we synthesized mesoporous polystyrene beads (MesoPS) via flash freezing to assemble FeOOH NPs. The embedded NPs feature with α-crystal form, tunable size ranging from 7.3 to 2.0 nm and narrow size distribution. Adsorption of As(III/V) by the resultant nanocomposites was greatly enhanced over the α-FeOOH NPs of 18 × 60 nm, with the iron mass normalized capacity of As(V) increasing to 10.3 to 14.8 fold over the bulky NPs. Higher density of the surface hydroxyl groups of the embedded NPs as well as their stronger affinity toward As(V) was proved to contribute to such favorable effect. Additionally, the as-obtained nanocomposites could be efficiently regenerated for cyclic runs. We believe this study will shed new light on how to fabricate highly efficient nanocomposites for water decontamination.

  11. 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 (Cs) 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.

  12. Buckling resistant graphene nanocomposites

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    Rafiee, M. A.; Rafiee, J.; Yu, Z.-Z.; Koratkar, N.

    2009-11-01

    An experimental study on buckling of graphene/epoxy nanocomposite beam structures is presented. Significant increase (up to 52%) in critical buckling load is observed with addition of only 0.1% weight fraction of graphene platelets into the epoxy matrix. Based on the classical Euler-buckling model, the buckling load is predicted to increase by ˜32%. The over 50% increase in buckling load observed in our testing suggests a significant enhancement in load transfer effectiveness between the matrix and the graphene platelets under compressive load. Such nanocomposites with high buckling stability show potential as lightweight and buckling-resistant structural elements in aeronautical and space applications.

  13. Fire retardant polyetherimide nanocomposites

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    Lee, J.; Takekoshi, T.; Giannelis, E.P.

    1997-09-01

    Polyetherimide-layered silicates nanocomposites with increased char yield and fire retardancy are described. The use of nanocomposites is a new, environmentally-benign approach to improve fire resistance of polymers. An increase in the aromaticity yields high char residues that normally correlate with higher oxygen index and lower flammability. The often high cost of these materials and the specialized processing techniques required, however, have limited the use of these polymers to certain specialized applications. The effectiveness of fire retardant fillers is also limited since the large amounts required make processing difficult and might inadvertently affect mechanical properties.

  14. Water repellent periodic mesoporous organosilicas.

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    Wang, Wendong; Grozea, Daniel; Kohli, Sandeep; Perovic, Douglas D; Ozin, Geoffrey A

    2011-02-22

    This paper demonstrates for the first time thermally induced gradual hydrophobization, monitored quantitatively by ellipsometric porosimetry, of four prototypical periodic mesoporous organosilicas (PMOs) that are tailored through materials chemistry for use as low-dielectric-constant (low k) materials in microprocessors. Theoretical aspects of this quantification are briefly discussed. A comparison of structural, mechanical, dielectric, and hydrophobic properties of ethane, methane, ethene, and 3-ring PMOs is made. Particularly, ethane, methane, and 3-ring PMOs show impressive water repellency at post-treatment temperatures as low as 350 °C, with corresponding Young's modulus values greater than 10 GPa and k values smaller than 2, a figure of merit that satisfies the technological requirements of future generation microchips.

  15. Mesoporous silica templated zirconia nanoparticles

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    Ballem, Mohamed A.; Córdoba, José M.; Odén, Magnus

    2011-07-01

    Nanoparticles of zirconium oxide (ZrO2) were synthesized by infiltration of a zirconia precursor (ZrOCl2·8H2O) into a SBA-15 mesoporous silica mold using a wet-impregnation technique. X-ray diffractometry and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy show formation of stable ZrO2 nanoparticles inside the silica pores after a thermal treatment at 550 °C. Subsequent leaching out of the silica template by NaOH resulted in well-dispersed ZrO2 nanoparticles with an average diameter of 4 nm. The formed single crystal nanoparticles are faceted with 110 surfaces termination suggesting it to be the preferred growth orientation. A growth model of these nanoparticles is also suggested.

  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. Polyimide/carbon Nanocomposites

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    Harris, Frank W.

    2003-01-01

    The goal of this product is to design and characterize well-defined conductive nanocomposite materials. The materials will be composed of a polymer matrix composed of rigid-backbone polyimides, and will be filled with modified or unmodified multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs). The ultimate design of this project is to create composite materials with optical clarity and a high conductivity.

  18. Synthesis and visible light photocatalysis of Fe-doped TiO{sub 2} mesoporous layers deposited on hollow glass microbeads

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    Cui Lifeng; Wang Yuansheng; Niu Mutong; Chen Guoxin; Cheng Yao

    2009-10-15

    Nano-composite of Fe-doped anatase TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals loaded on the hollow glass microbeads was prepared by co-thermal hydrolysis deposition and calcining treatment. The adherence of TiO{sub 2} mesoporous layers to the surfaces of hollow glass microbeads prevented the aggregation of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles and benefited to their catalytic activity. The doping of Fe ions makes the absorption edge of the TiO{sub 2} based nano-composite red-shifted into the visible region. An effective photodegradation of the methyl orange aqueous solution was achieved under visible light (lambda>420 nm) irradiation, revealing the potential applicability of such nano-composite in some industry fields, such as air and water purifications. - Graphical abstract: Nano-composite of Fe-doped anatase TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals loaded on the hollow glass microbeads was prepared by co-thermal hydrolysis deposition. Photodegradation of the methyl orange was achieved under visible light irradiation, revealing the potential applicability of such nano-composite in some industry fields.

  19. MnO Nanoparticle@Mesoporous Carbon Composites Grown on Conducting Substrates Featuring High-performance Lithium-ion Battery, Supercapacitor and Sensor

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    Wang, Tianyu; Peng, Zheng; Wang, Yuhang; Tang, Jing; Zheng, Gengfeng

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate a facile, two-step coating/calcination approach to grow a uniform MnO nanoparticle@mesoporous carbon (MnO@C) composite on conducting substrates, by direct coating of the Mn-oleate precursor solution without any conducting/binding reagents, and subsequent thermal calcination. The monodispersed, sub-10 nm MnO nanoparticles offer high theoretical energy storage capacities and catalytic properties, and the mesoporous carbon coating allows for enhanced electrolyte transport and charge transfer towards/from MnO surface. In addition, the direct growth and attachment of the MnO@C nanocomposite in the supporting conductive substrates provide much reduced contact resistances and efficient charge transfer. These excellent features allow the use of MnO@C nanocomposites as lithium-ion battery and supercapacitor electrodes for energy storage, with high reversible capacity at large current densities, as well as excellent cycling and mechanical stabilities. Moreover, this MnO@C nanocomposite has also demonstrated a high sensitivity for H2O2 detection, and also exhibited attractive potential for the tumor cell analysis. PMID:24045767

  20. Nanocomposites for Enhanced Structural Integrity

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    2007-09-11

    developing methods to optimally functionalize these nanoreinforcements. A coupling agent methacryloxy propyl trimethoxy silane (MPS) was found to be...102 Nanocomposites for Enhanced Structural Integrity AFOSR bn0)2-1-0414 H. Thomas Hahn Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department University of...nanocomposite. A coupling agent methacryloxy propyl trimethoxy silane (MPS) was found to be effective for the SiC nanocomposite. As for the graphite

  1. An in situ synthesis of mesoporous SBA-16/hydroxyapatite for ciprofloxacin release: in vitro stability and cytocompatibility studies.

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    Andrade, Gracielle Ferreira; Gomide, Viviane Silva; da Silva Júnior, Armando Cunha; Goes, Alfredo Miranda; de Sousa, Edésia Martins Barros

    2014-11-01

    The present work developed a biomaterial (HA/SBA-16) based on the growth of calcium phosphate (HA) particles within an organized silica structure (SBA-16) to evaluate its application as a drug delivery system. The samples were charged with ciprofloxacin as a model drug and in vitro release assays were carried out. The samples were characterized by elemental analysis (CHN), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, nitrogen adsorption, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and X-ray diffraction. The results obtained by TEM, SEM and SAXS reveal a well-defined cubic arrangement of a uniform spherical mesoporous structure, an intrinsic characteristic of these materials, which indicated that SBA-16 and HA/SBA-16 could potentially encapsulate bioactive molecules by means of ordered mesopores. It was found that both surface interaction and pore volume affect the rate and amount of ciprofloxacin released from the mesoporous materials. In vitro assays were performed to evaluate the adhesion, viability, and growth behavior of human adipose tissue-derived stem cells (hADSC) on SBA-16 and HA/SBA-16 nanocomposites to verify their potential as a scaffold for application in bone-tissue engineering using MTT assay and alkaline phosphatase activity tests. The results showed that the materials are promising systems for bone repair, providing a good environment for the adhesion and proliferation of rat mesenchymal stem cells and hADSC in vitro.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Development of novel mesoporous nanomatrix-supported lipid bilayers for oral sustained delivery of the water-insoluble drug, lovastatin.

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    Zhang, Yanzhuo; Zhang, Heran; Che, Erxi; Zhang, Lihua; Han, Jin; Yang, Yihua; Wang, Siling; Zhang, Miao; Gao, Cunqiang

    2015-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a core/shell structured nanocomposite, mesoporous nanomatrix-supported lipid bilayer (MN-SLB), as an oral drug nanocarrier, on the dissolution behavior and in vivo absorption of a water-insoluble drug, lovastatin (LOV). The formulation strategy was based on the use of drug-loaded mesoporous silica as the core for the fusion of liposomes. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (Cryo-TEM) and nitrogen adsorption were used to systematically characterize the drug carrier and drug-loaded MN-SLB formulation, confirming the successful inclusion of LOV into the nano-pores of MN-SLB. Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) confirmed that the incorporated drug in the carrier was in an amorphous state. An in vitro dissolution study showed that LOV-loaded MN-SLB exhibited a sustained drug release behavior. Compared with the LOV-loaded mesoporous silica particles, LOV-loaded MN-SLB markedly suppressed the burst release. Furthermore, the pharmacokinetics and relative bioavailability of the LOV-loaded MN-SLB formulation was studied in beagle dogs after oral administration and using a commercially available immediate release formulation (Sandoz Lovastatin®) as a reference. It was found that the relative bioavailability of LOV and LOV β-hydroxy acid (LOVA) for the LOV-loaded MN-SLB formulation was 207.2% and 192.1%, respectively. In addition, MN-SLB exhibited negligible toxicity against Caco-2 and HT-29 cells in cytotoxicity assays. The results of this study indicate that the MN-SLB nanocomposite is a promising candidate as a novel oral drug delivery nanovehicle for controlling the dissolution rate and improving the oral absorption of water-insoluble drugs. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Utilization of Enzyme-Immobilized Mesoporous Silica Nanocontainers (IBN-4) in Prodrug-Activated Cancer Theranostics

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    Hung, Bau-Yen; Kuthati, Yaswanth; Kankala, Ranjith Kumar; Kankala, Shravankumar; Deng, Jin-Pei; Liu, Chen-Lun; Lee, Chia-Hung

    2015-01-01

    To develop a carrier for use in enzyme prodrug therapy, Horseradish peroxidase (HRP) was immobilized onto mesoporous silica nanoparticles (IBN-4: Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology), where the nanoparticle surfaces were functionalized with 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane and further conjugated with glutaraldehyde. Consequently, the enzymes could be stabilized in nanochannels through the formation of covalent imine bonds. This strategy was used to protect HRP from immune exclusion, degradation and denaturation under biological conditions. Furthermore, immobilization of HRP in the nanochannels of IBN-4 nanomaterials exhibited good functional stability upon repetitive use and long-term storage (60 days) at 4 °C. The generation of functionalized and HRP-immobilized nanomaterials was further verified using various characterization techniques. The possibility of using HRP-encapsulated IBN-4 materials in prodrug cancer therapy was also demonstrated by evaluating their ability to convert a prodrug (indole-3-acetic acid (IAA)) into cytotoxic radicals, which triggered tumor cell apoptosis in human colon carcinoma (HT-29 cell line) cells. A lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) assay revealed that cells could be exposed to the IBN-4 nanocomposites without damaging their membranes, confirming apoptotic cell death. In summary, we demonstrated the potential of utilizing large porous mesoporous silica nanomaterials (IBN-4) as enzyme carriers for prodrug therapy. PMID:28347114

  6. Ordered mesoporous materials as adsorbents.

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    Wu, Zhangxiong; Zhao, Dongyuan

    2011-03-28

    Environmental pollution, energy consumption and biotechnology have induced more and more public concerns. Problems imposed by these issues will circulate in the 21st century. Adsorption-based processes may lead to one of the most efficient routes for removal of toxic substances, energy storage and bio-applications. The fundamental and great challenge is developing highly efficient adsorbents. In this regard, ordered mesoporous materials (OMMs) may be the answer in the future. They possess intrinsic high specific surface areas, regular and tunable pore sizes, large pore volumes, as well as stable and interconnected frameworks with active pore surfaces for modification or functionalization. Such features meet the requirements as excellent adsorbents, not only providing huge interface and large space capable of accommodating capacious guest species, but also enabling the possibility of specific binding, enrichment and separation. As a result, these materials have been extensively studied as advanced adsorbents and hundreds of papers have been published since the millennium. In this Highlight, we will mainly summarize and outlook the development in pollution control, gas storage and bioadsorption by using OMMs as adsorbents.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. [Multifunctional nanocomposite materials

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    1993-01-01

    These novel nanocomposites are microporous nanometal intercalated clays which have been prepared by a polyol process at 200C and a novel microwave-hydrothermal process using ethylene glycol. These novel nanocomposites have been found to be useful in the conversion of coal to asphaltenes. A crystalline tin (IV) arsenate hydroxide hydrate has been made and its lithium selective ion exchange properties have been measured. This exchanger has shown high lithium selectivity. Selective exchange of divalent transition metal ions in cryptomelane-type manganic acid with tunnel structure have also been studied. Several pillared clays have also been synthesized and their Mg[sup 2+], Li[sup +] and UO[sub 2][sup 2+] selectivity has been measured. The pillared clays appear to show some Li selectivity.

  10. Highly Thermal Conductive Nanocomposites

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    Sun, Ya-Ping (Inventor); Connell, John W. (Inventor); Veca, Lucia Monica (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    Disclosed are methods for forming carbon-based fillers as may be utilized in forming highly thermal conductive nanocomposite materials. Formation methods include treatment of an expanded graphite with an alcohol/water mixture followed by further exfoliation of the graphite to form extremely thin carbon nanosheets that are on the order of between about 2 and about 10 nanometers in thickness. Disclosed carbon nanosheets can be functionalized and/or can be incorporated in nanocomposites with extremely high thermal conductivities. Disclosed methods and materials can prove highly valuable in many technological applications including, for instance, in formation of heat management materials for protective clothing and as may be useful in space exploration or in others that require efficient yet light-weight and flexible thermal management solutions.

  11. Multifunctional reactive nanocomposite materials

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    Stamatis, Demitrios

    Many multifunctional nanocomposite materials have been developed for use in propellants, explosives, pyrotechnics, and reactive structures. These materials exhibit high reaction rates due to their developed reaction interfacial area. Two applications addressed in this work include nanocomposite powders prepared by arrested reactive milling (ARM) for burn rate modifiers and reactive structures. In burn rate modifiers, addition of reactive nanocomposite powders to aluminized propellants increases the burn rate of aluminum and thus the overall reaction rate of an energetic formulation. Replacing only a small fraction of aluminum by 8Al·MoO3 and 2B·Ti nanocomposite powders enhances the reaction rate with little change to the thermodynamic performance of the formulation; both the rate of pressure rise and maximum pressure measured in the constant volume explosion test increase. For reactive structures, nanocomposite powders with bulk compositions of 8Al·MoO3, 12Al·MoO3, and 8Al·3CuO were prepared by ARM and consolidated using a uniaxial die. Consolidated samples had densities greater than 90% of theoretical maximum density while maintaining their high reactivity. Pellets prepared using 8Al·MoO3 powders were ignited by a CO2 laser. Ignition delays increased at lower laser powers and greater pellet densities. A simplified numerical model describing heating and thermal initiation of the reactive pellets predicted adequately the observed effects of both laser power and pellet density on the measured ignition delays. To investigate the reaction mechanisms in nanocomposite thermites, two types of nanocomposite reactive materials with the same bulk compositions 8Al·MoO3 were prepared by different methods. One of the materials was manufactured by ARM and the other, so called metastable interstitial composite (MIC), by mixing of nano-scaled individual powders. Clear differences in the low-temperature redox reactions, welldetectable by differential scanning calorimetry

  12. Effect of Mesoporous Nano Water Reservoir on MR Relaxivity.

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    Sharmiladevi, Palani; Haribabu, Viswanathan; Girigoswami, Koyeli; Sulaiman Farook, Abubacker; Girigoswami, Agnishwar

    2017-09-11

    In the present work, an attempt was made to engineer a mesoporous silica coated magnetic nanoparticles (MNF@mSiO2) for twin mode contrast in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with reduced toxicity. Superparamagnetic manganese ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized with variable mesoporous silica shell thickness to control the water molecules interacting with metal oxide core. 178 nm was the optimum hydrodynamic diameter of mesoporous ferrite core-shell nanoparticles that showed maximum longitudinal relaxation time (T1) and transverse relaxation time (T2) in MRI due to the storage of water molecules in mesoporous silica coating. Besides the major role of mesoporous silica in controlling relaxivity, mesoporous silica shell also reduces the toxicity and enhances the bioavailability of superparamagnetic manganese ferrite nanoparticles. The in vitro toxicity assessment using HepG2 liver carcinoma cells shows that the mesoporous silica coating over ferrite nanoparticles could exert less toxicity compared to the uncoated particle.

  13. Nanocomposite Polymer Electrolytes

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    2000-11-30

    charge on the intercalation of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) was investigated using a series of reduced-charge montmorillonites and smectites with...Capacities of Reduced-Charge Nanocomposites were prepared by solution or melt inter- Montmorillonites calation. PEOs with molecular weights (MWs), 7500 (Poly... Montmorillonite High-charge montmorillonite SAz-1, middle-charge mont- by Molecular Simulations. Masters Thesis, Cornell Univerisity, Ithaca, morillonites HD

  14. Nanocomposites and bone regeneration

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    James, Roshan; Deng, Meng; Laurencin, Cato T.; Kumbar, Sangamesh G.

    2011-12-01

    This manuscript focuses on bone repair/regeneration using tissue engineering strategies, and highlights nanobiotechnology developments leading to novel nanocomposite systems. About 6.5 million fractures occur annually in USA, and about 550,000 of these individual cases required the application of a bone graft. Autogenous and allogenous bone have been most widely used for bone graft based therapies; however, there are significant problems such as donor shortage and risk of infection. Alternatives using synthetic and natural biomaterials have been developed, and some are commercially available for clinical applications requiring bone grafts. However, it remains a great challenge to design an ideal synthetic graft that very closely mimics the bone tissue structurally, and can modulate the desired function in osteoblast and progenitor cell populations. Nanobiomaterials, specifically nanocomposites composed of hydroxyapatite (HA) and/or collagen are extremely promising graft substitutes. The biocomposites can be fabricated to mimic the material composition of native bone tissue, and additionally, when using nano-HA (reduced grain size), one mimics the structural arrangement of native bone. A good understanding of bone biology and structure is critical to development of bone mimicking graft substitutes. HA and collagen exhibit excellent osteoconductive properties which can further modulate the regenerative/healing process following fracture injury. Combining with other polymeric biomaterials will reinforce the mechanical properties thus making the novel nano-HA based composites comparable to human bone. We report on recent studies using nanocomposites that have been fabricated as particles and nanofibers for regeneration of segmental bone defects. The research in nanocomposites, highlight a pivotal role in the future development of an ideal orthopaedic implant device, however further significant advancements are necessary to achieve clinical use.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Magnetic α-Fe2O3/MCM-41 nanocomposites: preparation, characterization, and catalytic activity for methylene blue degradation.

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    Ursachi, Irina; Stancu, Alexandru; Vasile, Aurelia

    2012-07-01

    Catalysts based on nanosized magnetic iron oxide stabilized inside the pore system of ordered mesoporous silica MCM-41 have been prepared. The obtained materials were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), and N(2) adsorption-desorption isotherm. XRD analysis showed that the obtained materials consist from the pure hematite crystalline phase (α-Fe(2)O(3)) dispersed within ordered mesoporous silica MCM-41. Magnetic measurements show that the obtained nanocomposites exhibit at room temperature weak ferromagnetic behavior with slender hysteresis. The catalytic activity of the magnetic α-Fe(2)O(3)/MCM-41 nanocomposites was evaluated by the degradation of methylene blue (MB) aqueous solution. For this purpose, an ultrasound-assisted Fenton-like process was used. The effect of solution pH on degradation of MB was investigated. The results indicated that US-H(2)O(2)-α-Fe(2)O(3)/MCM-41 nanocomposite system is effective for the degradation of MB, suggesting its great potential in removal of dyes from wastewater. It was found that the degradation rate of MB increases with decrease in the pH value of the solution. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Hybrid BiOBr-TiO2 nanocomposites with high visible light photocatalytic activity for water treatment.

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    Wei, Xian-Xian; Cui, Haitao; Guo, Shaoqing; Zhao, Liangfu; Li, Wen

    2013-12-15

    Novel highly active visible light photocatalysts BiOBr-TiO2 nanocomposites were prepared by a facile one-pot solvothermal approach. Series of characterizations verified that the BiOBr nanoscale crystals are highly dispersed in amorphous TiO2 to form the hybrid mesoporous structure. The material shows excellent photocatalytic performance towards photodegradation of Rhodamine B under visible light irradiation. The content ratio between TiO2 and BiOBr plays a key role in the microstructure of the nanocomposites, so as to result in distinguished photocatalytic activity. The sample with a molar ratio of 10 between TiO2 and BiOBr shows the optimum performance. The high photocatalytic activity of BiOBr-TiO2 nanocomposites under visible light could be ascribed to the large surface area, opened mesoporous structure, appropriate band-gap, as well as synergistic effect between TiO2 and BiOBr. Besides, the BiOBr-TiO2 composites render a facile separation due to the three-dimensional superstructure. The BiOBr-TiO2 photocatalyst is very promising for water purification as well as other environmental applications.

  19. Multilayer graphene rubber nanocomposites

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    Schartel, Bernhard; Frasca, Daniele; Schulze, Dietmar; Wachtendorf, Volker; Krafft, Bernd; Morys, Michael; Böhning, Martin; Rybak, Thomas

    2016-05-01

    Multilayer Graphene (MLG), a nanoparticle with a specific surface of BET = 250 m2/g and thus made of only approximately 10 graphene sheets, is proposed as a nanofiller for rubbers. When homogenously dispersed, it works at low loadings enabling the replacement of carbon black (CB), increase in efficiency, or reduction in filler concentration. Actually the appropriate preparation yielded nanocomposites in which just 3 phr are sufficient to significantly improve the rheological, curing and mechanical properties of different rubbers, as shown for Chlorine-Isobutylene-Isoprene Rubber (CIIR), Nitrile-Butadiene Rubber (NBR), Natural Rubber (NR), and Styrene-Butadiene Rubber (SBR). A mere 3 phr of MLG tripled the Young's modulus of CIIR, an effect equivalent to 20 phr of carbon black. Similar equivalents are observed for MLG/CB mixtures. MLG reduces gas permeability, increases thermal and electrical conductivities, and retards fire behavior. The later shown by the reduction in heat release rate in the cone calorimeter. The higher the nanofiller concentration is (3 phr, 5 phr, and 10 phr was investigated), the greater the improvement in the properties of the nanocomposites. Moreover, the MLG nanocomposites improve stability of mechanical properties against weathering. An increase in UV-absorption as well as a pronounced radical scavenging are proposed and were proved experimentally. To sum up, MLG is interesting as a multifunctional nanofiller and seems to be quite ready for rubber development.

  20. Nanocasted synthesis of mesoporous metal oxides and mixed oxides from mesoporous cubic (Ia3d) vinylsilica.

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    Wang, Yangang; Wang, Yanqin; Liu, Xiaohui; Guo, Yun; Guo, Yanglong; Lu, Guanzhong; Schüth, Ferdi

    2008-11-01

    Mesoporous metal oxides and mixed oxides, such as NiO, CeO2, Cr2O3, Fe203, Mn2O3, NiFe2O4 and Ce(x)Zr(1-x)O2 (x=0.8 and 0.6) have been synthesized by nanocasting from mesoporous cubic (la3d) vinyl-functionalized silica (vinylsilica). Their structural properties were characterized by XRD, TEM, N2-sorption and Raman spectra. Thus-prepared mesoporous materials possess a high BET surface area (110-190 m2g(-1)), high pore volume (0.25-0.40 cm3g(-1)) and relatively ordered structures. The catalytic properties of Cr2O3 were tested in the oxidation of toluene. The mesoporous Cr2O3 exhibits unusually high catalytic activity in the complete oxidation of toluene as compared with commercial Cr2O3.

  1. Graphene and carbon nanodots in mesoporous materials: an interactive platform for functional applications

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    Innocenzi, Plinio; Malfatti, Luca; Carboni, Davide

    2015-07-01

    The present review is focused on a specific class of nanocomposites obtained through integration of graphene or carbon-based nanomaterials (such as carbon nanodots) with mesoporous inorganic or hybrid materials, obtained via template assisted self-assembly. The task of integrating graphene and carbon nanodots with a self-assembly process is still very challenging and this review shows some of the solutions which have been envisaged so far. These nanocomposite materials are an ideal interactive platform for developing innovative functional applications; they have a high capability of undergoing integration into advanced devices, which well exploits the advantage of tuning the wide properties and flexibility of the soft-chemistry route. A wide range of applications have been developed so far which span from sensing to electronics up to optics and biomedicine. Even though a large number of proof-of-concepts have been reported to date, an even greater expansion of applications in the field is expected to happen in the near future.

  2. Nanocomposite hydrogels for biomedical applications

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    Gaharwar, Akhilesh K.

    2014-01-01

    Hydrogels mimic native tissue microenvironment due to their porous and hydrated molecular structure. An emerging approach to reinforce polymeric hydrogels and to include multiple functionalities focuses on incorporating nanoparticles within the hydrogel network. A wide range of nanoparticles, such as carbon-based, polymeric, ceramic, and metallic nanomaterials can be integrated within the hydrogel networks to obtain nanocomposites with superior properties and tailored functionality. Nanocomposite hydrogels can be engineered to possess superior physical, chemical, electrical, and biological properties. This review focuses on the most recent developments in the field of nanocomposite hydrogels with emphasis on biomedical and pharmaceutical applications. In particular, we discuss synthesis and fabrication of nanocomposite hydrogels, examine their current limitations and conclude with future directions in designing more advanced nanocomposite hydrogels for biomedical and biotechnological applications. PMID:24264728

  3. Mechanical Principles of Biological Nanocomposites

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    Ji, Baohua; Gao, Huajian

    2010-08-01

    Biological nanocomposites, such as bone, tooth, shell, and wood, exhibit exceptional mechanical properties. Much recent effort has been directed at exploring the basic mechanical principles behind the microstructures of these natural materials to provide guidelines for the development of novel man-made nanocomposites. This article reviews some of the recent studies on mechanical properties of biological nanocomposites, including their stiffness, strength, toughness, interface properties, and elastic stability. The discussion is focused on the mechanical principles of biological nanocomposites, including the generic nanostructure of hard-mineral crystals embedded in a soft protein matrix, the flaw-tolerant design of the hard phase, the role of the soft matrix, the hybrid interface between protein and mineral, and the structural hierarchy. The review concludes with some discussion of and outlook on the development of biomimicking synthetic materials guided by the principles found in biological nanocomposites.

  4. A General Method for Constructing Two-Dimensional Layered Mesoporous Mono- and Binary-Transition-Metal Nitride/Graphene as an Ultra-Efficient Support to Enhance Its Catalytic Activity and Durability for Electrocatalytic Application.

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    Liu, Baocang; Huo, Lili; Si, Rui; Liu, Jian; Zhang, Jun

    2016-07-27

    We constructed a series of two-dimensional (2D) layered mesoporous mono- and binary-transition-metal nitride/graphene nanocomposites (TMN/G, TM = Ti, Cr, W, Mo, TiCr, TiW, and TiMo) via an efficient and versatile nanocasting strategy for the first time. The 2D layered mesoporous TMN/G is constituted of small TMN nanoparticles composited with graphene nanosheets and has a large surface area with high porosity. Through decoration with well-dispersed Pt nanoparticles, 2D layered mesoporous Pt/TMN/G catalysts can be obtained that display excellent catalytic activity and stability for methanol electro-oxidation reactions (MOR) and oxygen reduction reactions (ORR) in both acidic and alkaline media. The 2D layered mesoporous binary-Pt/TMN/G catalysts possess catalytic activity superior to that of mono-Pt/TMN/G, graphene free Pt/TMN, Pt/G, and Pt/C catalysts. Encouragingly, the 2D layered mesoporous Pt/Ti0.5Cr0.5N/G catalyst exhibits the best electrocatalytic performance for both MOR and ORR. The outstanding electrocatalytic performance of the Pt/Ti0.5Cr0.5N/G catalyst is rooted in its large surface area, high porosity, strong interaction among Pt, Ti0.5Cr0.5N, and graphene, an excellent electron transfer property facilitated by N-doped graphene, and the small size of Pt and Ti0.5Cr0.5N nanocrystals. The outstanding catalytic performance provides the 2D layered mesoporous Pt/Ti0.5Cr0.5N/G catalyst with a wide range of application prospects in direct methanol fuel cells in both acidic and alkaline media. The synthetic method may be available for constructing other 2D layered mesoporous metal nitrides, carbides, and phosphides.

  5. Mesoporous Transition Metal Oxides for Supercapacitors

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    Wang, Yan; Guo, Jin; Wang, Tingfeng; Shao, Junfeng; Wang, Dong; Yang, Ying-Wei

    2015-01-01

    Recently, transition metal oxides, such as ruthenium oxide (RuO2), manganese dioxide (MnO2), nickel oxides (NiO) and cobalt oxide (Co3O4), have been widely investigated as electrode materials for pseudo-capacitors. In particular, these metal oxides with mesoporous structures have become very hot nanomaterials in the field of supercapacitors owing to their large specific surface areas and suitable pore size distributions. The high specific capacities of these mesoporous metal oxides are resulted from the effective contacts between electrode materials and electrolytes as well as fast transportation of ions and electrons in the bulk of electrode and at the interface of electrode and electrolyte. During the past decade, many achievements on mesoporous transition metal oxides have been made. In this mini-review, we select several typical nanomaterials, such as RuO2, MnO2, NiO, Co3O4 and nickel cobaltite (NiCo2O4), and briefly summarize the recent research progress of these mesoporous transition metal oxides-based electrodes in the field of supercapacitors. PMID:28347088

  6. Preparation and characterization of multifunctional magnetic mesoporous calcium silicate materials

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    Zhang, Jianhua; Zhu, Yufang; Li, Jie; Zhu, Min; Tao, Cuilian; Hanagata, Nobutaka

    2013-01-01

    We have prepared multifunctional magnetic mesoporous Fe–CaSiO3 materials using triblock copolymer (P123) as a structure-directing agent. The effects of Fe substitution on the mesoporous structure, in vitro bioactivity, magnetic heating ability and drug delivery property of mesoporous CaSiO3 materials were investigated. Mesoporous Fe–CaSiO3 materials had similar mesoporous channels (5–6 nm) with different Fe substitution. When 5 and 10% Fe were substituted for Ca in mesoporous CaSiO3 materials, mesoporous Fe–CaSiO3 materials still showed good apatite-formation ability and had no cytotoxic effect on osteoblast-like MC3T3-E1 cells evaluated by the elution cell culture assay. On the other hand, mesoporous Fe–CaSiO3 materials could generate heat to raise the temperature of the surrounding environment in an alternating magnetic field due to their superparamagnetic property. When we use gentamicin (GS) as a model drug, mesoporous Fe–CaSiO3 materials release GS in a sustained manner. Therefore, magnetic mesoporous Fe–CaSiO3 materials would be a promising multifunctional platform with bone regeneration, local drug delivery and magnetic hyperthermia. PMID:27877616

  7. Preparation and characterization of multifunctional magnetic mesoporous calcium silicate materials.

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    Zhang, Jianhua; Zhu, Yufang; Li, Jie; Zhu, Min; Tao, Cuilian; Hanagata, Nobutaka

    2013-10-01

    We have prepared multifunctional magnetic mesoporous Fe-CaSiO3 materials using triblock copolymer (P123) as a structure-directing agent. The effects of Fe substitution on the mesoporous structure, in vitro bioactivity, magnetic heating ability and drug delivery property of mesoporous CaSiO3 materials were investigated. Mesoporous Fe-CaSiO3 materials had similar mesoporous channels (5-6 nm) with different Fe substitution. When 5 and 10% Fe were substituted for Ca in mesoporous CaSiO3 materials, mesoporous Fe-CaSiO3 materials still showed good apatite-formation ability and had no cytotoxic effect on osteoblast-like MC3T3-E1 cells evaluated by the elution cell culture assay. On the other hand, mesoporous Fe-CaSiO3 materials could generate heat to raise the temperature of the surrounding environment in an alternating magnetic field due to their superparamagnetic property. When we use gentamicin (GS) as a model drug, mesoporous Fe-CaSiO3 materials release GS in a sustained manner. Therefore, magnetic mesoporous Fe-CaSiO3 materials would be a promising multifunctional platform with bone regeneration, local drug delivery and magnetic hyperthermia.

  8. Preparation and characterization of multifunctional magnetic mesoporous calcium silicate materials

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    Zhang, Jianhua; Zhu, Yufang; Li, Jie; Zhu, Min; Tao, Cuilian; Hanagata, Nobutaka

    2013-10-01

    We have prepared multifunctional magnetic mesoporous Fe-CaSiO3 materials using triblock copolymer (P123) as a structure-directing agent. The effects of Fe substitution on the mesoporous structure, in vitro bioactivity, magnetic heating ability and drug delivery property of mesoporous CaSiO3 materials were investigated. Mesoporous Fe-CaSiO3 materials had similar mesoporous channels (5-6 nm) with different Fe substitution. When 5 and 10% Fe were substituted for Ca in mesoporous CaSiO3 materials, mesoporous Fe-CaSiO3 materials still showed good apatite-formation ability and had no cytotoxic effect on osteoblast-like MC3T3-E1 cells evaluated by the elution cell culture assay. On the other hand, mesoporous Fe-CaSiO3 materials could generate heat to raise the temperature of the surrounding environment in an alternating magnetic field due to their superparamagnetic property. When we use gentamicin (GS) as a model drug, mesoporous Fe-CaSiO3 materials release GS in a sustained manner. Therefore, magnetic mesoporous Fe-CaSiO3 materials would be a promising multifunctional platform with bone regeneration, local drug delivery and magnetic hyperthermia.

  9. Mesoporous Silica Nanomaterials for Applications in Catalysis, Sensing, Drug Delivery and Gene Transfection

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    Radu, Daniela Rodica

    2004-01-01

    The central theme of this dissertation is represented by the versatility of mesoporous silica nanomaterials in various applications such as catalysis and bio-applications, with main focus on biological applications of Mesoporous Silica Nanospheres (MSN). The metamorphosis that we impose to these materials from catalysis to sensing and to drug and gene delivery is detailed in this dissertation. First, we developed a synthetic method that can fine tune the amount of chemically accessible organic functional groups on the pores surface of MSN by exploiting electrostatic and size matching between the cationic alkylammonium head group of the cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) surfactant and various anionic organoalkoxysilane precursors at the micelle-water interface in a base-catalyzed condensation reaction of silicate. Aiming nature imitation, we demonstrated the catalytic abilities of the MSNs, We utilized an ethylenediamine functional group for chelating Cu2+ as a catalytic functional group anchored inside the mesopores. Thus, a polyalkynylene-based conducting polymer (molecular wire) was synthesized within the Cu-functionalized MSNs silica catalyst. For sensing applications, we have synthesized a poly(lactic acid) coated mesoporous silica nanosphere (PLA-MSN) material that serves as a fluorescence sensor system for detection of amino-containing neurotransmitters in neutral aqueous buffer. We exploited the mesoporosity of MSNs for encapsulating pharmaceutical drugs. We examined bio-friendly capping molecules such as polyamidoamine dendrimers of generations G2 to G4, to prevent the drug leaching. Next, the drug delivery system employed MSNs loaded with Doxorubicin, an anticancer drug. The results demonstrated that these nano-Trojan horses have ability to deliver Doxorubicin to cancer cells and induce their death. Finally, to demonstrate the potential of MSN as an universal cellular transmembrane nanovehicle, we anchored positively charged dendrimers on

  10. Prototype of low thermal expansion materials: fabrication of mesoporous silica/polymer composites with densely filled polymer inside mesopore space.

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    Kiba, Shosuke; Suzuki, Norihiro; Okawauchi, Yoshinori; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2010-09-03

    A prototype of novel low thermal expansion materials using mesoporous silica particles is demonstrated. Mesoporous silica/polymer composites with densely filled polymer inside the mesopore space are fabricated by mechanically mixing both organically modified mesoporous silica and epoxy polymer. The mesopores are easily penetrated by polymers as a result of the capillary force during the mechanical composite processing. Furthermore, we propose a new model of polymer mobility restriction using mesoporous silica with a large pore space. The robust inorganic frameworks covering the polymer effectively restrict the polymer mobility against thermal energy. As a result, the degree of total thermal expansion of the composites is drastically decreased. From the mass-normalized thermal mechanical analysis (TMA) charts of various composites with different amounts of mesoporous silica particles, it is observed that the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) values gradually increase with an increase of the polymer amount outside the mesopores. It is proven that the CTE values in the range over the glass-transition temperatures (T(g)) are perfectly proportional to the outside polymer amounts. Importantly, the Y-intercept of the relation equation obtained by a least-square method is the CTE value and is almost zero. This means that thermal expansion does not occur if no polymers are outside the mesopores. Through such a quantative discussion, we clarify that only the outside polymer affects the thermal expansion of the composites, that is, the embedded polymers inside the mesopores do not expand at all during the thermal treatment.

  11. An introduction to polymer nanocomposites

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    Armstrong, Gordon

    2015-11-01

    This review presents an overview of the formulation, characterization and range of applications for polymer nanocomposites. After explaining how material properties at the nanometre scale can vary compared to those observed at longer length scales, typical methods used to formulate and characterize nanocomposites at laboratory and industrial scale will be described. The range of mechanical, electrical and thermal properties obtainable from nanocomposite materials, with examples of current commercial applications, will be outlined. Formulation and characterization of nanoparticle, nanotube and graphene composites will be discussed by reference to nanoclay-based composites, as the latter are presently of most technological relevance. Three brief case studies are presented to demonstrate how structure/property relationships may be controlled in a variety of polymer nanocomposite systems to achieve required performance in a given application. The review will conclude by discussing potential obstacles to commercial uptake of polymer nanocomposites, such as inconsistent protocols to characterize nanocomposites, cost/performance balances, raw material availability, and emerging legislation, and will conclude by discussing the outlook for future development and commercial uptake of polymer nanocomposites.

  12. 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.

  13. Synthesis of mesoporous silica nanoparticles by means of a hydrogel

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    Samadi-Maybodi, Abdolraouf; Vahid, Amir

    2013-05-01

    Synthesis and application of mesoporous silicate nanoparticles are important areas of research in many fields such as drug delivery, medicine, catalysis, and optic. The method of synthesis strongly affects the properties of a product. In this work, the mesoporous silica nanoparticles were synthesized by means of a hydrogel. The obtained product was characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and nitrogen physisorption. The results show that highly ordered mesoporous silica nanoparticles were synthesized by means of a hydrogel.

  14. Polyethylene cellulose nanofibrils nanocomposites.

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    Maia, Thiago Henrique Silveira; Larocca, Nelson Marcos; Beatrice, Cesar Augusto Gonçalves; de Menezes, Aparecido Júnior; de Freitas Siqueira, Gilberto; Pessan, Luiz Antonio; Dufresne, Alain; França, Marcos Pini; de Almeida Lucas, Alessandra

    2017-10-01

    This paper investigates the use of an aqueous dispersion of polyethylene copolymer with a relatively high content of acrylic acid as a compatibilizer and as an alternative medium to obtain polyethylene CNF nanocomposites. The CNF content was varied from 1 to 90wt% and the appearance, optical, thermal, mechanical and rheological properties, as well the morphology of the films were evaluated. The PE/CNF films are transparent up to 20wt% of NFC indicating a good dispersion of CNF, but a poor distribution, with PE-rich and CNF-rich regions observed by SEM. Improved mechanical properties were achieved, with a 100% and 15,900% increase in the Young's modulus with 1wt% and 90wt% NFC, respectively. The rheological behavior indicated good melt processability. According to these results, aqueous polyolefin dispersions seem to be a promising, easy and relatively fast route for obtaining cellulose/polyolefins nanocomposites with low to high contents of cellulose nanofibrils. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Origami and Kirigami Nanocomposites.

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    Xu, Lizhi; Shyu, Terry C; Kotov, Nicholas A

    2017-08-22

    The arts of origami and kirigami inspired numerous examples of macroscale hierarchical structures with high degree of reconfigurability and multiple functionalities. Extension of kirigami and origami patterning to micro-, meso-, and nanoscales enabled production of nanocomposites with unusual combination of properties, transitioning these art forms to the toolbox of materials design. Various subtractive and additive fabrication techniques applicable to nanocomposites and out-of-plane deformation of patterns enable a technological framework to negotiate often contradictory structural requirements for materials properties. Additionally, the long-searched possibility of patterned composites/parts with highly predictable set of properties/functions emerged. In this review, we discuss foldable/stretchable composites with designed mechanical properties, as exemplified by the negative Poisson's ratio, as well as optical and electrical properties, as exemplified by the sheet conductance, photovoltage generation, and light diffraction. Reconfiguration achieved by extrinsic forces and/or intrinsic stresses enables a wide spectrum of technological applications including miniaturized biomedical tools, soft robotics, adaptive optics, and energy systems, extending the limits of both materials engineering concepts and technological innovation.

  16. Synthesis and Characterization of Mesoporous Semiconductors

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    Kang, Chris Byung-hwa

    Widely studied mesoporous oxide materials have a range of potential applications, such as catalysis, absorption and separation. However, they are not generally considered for their optical and electronic properties. Elemental semiconductors with nano-sized pores running through them represent a different form of framework material with physical characteristics contrasting with those of the more conventional bulk, thin film and nanocrystalline forms. This thesis describes two different routes to synthesize thin film mesoporous silicon and powder mesoporous germanium. Thin film of mesoporous silicon was produced from thin film of mesoporous silica at low temperature (<700°C) using magnesium as reducing agent. Excess magnesium risks the generation of volatile products and destruction of the bulk objects. In thin films, excess magnesium was convenient resulting in some structural loss. However, our X-ray diffraction data show that conversion to silicon and retention of order is possible even after exposure to HCl to remove magnesia and HF to remove remnant silica. Top-view SEM and low angle X-ray diffraction also proves retain in order and cross-section SEM shows retention of the surface features and pores in the bulk of the film. Nanoscale ordered germanium composite materials were produced from solution phase using surfactant as structural directing agents. Non-classic anionic germanium Zintl clusters, discrete Ge94- or polymeric (Ge92-)n, co-assemble with cationic surfactant molecules via electrostatic interactions. Depending upon size and overall charge of polymerized Zintl clusters, shape of the inorganic/organic hybrid micelle can be varied, and the periodical nano-structures of composites can be hexagonal, lamellar, or worm-like, as determined by low angle X-ray diffraction (XRD). The anionic germanium framework of the 2-D hexagonally ordered germanium cluster/surfactant composite is condensed via oxidative coupling between the germanium Zintl clusters. EXAFS

  17. Catalyst-free synthesis of transparent, mesoporous diamond monoliths from periodic mesoporous carbon CMK-8

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    Zhang, Li; Mohanty, Paritosh; Coombs, Neil; Fei, Yingwei; Mao, Ho-kwang; Landskrom, Kai

    2010-07-19

    We report on the synthesis of optically transparent, mesoporous, monolithic diamond from periodic mesoporous carbon CMK-8 at a pressure of 21 GPa. The phase transformation is already complete at a mild synthesis temperature of 1,300 °C without the need of a catalyst. Surprisingly, the diamond is obtained as a mesoporous material despite the extreme pressure. X-ray diffraction, SEM, transmission electron microscopy, selected area electron diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and Z-contrast experiments suggest that the mesoporous diamond is composed of interconnected diamond nanocrystals having diameters around 5–10 nm. The Brunauer Emmett Teller surface area was determined to be 33 m2 g-1 according Kr sorption data. The mesostructure is diminished yet still detectable when the diamond is produced from CMK-8 at 1,600 °C and 21 GPa. The temperature dependence of the porosity indicates that the mesoporous diamond exists metastable and withstands transformation into a dense form at a significant rate due to its high kinetic inertness at the mild synthesis temperature. The findings point toward ultrahard porous materials with potential as mechanically highly stable membranes.

  18. 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).

  19. Recent advances in biodegradable nanocomposites.

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    Pandey, Jitendra K; Kumar, A Pratheep; Misra, Manjusri; Mohanty, Amar K; Drzal, Lawrence T; Singh, Raj Pal

    2005-04-01

    There is growing interest in developing bio-based products and innovative process technologies that can reduce the dependence on fossil fuel and move to a sustainable materials basis. Biodegradable bio-based nanocomposites are the next generation of materials for the future. Renewable resource-based biodegradable polymers including cellulosic plastic (plastic made from wood), corn-derived plastics, and polyhydroxyalkanoates (plastics made from bacterial sources) are some of the potential biopolymers which, in combination with nanoclay reinforcement, can produce nanocomposites for a variety of applications. Nanocomposites of this category are expected to possess improved strength and stiffness with little sacrifice of toughness, reduced gas/water vapor permeability, a lower coefficient of thermal expansion, and an increased heat deflection temperature, opening an opportunity for the use of new, high performance, lightweight green nanocomposite materials to replace conventional petroleum-based composites. The present review addresses this green material, including its technical difficulties and their solutions.

  20. Targeted mesoporous silica nanocarriers in oncology.

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    Baeza, Alejandro; Vallet-Regí, Maria

    2016-06-02

    Cancer is one of the major leading causes of death worldwide and its prevalence will be higher in the coming years due to the progressive aging of the population. The development of nanocarriers in oncology has provided a new hope in the fight against this terrible disease. Among the different types of nanoparticles which have been described, mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) constitute a very promising material due to their inherent properties as high loading capacity of many different drugs, excellent biocompatibility and easiness functionalization. This review presents the current state of the art related with the development of mesoporous silica nanocarriers for antitumoral therapy paying special attention on targeted MSN able to selectively destroy tumoral cells reducing the side damage in healthy ones, and the basic principles of targeting tumoral tissues and cells.

  1. Inclusion chemistry in periodic mesoporous hosts

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    Moller, K.; Bein, T.

    1998-10-01

    This review provides an overview of different aspects of inclusion chemistry in ordered mesoporous host materials such as MCM-41 or MCM-48 (Mobil codes). A rich field of inclusion chemistry has been explored in this context, including sorption, ion exchange, inhibition followed by reduction, grafting of reactive metal alkoxides, halides, etc., grafting of silane coupling agents (sometimes followed by subsequent reactions), grafting of reactive metal complexes, and polymerization in the channels. Finally, co-condensation of reactive species during the mesopore synthesis is a method to incorporate functionality into the walls of the channel system. Important applications of these modified and functionalized systems are heterogeneous catalysis and photocatalysis involving bulky grated catalysts and/or the conversion of large substrates. Other potential applications include ion exchange and separations, removal of heavy metals, chromatography, stabilization of quantum wires, stabilization of dyes, and polymer composites.

  2. Structural and Dielectric Properties of Ionic Liquid Doped Metal Organic Framework based Polymer Electrolyte Nanocomposites

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    Dutta, Rituraj; Kumar, Ashok

    2016-10-01

    Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are mesoporous materials that can be treated as potential hosts for trapping guest molecules in their pores. Ion conduction and phase behavior dynamics of Ionic Liquids (ILs) can be controlled by tunable interactions of MOFs with the ILs. MOFs incorporated with ionic liquid can be dispersed in the polymers to synthesize polymer electrolyte nanocomposites with high ionic conductivity, electrochemical and thermal stability for applications in energy storage and conversion devices such as rechargeable Li-ion batteries. In the present work we have synthesized Cu-based MOF [Cu3(l,3,5-benzene tricarboxylate)2(H2O)] incorporated with the ionic liquid 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide at different weight ratios of MOF and IL. The synthesized MOF-IL composites are dispersed in Poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO). Frequency dependent behavior of permittivity and dielectric loss of the nanocomposites depict the non-Debye dielectric relaxation mechanism. The room temperature Nyquist plots reveal decreasing bulk resistance upto 189 Ω with optimum ionic conductivity of 1.3×10-3S cm-1at maximum doping concentration of IL in the nanocomposite system.

  3. 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

    2015-12-02

    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. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Cubic mesoporous titanium phosphonates with multifunctionality.

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    Ma, Tian-Yi; Lin, Xiu-Zhen; Yuan, Zhong-Yong

    2010-07-26

    Cubic mesoporous titanium phosphonate materials with bridged organic groups inside the framework were synthesized by means of a one-pot hydrothermal autoclaving process, with the assistance of cationic surfactant cetyltrimethylammonium bromide. 1-Hydroxyethylidene-1,1-diphosphonic acid was used as the coupling molecule. A typical cubic mesophase with surface area of 1052 m(2) g(-1) and pore size of 2.6 nm was confirmed by XRD, TEM, and N(2) sorption analysis. The organophosphonate groups were homogeneously incorporated in the network of the mesoporous solids, as revealed by FTIR and magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR spectroscopy, and thermogravimetry and differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC) measurements. The synthesized hydroxyethylidene-bridged cubic mesoporous titanium phosphonates proved to be thermally stable up to 350 degrees C, with a well-preserved hybrid framework and cubic mesoporous architecture. The obtained cubic mesophase could be transformed into a hexagonal mesophase by simply adjusting the molar ratios of the added raw materials, namely, a Ti/P molar ratio of 1:4 and a CTAB/Ti molar ratio of 1.9-2.3 for the cubic phase and Ti/P molar ratio of 3:4 and CTAB/Ti molar ratio of 0.1-0.4 for the hexagonal phase. The cubic hybrid materials could be used as efficient photocatalysts for the photodegradation of rhodamine B. Moreover, they were also used for adsorption of CO(2) and heavy metal ions and exhibited a significant capture amount of around 1.0 mmol g(-1) for CO(2) molecules at 35 degrees C and high adsorption capacity of 28.5 micromol g(-1) for Cu(2+) ions with good reusability, which demonstrated their promising potential in environmental remediation.

  5. Ordered three- and five-ply nanocomposites from ABC block terpolymer microphase separation with niobia and aluminosilicate sols

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    Stefik, Morgan; Mahajan, Surbhi; Sai, Hiroaki; Epps, Thomas H.; Bates, Frank S.; Gruner, Sol M; DiSalvo, Francis J.; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2009-01-01

    We report the first use of a non-frustrated block terpolymer for the synthesis of highly ordered oxide nanocomposites containing multiple plies. The morphological behavior of 15 ISO-oxide nanocomposites was investigated spanning a large range of compositions along the ƒI=ƒS isopleth using aluminosilicate and niobia sols. Morphologies were determined by TEM and SAXS measurements. Four morphologies were identified, including core-shell hexagonal, core-shell double gyroid, three-domain lamellae, and core-shell inverse-hexagonal, in order of increasing O+oxide vol fraction. All of the resulting nanocomposites had three- or five-ply morphologies containing domains that were continuous in one, two, or three dimensions. The five-ply core-shell double gyroid phase was only found to be stable when the O+oxide domain was a minority. Removal of the polymer enabled simple and direct synthesis of mesoporous oxide materials while retaining the ordered network structure. We believe that advances in the synthesis of multi-ply nanocomposites will lead to advanced materials and devices containing multiple plies of functional materials. PMID:20209023

  6. Ordered three- and five-ply nanocomposites from ABC block terpolymer microphase separation with niobia and aluminosilicate sols.

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    Stefik, Morgan; Mahajan, Surbhi; Sai, Hiroaki; Epps, Thomas H; Bates, Frank S; Gruner, Sol M; Disalvo, Francis J; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2009-11-24

    We report the first use of a non-frustrated block terpolymer for the synthesis of highly ordered oxide nanocomposites containing multiple plies. The morphological behavior of 15 ISO-oxide nanocomposites was investigated spanning a large range of compositions along the ƒ(I)=ƒ(S) isopleth using aluminosilicate and niobia sols. Morphologies were determined by TEM and SAXS measurements. Four morphologies were identified, including core-shell hexagonal, core-shell double gyroid, three-domain lamellae, and core-shell inverse-hexagonal, in order of increasing O+oxide vol fraction. All of the resulting nanocomposites had three- or five-ply morphologies containing domains that were continuous in one, two, or three dimensions. The five-ply core-shell double gyroid phase was only found to be stable when the O+oxide domain was a minority. Removal of the polymer enabled simple and direct synthesis of mesoporous oxide materials while retaining the ordered network structure. We believe that advances in the synthesis of multi-ply nanocomposites will lead to advanced materials and devices containing multiple plies of functional materials.

  7. A potential bioactive wound dressing based on carboxymethyl cellulose/ZnO impregnated MCM-41 nanocomposite hydrogel.

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    Rakhshaei, Rasul; Namazi, Hassan

    2017-04-01

    Lack of antibacterial activity, deficient water vapor and oxygen permeability, and insufficient mechanical properties are disadvantages of existing wound dressings. Hydrogels could absorb wound exudates due to their strong swelling ratio and give a cooling sensation and a wet environment. To overcome these shortcomings, flexible nanocomposite hydrogel films was prepared through combination of zinc oxide impregnated mesoporous silica (ZnO-MCM-41) as a nano drug carrier with carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) hydrogel. Citric acid was used as cross linker to avoid the cytotoxicity of conventional cross linkers. The prepared nanocomposite hydrogel was characterized using X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Zeta potential and UV-vis spectroscopy. Results of swelling and erosion tests showed CMC/ZnO nanocomposite hydrogel disintegrated during the first hours of the test. Using MCM-41 as a substrate for ZnO nanoparticles solved this problem and the CMC/ZnO-MCM-41 showed a great improvement in tensile strength (12%), swelling (100%), erosion (53%) and gas permeability (500%) properties. Drug delivery and antibacterial properties of the nanocomposite hydrogel films studied using tetracycline (TC) as a broad spectrum antibiotic and showed a sustained TC release. This could efficiently decrease bandage exchange. Cytocompatibility of the nanocomposite hydrogel films has been analyzed in adipose tissue-derived stem cells (ADSCs) and results showed cytocompatibility of CMC/ZnO-MCM-41. Based on these results the prepared CMC nanocomposite hydrogel containing ZnO impregnated MCM-41, could serve as a kind of promising wound dressing with sustained drug delivery properties.

  8. Characterization and photocatalytic activity of (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 nanocomposites synthesized by two-solvent method

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    Dai, Peng; Zhang, Lili; Zhang, Gongtuo; Li, Guang; Sun, Zhaoqi; Liu, Xiansong; Wu, Mingzai

    2014-08-15

    Schematic between charge genenration and transfer for methylene orange degradation simulated by light. - Highlights: • Two-solvent method is used to prepare ZnO–CuO particles embedded in porous SBA-15. • The absorption edge of (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 composite is in the visible light regime. • The absorption intensity of the composite in visible light regime is enhanced. • The (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 composite has higher photocatalytic ability than Degussa P-25. - Abstract: Two-solvent method was employed to prepare ZnO–CuO nanoparticles embedded in mesoporous silica SBA-15 ((ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15). The as-obtained (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscope, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, N{sub 2} adsorption porosimetry, and diffusive reflective UV–vis spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activity of (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 nanocomposites toward methylene orange was investigated under simulated solar light irradiation, and the measurement results indicated that (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 nanocomposites exhibit higher photodegradation activity toward methylene orange than commercial TiO{sub 2} P-25. The photocatalytic activity of (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 nanocomposites were found to be dependent on both the adsorption ability of the nanocomposites and the loading dosage of ZnO–CuO nanoparticles in SBA-15. The optimal loading dosage of ZnO–CuO nanoparticles was determined. Too high or too low loading will lower the photodegradation ability of (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 nanocomposites.

  9. Magnetoelectric polymer nanocomposite for flexible electronics

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    Alnassar, M. Alfadhel, A.; Ivanov, Yu. P.; Kosel, J.

    2015-05-07

    This paper reports the fabrication and characterization of a new type of magnetoelectric polymer nanocomposite that exhibits excellent ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity simultaneously at room temperature. The multiferroic nanocomposite consists of high aspect ratio ferromagnetic iron nanowires embedded inside a ferroelectric co-polymer poly(vinylindene fluoride-trifluoroethylene), P(VDF-TrFE). The nanocomposite has been fabricated via a simple low temperature spin coating technique. Structural, ferromagnetic, ferroelectric, and magnetoelectric properties of the developed nanocomposite have been characterized. The nanocomposite films showed isotropic magnetic properties due to the random orientation of the iron nanowires inside the film. In addition, the embedded nanowires did not hinder the ferroelectric phase development of the nanocomposite. The developed nanocomposite showed a high magnetoelectric coupling response of 156 mV/cmOe measured at 3.1 kOe DC bias field. This value is among the highest reported magnetoelectric coupling in two phase particulate polymer nanocomposites.

  10. Effect of Nanofiller Characteristics on Nanocomposite Properties

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    Working, Dennis C.; Lillehei, Peter T.; Lowther, Sharon E.; Siochi, Emilie J.; Kim, Jae-Woo; Sauti, Godfrey; Wise, Kristopher E.; Park, Cheol

    2016-01-01

    This report surveys the effect of nanofiller characteristics on nanocomposites fabricated with two polyimide matrices. Mechanical and electrical properties were determined. Microscopy results showed that matrix chemistry, nanofiller characteristics and processing conditions had significant impact on nanocomposite quality.

  11. A facile one-pot self-assembly approach to incorporate SnOx nanoparticles in ordered mesoporous carbon with soft templating for fuel cells.

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    Huang, Yingqiang; Zhai, Zhicheng; Luo, Zhigang; Liu, Yingju; Liang, Zhurong; Fang, Yueping

    2014-04-04

    Unique SnO(x) (x = 1,2)/ordered mesoporous carbon nanocomposites (denoted as SnO(x)/OMC) are firstly synthesized through a 'one-pot' synthesis together with the soft template self-assembly approach. The obtained SnO(x)/OMC nanocomposites with various SnO(x) contents exhibit uniform pore sizes between 3.9 and 4.2 nm, high specific surface areas between 497 and 595 m(2) g(-1), and high pore volumes between 0.39 and 0.48 cm(3) g(-1). With loading of Pt, Pt-SnO(x)/OMC with relatively low SnO(x) content exhibits superior electrocatalytic performance, long-term durability, and resistance to CO poisoning for methanol oxidation, as compared to Pt/OMC, PtRu/C and Pt-SnO(x)/C, which may be attributed not only to the synergetic effect of embedded SnO(x), but also to the highly ordered mesostructure with high specific surface areas and large pore volumes affording plenty of surface area for support of Pt nanoparticles. This work supplies an efficient way to synthesize novel ordered mesoporous carbon self-supported metallic oxide as catalyst support and its further potential application to reduce the cost of catalysts in direct methanol fuel cells.

  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. 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.

  14. Immobilization of Methyltrioxorhenium on Mesoporous Aluminosilicate Materials

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    Stekrova, Martina; Zdenkova, Radka; Vesely, Martin; Vyskocilova, Eliska; Cerveny, Libor

    2014-01-01

    The presented report focuses on an in-depth detailed characterization of immobilized methyltrioxorhenium (MTO), giving catalysts with a wide spectra of utilization. The range of mesoporous materials with different SiO2/Al2O3 ratios, namely mesoporous alumina (MA), aluminosilicates type Siral (with Al content 60%–90%) and MCM-41, were used as supports for immobilization of MTO. The tested support materials (aluminous/siliceous) exhibited high surface area, well-defined regular structure and narrow pore size distribution of mesopores, and therefore represent excellent supports for the active components. Some of the supports were modified by zinc chloride in order to obtain catalysts with higher activities for instance in metathesis reactions. The immobilization of MTO was optimized using these supports and it was successful using all supports. The success of the immobilization of MTO and the properties of the prepared heterogeneous catalysts were characterized using X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), physical adsorption of N2, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) using pyridine as a probe molecule and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Furthermore, the catalytic activity of the immobilized MTO on the tested supports was demonstrated on metathesis reactions of various substrates. PMID:28788588

  15. Graphene nanosheets as a platform for the 2D ordering of metal oxide nanoparticles: mesoporous 2D aggregate of anatase TiO2 nanoparticles with improved electrode performance.

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    Lee, Jang Mee; Kim, In Young; Han, Song Yi; Kim, Tae Woo; Hwang, Seong-Ju

    2012-10-22

    Graphene nanosheets are successfully applied as an effective platform for the 2D ordering of metal oxide nanoparticles. Mesoporous 2D aggregates of anatase TiO(2) nanoparticles are synthesized by the heat treatment of the uniformly hybridized nanocomposite of layered titanate-reduced graphene oxide (RGO) at elevated temperatures. The precursor layered titanate-RGO nanocomposite is prepared by self-assembly of anionic RGO nanosheets and cationic TiO(2) nanosols. The calcination of the as-prepared layered titanate-RGO nanocomposite at 500 °C induces a structural and morphological change of layered titanate nanoplates into anatase TiO(2) nanoparticles without significant modification of the RGO nanosheet. Increasing the heating temperature to 600 °C gives rise to elimination of the RGO component, leading to the formation of sheetlike porous aggregates of RGO-free TiO(2) nanoparticles. The nanocomposites calcined at 500-700 °C display promising functionality as negative electrodes for lithium ion batteries. Among the present calcined derivatives, the 2D sheet-shaped aggregate of TiO(2) nanoparticles obtained from calcination at 600 °C delivers the greatest specific discharge capacity with good capacity retention for all current density conditions applied. Such superior electrode performance of the nanocomposite calcined at 600 °C is attributable both to the improved stability of the crystal structure and crystal morphology of titania and to the enhancement of Li(+) ion transport through the enlargement of mesopores. The present findings clearly demonstrate the usefulness of RGO nanosheets as a platform for 2D-ordered superstructures of metal oxide nanoparticles with improved electrode performance.

  16. Mesoporous (organo) silica decorated with magnetic nanoparticles as a reusable nanoadsorbent for arsenic removal from water samples.

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    Hasanzadeh, Mohammad; Farajbakhsh, Farzad; Shadjou, Nasrin; Jouyban, Abolghasem

    2015-01-01

    Over the last decade, numerous removal methods using solid-supported magnetic nanocomposites have been employed in order to remove arsenic from aqueous solution. In this report, removal of arsenic from aqueous solution by an organo silica, namely, magnetic mobile crystalline material-41 (MCM-41) functionalized by chlorosulphonic acid (MMCM-41-SO3H), was investigated using atomic absorption spectroscopy. The synthesized magnetic mesoporous materials have satisfactory As (V) adsorption capacity. Linearity for arsenic was observed in the concentration range of 5-100 ppb. In addition, the coefficient of determination (R2) was more than 0.999 and the limit of detection (LOD) was 0.061 ppb. Considering these results, MMCM-41-SO3H has a great potential for the removal of As (V) contaminants and potentially for the application in large-scale wastewater treatment plants.

  17. Synthesis and structural characterization of ZnO and CuO nanoparticles supported mesoporous silica SBA-15

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    El-Nahhal, Issa M.; Salem, Jamil K.; Selmane, Mohamed; Kodeh, Fawzi S.; Ebtihan, Heba A.

    2017-01-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) and copper oxide (CuO) nanoparticles were loaded into mesoporous silica SBA-15 by post-synthesis and direct methods. The structural properties were characterized using wide and small angle X-ray diffraction (WXRD & SXRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and N2-adsorption desorption (BET). The WXRD showed that, the loaded zinc and copper oxides were present in crystalline forms (impregnation). The mesoporosity properties of SBA-15 silica were well maintained even after the introduction of metal oxide nanoparticles. BET analysis indicate that the impregnated and condensed ZnO and CuO supported SBA-15 nanocomposites have a lower surface area than that of its parent SBA-15.

  18. How Nano Are Nanocomposites

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    Schaefer, Dale W.; Justice, Ryan S.

    2010-10-22

    Composite materials loaded with nanometer-sized reinforcing fillers are widely believed to have the potential to push polymer mechanical properties to extreme values. Realization of anticipated properties, however, has proven elusive. The analysis presented here traces this shortfall to the large-scale morphology of the filler as determined by small-angle X-ray scattering, light scattering, and electron imaging. We examine elastomeric, thermoplastic, and thermoset composites loaded with a variety of nanoscale reinforcing fillers such as precipitated silica, carbon nanotubes (single and multiwalled), and layered silicates. The conclusion is that large-scale disorder is ubiquitous in nanocomposites regardless of the level of dispersion, leading to substantial reduction of mechanical properties (modulus) compared to predictions based on idealized filler morphology.

  19. Superhydrophobic cellulose nanocomposites.

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    Gonçalves, Gil; Marques, Paula A A P; Trindade, Tito; Neto, Carlos Pascoal; Gandini, Alessandro

    2008-08-01

    Superhydrophobic cellulose nanocomposites were prepared using a multi-step nanoengineering process. The combination of different techniques made it possible to construct novel features at the ensuing surface, characterized by both an increase in its roughness induced by amorphous silica particles and a reduction in its energy insured by perfluoro moieties, giving rise to water contact angles approaching 150 degrees . The modification calls upon an aqueous LbL system followed by siloxane hydrolysis, both conducted at room temperature in air. Each modification was followed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM). These original cellulose-silica-silane composite materials open the way to further valorisations of a ubiquitous renewable resource in applications such as water repellence and self-cleaning.

  20. Nanocomposites of POC and quantum dots

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    Borriello, C.; Concilio, S.; Minarini, C.; Iannelli, P.; Di Luccio, T.

    2012-07-01

    New luminescent polymer nanocomposites were synthesized combining carbazole/oxadiazole copolymer (POC) and CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) surface passivated by ionic liquids. Ionic liquid ligands improve the photostability of QDs and their compatibility with polymer allowing the deposition of homogeneous nanocomposites films. The nanocomposites were characterized by UV and photoluminescence spectroscopy.

  1. TiO₂ incorporated in magnetic mesoporous SBA-15 by a facile inner-pore hydrolysis process toward enhanced adsorption-photocatalysis performances for As(III).

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    Yu, Lian; Yang, Xiaofang; Wang, Dongsheng

    2015-06-15

    A facile inner-pore hydrolysis combining solvent evaporation method was used to decorate mesoporous silica, in which γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles was preloaded onto mesoporous SBA-15 followed by decoration of TiO2 nanoparticles. This decoration process exploited the homogeneous dispersivity of γ-Fe2O3 and TiO2 nanoparticles in/on SBA-15 and inhibit aggregation of γ-Fe2O3 and TiO2 nanoparticles, which in turn leaded to a synergistic photocatalytic oxidation and adsorption of As(III). It was found that the prepared nanocomposites had mesoporous structure, large specific surface area, high pore volume and superparamagetism according to SEM/TEM, N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, XRD and VSM analysis. Experimental results show that SBA-15/γ-Fe2O3-TiO2 can oxidize As(III) to As(V) efficiently in the photocatalysis reaction. At the same time, As(V) is effectively removed through adsorption by the composites. In addition, with the treatment of alkali solution, As(V) can be easily desorbed from SBA-15/γ-Fe2O3-TiO2. After reusage for 5 times, the composites still retain comparable catalysis and adsorption performance compared with that of first use, revealing the excellent stability of the composites.

  2. The Synthesis of Cadmium Doped Mesoporous TiO2

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    Li, Xiaohong S.; Fryxell, Glen E.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Wang, Chong M.

    2007-06-01

    Cd doped mesoporous titanium oxide was prepared using non-ionic surfactants and easily handled titanium precursors. The Cd doping was found to be able to significantly inhibit the growth of anatase crystal size, stabilize the mesoporous structure, and retard the densification of nanoporous TiO2 at elevated temperatures.

  3. Multifunctional hybrids by combining ordered mesoporous materials and macromolecular building blocks.

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    Soler-Illia, Galo J A A; Azzaroni, Omar

    2011-02-01

    This critical review presents and discusses the recent advances in complex hybrid materials that result from the combination of polymers and mesoporous matrices. Ordered mesoporous materials derived from supramolecular templating present high surface area and tailored pore sizes; pore surfaces can be further modified by organic, organometallic or even biologically active functional groups. This permits the creation of hybrid systems with distinct physical properties or chemical functions located in the framework walls, the pore surface, and the pore interior. Bringing polymeric building blocks into the game opens a new dimension: the possibility to create phase separated regions (functional domains) within the pores that can behave as "reactive pockets" of nanoscale size, with highly controlled chemistry and interactions within restricted volumes. The possibilities of combining "hard" and "soft" building blocks to yield these novel nanocomposite materials with tuneable functional domains ordered in space are potentially infinite. New properties are bound to arise from the synergy of both kinds of components, and their spatial location. The main object of this review is to report on new approaches towards functional polymer-inorganic mesostructured hybrids, as well as to discuss the present challenges in this flourishing research field. Indeed, the powerful concepts resulting from the synergy of sol-gel processing, supramolecular templating and polymer chemistry open new opportunities in the design of advanced functional materials: the tailored production of complex matter displaying spatially-addressed chemistry based on the control of chemical topology. Breakthrough applications are expected in the fields of sustainable energy, environment sensing and remediation, biomaterials, pharmaceutical industry and catalysis, among others (221 references).

  4. Biodegradation-tunable mesoporous silica nanorods for controlled drug delivery.

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    Park, Sung Bum; Joo, Young-Ho; Kim, Hyunryung; Ryu, WonHyoung; Park, Yong-il

    2015-05-01

    Mesoporous silica in the forms of micro- or nanoparticles showed great potentials in the field of controlled drug delivery. However, for precision control of drug release from mesoporous silica-based delivery systems, it is critical to control the rate of biodegradation. Thus, in this study, we demonstrate a simple and robust method to fabricate "biodegradation-tunable" mesoporous silica nanorods based on capillary wetting of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template with an aqueous alkoxide precursor solution. The porosity and nanostructure of silica nanorods were conveniently controlled by adjusting the water/alkoxide molar ratio of precursor solutions, heat-treatment temperature, and Na addition. The porosity and biodegradation kinetics of the fabricated mesoporous nanorods were analyzed using N2 adsorption/desorption isotherm, TGA, DTA, and XRD. Finally, the performance of the mesoporous silica nanorods as drug delivery carrier was demonstrated with initial burst and subsequent "zero-order" release of anti-cancer drug, doxorubicin.

  5. 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

  6. Preparation of mesoporous zirconia microspheres as inert matrix

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    Guo, Ting; Wang, Chen; Lv, Jinlong; Liang, Tongxiang

    2016-12-01

    Mesoporous zirconia microspheres, with a diameter of 900 μm, were prepared as an inert accelerator driven system (ADS) transmutation element matrix by the sol-gel method. The purpose of mesopores is to improve the adsorption capacity of inert matrix fuel (IMF) for minor actinides. The study indicated that the mesoporous zirconia performance was improved after the microspheres were hydrothermally treated at 150 °C, the specific surface area increased from 28.29 m2/g to 61.28 m2/g, and hydrothermal treatment avoided the cracking of the microspheres. Pre-decomposition of the organics during the hydrothermal process stabilized the mesoporous structure. The average pore diameter of mesoporous microsphere was 14.3 nm.

  7. Phototherapeutic spectrum expansion through synergistic effect of mesoporous silica trio-nanohybrids against antibiotic-resistant gram-negative bacterium.

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    Kuthati, Yaswanth; Kankala, Ranjith Kumar; Busa, Prabhakar; Lin, Shi-Xiang; Deng, Jin-Pei; Mou, Chung-Yuan; Lee, Chia-Hung

    2017-04-01

    The extensive impact of antibiotic resistance has led to the exploration of new anti-bacterial modalities. We designed copper impregnated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (Cu-MSN) with immobilizing silver nanoparticles (SNPs) to apply photodynamic inactivation (PDI) of antibiotic-resistant E. coli. SNPs were decorated over the Cu-MSN surfaces by coordination of silver ions on diamine-functionalized Cu-MSN and further reduced to silver nanoparticles with formalin. We demonstrate that silver is capable of sensitizing the gram-negative bacteria E. coli to a gram-positive specific phototherapeutic agent in vitro; thereby expanding curcumin's phototherapeutic spectrum. The mesoporous structure of Cu-MSN remains intact after the exterior decoration with silver nanoparticles and subsequent curcumin loading through an enhanced effect from copper metal-curcumin affinity interaction. The synthesis, as well as successful assembly of the functional nanomaterials, was confirmed by various physical characterization techniques. Curcumin is capable of producing high amounts of reactive oxygen species (ROS) under light irradiation, which can further improve the silver ion release kinetics for antibacterial activity. In addition, the positive charged modified surfaces of Cu-MSN facilitate antimicrobial response through electrostatic attractions towards negatively charged bacterial cell membranes. The antibacterial action of the synthesized nanocomposites can be activated through a synergistic mechanism of energy transfer of the absorbed light from SNP to curcumin. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Bismuth-doped ordered mesoporous TiO2: visible-light catalyst for simultaneous degradation of phenol and chromium.

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    Sajjad, Shamaila; Leghari, Sajjad A K; Chen, Feng; Zhang, Jinlong

    2010-12-10

    A controllable and reproducible synthesis of highly ordered two-dimensional hexagonal mesoporous, crystalline bismuth-doped TiO(2) nanocomposites with variable Bi ratios is reported here. Analyses by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy reveal that the well-ordered mesostructure is doped with Bi, which exists as Bi(3+) and Bi((3+x+)). The Bi-doped mesoporous TiO(2) (ms-TiO(2)) samples exhibit improved photocatalytic activities for simultaneous phenol oxidation and chromium reduction in aqueous suspension under visible and UV light over the pure ms-TiO(2), P-25, and conventional Bi-doped titania. The high catalytic activity is due to both the unique structural characteristics and the Bi doping. This new material extends the spectral response from UV to the visible region, and reduces electron-hole recombination, which renders the 2.0% Bi-doped ms-TiO(2) photocatalyst highly responsive to visible light.

  9. In-situ reduction of monodisperse nanosilver on hierarchical wrinkled mesoporous silica with radial pore channels and its antibacterial performance.

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    Wan, Xuejuan; Zhuang, Lulu; She, Boxi; Deng, Yuanming; Chen, Dazhu; Tang, Jiaoning

    2016-08-01

    Monodisperse silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were facilely loaded on the inner and outer surface of hierarchical wrinkled mesoporous silica (WMSs) via an in situ chemical reduction, and the antibacterial capacity of the obtained nanocomposite was investigated in detail. Typical sulfydryl-functionalized wrinkled mesoporous silica nanoparticle with radical pore channels was firstly prepared through sol-gel technique with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as the templating surfactant. After sulfonation of the as-prepared WMSs, Ag(+) ions were then densely locked up on the inner and outer surface of WMSs via electrostatic interactions. Well distributed Ag NPs (ca. 3-5nm) on WMSs without any agglomeration were finally obtained via a simple in situ reduction reaction with sodium borohydride. Minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimal bactericidal concentration (MBC) test indicated that the obtained products can achieve durable and much better antibacterial performance both against Gram-negative bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Gram-positive bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) comparing to pure colloidal silver nanoparticles, which rendered them as favorable candidate for the development of effective antibacterial agents. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. High-efficient mercury removal from environmental water samples using di-thio grafted on magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticles.

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    Mehdinia, Ali; Akbari, Maryam; Baradaran Kayyal, Tohid; Azad, Mohammad

    2015-02-01

    In this work, magnetic di-thio functionalized mesoporous silica nanoparticles (DT-MCM-41) were prepared by grafting dithiocarbamate groups within the channels of magnetic mesoporous silica nanocomposites. The functionalized nanoparticles exhibited proper magnetic behavior. They were easily separated from the aqueous solution by applying an external magnetic field. The results indicated that the functionalized nanoparticles had a potential for high-efficient removal of Hg(2+) in environmental samples. The maximum adsorption capacity of the sorbent was 538.9 mg g(-1), and it took about 10 min to achieve the equilibrium adsorption. The resulted adsorption capacity was higher than similar works for adsorption of mercury. It can be due to the presence of di-thio and amine active groups in the structure of sorbent. The special properties of MCM-41 like large surface area and high porosity also provided a facile accessibility of the mercury ions into the ligand sites. The complete removal of mercury ions was attained with dithiocarbamate groups in a wide range of mercury concentrations. The recovery studies were also applied for the river water, seawater, and wastewater samples, and the values were over of 97 %.

  11. Boat-like Au nanoparticles embedded mesoporous γ-Al2O3 films: an efficient SERS substrate

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    Dandapat, Anirban; Pramanik, Sourav; Bysakh, Sandip; De, Goutam

    2013-07-01

    Boat-like Au nanoparticles (NPs) have been synthesized within the mesoporous γ-Al2O3 films. First, mesoporous γ-Al2O3 film was prepared using aluminum alkoxide derived boehmite sol in the presence of CTAB as structure directing agent. The film was heat-treated at 500 °C to obtain γ-Al2O3 film with an average pore diameter of 4.3 nm. HAuCl4 solution was then soaked into the porous film followed by heat-treatment at 500 °C to generate Au NPs. The blue-colored films so obtained were characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction, FESEM, and TEM studies. FESEM and TEM studies reveal the formation boat-like Au NPs in γ-Al2O3 film matrix. Cross-sectional FESEM shows the thickness of the films to be 2.2 μm. These nanocomposite films were used as a unique surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate for easy detection of low concentration (10-8 M) analyte (methylene blue) molecule. Boat-like shape of Au NPs have several edges and junctions that contain high density of hotspots to exhibit very high SERS signals. Due to such shape of Au NPs, the films also show strong absorption in the visible-NIR region that would extend the use of the films in heat-absorbing and biomedical applications.

  12. Enhancing the photocatalytic activity of bulk g-C₃N₄ by introducing mesoporous structure and hybridizing with graphene.

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    Li, Yuhan; Sun, Yanjuan; Dong, Fan; Ho, Wing-Kei

    2014-12-15

    Bulk graphitic carbon nitride (CN) suffers from small surface area and high recombination of charge carriers, which result in low photocatalytic activity. To enhance the activity of g-C3N4, the surface area should be enlarged and charge carrier separation should be promoted. In this work, a combined strategy was employed to dramatically enhance the activity of bulk g-C3N4 by simultaneously introducing mesoporous structure and hybridizing with graphene/graphene oxide. The mesoporous g-C3N4/graphene (MCN-G) and mesoporous g-C3N4/graphene oxide (MCN-GO) nanocomposites with enhanced photocatalytic activity (NO removal ratio of 64.9% and 60.7%) were fabricated via a facile sonochemical method. The visible light-harvesting ability of MCN-G and MCN-GO hybrids was enhanced and the conduction band was negatively shifted when 1.0 wt% graphene/graphene oxide was incorporated into the matrix of MCN. As electronic conductive channels, the G/GO sheets could efficiently facilitate the separation of chare carriers. MCN-G and MCN-GO exhibited drastically enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity toward NO removal. The NO removal ratio increased from 16.8% for CN to 64.9% for MCN-G and 60.7% for MCN-GO. This enhanced photocatalytic activity could be attributed to the increased surface area and pore volume, improved visible light utilization, enhanced reduction power of electrons, and promoted separation of charge carriers. This work demonstrates that a combined strategy is extremely effective for the development of active photocatalysts in environmental and energetic applications. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. DNA-Hybrid-Gated Photothermal Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for NIR-Responsive and Aptamer-Targeted Drug Delivery.

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    Zhang, Yuanxin; Hou, Zhiyao; Ge, Yakun; Deng, Kerong; Liu, Bei; Li, Xuejiao; Li, Quanshun; Cheng, Ziyong; Ma, Ping'an; Li, Chunxia; Lin, Jun

    2015-09-23

    Near-infrared light is an attractive stimulus due to its noninvasive and deep tissue penetration. Particularly, NIR light is utilized for cancer thermotherapy and on-demand release of drugs by the disruption of the delivery carriers. Here we have prepared a novel NIR-responsive DNA-hybrid-gated nanocarrier based on mesoporous silica-coated Cu1.8S nanoparticles. Cu1.8S nanoparticles, possessing high photothermal conversion efficiency under a 980 nm laser, were chosen as photothermal agents. The mesoporous silica structure could be used for drug storage/delivery and modified with aptamer-modified GC-rich DNA-helix as gatekeepers, drug vectors, and targeting ligand. Simultaneously, the as-produced photothermal effect caused denaturation of DNA double strands, which triggered the drug release of the DNA-helix-loaded hydrophilic drug doxorubicin and mesopore-loaded hydrophobic drug curcumin, resulting in a synergistic therapeutic effect. The Cu1.8S@mSiO2 nanocomposites endocytosed by cancer cells through the aptamer-mediated mode are able to generate rational release of doxorubicin/curcumin under NIR irradiation, strongly enhancing the synergistic growth-inhibitory effect of curcumin against doxorubicin in MCF-7 cells, which is associated with a strong mitochondrial-mediated cell apoptosis progression. The underlying mechanism of apoptosis showed a strong synergistic inhibitory effect both on the expression of Bcl-2, Bcl-xL, Mcl-1, and upregulated caspase 3/9 activity and on the expression level of Bak and Bax. Therefore, Cu1.8S@mSiO2 with efficient synergistic therapeutic efficiency is a potential multifunctional cancer therapy nanoplatform.

  14. Comparison of mesoporous silicon and non-ordered mesoporous silica materials as drug carriers for itraconazole.

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    Kinnari, Päivi; Mäkilä, Ermei; Heikkilä, Teemu; Salonen, Jarno; Hirvonen, Jouni; Santos, Hélder A

    2011-07-29

    Mesoporous materials have an ability to enhance dissolution properties of poorly soluble drugs. In this study, different mesoporous silicon (thermally oxidized and thermally carbonized) and non-ordered mesoporous silica (Syloid AL-1 and 244) microparticles were compared as drug carriers for a hydrophobic drug, itraconazole (ITZ). Different surface chemistries pore volumes, surface areas, and particle sizes were selected to evaluate the structural effect of the particles on the drug loading degree and on the dissolution behavior of the drug at pH 1.2. The results showed that the loaded ITZ was apparently in amorphous form, and that the loading process did not change the chemical structure/morphology of the particles' surface. Incorporation of ITZ in both microparticles enhanced the solubility and dissolution rate of the drug, compared to the pure crystalline drug. Importantly, the physicochemical properties of the particles and the loading procedure were shown to have an effect on the drug loading efficiency and drug release kinetics. After storage under stressed conditions (3 months at 40 °C and 70% RH), the loaded silica gel particles showed practically similar dissolution profiles as before the storage. This was not the case with the loaded mesoporous silicon particles due to the almost complete chemical degradation of ITZ after storage.

  15. Critical aspects in the production of periodically ordered mesoporous titania thin films

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    Soler-Illia, Galo J. A. A.; Angelomé, Paula C.; Fuertes, M. Cecilia; Grosso, David; Boissiere, Cedric

    2012-03-01

    Periodically ordered mesoporous titania thin films (MTTF) present a high surface area, controlled porosity in the 2-20 nm pore diameter range and an amorphous or crystalline inorganic framework. These materials are nowadays routinely prepared by combining soft chemistry and supramolecular templating. Photocatalytic transparent coatings and titania-based solar cells are the immediate promising applications. However, a wealth of new prospective uses have emerged on the horizon, such as advanced catalysts, perm-selective membranes, optical materials based on plasmonics and photonics, metamaterials, biomaterials or new magnetic nanocomposites. Current and novel applications rely on the ultimate control of the materials features such as pore size and geometry, surface functionality and wall structure. Even if a certain control of these characteristics has been provided by the methods reported so far, the needs for the next generation of MTTF require a deeper insight in the physical and chemical processes taking place in their preparation and processing. This article presents a critical discussion of these aspects. This discussion is essential to evolve from know-how to sound knowledge, aiming at a rational materials design of these fascinating systems.Periodically ordered mesoporous titania thin films (MTTF) present a high surface area, controlled porosity in the 2-20 nm pore diameter range and an amorphous or crystalline inorganic framework. These materials are nowadays routinely prepared by combining soft chemistry and supramolecular templating. Photocatalytic transparent coatings and titania-based solar cells are the immediate promising applications. However, a wealth of new prospective uses have emerged on the horizon, such as advanced catalysts, perm-selective membranes, optical materials based on plasmonics and photonics, metamaterials, biomaterials or new magnetic nanocomposites. Current and novel applications rely on the ultimate control of the materials

  16. A multifunctional biphasic suspension of mesoporous silica encapsulated with YVO4:Eu3+ and Fe3O4 nanoparticles: synergistic effect towards cancer therapy and imaging

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    Shanta Singh, N.; Kulkarni, Hrishikesh; Pradhan, Lina; Bahadur, D.

    2013-02-01

    Polyol mediated synthesized luminescent YVO4:Eu3+ nanoparticles (NPs) have been encapsulated in mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) using the sol-gel process. X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy along with transmission electron microscopy confirm the encapsulation of the YVO4:Eu3+ NPs in the SiO2 matrix. N2 adsorption/desorption analysis confirms the mesoporous nature of the MSNs and YVO4:Eu3+-MSNs. No significant quenching of the YVO4:Eu3+ luminescence is observed for YVO4:Eu3+-MSNs. This nanocomposite has been tested as a potential drug carrier. Efficient loading of doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX), a typical anticancer drug, is observed which reaches up to 93% in 8 mg ml-1 of YVO4:Eu3+-MSNs. pH sensitive release of DOX is observed, with 54% release for pH 4.3 and 31% in a physiological environment (pH 7.4). Both MSNs and YVO4:Eu3+-MSNs nanocomposites do not show accountable toxicity to two cell lines, i.e. HeLa and MCF-7. However, as desired, toxicity is observed when cells are incubated with DOX loaded YVO4:Eu3+-MSNs. Laser scanning confocal microscopy images confirm the uptake of the nanocomposite in both cell lines. The morphology of the cells (MCF-7) changes after incubation with DOX loaded YVO4:Eu3+-MSNs, indicating an interaction of DOX with the cells. More cytotoxicity to both cell lines with ˜90% killing is observed due to the synergistic effect of magnetic fluid hyperthermia and chemotherapy using a biphasic suspension of superparamagnetic iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles and DOX loaded YVO4:Eu3+-MSNs. In addition, an AC magnetic field triggers an enhanced drug release.

  17. Polycarbonate based three-phase nanocomposite dielectrics

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    Sain, P. K.; Goyal, R. K.; Prasad, Y. V. S. S.; Bhargava, A. K.

    2016-08-01

    Three-phase polycarbonate (PC) matrix nanocomposites are prepared using the solution method. One of the nanocomposite fillers is dielectric and the other is conducting. Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) is used as the dielectric filler. The conducting fillers, nano-Cu and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), are used to make two different nanocomposites, MWCNT-PZT-PC and Cu-PZT-PC. The prepared nanocomposites are characterized using density measurement, x-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry. Percolation is absent in both three-phase nanocomposites within the study’s concentration window of conducting fillers. The dielectric properties of the nanocomposites are evaluated using a precision impedance analyser. The dielectric constant of the Cu-PZT-PC nanocomposite increases to 14 (a dissipation factor of 0.17), whereas in the case of the MWCNT-PZT-PC nanocomposite it increases to 8.5 (a dissipation factor of 0.002). The melting point of both nanocomposites decreases with respect to the control PC. The frequency (1 kHz to 1 MHz) and temperature (room temperature to 200 °C) dependence of the dielectric constant and dissipation factor are examined. For the Cu-PZT-PC nanocomposites, the dielectric constant decreases with increasing frequency, whereas in the case of the MWCNT-PZT-PC nanocomposites the dielectric constant is almost constant. The dielectric constant and dissipation factor exhibit a slight temperature dependence.

  18. Ternary Au/ZnO/rGO nanocomposites electrodes for high performance electrochemical storage devices

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    Chaudhary, Manchal; Doong, Ruey-an; Kumar, Nagesh; Tseng, Tseung Yuen

    2017-10-01

    The combination of metal and metal oxide nanoparticles with reduced graphene oxides (rGO) is an active electrode material for electrochemical storage devices. Herein, we have, for the first time, reported the fabrication of ternary Au/ZnO/rGO nanocomposites by using a rapid and environmentally friendly microwave-assisted hydrothermal method for high performance supercapacitor applications. The ZnO/rGO provides excellent electrical conductivity and good macro/mesopore structures, which can facilitate the rapid electrons and ions transport. The Au nanoparticles with particle sizes of 7-12 nm are homogeneously distributed onto the ZnO/rGO surface to enhance the electrochemical performance by retaining the capacitance at high current density. The Au/ZnO/rGO nanocomposites, prepared with the optimized rGO amount of 100 mg exhibit a high specific capacitance of 875 and 424 F g-1 at current densities of 1 and 20 A g-1, respectively, in 2 M KOH. In addition, the energy and power densities of ternary Au/ZnO/rGO can be up to 17.6-36.5 Wh kg-1 and 0.27-5.42 kW kg-1, respectively. Results obtained in this study clearly demonstrate the excellence of ternary Au/ZnO/rGO nanocomposites as the active electrode materials for electrochemical pseudocapacitor performance and can open an avenue to fabricate metal/metal oxide/rGO nanocomposites for electrochemical storage devices with both high energy and power densities.

  19. Experimental analysis of graphene nanocomposite on Kevlar

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    Manigandan, S.; Gunasekar, P.; Nithya, S.; Durga Revanth, G.; Anudeep, A. V. S. C.

    2017-08-01

    Graphene nanocomposite is a two dimensional structure which has intense role in material science. This paper investigates the topological property of the graphene nanocomposite doped in Kevlar fiber by direct mixing process. The Kevlar fiber by direct mixing process. The Kevlar fiber taken as the specimen which is fabricated by vacuum bag moulding process. Epoxy used as resin and HY951 as hardener. Three different specimens are fabricated based on the percentage of graphene nanocomposite 2%, 5%, 10% and 20% respectively. We witnessed the strength of the Kevlar fiber is increased when it is treated with nanocomposite. The percentage of the nanocomposite increase the strength of the fiber is increased. However as the nanocomposite beyond 5% the strength of fiber is dropped. In addition, we also seen the interfacial property of the fiber is dropped when the nanocomposite is added beyond threshold limit.

  20. The development of chiral nematic mesoporous materials.

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    Kelly, Joel A; Giese, Michael; Shopsowitz, Kevin E; Hamad, Wadood Y; MacLachlan, Mark J

    2014-04-15

    Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) are obtained from the sulfuric acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of bulk cellulose. The nanocrystals have diameters of ~5-15 nm and lengths of ~100-300 nm (depending on the cellulose source and hydrolysis conditions). This lightweight material has mostly been investigated to reinforce composites and polymers because it has remarkable strength that rivals carbon nanotubes. But CNCs have an additional, less explored property: they organize into a chiral nematic (historically referred to as cholesteric) liquid crystal in water. When dried into a thin solid film, the CNCs retain the helicoidal chiral nematic order and assemble into a layered structure where the CNCs have aligned orientation within each layer, and their orientation rotates through the stack with a characteristic pitch (repeating distance). The cholesteric ordering can act as a 1-D photonic structure, selectively reflecting circularly polarized light that has a wavelength nearly matching the pitch. During CNC self-assembly, it is possible to add sol-gel precursors, such as Si(OMe)4, that undergo hydrolysis and condensation as the solvent evaporates, leading to a chiral nematic silica/CNC composite material. Calcination of the material in air destroys the cellulose template, leaving a high surface area mesoporous silica film that has pore diameters of ~3-10 nm. Importantly, the silica is brilliantly iridescent because the pores in its interior replicate the chiral nematic structure. These films may be useful as optical filters, reflectors, and membranes. In this Account, we describe our recent research into mesoporous films with chiral nematic order. Taking advantage of the chiral nematic order and nanoscale of the CNC templates, new functional materials can be prepared. For example, heating the silica/CNC composites under an inert atmosphere followed by removal of the silica leaves highly ordered, mesoporous carbon films that can be used as supercapacitor electrodes. The composition

  1. Nanocomposite materials for radiation detection

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    Sahi, Sunil

    2013-03-01

    Colloidal quantum dots (CdTe, CdSe, and ZnO) have attracted tremendous interest in wide range of application from biological imaging, biosensing, solar cells to optoelectronic devices. However very few published reports on the radiation detection based on colloidal quantum dots. Quantum dots based nanocomposite materials could be a promising material for radiation detection because of their short luminescence life time and high quantum efficiencies as a consequence of quantum size confinement. However stopping power of most quantum dots is low and their scintillation luminescence is very weak. The combination of high stopping power of inorganic scintillator (CeF3LaF3: Ce, YAG:Ce) and high efficiency of quantum dot could potentially lead to a new class of scintillator. We have studied the nanocomposite of inorganic scintillator and quantum dot based on energy transfer principle and investigate the scintillation properties of nanocomposite scintillator.

  2. Nanocomposite Sensors for Food Packaging

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    Avella, Maurizio; Errico, Maria Emanuela; Gentile, Gennaro; Volpe, Maria Grazia

    Nowadays nanotechnologies applied to the food packaging sector find always more applications due to a wide range of benefits that they can offer, such as improved barrier properties, improved mechanical performance, antimicrobial properties and so on. Recently many researches are addressed to the set up of new food packaging materials, in which polymer nanocomposites incorporate nanosensors, developing the so-called "smart" packaging. Some examples of nanocomposite sensors specifically realised for the food packaging industry are reported. The second part of this work deals with the preparation and characterisation of two new polymer-based nanocomposite systems that can be used as food packaging materials. Particularly the results concerning the following systems are illustrated: isotactic polypropylene (iPP) filled with CaCO3 nanoparticles and polycaprolactone (PCL) filled with SiO2 nanoparticles.

  3. Advanced hybrid supercapacitor based on a mesoporous niobium pentoxide/carbon as high-performance anode.

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    Lim, Eunho; Kim, Haegyeom; Jo, Changshin; Chun, Jinyoung; Ku, Kyojin; Kim, Seongseop; Lee, Hyung Ik; Nam, In-Sik; Yoon, Songhun; Kang, Kisuk; Lee, Jinwoo

    2014-09-23

    Recently, hybrid supercapacitors (HSCs), which combine the use of battery and supercapacitor, have been extensively studied in order to satisfy increasing demands for large energy density and high power capability in energy-storage devices. For this purpose, the requirement for anode materials that provide enhanced charge storage sites (high capacity) and accommodate fast charge transport (high rate capability) has increased. Herein, therefore, a preparation of nanocomposite as anode material is presented and an advanced HSC using it is thoroughly analyzed. The HSC comprises a mesoporous Nb2O5/carbon (m-Nb2O5-C) nanocomposite anode synthesized by a simple one-pot method using a block copolymer assisted self-assembly and commercial activated carbon (MSP-20) cathode under organic electrolyte. The m-Nb2O5-C anode provides high specific capacity with outstanding rate performance and cyclability, mainly stemming from its enhanced pseudocapacitive behavior through introduction of a carbon-coated mesostructure within a voltage range from 3.0 to 1.1 V (vs Li/Li(+)). The HSC using the m-Nb2O5-C anode and MSP-20 cathode exhibits excellent energy and power densities (74 W h kg(-1) and 18,510 W kg(-1)), with advanced cycle life (capacity retention: ∼90% at 1000 mA g(-1) after 1000 cycles) within potential range from 1.0 to 3.5 V. In particular, we note that the highest power density (18,510 W kg(-1)) of HSC is achieved at 15 W h kg(-1), which is the highest level among similar HSC systems previously reported. With further study, the HSCs developed in this work could be a next-generation energy-storage device, bridging the performance gap between conventional batteries and supercapacitors.

  4. Fluorescence properties of dye doped mesoporous silica

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    Carbonaro, Carlo M. Corpino, Riccardo Ricci, Pier Carlo Chiriu, Daniele; Cannas, Carla

    2014-10-21

    In this paper we present a review of the main results we obtained studying the emission properties of organic-inorganic hybrids obtained combining mesoporous silica and Xantene dyes, in particular the standard reference Rhodamine 6G. The purpose of the review is to show the possibility to efficiently 'dope' the transparent inorganic porous matrix to obtain promising systems for photonic and biomedical applications. The strategies to solve the concentration effect and the leaching phenomenon are discussed within the framework of the single exciton theory.

  5. Stretchable piezoelectric nanocomposite generator.

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    Park, Kwi-Il; Jeong, Chang Kyu; Kim, Na Kyung; Lee, Keon Jae

    2016-01-01

    Piezoelectric energy conversion that generate electric energy from ambient mechanical and vibrational movements is promising energy harvesting technology because it can use more accessible energy resources than other renewable natural energy. In particular, flexible and stretchable piezoelectric energy harvesters which can harvest the tiny biomechanical motions inside human body into electricity properly facilitate not only the self-powered energy system for flexible and wearable electronics but also sensitive piezoelectric sensors for motion detectors and in vivo diagnosis kits. Since the piezoelectric ZnO nanowires (NWs)-based energy harvesters (nanogenerators) were proposed in 2006, many researchers have attempted the nanogenerator by using the various fabrication process such as nanowire growth, electrospinning, and transfer techniques with piezoelectric materials including polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) polymer and perovskite ceramics. In 2012, the composite-based nanogenerators were developed using simple, low-cost, and scalable methods to overcome the significant issues with previously-reported energy harvester, such as insufficient output performance and size limitation. This review paper provides a brief overview of flexible and stretchable piezoelectric nanocomposite generator for realizing the self-powered energy system with development history, power performance, and applications.

  6. Stretchable piezoelectric nanocomposite generator

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    Park, Kwi-Il; Jeong, Chang Kyu; Kim, Na Kyung; Lee, Keon Jae

    2016-06-01

    Piezoelectric energy conversion that generate electric energy from ambient mechanical and vibrational movements is promising energy harvesting technology because it can use more accessible energy resources than other renewable natural energy. In particular, flexible and stretchable piezoelectric energy harvesters which can harvest the tiny biomechanical motions inside human body into electricity properly facilitate not only the self-powered energy system for flexible and wearable electronics but also sensitive piezoelectric sensors for motion detectors and in vivo diagnosis kits. Since the piezoelectric ZnO nanowires (NWs)-based energy harvesters (nanogenerators) were proposed in 2006, many researchers have attempted the nanogenerator by using the various fabrication process such as nanowire growth, electrospinning, and transfer techniques with piezoelectric materials including polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) polymer and perovskite ceramics. In 2012, the composite-based nanogenerators were developed using simple, low-cost, and scalable methods to overcome the significant issues with previously-reported energy harvester, such as insufficient output performance and size limitation. This review paper provides a brief overview of flexible and stretchable piezoelectric nanocomposite generator for realizing the self-powered energy system with development history, power performance, and applications.

  7. Aerogel nanocomposite materials

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    Hunt, A.J.; Ayers, M.; Cao, W.

    1995-05-01

    Aerogels are porous, low density, nanostructured solids with many unusual properties including very low thermal conductivity, good transparency, high surface area, catalytic activity, and low sound velocity. This research is directed toward developing new nanocomposite aerogel materials for improved thermal insulation and several other applications. A major focus of the research has been to further increase the thermal resistance of silica aerogel by introducing infrared opacification agents into the aerogel to produce a superinsulating composite material. Opacified superinsulating aerogel permit a number of industrial applications for aerogel-based insulation. The primary benefits from this recently developed superinsulating composite aerogel insulation are: to extend the range of applications to higher temperatures, to provide a more compact insulation for space sensitive-applications, and to lower costs of aerogel by as much as 30%. Superinsulating aerogels can replace existing CFC-containing polyurethane in low temperature applications to reduce heat losses in piping, improve the thermal efficiency of refrigeration systems, and reduce energy losses in a variety of industrial applications. Enhanced aerogel insulation can also replace steam and process pipe insulation in higher temperature applications to substantially reduce energy losses and provide much more compact insulation.

  8. Graphene/Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Macosko, Chris

    2010-03-01

    Graphite has attracted large attention as a reinforcement for polymers due to its ability to modify electrical conductivity, mechanical and gas barrier properties of host polymers and its potentially lower cost than carbon nanotubes. If graphite can be exfoliated into atomically thin graphene sheets, it is possible to achieve the highest property enhancements at the lowest loading. However, small spacing and strong van der Waals forces between graphene layers make exfoliation of graphite via conventional composite manufacturing strategies challenging. Recently, two different approaches to obtain exfoliated graphite prior to blending were reported: thermal treatment (Schniepp et al., JACS 2006) and chemical modification (Stankovich et al., J Mat Chem 2006). Both start from graphite oxide. We will describe and evaluate these exfoliation approaches and the methods used to produce graphene reinforced thermoplastics, particularly polyester, polycarbonate and polyurethane nanocomposites. Three different dispersion methods - melt blending, solution mixing and in-situ polymerization -- are compared. Characterization of dispersion quality is illustrated with TEM, rheology and in electrical conductivity, tensile modulus and gas barrier property improvement.

  9. Based Adaptive Nanocomposite Coatings

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    Ramazani, M.; Ashrafizadeh, F.; Mozaffarinia, R.

    2014-08-01

    A promising Ni(Al)-Cr2O3-Ag-CNT-WS2 self-lubricating wear-resistant coating was deposited via atmospheric plasma spray of Ni(Al), nano Cr2O3, nano silver and nano WS2 powders, and CNTs. Feedstock powders with various compositions prepared by spray drying were plasma sprayed onto carbon steel substrates. The tribological properties of coatings were tested by a high temperature tribometer in a dry environment from room temperature to 400 °C, and in a natural humid environment at room temperature. It was found that all nanocomposite coatings have better frictional behavior compared with pure Ni(Al) and Ni(Al)-Cr2O3 coatings; the specimen containing aproximately 7 vol.% Ag, CNT, and WS2 had the best frictional performance. The average room temperature friction coefficient of this coating was 0.36 in humid atmosphere, 0.32 in dry atmosphere, and about 0.3 at high temperature.

  10. Polariton dispersion in nanocomposite materials

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    Wilson, K. S. Joseph Revathy, V.

    2015-06-24

    The several optical properties of crystals are modified due to nonlinearity associated with high intensity of the incident radiation. In the present work, the linear and nonlinear optical characterization of the nanocomposite materials are also discussed in detail. We explore the possibilities of nonlinear effects in the optical parameters in nanocomposite materials. New modes on the polaritonic gap where the propagation of electromagnetic wave is forbidden, are obtained due to nonlinearity. The presence of gap mode shows the propagation of electromagnetic radiation which may be exploited in optical communications.

  11. Biobased and biodegradable polymer nanocomposites

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    Qiu, Kaiyan

    In this dissertation, various noncrosslinked and crosslinked biobased and biodegradable polymer nanocomposites were fabricated and characterized. The properties of these polymer nanocomposites, and their relating mechanisms and corresponding applications were studied and discussed in depth. Chapter 1 introduces the research background and objectives of the current research. Chapter 2 presents the development of a novel low cost carbon source for bacterial cellulose (BC) production and fabrication and characterization of biobased polymer nanocomposites using produced BC and soy protein based resins. The carbon source, soy flour extract (SFE), was obtained from defatted soy flour (SF) and BC yield achieved using SFE medium was high. The results of this study showed that SFE consists of five sugars and Acetobacter xylinum metabolized sugars in a specific order. Chapter 3 discusses the fabrication and characterization of biodegradable polymer nanocomposites using BC and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). These polymer nanocomposites had excellent tensile and thermal properties. Crosslinking of PVA using glutaraldehyde (GA) not only increased the mechanical and thermal properties but the water-resistance. Chapter 4 describes the development and characterization of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) based biodegradable polymer nanocomposites by blending MFC suspension with PVA. Chemical crosslinking of the polymer nanocomposites was carried out using glyoxal to increase the mechanical and thermal properties as well as to make the PVA partially water-insoluble. Chapter 5 reports the development and characterization of halloysite nanotube (HNT) reinforced biodegradable polymer nanocomposites utilizing HNT dispersion and PVA. Several separation techniques were used to obtain individualized HNT dispersion. The results indicated uniform dispersion of HNTs in both PVA and malonic acid (MA) crosslinked PVA resulted in excellent mechanical and thermal properties of the materials, especially

  12. Electrochemical immunosensor based on hydrophilic polydopamine-coated prussian blue-mesoporous carbon for the rapid screening of 3-bromobiphenyl.

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    Sun, Zihong; Luo, Zhigang; Gan, Cuifen; Fei, Shidong; Liu, Yingju; Lei, Hongtao

    2014-09-15

    A sensitive electrochemical immunosensor for 3-bromobiphenyl (3-BBP) detection was constructed by employing a new polydopamine coated prussian blue-mesoporous carbon (PDOP/PB/CMK-3) nanocomposite as the substrate platform and multi-horseradish peroxidase-double helix carbon nanotubes-secondary antibody (multi-HRP-DHCNTs-Ab2) as the signal label. PB/CMK-3 was firstly successfully in-situ synthesized with the aid of the CMK-3 reduction, which was characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM), infrared spectroscopy (IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and N2 adsorption-desorption analysis. By using PDOP/PB/CMK-3 as the substrate, it can effectively enhance the specific surface for antigen loading due to the three-dimensional structure of the nanocomposites, while large amount of PB that fixed inside or outside the pore of CMK-3 successfully improved the electrochemical response and the PDOP film can provide a biocompatible environment to maintain the activity of antigen availability. Under the optimized conditions, the proposed immunosensor shows a good current response to 3-BBP in a linear range from 5 pM to 2 nM with a detection limit of 2.25 pM. In addition, the specificity, reproducibility and stability of the immunosensor were also proved to be acceptable, indicating its potential application in environmental monitoring. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  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. Prolonged antibacterial effect of silver nanocomposites with different structures.

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    Liu, Tao; Song, Xiao; Guo, Zhangwei; Dong, Yaohua; Guo, Na; Chang, Xueting

    2014-04-01

    This study describes the synthesis of silver nanocomposites (Ag NCs), with different structures, decorated with silica nanoparticles (SiO2 NPs) and their antibacterial activity was evaluated. The core-shell microspheres were fabricated by the deposition of polydopamine (PDA) formed by the spontaneous oxidative polymerization of dopamine. Simultaneously, Ag(+) ions were reduced to nanosilver and subsequently deposited on the surface of the SiO2/PDA spheres to form SiO2/PDA/Ag NPs. Moreover, nanosilver encapsulated in mesoporous SiO2 NPs (Ag-MSN) were investigated for bactericidal activity to facilitate comparisons. Bacterial growth curves and reactive oxygen species (ROS) assays indicated that both Ag-MSN and SiO2/PDA/Ag NPs exhibited antimicrobial activity; however, at different stages, due to their distinct structures. This study revealed that the production of ROS and damage to the membrane were the two major mechanisms of the bactericidal activity of Ag NCs. The antibacterial mechanisms for each NC are discussed and supported by observations from transmission electron microscopy. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Hierarchical CdIn2S4 microspheres wrapped by mesoporous g-C3N4 ultrathin nanosheets with enhanced visible light driven photocatalytic reduction activity.

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    Chen, Wei; Huang, Ting; Hua, Yu-Xiang; Liu, Tian-Yu; Liu, Xiao-Heng; Chen, Shen-Ming

    2016-12-15

    In this investigation, a series of hierarchical CdIn2S4/g-C3N4 nanocomposites were firstly synthesized by a facile one-pot hydrothermal strategy, wherein the mesoporous g-C3N4 nanosheets were in-situ self-wrapped onto CdIn2S4 nanosheets. Systematic characterization by XRD, FT-IR, UV-vis DRS, SEM, TEM, HAAF-STEM, XPS, photoelectrochemical tests were employed to analyze the phase structure, chemical composition, morphology and photocatalytic mechanism. The application, including photo-redox reaction and photocatalytic water splitting, were used to estimate the photocatalytic activity of as-obtained CdIn2S4/g-C3N4 nanocomposites. The results indicate that CdIn2S4/g-C3N4 heterostructures exhibit more efficient improvement of the photocatalytic performances towards photo-reduction of 4-NA to corresponding 4-PDA and photocatalytic H2 generation from water splitting than these counterparts as results of construction of intimate interfacial contact, which would promote the separation of photo-generated holes and electrons. Meanwhile, benefitting from the excellent surface wrap, the CdIn2S4/g-C3N4 nanocomposites possess notable enhanced photocatalytic stability. This research may provide a promising way to fabricate highly efficient photocatalysts with excellent stability and expand the application of CdIn2S4 in fine chemical engineering.

  16. 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.

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

    DOEpatents

    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.

  18. Mesoporous Trimetallic PtPdRu Spheres as Superior Electrocatalysts.

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    Jiang, Bo; Ataee-Esfahani, Hamed; Li, Cuiling; Alshehri, Saad M; Ahamad, Tansir; Henzie, Joel; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2016-05-17

    Mesoporous Trimetallic PtPdRu Spheres with well-defined spherical morphology and uniformly sized pores were synthesized in an aqueous solution using ascorbic acid as the reducing agent and triblock copolymer F127 as the pore directing agent. These mesoporous PtPdRu spheres exhibited enhanced electrocatalytic activity compared to commercial Pt black, resulting in a ∼4.9 times improvement in mass activity for the methanol oxidation reaction. The excellent electrocatalytic activity and stability are due to the unique mesoporous architecture and electronic landscape between different elements.

  19. Smart Mesoporous Silica Nanocarriers for Antitumoral Therapy.

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    Baeza, Alejandro; Vallet-Regí, María

    2015-01-01

    The development of nanocarriers able transport and release therapeutic agents in a controlled manner has provided a promising alternative in the oncology field due to the lack of selectivity of the conventional treatments. The encapsulation of cytotoxic compounds within nanoparticles improves the pharmacokinetic profile of the trapped drugs and allows their selective accumulation into the tumoral tissue owing to the enhance permeation and retention effect (EPR. In addition, the selectivity of the nanocarrier can be enhanced attaching targeting agents on their surface able to be specifically recognized by cancer cells or by the tumor microenvironment. Among the different materials which can be employed, mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MCM-41 type constitutes a promising candidate due to their very interesting properties such as tuneable size, shape and porosity, high loading capacity, low toxicity, robustness and easiness fabrication and functionalization. This material presents a unique pore architecture which allows the synthesis of stimuliresponsive devices able to release the trapped drugs only in the presence of certain stimuli achieving a precise control on the drug dosage. This review presents some of the recent advances in the development of mesoporous silica nanocarriers for antitumoral therapy paying special attention on the stimuli-responsive systems able to release their load in response to external (light, magnetic field, temperature or ultrasounds or internal stimulus (enzymes, pH, redox, among others.

  20. Biodegradable mesoporous delivery system for biomineralization precursors.

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    Yang, Hong-Ye; Niu, Li-Na; Sun, Jin-Long; Huang, Xue-Qing; Pei, Dan-Dan; Huang, Cui; Tay, Franklin R

    2017-01-01

    Scaffold supplements such as nanoparticles, components of the extracellular matrix, or growth factors have been incorporated in conventional scaffold materials to produce smart scaffolds for tissue engineering of damaged hard tissues. Due to increasing concerns on the clinical side effects of using large doses of recombinant bone-morphogenetic protein-2 in bone surgery, it is desirable to develop an alternative nanoscale scaffold supplement that is not only osteoinductive, but is also multifunctional in that it can perform other significant bone regenerative roles apart from stimulation of osteogenic differentiation. Because both amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) and silica are osteoinductive, a biodegradable, nonfunctionalized, expanded-pore mesoporous silica nanoparticle carrier was developed for loading, storage, and sustained release of a novel, biosilicification-inspired, polyamine-stabilized liquid precursor phase of ACP for collagen biomineralization and for release of orthosilicic acid, both of which are conducive to bone growth. Positively charged poly(allylamine)-stabilized ACP (PAH-ACP) could be effectively loaded and released from nonfunctionalized expanded-pore mesoporous silica nanoparticles (pMSN). The PAH-ACP released from loaded pMSN still retained its ability to infiltrate and mineralize collagen fibrils. Complete degradation of pMSN occurred following unloading of their PAH-ACP cargo. Because PAH-ACP loaded pMSN possesses relatively low cytotoxicity to human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells, these nanoparticles may be blended with any osteoconductive scaffold with macro- and microporosities as a versatile scaffold supplement to enhance bone regeneration.

  1. Smart Mesoporous Nanomaterials for Antitumor Therapy

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    Martínez-Carmona, Marina; Colilla, Montserrat; Vallet-Regí, Maria

    2015-01-01

    The use of nanomaterials for the treatment of solid tumours is receiving increasing attention by the scientific community. Among them, mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) exhibit unique features that make them suitable nanocarriers to host, transport and protect drug molecules until the target is reached. It is possible to incorporate different targeting ligands to the outermost surface of MSNs to selectively drive the drugs to the tumour tissues. To prevent the premature release of the cargo entrapped in the mesopores, it is feasible to cap the pore entrances using stimuli-responsive nanogates. Therefore, upon exposure to internal (pH, enzymes, glutathione, etc.) or external (temperature, light, magnetic field, etc.) stimuli, the pore opening takes place and the release of the entrapped cargo occurs. These smart MSNs are capable of selectively reaching and accumulating at the target tissue and releasing the entrapped drug in a specific and controlled fashion, constituting a promising alternative to conventional chemotherapy, which is typically associated with undesired side effects. In this review, we overview the recent advances reported by the scientific community in developing MSNs for antitumor therapy. We highlight the possibility to design multifunctional nanosystems using different therapeutic approaches aimed at increasing the efficacy of the antitumor treatment. PMID:28347103

  2. Continuous microwave flow synthesis of mesoporous hydroxyapatite.

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    Akram, Muhammad; Alshemary, Ammar Z; Goh, Yi-Fan; Wan Ibrahim, Wan Aini; Lintang, Hendrik O; Hussain, Rafaqat

    2015-11-01

    We have successfully used continuous microwave flow synthesis (CMFS) technique for the template free synthesis of mesoporous hydroxyapatite. The continuous microwave flow reactor consisted of a modified 2.45GHz household microwave, peristaltic pumps and a Teflon coil. This cost effective and efficient system was exploited to produce semi-crystalline phase pure nano-sized hydroxyapatite. Effect of microwave power, retention time and the concentration of reactants on the phase purity, degree of crystallinity and surface area of the final product was studied in detail. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) were used to study the phase purity and composition of the product, while transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was used to study the effect of process parameters on the morphology of hydroxyapatite. The TEM analysis confirmed the formation of spherical particles at low microwave power; however the morphology of the particles changed to mesoporous needle and rod-like structure upon exposing the reaction mixture to higher microwave power and longer retention time inside the microwave. The in-vitro ion dissolution behavior of the as synthesized hydroxyapatite was studied by determining the amount of Ca(2+) ion released in SBF solution. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. 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

  4. Phosphoryl functionalized mesoporous silica for uranium adsorption

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    Xue, Guo; Yurun, Feng; Li, Ma; Dezhi, Gao; Jie, Jing; Jincheng, Yu; Haibin, Sun; Hongyu, Gong; Yujun, Zhang

    2017-04-01

    Phosphoryl functionalized mesoporous silica (TBP-SBA-15) was synthesized by modified mesoporous silica with γ-amino propyl triethoxy silane and tributyl phosphate. The obtained samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), small angle X-ray diffraction (SAXRD), thermo-gravimetric/differential thermalanalyzer (TG/DTA), N2 adsorption-desorption (BET) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) techniques. Results showed that TBP-SBA-15 had large surface areas with ordered channel structure. Moreover, the effects of adsorption time, sorbent dose, solution pH, initial uranium concentration and temperature on the uranium adsorption behaviors were investigated. TBP-SBA-15 showed a high uranium adsorption capacity in a broad range of pH values. The U(VI) adsorption rate of TBP-SBA-15 was fast and nearly achieved completion in 10 min with the sorbent dose of 1 g/L. The U(VI) adsorption of TBP-SBA-15 followed the pseudo-second-order kinetic model and Freundlich isotherm model, indicating that the process was belonged to chemical adsorption. Furthermore, the thermodynamic parameters (ΔG0, ΔH0 and ΔS0) confirmed that the adsorption process was endothermic and spontaneous.

  5. Biocompatibility and levofloxacin delivery of mesoporous materials.

    PubMed

    Cicuéndez, Mónica; Izquierdo-Barba, Isabel; Portolés, María Teresa; Vallet-Regí, María

    2013-05-01

    A comparative study of mesoporous matrices designed for both drug-loading methods, impregnation (IP) and surfactant-assisted drug loading (also denoted as one-pot, OP), has been carried out evaluating their physicochemical characteristics, cell response, drug delivery profiles, and antibacterial activity. Surfactant-free (calcined) and surfactant-templated (non-calcined) mesoporous silica have been used as IP and OP starting matrices, respectively. Both non-calcined and calcined matrices do not exert any cytotoxic effect on osteoblasts. However, non-calcined matrices induce on fibroblasts a significant proliferation delay with morphological alterations and dose-dependent increases in fibroblast size, internal complexity, and intracellular calcium content but without cell lysis and apoptosis. Residual ethanol and the surface silanol groups in these non-calcined matrices are involved in the observed fibroblast changes. Finally, both IP and OP matrices have been loaded with levofloxacin to compare them as drug delivery systems. Both IP and OP matrices exhibit similar in vitro levofloxacin release profiles, showing an initial fast delivery followed by a sustained release during long time periods. These profiles and the antimicrobial activity results suggest the use of these IP and OP matrices as local drug delivery systems in the osteomyelitis and other bone infection treatments.

  6. Mesoporous titanium dioxide coating for metallic implants.

    PubMed

    Xia, Wei; Grandfield, Kathryn; Hoess, Andreas; Ballo, Ahmed; Cai, Yanling; Engqvist, Håkan

    2012-01-01

    A bioactive mesoporous titanium dioxide (MT) coating for surface drug delivery has been investigated to develop a multifunctional implant coating, offering quick bone bonding and biological stability. An evaporation induced self-assembly (EISA) method was used to prepare a mesoporous titanium dioxide coating of the anatase phase with BET surface area of 172 m(2)/g and average pore diameter of 4.3 nm. Adhesion tests using the scratch method and an in situ screw-in/screw-out technique confirm that the MT coating bonds tightly with the metallic substrate, even after removal from bone. Because of its high surface area, the bioactivity of the MT coating is much better than that of a dense TiO(2) coating of the same composition. Quick formation of hydroxyapatite (HA) in vitro can be related to enhance bonding with bone. The uptake of antibiotics by the MT coating reached 13.4 mg/cm(3) within a 24 h loading process. A sustained release behavior has been obtained with a weak initial burst. By using Cephalothin as a model drug, drug loaded MT coating exhibits a sufficient antibacterial effect on the material surface, and within millimeters from material surface, against E.coli. Additionally, the coated and drug loaded surfaces showed no cytotoxic effect on cell cultures of the osteoblastic cell line MG-63. In conclusion, this study describes a novel, biocompatiblemesoporous implant coating, which has the ability to induce HA formation and could be used as a surface drug-delivery system.

  7. Biodegradable mesoporous delivery system for biomineralization precursors

    PubMed Central

    Yang, Hong-ye; Niu, Li-na; Sun, Jin-long; Huang, Xue-qing; Pei, Dan-dan; Huang, Cui; Tay, Franklin R

    2017-01-01

    Scaffold supplements such as nanoparticles, components of the extracellular matrix, or growth factors have been incorporated in conventional scaffold materials to produce smart scaffolds for tissue engineering of damaged hard tissues. Due to increasing concerns on the clinical side effects of using large doses of recombinant bone-morphogenetic protein-2 in bone surgery, it is desirable to develop an alternative nanoscale scaffold supplement that is not only osteoinductive, but is also multifunctional in that it can perform other significant bone regenerative roles apart from stimulation of osteogenic differentiation. Because both amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) and silica are osteoinductive, a biodegradable, nonfunctionalized, expanded-pore mesoporous silica nanoparticle carrier was developed for loading, storage, and sustained release of a novel, biosilicification-inspired, polyamine-stabilized liquid precursor phase of ACP for collagen biomineralization and for release of orthosilicic acid, both of which are conducive to bone growth. Positively charged poly(allylamine)-stabilized ACP (PAH-ACP) could be effectively loaded and released from nonfunctionalized expanded-pore mesoporous silica nanoparticles (pMSN). The PAH-ACP released from loaded pMSN still retained its ability to infiltrate and mineralize collagen fibrils. Complete degradation of pMSN occurred following unloading of their PAH-ACP cargo. Because PAH-ACP loaded pMSN possesses relatively low cytotoxicity to human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells, these nanoparticles may be blended with any osteoconductive scaffold with macro- and microporosities as a versatile scaffold supplement to enhance bone regeneration. PMID:28182119

  8. High performance thermoelectric nanocomposite device

    DOEpatents

    Yang, Jihui [Lakeshore, CA; Snyder, Dexter D [Birmingham, MI

    2011-10-25

    A thermoelectric device includes a nanocomposite material with nanowires of at least one thermoelectric material having a predetermined figure of merit, the nanowires being formed in a porous substrate having a low thermal conductivity and having an average pore diameter ranging from about 4 nm to about 300 nm.

  9. Nanocomposites for electromagnetic radiation protection

    SciTech Connect

    Petrunin, V. F.

    2016-12-15

    Specific features that characterize nanoparticles and which are due to their small size and allow one to enhance the interaction between the electromagnetic radiation and nanostructured materials and to develop the effective protection of man and equipment against harmful uncontrolled radiation are reported. Examples of the development of nanocomposite radar absorbing materials that can be used for protection of man and equipment are presented.

  10. How Nano are Nanocomposites (Preprint)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2007-02-01

    morphology of the filler as determined by small-angle x-ray scattering, light scattering and electron imaging. We examine elastomeric ...examine elastomeric , thermoplastic and thermoset composites loaded with a variety of nanoscale reinforcing fillers such as precipitated silica, carbon...percent. Introductory paragraphs similar to the above can be found in hundreds of nanocomposite papers. With the exception of reinforced elastomers

  11. Percolation Threshold in Polycarbonate Nanocomposites

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    Ahuja, Suresh

    2014-03-01

    Nanocomposites have unique mechanical, electrical, magnetic, optical and thermal properties. Many methods could be applied to prepare polymer-inorganic nanocomposites, such as sol-gel processing, in-situ polymerization, particle in-situ formation, blending, and radiation synthesis. The analytical composite models that have been put forth include Voigt and Reuss bounds, Polymer nanocomposites offer the possibility of substantial improvements in material properties such as shear and bulk modulus, yield strength, toughness, film scratch resistance, optical properties, electrical conductivity, gas and solvent transport, with only very small amounts of nanoparticles Experimental results are compared against composite models of Hashin and Shtrikman bounds, Halpin-Tsai model, Cox model, and various Mori and Tanaka models. Examples of numerical modeling are molecular dynamics modeling and finite element modeling of reduced modulus and hardness that takes into account the modulus of the components and the effect of the interface between the hard filler and relatively soft polymer, polycarbonate. Higher nanoparticle concentration results in poor dispersion and adhesion to polymer matrix which results in lower modulus and hardness and departure from the existing composite models. As the level of silica increases beyond a threshold level, aggregates form which results in weakening of the structure. Polymer silica interface is found to be weak as silica is non-interacting promoting interfacial slip at silica-matrix junctions. Our experimental results compare favorably with those of nanocomposites of polyesters where the effect of nanoclay on composite hardness and modulus depended on dispersion of nanoclay in polyester.

  12. Microcellular nanocomposite injection molding process

    Treesearch

    Mingjun Yuan; Lih-Sheng Turng; Rick Spindler; Daniel Caulfield; Chris Hunt

    2003-01-01

    This study aims to explore the processing benefits and property improvements of combining nanocomposites with microcellular injection molding. The molded parts produced based on the Design of Experiments (DOE) matrices were subjected to tensile testing, impact testing, and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), Dynamic Mechanical...

  13. Nano-structured silica coated mesoporous carbon micro-granules for potential application in water filtration

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    Das, Avik; Sen, D.; Mazumder, S.; Ghosh, A. K.

    2017-05-01

    A novel nano-composite spherical micro-granule has been synthesized using a facile technique of solvent evaporation induced assembly of nanoparticles for potential application in water filtration. The spherical micro-granule is comprised of nano-structured shell of hydrophilic silica encapsulating a hydrophobic mesoporous carbon at the core. Hierarchical structure of such core-shell micro-granules has been rigorously characterized using small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering techniques and complemented with scanning electron microscopy. The hydrophilic silica envelope around the carbon core helps in incorporation of such granules into the hydrophilic polymeric ultra-filtration membrane. The interstitial micro-pores present in the silica shell can serve as water transport channels and the mesoporus carbon core enhances the separation performance due its well adsorption characteristics. It has been found that the incorporation of such granules inside the ultra-filtration membrane indeed enhances the water permeability as well as the separation performance in a significant way.

  14. Critical aspects in the production of periodically ordered mesoporous titania thin films.

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    Soler-Illia, Galo J A A; Angelomé, Paula C; Fuertes, M Cecilia; Grosso, David; Boissiere, Cedric

    2012-04-21

    Periodically ordered mesoporous titania thin films (MTTF) present a high surface area, controlled porosity in the 2-20 nm pore diameter range and an amorphous or crystalline inorganic framework. These materials are nowadays routinely prepared by combining soft chemistry and supramolecular templating. Photocatalytic transparent coatings and titania-based solar cells are the immediate promising applications. However, a wealth of new prospective uses have emerged on the horizon, such as advanced catalysts, perm-selective membranes, optical materials based on plasmonics and photonics, metamaterials, biomaterials or new magnetic nanocomposites. Current and novel applications rely on the ultimate control of the materials features such as pore size and geometry, surface functionality and wall structure. Even if a certain control of these characteristics has been provided by the methods reported so far, the needs for the next generation of MTTF require a deeper insight in the physical and chemical processes taking place in their preparation and processing. This article presents a critical discussion of these aspects. This discussion is essential to evolve from know-how to sound knowledge, aiming at a rational materials design of these fascinating systems.

  15. Preparation of silica-magnetite nanoparticle mixed hemimicelle sorbents for extraction of several typical phenolic compounds from environmental water samples.

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    Zhao, Xiaoli; Shi, Yali; Wang, Thanh; Cai, Yaqi; Jiang, Guibin

    2008-04-25

    A novel type of superparamagnetic silica-coated (Fe3O4/SiO2 core/shell) magnetite nanoparticle modified by surfactants has been successfully synthesized and was applied as an effective sorbent material for the pre-concentration of several typical phenolic compounds (bisphenol A (BPA), 4-tert-octylphenol (4-OP) and 4-n-nonylphenol (4-NP)) from environmental water samples. Compared with pure magnetic particles, a thin and dense silica layer would protect the iron oxide core from leaching out in acidic conditions. In order to enhance their adsorptive tendency towards organic compounds, cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) or cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) were added, which adsorbed on the surface of the Fe3O4/SiO2 nanoparticles (Fe3O4/SiO2 NPs) and formed mixed hemimicelles. Main factors affecting the adsolubilization of analytes were optimized and comparative study on the use of CPC and CTAB-coated Fe3O4/SiO2 NPs mixed hemimicelles-based SPE was also carried out. CPC-coated Fe3O4/SiO2 NPs system was selected due to lower elution volume required and more effective adsorption of the target compounds. Under selected conditions, concentration factor of 1600 was achieved by using this method to extract 800 mL of different environmental water samples. The detection limits obtained for BPA, 4-OP and 4-NP with HPLC-FLD were 7, 14, and 20 ng/L, respectively.

  16. Synthesis, characterization and magnetic behavior of Co/MCM-41 nano-composites

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    Cuello, N.; Elías, V.; Crivello, M.; Oliva, M.; Eimer, G.

    2013-09-15

    Synthesis, structure and magnetic properties of Co/MCM-41 as magnetic nano-composites have been investigated. Mesoporous materials with different degrees of metal loading were prepared by wet impregnation and characterized by ICP, XRD, N{sub 2} adsorption, UV–vis DRS, TPR and EPMA-EDS. Cobalt oxide clusters and Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nano-particles could be confined inside the mesopores of MCM-41, being this fact favored by the Co loading increasing. In addition, larger crystals of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} detectable by XRD also grow on the surface when the Co loading is enhanced. The magnetic characterization was performed in a SQUID magnetometer using a maximum magnetic applied field µ{sub 0}Ha=1 T. While the samples with the higher Co loadings showed a behavior typically paramagnetic, a superparamagnetic contribution is more notorious for lower loadings, suggesting high Co species dispersion. - Graphical abstract: Room temperature hysteresis loops as a function of the Co content. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Co species as isolated Co{sup 2+}, oxide clusters and Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nano-particles were detected. • For higher Co loads were detected, by XRD, Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles on the external surface. • The confining of Co species inside the mesopores was achieved by increasing Co load. • Paramagnetism from oxide clusters/nano-particles becomes dominant for higher Co loads. • Superparamagnetism can be assigned to Co species of small size and finely dispersed.

  17. Synthesis of mesoporous nano-hydroxyapatite by using zwitterions surfactant

    EPA Science Inventory

    Mesoporous nano-hydroxyapatite (mn-HAP) was successfully synthesized via a novel micelle-templating method using lauryl dimethylaminoacetic acid as zwitterionic surfactant. The systematic use of such a surfactant in combination with microwave energy inputenables the precise contr...

  18. Enzyme catalytic membrane based on a hybrid mesoporous membrane.

    PubMed

    Fu, Wensheng; Yamaguchi, Akira; Kaneda, Hideaki; Teramae, Norio

    2008-02-21

    Immobilization of glucose oxidase (GOD) within a hybrid mesoporous membrane with 12 nm pore diameter was successfully achieved, resulting in catalytically high efficiency during flow of a glucose solution across the membrane.

  19. Mesoporous Iron Sulfide for Highly Efficient Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution

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    Miao, Ran; Dutta, Biswanath; Sahoo, Sanjubala; ...

    2017-09-05

    Here, we report a facile synthetic protocol to pre-pare mesoporous FeS2 without the aid of hard template as an electrocatalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). The mesoporous FeS2 materials with high surface area were successfully prepared by a sol-gel method follow-ing a sulfurization treatment in an H2S atmosphere. A re-markable HER catalytic performance was achieved with a low overpotential of 96 mV at a current density of 10 mA·cm2 and a Tafel slope of 78 mV per decade under alka-line conditions (pH 13). These theoretical calculations indicate that the excellent catalytic activity of mesoporous FeS2 is attributed to themore » exposed (210) facets. The mesoporous FeS2 material might be a promising alternative to the Pt-based electrocatalysts for water splitting.« less

  20. 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.

  1. Synthesis of stishovite nanocrystals from periodic mesoporous silica.

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    Mohanty, Paritosh; Li, Dong; Liu, Tianbo; Fei, Yingwei; Landskron, Kai

    2009-03-04

    Faceted stishovite nanocrystals with sizes of 200-400 nm were synthesized at a pressure of 12 GPa and a temperature of 400 degrees C in a multianvil apparatus using mesoporous silica SBA-16 as the precursor.

  2. Underpotential deposition and anodic stripping voltammetry at mesoporous microelectrodes.

    PubMed

    Sanchez, Pablo Lozano; Elliott, Joanne M

    2005-05-01

    Using the technique of liquid crystal templating a series of high surface area mesoporous platinum microelectrodes was fabricated. The underpotential deposition of metal ions at such electrodes was found to be similar to that at conventional platinum electrodes. The phenomena of underpotential deposition, in combination with the intrinsic properties of mesoporous microelectrodes (i.e. a high surface area and efficient mass transport) was exploited for the purpose of anodic stripping voltammetry. In particular the underpotential deposition of Ag(+), Pb(2+) and Cu(2+) ions was investigated and it was found that mesoporous microelectrodes were able to quantify the concentration of ions in solution down to the ppb range. The overall behaviour of the mesoporous electrodes was found to be superior to that of conventional microelectrodes and the effects of interference by surfactants were minimal.

  3. Synthesis of mesoporous nano-hydroxyapatite by using zwitterions surfactant

    EPA Science Inventory

    Mesoporous nano-hydroxyapatite (mn-HAP) was successfully synthesized via a novel micelle-templating method using lauryl dimethylaminoacetic acid as zwitterionic surfactant. The systematic use of such a surfactant in combination with microwave energy inputenables the precise contr...

  4. Mesoporous silicas with tunable morphology for the immobilization of laccase.

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

    2014-05-30

    Siliceous ordered mesoporous materials (OMM) are gaining interest as supports for enzyme immobilization due to their uniform pore size, large surface area, tunable pore network and the introduction of organic components to mesoporous structure. We used SBA-15 type silica materials, which exhibit a regular 2D hexagonal packing of cylindrical mesopores of uniform size, for non-covalent immobilization of laccase. Synthesis conditions were adjusted in order to obtain supports with different particle shape, where those with shorter channels had higher loading capacity. Despite the similar isoelectric points of silica and laccase and the close match between the size of laccase and the pore dimensions of these SBA-15 materials, immobilization was achieved with very low leaching. Surface modification of macro-/mesoporous amorphous silica by grafting of amine moieties was proved to significantly increase the isoelectric point of this support and improve the immobilization yield.

  5. 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

  6. Method to produce catalytically active nanocomposite coatings

    DOEpatents

    Erdemir, Ali; Eryilmaz, Osman Levent; Urgen, Mustafa; Kazmanli, Kursat

    2016-02-09

    A nanocomposite coating and method of making and using the coating. The nanocomposite coating is disposed on a base material, such as a metal or ceramic; and the nanocomposite consists essentially of a matrix of an alloy selected from the group of Cu, Ni, Pd, Pt and Re which are catalytically active for cracking of carbon bonds in oils and greases and a grain structure selected from the group of borides, carbides and nitrides.

  7. Improved Chemical Protective Gloves Using Elastomeric Nanocomposites

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2002-11-14

    available with 25-30 mil thick butyl rubber gloves. Neoprene nanocomposites were developed in Phase 1 and will be combined with Neoprene substrate in...protection currently available with 25-30 mil thick butyl rubber gloves. Neoprene nanocomposites were developed in Phase 1 and will be combined with... nanocomposite coated substrates or multilayer structures can have better flame resistance than butyl rubber as measured by vertical flame testing

  8. Polymer-phyllosilicate nanocomposites and their preparation

    DOEpatents

    Chaiko, David J.

    2007-01-09

    Polymer-phyllosilicate nanocomposites that exhibit superior properties compared to the polymer alone, and methods-for producing these polymer-phyllosilicate nanocomposites, are provided. Polymeric surfactant compatabilizers are adsorbed onto the surface of hydrophilic or natural phyllosilicates to facilitate the dispersal and exfoliation of the phyllosilicate in a polymer matrix. Utilizing polymeric glycol based surfactants, polymeric dicarboxylic acids, polymeric diammonium surfactants, and polymeric diamine surfactants as compatabilizers facilitates natural phyllosilicate and hydrophilic organoclay dispersal in a polymer matrix to produce nanocomposites.

  9. 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

  10. Simple synthesis of mesoporous boron nitride with strong cathodoluminescence emission

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    Meng, Xiang-Lin; Lun, Ning; Qi, Yong-Xin; Zhu, Hui-Ling; Han, Fu-Dong; Yin, Long-Wei; Fan, Run-Hua; Bai, Yu-Jun; Bi, Jian-Qiang

    2011-04-15

    Mesoporous BN was prepared at 550 {sup o}C for 10 h or so via a simple reaction between NaBH{sub 4} and CO(NH{sub 2}){sub 2}. X-ray diffraction demonstrates the formation of t-BN with lattice constants a=2.46 and c=6.67 A. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy displays a lot of porous films in the product, which possesses a high surface area of 219 m{sup 2} g{sup -1} and a pore size primarily around 3.8 nm tested by nitrogen adsorption-desorption method. The mesoporous BN exhibits a strong luminescence emission around 3.41 eV in the cathodoluminescence spectra, a high stability in both morphology and structure, and good oxidation resistance up to 800 {sup o}C. The byproducts generated during the reaction are responsible for the formation of the mesoporous BN. -- Graphical abstract: The mesoporous BN with a high specific surface area of 219 m{sup 2} g{sup -1} exhibits a strong luminescence emission around 3.41 eV in the CL spectra, high thermal stability in both morphology and structure, and good oxidation resistance up to 800 {sup o}C. Display Omitted Research highlights: Mesoporous BN was prepared by a simple reaction between NaBH{sub 4} and CO(NH{sub 2}){sub 2} at 550 {sup o}C. The mesoporous BN possesses a high surface area of 219 m{sup 2} g{sup -1}. The mesoporous BN exhibits a strong luminescence emission around 3.41 eV. The mesoporous BN has high stability and good oxidation resistance up to 800 {sup o}C.

  11. Near-infrared emission from mesoporous crystalline germanium

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    Boucherif, Abderraouf; Aimez, Vincent; Arès, Richard; Korinek, Andreas

    2014-10-15

    Mesoporous crystalline germanium was fabricated by bipolar electrochemical etching of Ge wafer in HF-based electrolyte. It yields uniform mesoporous germanium layers composed of high density of crystallites with an average size 5-7 nm. Subsequent extended chemical etching allows tuning of crystallites size while preserving the same chemical composition. This highly controllable nanostructure exhibits photoluminescence emission above the bulk Ge bandgap, in the near-infrared range (1095-1360nm) with strong evidence of quantum confinement within the crystallites.

  12. Preparation, characterization, and electrochemical application of mesoporous copper oxide

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    Cheng, Liang; Shao, Mingwang; Chen, Dayan; Zhang, Yuzhong

    2010-02-15

    Mesoporous CuO was successfully synthesized via thermal decomposition of CuC{sub 2}O{sub 4} precursors. These products had ring-like morphology, which was made up of nanoparticles with the average diameter of 40 nm. The electrochemical experiments showed that the mesoporous CuO decreased the overvoltage of the electrode and increased electron transference in the measurement of dopamine.

  13. Near-infrared emission from mesoporous crystalline germanium

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    Boucherif, Abderraouf; Korinek, Andreas; Aimez, Vincent; Arès, Richard

    2014-10-01

    Mesoporous crystalline germanium was fabricated by bipolar electrochemical etching of Ge wafer in HF-based electrolyte. It yields uniform mesoporous germanium layers composed of high density of crystallites with an average size 5-7 nm. Subsequent extended chemical etching allows tuning of crystallites size while preserving the same chemical composition. This highly controllable nanostructure exhibits photoluminescence emission above the bulk Ge bandgap, in the near-infrared range (1095-1360nm) with strong evidence of quantum confinement within the crystallites.

  14. In-situ immobilization of enzymes in mesoporous silicas

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    Santalla, Esther; Serra, Elías; Mayoral, Alvaro; Losada, José; Blanco, Rosa M.; Díaz, Isabel

    2011-04-01

    Lipase from Candida antarctica B, horseradish peroxidase and laccase have been entrapped in silica cages rising mesoporous structures. Lipase and laccase yielded the highest structured mesoporous material whereas horseradish peroxidase may have altered the symmetry giving as a result mesocelullar foam (MCF) type of cages. The possible effect in the final structure of the material of the nature, size and surface structure of the proteins as well as the presence of various additives in the enzyme extracts is currently under investigations.

  15. Thermal degradation kinetics and decomposition mechanism of PBSu nanocomposites with silica-nanotubes and strontium hydroxyapatite nanorods.

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    Papageorgiou, D G; Roumeli, E; Chrissafis, K; Lioutas, Ch; Triantafyllidis, K; Bikiaris, D; Boccaccini, A R

    2014-03-14

    Novel poly(butylene succinate) (PBSu) nanocomposites containing 5 and 20 wt% mesoporous strontium hydroxyapatite nanorods (SrHNRs) and silica nanotubes (SiNTs) were prepared by melt-mixing. A systematic investigation of the thermal stability and decomposition kinetics of PBSu was performed using pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (Py-GC-MS) and thermogravimetry (TG). Thorough studies of evolving decomposition compounds along with the isoconversional and model-fitting analysis of mass loss data led to the proposal of a decomposition mechanism for PBSu. Moreover, the effects of SrHNRs and SiNTs on the thermal stability and decomposition kinetics of PBSu were also examined in detail. The complementary use of these techniques revealed that the incorporation of SiNTs in PBSu does not induce significant effects neither on its thermal stability nor on its decomposition mechanism. In contrast, the addition of SrHNRs resulted in the catalysis of the initial decomposition steps of PBSu and also in modified decomposition mechanisms and activation energies. The evolving gaseous products of PBSu and their evolution pattern in the SiNT nanocomposites were the same as in neat PBSu, while they were slightly modified for the SrHNR nanocomposites, confirming the findings from thermogravimetric analysis.

  16. In situ microemulsion synthesis of hydroxyapatite-MgFe2O4 nanocomposite as a magnetic drug delivery system.

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    Foroughi, Firoozeh; Hassanzadeh-Tabrizi, S A; Bigham, Ashkan

    2016-11-01

    In this study, an innovative synthesis process has been developed to produce hydroxyapatite-magnesium ferrite (HA-MgFe2O4) nanocomposite. In addition, the effect of calcination temperature on drug delivery behavior of produced samples was investigated. HA-MgFe2O4 nanocomposite was prepared via one-step modified reverse microemulsion synthesis route. The resulting products were characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area analysis (BET). The calcined samples at 500 and 700°C demonstrated mesoporous characteristics and large specific surface areas of 88 and 32m(2)/g, respectively. TEM and VSM results showed that the nanocomposite calcined at 700°C has core-shell morphology and a maximum saturation magnetization of 9.47emug(-1). Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Mesoporous VN prepared by solid-solid phase separation

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    Yang Minghui; Ralston, Walter T.; Tessier, Franck; Allen, Amy J.; DiSalvo, Francis J.

    2013-01-15

    We recently reported a simple route to prepare mesoporous, conducting nitrides from Zn containing ternary transition metal oxides. Those materials result from the condensation of atomic scale voids created by the loss of Zn by evaporation, the replacement of 3 oxygen anions by 2 nitrogen anions, and in most cases the loss of oxygen to form water on the reduction of the transition metal. In this report, we present a different route to prepare mesoporous VN from K containing vanadium oxides. In this case, ammonolysis results in a multiphase solid product that contains VN, and other water soluble compounds such as KOH or KNH{sub 2}. On removing the K containing products by washing with degassed water, only mesoporous VN remains. VN materials with different pore sizes (10 nm-20 nm) were synthesized at 600 Degree-Sign C by varying the reaction time, while larger pores are obtained at higher temperatures (50 nm at 800 Degree-Sign C). - Graphical Abstract: The synthesis process of mesoporous VN from solid-solid separation. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mesoporous VN has been prepared by solid-solid phase separation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mesoporous VN was characterized by Rietveld refinement of PXRD, SEM and nitrogen physisorption. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer VN materials with different pore sizes (10 nm-50 nm) were synthesized.

  18. Synthesis of high thermally-stable mesoporous alumina particles.

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    Song, Lee-Hwa; Park, Seung Bin

    2010-01-01

    The mesoporous undoped and Si-doped alumina were prepared with an ultrasonic spray process, and found to have well-developed mesopore structures and large surface areas. The mesoporous Si-doped alumina has a high thermal stability up to 1473 K. Its surface area and pore volume were found to slowly decrease with increasing temperature. Mesoporous undoped alumina is transformed to gamma-alumina at 1073 K, whereas the amorphous nature of the pore walls of the Si-doped alumina is maintained up to 1073 K. When heat treatment was carried out at 1473 K for 2 h, the mesopore-networks of the undoped alumina collapsed, and then all the pore walls were converted into the alpha-alumina phase. In contrast, the mesoporosity of the Si-doped alumina persisted during heat treatment, and its pore walls were transformed to gamma-alumina. The decreases in the pore volume of the undoped alumina at 1073 K and 1473 K were found to be 36% and 99% respectively, but for the Si-doped alumina were only 24% and 36% respectively. The surface area of the undoped alumina at 1473 K was found to be 11 m2/g but that of the Si-doped samples at the same temperature is higher than 100 m2/g. Thus this mesoporous Si-doped alumina can be used as a catalytic support in reactions at high temperatures.

  19. Tuning properties of columnar nanocomposite oxides

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    Liao, Zhaoliang; Gao, Peng; Stadler, Shane; Jin, Rongying; Pan, Xiaoqing; Plummer, E. W.; Zhang, Jiandi

    2013-07-01

    One major challenge for engineering functional nanocomposites is how to tune the geometry structure and control the chemical composition. We demonstrate here that columnar nanocomposite films can be grown by using alternate deposition of La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 and V2O3 on LaAlO3 (111). A solid state reaction, rather than simple spinodal decomposition, dictates the nanocomposite structure, chemical composition, and functionality. By controlling the deposition time ratio of the two compounds, the physical properties of the composite films can be tuned, thus providing a flexible way to tailor nanocomposites for advanced functionality.

  20. Green thermal-assisted synthesis and characterization of novel cellulose-Mg(OH)2 nanocomposite in PEG/NaOH solvent.

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    Ponomarev, Nikolai; Repo, Eveliina; Srivastava, Varsha; Sillanpää, Mika

    2017-11-15

    Synthesis of nanocomposites was performed using microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), MgCl2 in PEG/NaOH solvent by a thermal-assisted method at different temperatures by varying time and the amount of MCC. Results of XRD, FTIR, and EDS mapping showed that the materials consisted of only cellulose (CL) and magnesium hydroxide (MH). According to FTIR and XRD, it was found that crystallinity of MH in cellulose nanocomposites is increased with temperature and heating time and decreased with increasing of cellulose amount. The PEG/NaOH solvent has a significant effect on cellulose and Mg(OH)2 morphology. BET and BJH results demonstrated the effects of temperature and cellulose amount on the pore size corresponding to mesoporous materials. TG and DTG analyses showed the increased thermal stability of cellulose nanocomposites with increasing temperature. TEM and SEM analyses showed an even distribution of MH nanostructures with various morphology in the cellulose matrix. The cellulose presented as the polymer matrix in the nanocomposites. It was supposed the possible interaction between cellulose and Mg(OH)2. The novel synthesis method used in this study is feasible, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Grafting Sulfated Zirconia on Mesoporous Silica

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    Wang, Yong; Lee, Kwan Young; Choi, Saemin; Liu, Jun; Wang, Li Q.; Peden, Charles HF

    2007-06-01

    Sulfated zirconia has received considerable attention as a potential solid acid catalyst in recent years. In this paper, the preparation and properties of acid catalysts obtained by grafting ziconia with atomic precision on MCM-41 mesoporous silica were studied. TEM and potential titration characterizations revealed that ZrO2/MCM-41 with monolayer coverage can be obtained using this grafting technique. Sulfated ZrO2/MCM-41 exhibits improved thermal stability than that of bulk sulfated zirconia, as evidenced by temperature programmed characterizations and XRD analysis. Temperature programmed reaction of isopropanol was used to evaluate the acidity of sulfated ZrO2/MCM-41. It was found that the acid strength of sulfated ZrO2/MCM-41 with monolayer coverage is weaker than bulk sulfated zirconia but stronger than SiO2-Al2O3, a common strong acid catalyst.

  2. C60-PMO: periodic mesoporous buckyballsilica.

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    Whitnall, Wesley; Cademartiri, Ludovico; Ozin, Geoffrey A

    2007-12-19

    Here we report the first documented synthesis of a periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO), that contains a multiply bonded C60 moiety integrated into the silica channel walls of the material, dubbed C60-PMO. This is accomplished through the acid-catalyzed co-assembly, of C60(NHCH2CH2CH2Si(OEt)3)x and tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) with a polyethyleneoxide-polylpropyleneoxide-polyethyleneoxide triblock copolymer template. The percentage of C60 in the final material was estimated to be a minimum of 63 vol %, but potentially as high as 91 vol %. The effects of the synthesis conditions on the mesostructure of the resulting materials are examined. In particular, we demonstrate that the C60 is uniformly distributed throughout the entire sample by the use of energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDX) analysis and an OsO4 label bonded to the C60.

  3. Mesoporous silica nanoparticles inhibit cellular respiration.

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    Tao, Zhimin; Morrow, Matthew P; Asefa, Tewodros; Sharma, Krishna K; Duncan, Cole; Anan, Abhishek; Penefsky, Harvey S; Goodisman, Jerry; Souid, Abdul-Kader

    2008-05-01

    We studied the effect of two types of mesoporous silica nanoparticles, MCM-41 and SBA-15, on mitochondrial O 2 consumption (respiration) in HL-60 (myeloid) cells, Jurkat (lymphoid) cells, and isolated mitochondria. SBA-15 inhibited cellular respiration at 25-500 microg/mL; the inhibition was concentration-dependent and time-dependent. The cellular ATP profile paralleled that of respiration. MCM-41 had no noticeable effect on respiration rate. In cells depleted of metabolic fuels, 50 microg/mL SBA-15 delayed the onset of glucose-supported respiration by 12 min and 200 microg/mL SBA-15 by 34 min; MCM-41 also delayed the onset of glucose-supported respiration. Neither SBA-15 nor MCM-41 affected cellular glutathione. Both nanoparticles inhibited respiration of isolated mitochondria and submitochondrial particles.

  4. Preparation ways and photoluminescence of mesoporous alumina

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    Zhang, P.; Liu, J.; Zhao, X.; Wu, G.

    2010-12-01

    High specific surface area (SSA) mesoporous alumina (MA) is synthesized by a sol-gel method using pelagic clay as the raw material. The MA synthesized with a (1-hexadecyl) trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB): utea mixed template shows a SSA of 385.56 m2/g and a mean pore size of 3.6 nm. And the SSA of the MA synthesized with the mixed template is increased compared with the MA synthesized with a CTAB single template. Simultaneously, the MA exhibits a blue photoluminescence which come from the defect F+ and F centers, and the higher PL emission of the MA synthesized with a CTAB: utea mixed template is attributed to the high defect center density in the MA.

  5. (129)Xe NMR of Mesoporous Silicas

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    Anderson, M.T.; Asink, R.A.; Kneller, J.M.; Pietrass, T.

    1999-04-23

    The porosities of three mesoporous silica materials were characterized with {sup 129}Xe NMR spectroscopy. The materials were synthesized by a sol-gel process with r = 0, 25, and 70% methanol by weight in an aqueous cetyltrimethylammonium bromide solution. Temperature dependent chemical shifts and spin lattice relaxation times reveal that xenon does not penetrate the pores of the largely disordered (r= 70%) silica. For both r = 0 and 25%, temperature dependent resonances corresponding to physisorbed xenon were observed. An additional resonance for the r = 25% sample was attributed to xenon between the disordered cylindrical pores. 2D NMR exchange experiments corroborate the spin lattice relaxation data which show that xenon is in rapid exchange between the adsorbed and the gas phase.

  6. 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

  7. 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

    2014-02-01

    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.

  8. Polypropylene Nanocomposites from Porous Clay Materials: Application in Ethylene Scavenger Packaging Films

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    Prakobna, Kasinee; Magaraphan, Rathanawan; Manuspiya, Hathaikarn

    2007-03-01

    The PCH is interesting material to use as entrapping system owing to its structure provides high surface area with uniform and specific pore size. In this work, the PCH is synthesized within the galleries of Na-bentonite clay by the polymerization of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) in the presence of surfactant micelles (cetyltrimethylammonium bromide and dodecylamine). In addition, a mesoporous clay with hybrid organic-inorganic PCH (HPCH) is modified via co-condensation reaction of TEOS and methyltriethoxysilane (MTS). Before the preparation of PCHs and HPCHs, the Na-bentonite clay was adjusted pH into 9, 7, 5 and 3. Furthermore, both PCH and HPCH are utilized as ethylene scavenger and blended with polypropylene (PP) for producing ethylene scavenging films in food packaging application. The eight samples of nanocomposites films including PCH-9, 7, 5, 3 and HPCH-9, 7, 5, 3 (numerals denote the pH-adjusted condition of Na-bentonite clay) will be measured oxygen and ethylene permeabilities; however, the present results obtained from PCH-9 and HPCH-9 nanocomposites films revealed that both oxygen and ethylene permeabilities of these films were less than that of PP virgin film. So these materials could be found new application in active packaging.

  9. Synthesis of MOF templated Cu/CuO@TiO2 nanocomposites for synergistic hydrogen production.

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    Mondal, Indranil; Pal, Ujjwal

    2016-02-14

    A copper metal-organic framework (Cu-MOF) provides access to Cu/CuO@TiO2 hybrid nanocomposites with highly dispersive copper species adsorbed on a TiO2 semiconducting system. This novel nanostructure exhibits efficient hydrogen evolution performance under solar illumination of intensity ∼1 Sun. The rate of H2 production was systematically optimized under different operational parameters. Experimental observation reveals that mesoporous Cu/CuO@TiO2 nanocomposite with 0.5 wt% Cu loading showed the highest rate of H2 production (286 mmol g(-1) h(-1)), which is considerably higher than that of CuO loaded TiO2 prepared using a conventional impregnation method. This high photocatalytic H2 production activity is attributed predominantly to the presence of surface deposited Cu(0) species and the small size of the heterojunction (1-2 nm) between CuO and TiO2, which facilitate interfacial charge carrier transfer from the TiO2 nanoparticles. The catalyst showed good recyclability under prolonged exposure (30 h) to solar irradiation. Unlike many Pt decorated TiO2 photocatalysts, this hybrid photocatalyst provides an inexpensive means of harnessing solar energy.

  10. Visible-light assisted methylene blue (MB) removal by novel TiO(2)/adsorbent nanocomposites.

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    Zhang, Wei; Zou, Linda; Wang, Lianzhou

    2010-01-01

    In present work, visible light sensitive TiO(2)/adsorbent nanocomposites (TNC) were prepared via a facile wet chemical method. Three types of adsorbents including zeolites (F-9, HSZ-690 and HSZ-930), mesoporous silica (MPS-2.7 and 4) and activated carbon, were used as the porous substrates for nanocomposites. Visible light sensitivity was incorporated to TNCs by nitrogen doping of TiO(2), which is obtained through the addition of a nitrogen precursor, triethylamine, within the same wet chemical procedure. The photocatalytic and adsorption ability of as-prepared TNC resultants were studied using solutions of methylene blue (MB) as a model pollutant. Synergistic interactions between adsorption and visible-light photocatalysis were observed, as under the assistance of visible-light irradiation all TNCs achieved higher MB removal rates than those by adsorption process alone. The better performance of the as-prepared N-doped TNC reveals its potential to be used for cost effective solar photocatalytic degradation of dissolved organic compounds.

  11. Adsorption and release of biocides with mesoporous silica nanoparticles

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    Popat, Amirali; Liu, Jian; Hu, Qiuhong; Kennedy, Michael; Peters, Brenton; Lu, Gao Qing (Max); Qiao, Shi Zhang

    2012-01-01

    In this proof-of-concept study, an agricultural biocide (imidacloprid) was effectively loaded into the mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) with different pore sizes, morphologies and mesoporous structures for termite control. This resulted in nanoparticles with a large surface area, tunable pore diameter and small particle size, which are ideal carriers for adsorption and controlled release of imidacloprid. The effect of pore size, surface area and mesoporous structure on uptake and release of imidacloprid was systematically studied. It was found that the adsorption amount and release profile of imidacloprid were dependent on the type of mesoporous structure and surface area of particles. Specifically, MCM-48 type mesoporous silica nanoparticles with a three dimensional (3D) open network structure and high surface area displayed the highest adsorption capacity compared to other types of silica nanoparticles. Release of imidacloprid from these nanoparticles was found to be controlled over 48 hours. Finally, in vivo laboratory testing on termite control proved the efficacy of these nanoparticles as delivery carriers for biopesticides. We believe that the present study will contribute to the design of more effective controlled and targeted delivery for other biomolecules.In this proof-of-concept study, an agricultural biocide (imidacloprid) was effectively loaded into the mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) with different pore sizes, morphologies and mesoporous structures for termite control. This resulted in nanoparticles with a large surface area, tunable pore diameter and small particle size, which are ideal carriers for adsorption and controlled release of imidacloprid. The effect of pore size, surface area and mesoporous structure on uptake and release of imidacloprid was systematically studied. It was found that the adsorption amount and release profile of imidacloprid were dependent on the type of mesoporous structure and surface area of particles

  12. 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

  13. Photoelectrochemical enzymatic biosensing of glucose using mesoporous TiO2

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    Chithralekha, P.; Kumar, V. T. Fidal; Chandra, T. S.; Roy, Somnath C.

    2017-05-01

    Mesoporous titania is prepared by sol-gel method. The enzymatic biosensing of glucose is done with mesoporous tiatania on ITO coated glass plates using photoelectrochemical method and mechanism of sensing is discussed.

  14. Single crystal particles of a mesoporous mixed transition metal oxide with a wormhole structure.

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    Lee, B; Lu, D; Kondo, J N; Domen, K

    2001-10-21

    A new type of mesoporous mixed transition metal oxide of Nb and Ta (NbTa-TIT-1) has been prepared through a two-step calcination, which consists of single crystal particles with wormhole mesoporous structure.

  15. Colloidal QDs-polymer nanocomposites

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    Gordillo, H.; Suárez, I.; Rodríguez-Cantó, P.; Abargues, R.; García-Calzada, R.; Chyrvony, V.; Albert, S.; Martínez-Pastor, J.

    2012-04-01

    Nanometer-size colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals, or Quantum Dots (NQD), are very prospective active centers because their light emission is highly efficient and temperature-independent. Nanocomposites based on the incorporation of QDs inside a polymer matrix are very promising materials for application in future photonic devices because they combine the properties of QDs with the technological feasibility of polymers. In the present work some basic applications of these new materials have been studied. Firstly, the fabrication of planar and linear waveguides based on the incorporation of CdS, CdSe and CdTe in PMMA and SU-8 are demonstrated. As a result, photoluminescence (PL) of the QDs are coupled to a waveguide mode, being it able to obtain multicolor waveguiding. Secondly, nanocomposite films have been evaluated as photon energy down-shifting converters to improve the efficiency of solar cells.

  16. [Multifunctional nanocomposite materials]. Progress report

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    Not Available

    1993-04-01

    These novel nanocomposites are microporous nanometal intercalated clays which have been prepared by a polyol process at 200C and a novel microwave-hydrothermal process using ethylene glycol. These novel nanocomposites have been found to be useful in the conversion of coal to asphaltenes. A crystalline tin (IV) arsenate hydroxide hydrate has been made and its lithium selective ion exchange properties have been measured. This exchanger has shown high lithium selectivity. Selective exchange of divalent transition metal ions in cryptomelane-type manganic acid with tunnel structure have also been studied. Several pillared clays have also been synthesized and their Mg{sup 2+}, Li{sup +} and UO{sub 2}{sup 2+} selectivity has been measured. The pillared clays appear to show some Li selectivity.

  17. Properties of nanocomposite PP fibres

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    Smole, Majda S.; Stakne, Kristina; Svetec, Diana G.; Kleinschek, Karin S.; Ribitsch, Volker

    2005-06-01

    PP-based nanocomposite fibres were prepared by direct polymer melt intercalation. With the intention to determine the size and dispersion of nanoparticles in the polymer matrix, fibres were plasma etched and SEM observations were performed. The influence of nanofiller content and coupling agent on electrokinetic properties was studied. PP monofilament fibres exhibit hydrophobe character with negative zeta potential value. The zeta potential value of co-polymer PP fibre decreases with increasing PPAA content and the isoelectric point IEP of co-polymer samples shifts towards acid region. Addition of modified montmorillonite due to the particles electropositive character, affects the reduction of zeta potential value and a slight shift of IEP towards neutral region is observed. Nano-particles content influences electrokinetic fibres properties, i.e. ZP value is changed, however IE point is not significantly changed by different concentrations of nanofiller. In addition to, mechanical properties of nanocomposite fibres were determined.

  18. Multiscale modeling of polymer nanocomposites

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    Sheidaei, Azadeh

    In recent years, polymer nano-composites (PNCs) have increasingly gained more attention due to their improved mechanical, barrier, thermal, optical, electrical and biodegradable properties in comparison with the conventional micro-composites or pristine polymer. With a modest addition of nanoparticles (usually less than 5wt. %), PNCs offer a wide range of improvements in moduli, strength, heat resistance, biodegradability, as well as decrease in gas permeability and flammability. Although PNCs offer enormous opportunities to design novel material systems, development of an effective numerical modeling approach to predict their properties based on their complex multi-phase and multiscale structure is still at an early stage. Developing a computational framework to predict the mechanical properties of PNC is the focus of this dissertation. A computational framework has been developed to predict mechanical properties of polymer nano-composites. In chapter 1, a microstructure inspired material model has been developed based on statistical technique and this technique has been used to reconstruct the microstructure of Halloysite nanotube (HNT) polypropylene composite. This technique also has been used to reconstruct exfoliated Graphene nanoplatelet (xGnP) polymer composite. The model was able to successfully predict the material behavior obtained from experiment. Chapter 2 is the summary of the experimental work to support the numerical work. First, different processing techniques to make the polymer nanocomposites have been reviewed. Among them, melt extrusion followed by injection molding was used to manufacture high density polyethylene (HDPE)---xGnP nanocomposties. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) also was performed to determine particle size and distribution and to examine fracture surfaces. Particle size was measured from these images and has been used for calculating the probability density function for GNPs in chapter 1. A series of nanoindentation tests have

  19. Probabilistic Simulation for Nanocomposite Characterization

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    Chamis, Christos C.; Coroneos, Rula M.

    2007-01-01

    A unique probabilistic theory is described to predict the properties of nanocomposites. The simulation is based on composite micromechanics with progressive substructuring down to a nanoscale slice of a nanofiber where all the governing equations are formulated. These equations have been programmed in a computer code. That computer code is used to simulate uniaxial strengths properties of a mononanofiber laminate. The results are presented graphically and discussed with respect to their practical significance. These results show smooth distributions.

  20. Silicone nanocomposite coatings for fabrics

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    Eberts, Kenneth (Inventor); Lee, Stein S. (Inventor); Singhal, Amit (Inventor); Ou, Runqing (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A silicone based coating for fabrics utilizing dual nanocomposite fillers providing enhanced mechanical and thermal properties to the silicone base. The first filler includes nanoclusters of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and a metal oxide and a second filler of exfoliated clay nanoparticles. The coating is particularly suitable for inflatable fabrics used in several space, military, and consumer applications, including airbags, parachutes, rafts, boat sails, and inflatable shelters.

  1. Composite and Nanocomposite Metal Foams

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    Duarte, Isabel; Ferreira, José M. F.

    2016-01-01

    Open-cell and closed-cell metal foams have been reinforced with different kinds of micro- and nano-sized reinforcements to enhance their mechanical properties of the metallic matrix. The idea behind this is that the reinforcement will strengthen the matrix of the cell edges and cell walls and provide high strength and stiffness. This manuscript provides an updated overview of the different manufacturing processes of composite and nanocomposite metal foams. PMID:28787880

  2. Composite and Nanocomposite Metal Foams.

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    Duarte, Isabel; Ferreira, José M F

    2016-01-28

    Open-cell and closed-cell metal foams have been reinforced with different kinds of micro- and nano-sized reinforcements to enhance their mechanical properties of the metallic matrix. The idea behind this is that the reinforcement will strengthen the matrix of the cell edges and cell walls and provide high strength and stiffness. This manuscript provides an updated overview of the different manufacturing processes of composite and nanocomposite metal foams.

  3. Mesoporous metal oxide microsphere electrode compositions and their methods of making

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    Parans Paranthaman, Mariappan; Bi, Zhonghe; Bridges, Craig A.; Brown, Gilbert M.

    2017-04-11

    Compositions and methods of making are provided for treated mesoporous metal oxide microspheres electrodes. The compositions include microspheres with an average diameter between about 200 nanometers and about 10 micrometers and mesopores on the surface and interior of the microspheres. The methods of making include forming a mesoporous metal oxide microsphere composition and treating the mesoporous metal oxide microspheres by at least annealing in a reducing atmosphere, doping with an aliovalent element, and coating with a coating composition.

  4. Mesoporous Silver-Melamine Nanowires Formed by Controlled Supermolecular Self-Assembly: A Selective Solid-State Electroanalysis for Probing Multiple Sulfides in Hyperhaline Media through the Specific Sulfide-Chloride Replacement Reactions.

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    Liu, Min; Zhang, Liyan; Hua, Yue; Feng, Luping; Jiang, Yao; Ding, Xiju; Qi, Wei; Wang, Hua

    2017-09-05

    Mesoporous silver-melamine (Ag-MA) nanocomposites were synthesized simply by the controlled supermolecular self-assembly process to be modified onto the electrodes for the electroanalysis of multiple sulfides in blood or wastewater. It was discovered that Ag-MA nanocomposites could be prepared with various morphological structures depending on the Ag-to-MA ratios. Furthermore, the electrodes modified with mesoporous Ag-MA nanowires could display stable and sharp electrochemical peaks of solid-state AgCl at a considerably low potential approaching zero, thus circumventing any interference from possibly coexisting electroactive substances in the background. More importantly, the yielded AgCl signals would decrease selectively induced by sulfides through the specific sulfide-chloride replacement reactions toward the transferring of AgCl into non-electroactive Ag2S. The developed electroanalysis strategy could facilitate the selective detection of multiple sulfides (i.e., S(2-) or H2S, Sx(2-), cysteine, and S2O3(2-)) in the complicated media with high-level salts such as blood and wastewater, showing a linear concentration range from 0.50 to 512 μM as exemplified for S(2-) ions in blood. Such an electroanalysis device equipped with the portable electrochemical transducer can be tailored for the field-deployable monitoring of a variety of sulfides in clinical and environmental analysis fields.

  5. Magnetic mesoporous thiourea-formaldehyde resin as selective adsorbent: A simple and highly-sensitive electroanalysis strategy for lead ions in drinking water and milk by solid state-based anodic stripping.

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    Zhao, Yanfang; Xu, Lubin; Liu, Min; Duan, Zhiqiang; Wang, Hua

    2018-01-15

    A simple and sensitive electroanalysis method has been developed for the direct determination of lead ions of nanomolar levels in real samples of drinking water and milk by employing magnetic mesoporous thiourea-formaldehyde resin (TUF@Fe3O4) nanocomposites as the capturing absorbents. Here, the prepared TUF@Fe3O4 with the large-surface-area mesoporous structure and strong Pb(2+)-binding ligands could facilitate the selective and large-scale adsorption of Pb(2+) ions from the complex sample matrices to be further magnetically separated onto the magnetic electrodes. Moreover, the Pb(2+) ions magnetically accumulated were electrochemically measured alternatively by the solid state-based anodic stripping of PbCl2. The detection limit was found to be 0.0070nmolL(-1). The as-developed Pb(2+) electroanalysis method with the magnetic electrodes and TUF@Fe3O4 nanocomposites could avoid the complicated sample preparation and electrode modification, thus holding the great potential of applications for the Pb(2+) detection in different real samples. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Metal containing mesoporous silica materials: Synthesis, characterization, and applications

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    Gomez, Sinue

    The work presented here comprises the development of a new route for the incorporation of transition metals (TM = Mn, V, Cr) into the pores of mesoporous silica materials, the characterization, and the applications of the resulting materials. The mesoporous silica material used in this work is of the M41S family, known as MCM-48. The first part of the work is going to be focused on in the incorporation of manganese species. Characterization of the resulting materials will be sub-divided in two major parts: (1) Structural and textural properties and (2) Analysis of the Mn oxidation state, coordination and location in the mesoporous host. The process of incorporation of Mn into the mesoporous materials takes place by using high valence metal precursor anions. Then a mechanism to describe the process of loading the Mn species will be proposed. The method developed makes possible the incorporation of high loadings of transition metals while maintaining the properties of the host material, MCM-48. In the second part of the research the synthesis method developed in the first part is used to incorporate other transition metals such as vanadium and chromium. As in the first part, the nature of the TM species is investigated and their catalytic application in oxidation of styrene is also studied. The materials show good activity towards styrene oxidation with conversions as high as 100%. The catalysts can also be recycled without significant loss of activity. Finally, the last part of the research deals with the incorporation of tin oxide into mesoporous silica. A similar approach to the one used for transition metals was used to load tin in MCM-48, however, discrete tin oxide nanoparticles were formed on the surface of the mesoporous structure rather than inside of the pores. The sensing properties towards reducing gases such as hydrogen of these materials were tested, and the Sn containing mesoporous silica show promising properties for gas sensing applications.

  7. Evaluation of Nanocomposites for Shielding Electromagnetic Interference

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    2011-09-01

    level of defense against EMI, existing composites require a supplementary application of conductive materials during the manufacturing process...high specific strength, low weight, and high conductivity yielding near limitless applications of this technology. They possess improved mechanical...properly design and develop nanocomposite structures. One area considered for nanocomposite application is spaceborne systems. Space vehicles are

  8. Nanocomposite of graphene and metal oxide materials

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    Liu, Jun; Aksay, Ilhan A.; Choi, Daiwon; Wang, Donghai; Yang, Zhenguo

    2013-10-15

    Nanocomposite materials comprising a metal oxide bonded to at least one graphene material. The nanocomposite materials exhibit a specific capacity of at least twice that of the metal oxide material without the graphene at a charge/discharge rate greater than about 10 C.

  9. Nanocrystal-polymer nanocomposite electrochromic device

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    Milliron, Delia; Runnerstrom, Evan; Helms, Brett; Llordes, Anna; Buonsanti, Raffaella; Garcia, Guillermo

    2015-12-08

    Described is an electrochromic nanocomposite film comprising a solid matrix of an oxide based material, the solid matrix comprising a plurality of transparent conducting oxide (TCO) nanostructures dispersed in the solid matrix and a lithium salt dispersed in the solid matrix. Also described is a near infrared nanostructured electrochromic device having a functional layer comprising the electrochromic nanocomposite film.

  10. Highly Conductive Multifunctional Graphene Polycarbonate Nanocomposites

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    Yoonessi, Mitra; Gaier, James R.

    2010-01-01

    Graphene nanosheet bisphenol A polycarbonate nanocomposites (0.027 2.2 vol %) prepared by both emulsion mixing and solution blending methods, followed by compression molding at 287 C, exhibited dc electrical percolation threshold of approx.0.14 and approx.0.38 vol %, respectively. The conductivities of 2.2 vol % graphene nanocomposites were 0.512 and 0.226 S/cm for emulsion and solution mixing. The 1.1 and 2.2 vol % graphene nanocomposites exhibited frequency-independent behavior. Inherent conductivity, extremely high aspect ratio, and nanostructure directed assembly of the graphene using PC nanospheres are the main factors for excellent electrical properties of the nanocomposites. Dynamic tensile moduli of nanocomposites increased with increasing graphene in the nanocomposite. The glass transition temperatures were decreased with increasing graphene for the emulsion series. High-resolution electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) showed isolated graphene with no connectivity path for insulating nanocomposites and connected nanoparticles for the conductive nanocomposites. A stacked disk model was used to obtain the average particle radius, average number of graphene layers per stack, and stack spacing by simulation of the experimental SANS data. Morphology studies indicated the presence of well-dispersed graphene and small graphene stacking with infusion of polycarbonate within the stacks.

  11. Biopolymer nanocomposite films reinforced with nanocellulose whiskers

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    Amit Saxena; Marcus Foston; Mohamad Kassaee; Thomas J. Elder; Arthur J. Ragauskas

    2011-01-01

    A xylan nanocomposite film with improved strength and barrier properties was prepared by a solution casting using nanocellulose whiskers as a reinforcing agent. The 13C cross-polarization magic angle spinning (CP/MAS) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analysis of the spectral data obtained for the NCW/xylan nanocomposite films indicated the signal intensity originating...

  12. Nanocomposite of graphene and metal oxide materials

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    Liu, Jun; Aksay, Ilhan A.; Choi, Daiwon; Wang, Donghai; Yang, Zhenguo

    2012-09-04

    Nanocomposite materials comprising a metal oxide bonded to at least one graphene material. The nanocomposite materials exhibit a specific capacity of at least twice that of the metal oxide material without the graphene at a charge/discharge rate greater than about 10C.

  13. Nanocomposite of graphene and metal oxide materials

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    Liu, Jun; Aksay, Ilhan A.; Choi, Daiwon; Wang, Donghai; Yang, Zhenguo

    2015-06-30

    Nanocomposite materials comprising a metal oxide bonded to at least one graphene material. The nanocomposite materials exhibit a specific capacity of at least twice that of the metal oxide material without the graphene at a charge/discharge rate greater than about 10 C.

  14. Highly Conductive Multifunctional Graphene Polycarbonate Nanocomposites

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    Yoonessi, Mitra; Gaier, James R.

    2010-01-01

    Graphene nanosheet bisphenol A polycarbonate nanocomposites (0.027 2.2 vol %) prepared by both emulsion mixing and solution blending methods, followed by compression molding at 287 C, exhibited dc electrical percolation threshold of approx.0.14 and approx.0.38 vol %, respectively. The conductivities of 2.2 vol % graphene nanocomposites were 0.512 and 0.226 S/cm for emulsion and solution mixing. The 1.1 and 2.2 vol % graphene nanocomposites exhibited frequency-independent behavior. Inherent conductivity, extremely high aspect ratio, and nanostructure directed assembly of the graphene using PC nanospheres are the main factors for excellent electrical properties of the nanocomposites. Dynamic tensile moduli of nanocomposites increased with increasing graphene in the nanocomposite. The glass transition temperatures were decreased with increasing graphene for the emulsion series. High-resolution electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) showed isolated graphene with no connectivity path for insulating nanocomposites and connected nanoparticles for the conductive nanocomposites. A stacked disk model was used to obtain the average particle radius, average number of graphene layers per stack, and stack spacing by simulation of the experimental SANS data. Morphology studies indicated the presence of well-dispersed graphene and small graphene stacking with infusion of polycarbonate within the stacks.

  15. The Synthesis of Ag-Doped Mesoporous TiO2

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    Li, Xiaohong S.; Fryxell, Glen E.; Wang, Chong M.; Engelhard, Mark H.

    2008-04-15

    Ag-doped mesoporous titanium oxide was prepared using non-ionic surfactants and easily handled titanium precursors, under mild reaction conditions. In contrast to the stabilizing effect of Cd-doping on mesoporous TiO2, Ag-doping was found to significantly destabilize the mesoporous structure.

  16. Core-shell structured silicon nanoparticles@TiO2-x/carbon mesoporous microfiber composite as a safe and high-performance lithium-ion battery anode.

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    Jeong, Goojin; Kim, Jae-Geun; Park, Min-Sik; Seo, Minsu; Hwang, Soo Min; Kim, Young-Ugk; Kim, Young-Jun; Kim, Jung Ho; Dou, Shi Xue

    2014-03-25

    A core-shell structured Si nanoparticles@TiO2-x/C mesoporous microfiber composite has been synthesized by an electrospinning method. The core-shell composite exhibits high reversible capacity, excellent rate capability, and improved cycle performance as an anode material for Li-ion batteries. Furthermore, it shows remarkable suppression of exothermic behavior, which can prevent possible thermal runaway and safety problems of the cells. The improved electrochemical and thermal properties are ascribed to the mechanically, electrically, and thermally robust shell structure of the TiO2-x/C nanocomposite encapsulating the Si nanoparticles, which is suggested as a promising material architecture for a safe and reliable Si-based Li-ion battery of high energy density.

  17. Description of Extrudate Swell for Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Wang, Kejian

    2010-01-01

    Extrudate swell is often observed to be weakened in nanocomposites compared to the pure polymer matrix. A theory quantifying this would be significant either for optimum processing or for understanding their viscoelasticity. A unified extrudate swell correlation with material properties and capillary parameters was suggested for polymer melt and their nanocomposites when considering the reservoir entry effect. More importantly, it was the first to find that the composite swell ratio can be the matrix swell ratio multiplied by the concentration shift factor, which is similar to the dynamic moduli expression for composites. The factor is a function of the shear field (stress or shear rate), filler content, filler internal structure and the surface state as well as the matrix properties. Several sets of swell data for nanocomposites were chosen from publications to test the new theories. The proposed quantitative model displayed good fit for the five kinds of nanocomposites, which verified the rationality of the swell theory for nanocomposites.

  18. Advances in rubber/halloysite nanotubes nanocomposites.

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    Jia, Zhixin; Guo, Baochun; Jia, Demin

    2014-02-01

    The research advances in rubber/halloysite nanotubes (rubber/HNTs) nanocomposites are reviewed. HNTs are environmentally-friendly natural nanomaterials, which could be used to prepare the rubber-based nanocomposites with high performance and low cost. Unmodified HNTs could be adopted to prepare the rubber/HNTs composites with improved mechanical properties, however, the rubber/HNTs nanocomposites with fine morphology and excellent properties were chiefly prepared with various modifiers by in situ mixing method. A series of rubber/HNTs nanocomposites containing several rubbers (SBR, NR, xSBR, NBR, PU) and different modifiers (ENR, RH, Si69, SA, MAA, ILs) have been investigated. The results showed that all the rubber/HNTs nanocomposites achieved strong interfacial interaction via interfacial covalent bonds, hydrogen bonds or multiple interactions, realized significantly improved dispersion of HNTs at nanoscale and exhibited excellent mechanical performances and other properties.

  19. Dynamic Strength Ceramic Nanocomposites Under Pulse Loading

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    Skripnyak, Evgeniya G.; Skripnyak, Vladimir V.; Vaganova, Irina K.; Skripnyak, Vladimir A.

    2015-06-01

    Multi-scale computer simulation approach has been applied to research of strength of nanocomposites under dynamic loading. The influence of mesoscopic substructures on the dynamic strength of ceramic and hybrid nanocomposites, which can be formed using additive manufacturing were numerically investigated. At weak shock wave loadings the shear strength and the spall strength of ceramic and hybrid nanocomposites depends not only phase concentration and porosity, but size parameters of skeleton substructures. The influence of skeleton parameter on the shear strength and the spall strength of ceramic nanocomposites with the same concentration of phases decreases with increasing amplitude of the shock pulse of microsecond duration above the double amplitude of the Hugoniot elastic limit of nanocomposites. This research carried out in 2014 -2015 was supported by grant from The Tomsk State University Academic D.I. Mendeleev Fund Program and also Ministry of Sciences and Education of Russian Federation (State task 2014/223, project 1943, Agreement 14.132.

  20. Tailored Nanocomposites of Polypropylene with Layered Silicates

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    Xu, L.; Nakajima, H; Manias, E; Krishnamoorti, R

    2009-01-01

    The melt rheological properties of layered silicate nanocomposites with maleic anhydride (MA) functionalized polypropylene are contrasted to those based on ammonium-terminated polypropylene. While the MA functionalized PP based nanocomposites exhibit solid-like linear viscoelastic behavior, consistent with the formation of a long-lived percolated nanoparticle network, the single-end ammonium functionalized PP based nanocomposites demonstrated liquid-like behavior at comparable montmorillonite concentrations. The differences in the linear viscoelasticity are attributed to the presence of bridging interactions in MA functionalized nanocomposites. Further, the transient shear stress of the MA functionalized nanocomposites in start-up of steady shear is a function of the shear strain alone, and the steady shear response is consistent with that of non-Brownian systems. The weak dependence of the steady first normal stress difference on the steady shear stress suggests that the polymer chain mediated silicate network contributes to such unique flow behavior.

  1. Bioactive mesoporous wollastonite particles for bone tissue engineering

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    Saravanan, S; Selvamurugan, Nagarajan

    2016-01-01

    The current investigation was aimed at identifying the role of mesoporous wollastonite particles on the healing of rat tibial bone defect. The bone defect was created with a 3-mm-diameter dental drill, and it was filled with mesoporous wollastonite particles. After second and fourth weeks of filling treatments, it was found that mesoporous wollastonite particles promoted bone formation as evidenced by X-ray, histological, scanning electron microscope, and energy-dispersive spectra studies. X-ray study showed the closure of drill hole as seen by high-dense radio-opacity image. Histological analysis depicted the deposition of collagen in the bone defect area in response to mesoporous wollastonite particles’ treatment. Scanning electron microscope–energy-dispersive spectra analyses of the sectioned implants also identified the deposition of apatite by these particles. Thus, our results suggested that mesoporous wollastonite particles have bioactive properties, and they can be used as a suitable filling material for promotion of bone formation in vivo. PMID:27928496

  2. Design and functionalization of photocatalytic systems within mesoporous silica.

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    Qian, Xufang; Fuku, Kojirou; Kuwahara, Yasutaka; Kamegawa, Takashi; Mori, Kohsuke; Yamashita, Hiromi

    2014-06-01

    In the past decades, various photocatalysts such as TiO2, transition-metal-oxide moieties within cavities and frameworks, or metal complexes have attracted considerable attention in light-excited catalytic processes. Owing to high surface areas, transparency to UV and visible light as well as easily modified surfaces, mesoporous silica-based materials have been widely used as excellent hosts for designing efficient photocatalytic systems under the background of environmental remediation and solar-energy utilization. This Minireview mainly focuses on the surface-chemistry engineering of TiO2/mesoporous silica photocatalytic systems and fabrication of binary oxides and nanocatalysts in mesoporous single-site-photocatalyst frameworks. Recently, metallic nanostructures with localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) have been widely studied in catalytic applications harvesting light irradiation. Accordingly, silver and gold nanostructures confined in mesoporous silica and their corresponding catalytic activity enhanced by the LSPR effect will be introduced. In addition, the integration of metal complexes within mesoporous silica materials for the construction of functional inorganic-organic supramolecular photocatalysts will be briefly described.

  3. 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

  4. Organized thiol functional groups in mesoporous core shell colloids

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    Marchena, Martin H.; Granada, Mara; Bordoni, Andrea V.; Joselevich, Maria; Troiani, Horacio; Williams, Federico J.; Wolosiuk, Alejandro

    2012-03-15

    The co-condensation in situ of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTMS) using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as a template results in the synthesis of multilayered mesoporous structured SiO{sub 2} colloids with 'onion-like' chemical environments. Thiol groups were anchored to an inner selected SiO{sub 2} porous layer in a bilayered core shell particle producing different chemical regions inside the colloidal layered structure. X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) shows a preferential anchoring of the -SH groups in the double layer shell system, while porosimetry and simple chemical modifications confirm that pores are accessible. We can envision the synthesis of interesting colloidal objects with defined chemical environments with highly controlled properties. - Graphical abstract: Mesoporous core shell SiO{sub 2} colloids with organized thiol groups. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Double shell mesoporous silica colloids templated with CTAB. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sequential deposition of mesoporous SiO{sub 2} layers with different chemistries. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer XPS shows the selective functionalization of mesoporous layers with thiol groups.

  5. Formation of monodisperse mesoporous silica microparticles via spray-drying.

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    Waldron, Kathryn; Wu, Winston Duo; Wu, Zhangxiong; Liu, Wenjie; Selomulya, Cordelia; Zhao, Dongyuan; Chen, Xiao Dong

    2014-03-15

    In this work, a protocol to synthesize monodisperse mesoporous silica microparticles via a unique microfluidic jet spray-drying route is reported for the first time. The microparticles demonstrated highly ordered hexagonal mesostructures with surface areas ranging from ~900 up to 1500 m(2)/g and pore volumes from ~0.6 to 0.8 cm(3)/g. The particle size could be easily controlled from ~50 to 100 μm from the same diameter nozzle via changing the initial solute content, or changing the drying temperature. The ratio of the surfactant (CTAB) and silica (TEOS), and the amount of water in the precursor were found to affect the degree of ordering of mesopores by promoting either the self-assembly of the surfactant-silica micelles or the condensation of the silica as two competing processes in evaporation induced self-assembly. The drying rate and the curvature of particles also affected the self-assembly of the mesostructure. The particle mesostructure is not influenced by the inlet drying temperature in the range of 92-160 °C, with even a relatively low temperature of 92 °C producing highly ordered mesoporous microparticles. The spray-drying derived mesoporous silica microparticles, while of larger sizes and more rapidly synthesized, showed a comparable performance with the conventional mesoporous silica MCM-41 in controlled release of a dye, Rhodamine B, indicating that these spray dried microparticles could be used for the immobilisation and controlled release of small molecules.

  6. Oxidative nanopatterning of titanium generates mesoporous surfaces with antimicrobial properties.

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    Variola, Fabio; Zalzal, Sylvia Francis; Leduc, Annie; Barbeau, Jean; Nanci, Antonio

    2014-01-01

    Mesoporous surfaces generated by oxidative nanopatterning have the capacity to selectively regulate cell behavior, but their impact on microorganisms has not yet been explored. The main objective of this study was to test the effects of such surfaces on the adherence of two common bacteria and one yeast strain that are responsible for nosocomial infections in clinical settings and biomedical applications. In addition, because surface characteristics are known to affect bacterial adhesion, we further characterized the physicochemical properties of the mesoporous surfaces. Focused ion beam (FIB) was used to generate ultrathin sections for elemental analysis by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), nanobeam electron diffraction (NBED), and high-angle annular dark field (HAADF) scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) imaging. The adherence of Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Candida albicans onto titanium disks with mesoporous and polished surfaces was compared. Disks with the two surfaces side-by-side were also used for direct visual comparison. Qualitative and quantitative results from this study indicate that bacterial adhesion is significantly hindered by the mesoporous surface. In addition, we provide evidence that it alters structural parameters of C. albicans that determine its invasiveness potential, suggesting that microorganisms can sense and respond to the mesoporous surface. Our findings demonstrate the efficiency of a simple chemical oxidative treatment in generating nanotextured surfaces with antimicrobial capacity with potential applications in the implant manufacturing industry and hospital setting.

  7. Oxidative nanopatterning of titanium generates mesoporous surfaces with antimicrobial properties

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    Variola, Fabio; Zalzal, Sylvia Francis; Leduc, Annie; Barbeau, Jean; Nanci, Antonio

    2014-01-01

    Mesoporous surfaces generated by oxidative nanopatterning have the capacity to selectively regulate cell behavior, but their impact on microorganisms has not yet been explored. The main objective of this study was to test the effects of such surfaces on the adherence of two common bacteria and one yeast strain that are responsible for nosocomial infections in clinical settings and biomedical applications. In addition, because surface characteristics are known to affect bacterial adhesion, we further characterized the physicochemical properties of the mesoporous surfaces. Focused ion beam (FIB) was used to generate ultrathin sections for elemental analysis by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), nanobeam electron diffraction (NBED), and high-angle annular dark field (HAADF) scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) imaging. The adherence of Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Candida albicans onto titanium disks with mesoporous and polished surfaces was compared. Disks with the two surfaces side-by-side were also used for direct visual comparison. Qualitative and quantitative results from this study indicate that bacterial adhesion is significantly hindered by the mesoporous surface. In addition, we provide evidence that it alters structural parameters of C. albicans that determine its invasiveness potential, suggesting that microorganisms can sense and respond to the mesoporous surface. Our findings demonstrate the efficiency of a simple chemical oxidative treatment in generating nanotextured surfaces with antimicrobial capacity with potential applications in the implant manufacturing industry and hospital setting. PMID:24872694

  8. 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.

  9. Improved photocatalytic activity of CdSe-nanocomposites: effect of Montmorillonite support towards efficient removal of Indigo Carmine.

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    Chikate, Rajeev C; Kadu, Brijesh S

    2014-04-24

    To ascertain the contribution of adsorptive capacity of Montmorillonite (MMT) towards photocatalytic process, CdSe-MMT nanocomposites are explored for adsorptive removal of Indigo Carmine (IC). The nanocomposites are prepared via two approaches: (a) in-situ formation and (b) wet impregnation of CdSe onto MMT support. XRD analysis of composites suggested the proper dispersion of CdSe nanoparticles in MMT clay matrix with spherical morphology of 5-10nm sized CdSe nanoparticles. These nanocomposites are employed for photocatalytic degradation of IC under visible light at various IC concentrations and different amount of catalyst. Kinetics of IC is found to be of pseudo-second order with 10% in-situ and 50% loaded nanocomposites exhibiting better photocatalytic activity at 1.0 g L(-)(1) catalyst and 100 mg L(-)(1)of IC. Dynamics of its adsorptive removal on the composite surface evaluated by employing error estimation tools clearly suggest that Redlich-Peterson and Flory-Huggins adsorption isotherms effectively describe the multi-layer process. It is observed that spontaneous, exothermic chemisorption process occurring on the surface indeed enhances photocatalytic activity. Moreover, such a feature is also found to be associated with diffusion of IC within mesoporous structure of MMT that subsequently favors pore-diffusion controlled adsorption process. IR spectral analysis demonstrated that IC molecule is degraded on the catalyst surface. Light or oxygenated species induced photocorrosion of CdSe is suppressed due to its composite formation with MMT that results in 620 ppm removal of IC during successive cycles; a feature ascribed as improved photocatalytic activity for CdSe nanoparticles.

  10. Sequential Vapor Infiltration Treatment Enhances the Ionic Current Rectification Performance of Composite Membranes Based on Mesoporous Silica Confined in Anodic Alumina.

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    Liang, Yanyan; Liu, Zhengping

    2016-12-20

    Ionic current rectification of nanofluidic diode membranes has been studied widely in recent years because it is analogous to the functionality of biological ion channels in principle. We report a new method to fabricate ionic current rectification membranes based on mesoporous silica confined in anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes. Two types of mesostructured silica nanocomposites, hexagonal structure and nanoparticle stacked structure, were used to asymmetrically fill nanochannels of AAO membranes by a vapor-phase synthesis (VPS) method with aspiration approach and were further modified via sequence vapor infiltration (SVI) treatment. The ionic current measurements indicated that SVI treatment can modulate the asymmetric ionic transport in prepared membranes, which exhibited clear ionic current rectification phenomenon under optimal conditions. The ionic current rectifying behavior is derived from the asymmetry of surface conformations, silica species components, and hydrophobic wettability, which are created by the asymmetrical filling type, silica depositions on the heterogeneous membranes, and the condensation of silanol groups. This article provides a considerable strategy to fabricate composite membranes with obvious ionic current rectification performance via the cooperation of the VPS method and SVI treatment and opens up the potential of mesoporous silica confined in AAO membranes to mimic fluid transport in biological processes.

  11. Mesoporous Silica Gel–Based Mixed Matrix Membranes for Improving Mass Transfer in Forward Osmosis: Effect of Pore Size of Filler

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    Lee, Jian-Yuan; Wang, Yining; Tang, Chuyang Y.; Huo, Fengwei

    2015-01-01

    The efficiency of forward osmosis (FO) process is generally limited by the internal concentration polarization (ICP) of solutes inside its porous substrate. In this study, mesoporous silica gel (SG) with nominal pore size ranging from 4–30 nm was used as fillers to prepare SG-based mixed matrix substrates. The resulting mixed matrix membranes had significantly reduced structural parameter and enhanced membrane water permeability as a result of the improved surface porosity of the substrates. An optimal filler pore size of ~9 nm was observed. This is in direct contrast to the case of thin film nanocomposite membranes, where microporous nanoparticle fillers are loaded to the membrane rejection layer and are designed in such a way that these fillers are able to retain solutes while allowing water to permeate through them. In the current study, the mesoporous fillers are designed as channels to both water and solute molecules. FO performance was enhanced at increasing filler pore size up to 9 nm due to the lower hydraulic resistance of the fillers. Nevertheless, further increasing filler pore size to 30 nm was accompanied with reduced FO efficiency, which can be attributed to the intrusion of polymer dope into the filler pores. PMID:26592565

  12. Fast and Low-Temperature (70 °C) Mineralization of Inkjet Printed Mesoporous TiO2 Photoanodes Using Ambient Air Plasma.

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    Homola, Tomáš; Dzik, Petr; Veselý, Michal; Kelar, Jakub; Černák, Mirko; Weiter, Martin

    2016-12-14

    Hybrid mesoporous titania/silica electron-generating and transporting layers were prepared using wet-coating with a dispersion consisting of prefabricated titania nanoparticles and a methyl-silica binder. Titania/methyl-silica wet layers were deposited by inkjet printing and further mineralized by low-temperature atmospheric-pressure air plasma using diffuse coplanar surface barrier discharge (DCSBD) to form a titania/silica hybrid nanocomposite coating. Morphological analysis performed by scanning electron microscopy revealed no damage to the titania nanoparticles and chemical analysis performed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy disclosed a rapid decrease in carbon and increase in oxygen, indicating the oxidation effect of the plasma. The coatings were further electrochemically investigated with linear sweep voltammetry and chronoamperometry. The magnitude of photocurrent and photocatalytic activity were found to increase significantly with the plasma exposure on the order of 10s of seconds. The results obtained demonstrate the potential of DCSBD ambient air plasma for fast and low-temperature mineralization of titania mesoporous coatings.

  13. Nanoassemblies constructed from bimodal mesoporous silica nanoparticles and surface-coated multilayer pH-responsive polymer for controlled delivery of ibuprofen.

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    Guo, Yueyue; Sun, Jihong; Bai, Shiyang; Jin, Xiaoqi

    2016-09-01

    The pH-sensitive poly(D-A) grafted amine-functionalized bimodal mesoporous silica (D-A/BMMs) was prepared by a facile method used as a drug delivery vehicle. They exhibited superior properties such as good dispersion in aqueous medium, high drug loading efficiency, improved stability and high drug release rates. Meanwhile, its structural features and performances in a controlled delivery of ibuprofen (IBU) were systematically investigated by using XRD, N2 adsorption and desorption, SEM, TEM, FT-IR, elemental analysis and TG techniques. The results demonstrated that the obtained nanocomposite presented a flexible control over drug release by controlling the grafting amount of D-A onto the mesopores surface of aminated BMMs. The cumulative percent release of IBU from D-A/BMMs was found to be much higher at pH 7.4 than at pH 2.0. The release rate was very slow in an acidic medium but became faster in a neutral medium, owing to hydrogen bonding in an acidic medium and electrostatic repulsion between negatively charged carboxyl groups in an alkaline medium.

  14. Mesoporous Silica Gel-Based Mixed Matrix Membranes for Improving Mass Transfer in Forward Osmosis: Effect of Pore Size of Filler

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    Lee, Jian-Yuan; Wang, Yining; Tang, Chuyang Y.; Huo, Fengwei

    2015-11-01

    The efficiency of forward osmosis (FO) process is generally limited by the internal concentration polarization (ICP) of solutes inside its porous substrate. In this study, mesoporous silica gel (SG) with nominal pore size ranging from 4-30 nm was used as fillers to prepare SG-based mixed matrix substrates. The resulting mixed matrix membranes had significantly reduced structural parameter and enhanced membrane water permeability as a result of the improved surface porosity of the substrates. An optimal filler pore size of ~9 nm was observed. This is in direct contrast to the case of thin film nanocomposite membranes, where microporous nanoparticle fillers are loaded to the membrane rejection layer and are designed in such a way that these fillers are able to retain solutes while allowing water to permeate through them. In the current study, the mesoporous fillers are designed as channels to both water and solute molecules. FO performance was enhanced at increasing filler pore size up to 9 nm due to the lower hydraulic resistance of the fillers. Nevertheless, further increasing filler pore size to 30 nm was accompanied with reduced FO efficiency, which can be attributed to the intrusion of polymer dope into the filler pores.

  15. Preparation and characterization of phosphate-modified mesoporous TiO2 incorporated in a silica matrix and their photocatalytic properties in the photodegradation of Congo red

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    Estrella González, Alberto; Asomoza, Maximiliano; Arellano, Ulises; Cipagauta Díaz, Sandra; Solís, Silvia

    2017-09-01

    This study describes the development of mesostructured TiO2 photocatalysts modified with PO4 3- to improve its specific surface area and reduce the recombination rate of the electron—hole pairs. The mesoporous photocatalyst was successfully incorporated into a high specific surface area silica matrix by the hydrolysis reaction of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS). Pluronic 123 and phosphoric acid were used as the directing agent for the structure of the mesoporous TiO2 and as a source of phosphorus, respectively. TiO2, P/TiO2, TiO2-SiO2 and P/TiO2-SiO2 materials were characterized by BET, XRD, TEM-EDS, FTIR and UV-vis DRS measurements. The photoactivity of TiO2-SiO2 nanocomposites containing 15 wt.% photocatalyst/silica was evaluated in the degradation reaction of anionic dyes with UV radiation. The proposed nanomaterials showed high potential for applications in the remediation of wastewater, being able to reuse in several cycles of reaction, maintaining its photoactivity and stability. The separation and recovery time of the material is reduced between cycles since no centrifugation or filtration processes are required after the photooxidation reaction.

  16. EDITORIAL: Optics of nanocomposite materials Optics of nanocomposite materials

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    Kaczmarek, Malgosia; Tomita, Yasuo

    2009-02-01

    This special issue aims to consolidate and capture the breadth of current research at the forefront of photonic nanocomposite materials. The selection of articles from multi-component, hybrid polymer-liquid crystal materials to nanocrystalline materials reflects different strands of research pursued in that area. Both review and research papers, covering basic and applied research topics, are presented. Photonic nanocomposite materials are generally constructed by embedding an optically functional nanosized guest material (e.g. nanoparticles, nanocrystals and molecules) into an optically transparent host matrix such as organics (e.g. (photo)polymers, polymer blends, liquid crystals) or inorganic solids (e.g. glasses and ceramics). The addition of the guest material to the host matrix can yield significant improvement and modification in their mechanical, thermal, transport and optical properties over bulk materials. As a result, high-performance photonic functionalities, with environmentally stable optical characteristics, can be achieved. In addition, nanocomposite materials can be tailor-made via the control of their linear optical properties, such as the refractive index and absorption as well as their laser, electro-optic, and nonlinear optical properties. For example, the incorporation of liquid crystalline droplets in polymers gives electrically controllable light scattering characteristics, ideally suited for display and optical switching applications. Dispersing inorganic or organic nanoparticles in optical materials leads to a strong response to incident light. Indeed, ferroelectric nanoparticles in cholesteric liquid crystals enhance the electro-optic response of the mixture. In photopolymers, nanoparticles make the formation of a high-contrast holographic grating possible, which should prove useful for applications such as optical elements and data storage. Moreover, nanoparticles dispersed in photopolymer can be assembled by light, providing the

  17. Novel mesoporous P-doped graphitic carbon nitride nanosheets coupled with ZnIn2S4 nanosheets as efficient visible light driven heterostructures with remarkably enhanced photo-reduction activity

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    Chen, Wei; Liu, Tian-Yu; Huang, Ting; Liu, Xiao-Heng; Yang, Xu-Jie

    2016-02-01

    In this report, we rationally designed and fabricated P-C3N4/ZnIn2S4 nanocomposites by in situ immobilizing ZnIn2S4 nanosheets onto the surface of mesoporous P-doped graphite carbon nitrogen (P-C3N4) nanosheets in a mixed solvothermal environment; their application to the photoreduction of 4-nitroaniline was used to estimate the photocatalytic performance. Different to the template route, here the mesoporous P-C3N4 nanosheets were prepared with a template-free strategy. The as-fabricated P-C3N4/ZnIn2S4 nanocomposites were systematically characterized by analyzing the phase structure, chemical components, electronic and optical properties and separation of charge carrier pairs. More importantly, these P-C3N4/ZnIn2S4 heterostructures have been proven to be highly efficient visible light responsive photocatalysts for photo-reduction, and meanwhile exhibit excellent photo-stability during recycling runs. The sufficient evidence reveals that the significantly improved photocatalytic performance is mainly attributed to the more efficient charge carrier separation based on the construction of a close heterogeneous interface. This work may provide new insights into the utilization of P-C3N4/ZnIn2S4 nanocomposites as visible light driven photocatalysts for comprehensive organic transformations in the field of fine chemical engineering.In this report, we rationally designed and fabricated P-C3N4/ZnIn2S4 nanocomposites by in situ immobilizing ZnIn2S4 nanosheets onto the surface of mesoporous P-doped graphite carbon nitrogen (P-C3N4) nanosheets in a mixed solvothermal environment; their application to the photoreduction of 4-nitroaniline was used to estimate the photocatalytic performance. Different to the template route, here the mesoporous P-C3N4 nanosheets were prepared with a template-free strategy. The as-fabricated P-C3N4/ZnIn2S4 nanocomposites were systematically characterized by analyzing the phase structure, chemical components, electronic and optical properties and

  18. Template method synthesis of mesoporous carbon spheres and its applications as supercapacitors

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    2012-01-01

    Mesoporous carbon spheres (MCS) have been fabricated from structured mesoporous silica sphere using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) with ethylene as a carbon feedstock. The mesoporous carbon spheres have a high specific surface area of 666.8 m2/g and good electrochemical properties. The mechanism of formation mesoporous carbon spheres (carbon spheres) is investigated. The important thing is a surfactant hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB), which accelerates the process of carbon deposition. An additional advantage of this surfactant is an increase the yield of product. These mesoporous carbon spheres, which have good electrochemical properties is suitable for supercapacitors. PMID:22643113

  19. Synthesis of ordered mesoporous La2O3-ZrO2 composites with encapsulated Pt NPs and the effect of La-dopping on catalytic activity.

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    Gao, Yan; Zhang, Yiwei; Zhou, Yuming; Zhang, Chao; Zhang, Hongxing; Zhao, Shuo; Fang, Jiasheng; Huang, Mengqiu; Sheng, Xiaoli

    2017-10-01

    In this work, we report a feasible approach to synthesize a ternary nanocomposites, Pt/lanthanum doped mesoporous zirconium oxide (Pt/La2O3-ZrO2), via an effective two-step method. Ordered mesoporous La2O3-ZrO2 composites were firstly fabricated with mesoporous silica KIT-6 as a hard template. Subsequently, uniform Pt nanoparticles encapsulated by 4 hydroxyl-terminated poly (amidoamine) (G4-OH PAMAM) dendrimers were deposited on the La2O3-ZrO2 composites. The as-prepared samples were characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM), N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm analysis, energy dispersion X-ray analysis (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR). The average size of PtDENs was found to be 1.48nm in diameter. Furthermore, the introduction of La could improve the structure of the supports which was confirmed by XRD and H2-TPR analysis. The reduction of p-nitrophenol to p-aminophenol by NaBH4 was utilized to evaluate the catalytic performances of catalysts. Results indicated that the Pt/La2O3-ZrO2 catalyst calcined in nitrogen at 550°C exhibited the highest catalytic performance and still kept the high catalytic activity even after six cycles. This phenomenon suggests that synergistic effect among Pt-Zr-La could enhance the catalytic efficiency. Finally, reaction mechanism was proposed for the reduction of p-nitrophenol. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Nanostructured materials based on mesoporous silica and mesoporous silica/apatite as osteogenic growth peptide carriers.

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    Mendes, L S; Saska, S; Martines, M A U; Marchetto, R

    2013-10-01

    The aim of this work was the preparation of inorganic mesoporous materials from silica, calcium phosphate and a nonionic surfactant and to evaluate the incorporation and release of different concentrations of osteogenic growth peptide (OGP) for application in bone regeneration. The adsorption and release of the labeled peptide with 5,6-carboxyfluorescein (OGP-CF) from the mesoporous matrix was monitored by fluorescence spectroscopy. The specific surface area was 880 and 484 m(2) g(-1) for pure silica (SiO) and silica/apatite (SiCaP), respectively; the area influenced the percentage of incorporation of the peptide. The release of OGP-CF from the materials in simulated body fluid (SBF) was dependent on the composition of the particles, the amount of incorporated peptide and the degradation of the material. The release of 50% of the peptide content occurred at around 4 and 30 h for SiCaP and SiO, respectively. In conclusion, the materials based on SiO and SiCaP showed in vitro bioactivity and degradation; thus, these materials should be considered as alternative biomaterials for bone regeneration.

  1. Nanoclay-based hierarchical interconnected mesoporous CNT/PPy electrode with improved specific capacitance for high performance supercapacitors.

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    Oraon, Ramesh; De Adhikari, Amrita; Tiwari, Santosh Kumar; Nayak, Ganesh Chandra

    2016-05-31

    A natural layered clay known as montmorillonite, a lamellar aluminosilicate with ∼1 nm thickness, has attracted intense attention in ongoing research due to its large natural abundance and environmental friendliness. Endowed with highly active surface sites the nanoclay has been extensively used in various fields viz. catalysis, biosensors etc. even though the role played by nanoclay on energy storage performance has not been elucidated. In this present work, a series of nanoclay (Closite 30B) based hierarchical open interconnected mesoporous electrode materials for supercapacitors (SCs) has been synthesized in the presence of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and polypyrrole (PPy) by a facile in situ and ex situ approach. The role of nanoclay was explored as a dopant and its substantial doping effect exerted on the electrochemical performance towards energy storage was investigated. A coating of PPy over CNTs and nanoclay was confirmed from FESEM analysis which revealed the genesis of a nanoclay-supported hierarchical interconnected mesoporous framework. Furthermore, a PPy-coated CNT array in the presence of nanoclay was found to be highly porous with a high specific surface area without obvious deterioration. These interconnected structures can contribute to better penetration of electrolyte ions by shortening the path length for rapid transport of ions and electrons even at high rates. Cyclic voltammetry measurements revealed that nanoclay based in situ composite (CNP) and ex situ composite (CPN) exhibited a maximum specific capacitance of 425 F g(-1) and 317 F g(-1), respectively at a scan rate of 10 mV s(-1), which is comparatively higher than that of CP (i.e. PPy-coated CNTs) (76.77 F g(-1)). Similarly, a 273% increase in the specific capacitance of PPy was achieved after nanoclay incorporation in the nanocomposite NP (i.e. PPy-coated nanoclay) as compared to virgin PPy. These results are in good agreement with the specific capacitance performance by galvanostatic

  2. Zirconia-silica based mesoporous desulfurization adsorbents

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    Palomino, Jessica M.; Tran, Dat T.; Kareh, Ana R.; Miller, Christopher A.; Gardner, Joshua M. V.; Dong, Hong; Oliver, Scott R. J.

    2015-03-01

    We report a series of mesoporous silicate sorbent materials templated by long-chain primary alkylamines that display record level of desulfurization of the jet fuel JP-8. Pure silica frameworks and those with a Si:Zr synthesis molar ratio ranging from 44:1 to 11:1 were investigated. The optimum sorbent was identified as dodecylamine-templated silica-zirconia synthesized from a gel with Si:Zr molar ratio of 15:1. With an optimized silver loading of 11 wt.%, a saturation adsorption capacity of 39.4 mgS g-1 and a silver efficiency of 1.21 molS mol Ag-1 were observed for JP-8. This sorbent displayed exceptional regenerability, maintaining 86% of its initial capacity in model fuel after solvent regeneration with diethyl ether. Low-cost, portable and reusable sorbents for the desulfurization of JP-8 jet fuel are needed to make solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) a reality for military power needs. SOFCs require ultra-low sulfur content fuel, which traditional desulfurization methods cannot achieve.

  3. Controlled drug release from bifunctionalized mesoporous silica

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    Xu Wujun; Gao Qiang; Xu Yao Wu Dong; Sun Yuhan; Shen Wanling; Deng Feng

    2008-10-15

    Serial of trimethylsilyl-carboxyl bifunctionalized SBA-15 (TMS/COOH/SBA-15) have been studied as carriers for controlled release of drug famotidine (Famo). To load Famo with large capacity, SBA-15 with high content of carboxyl groups was successfully synthesized by one-pot synthesis under the assistance of KCl. The mesostructure of carboxyl functionalized SBA-15 (COOH/SBA-15) could still be kept even though the content of carboxyl groups was up to 57.2%. Increasing carboxyl content could effectively enhance the loading capacity of Famo. Compared with pure SBA-15, into which Famo could be hardly adsorbed, the largest drug loading capacity of COOH/SBA-15 could achieve 396.9 mg/g. The release of Famo from mesoporous silica was studied in simulated intestine fluid (SIF, pH=7.4). For COOH/SBA-15, the release rate of Famo decreased with narrowing pore size. After grafting TMS groups on the surface of COOH/SBA-15 with hexamethyldisilazane, the release of Famo was greatly delayed with the increasing content of TMS groups. - Graphical abstract: Trimethylsilyl-carboxyl bifunctionalized SBA-15 has been studied as carrier for controlled release of drug famotidine. To load drug with large capacity, SBA-15 with high content of carboxyl groups was successfully synthesized. After grafting trimethylsilyl groups on the surface of carboxyl functionalized SBA-15, the release of Famo was greatly delayed with the increasing content of TMS groups.

  4. 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.

  5. Nanostructured mesoporous silica matrices in nanomedicine.

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    Vallet-Regí, M

    2010-01-01

    In the last few years the biomedical research field has shown a growing interest towards nanostructured mesoporous silica materials, whose chemical composition is silica and present nanometric pores. These bioceramics exhibit two important features: they can regenerate osseous tissues--the bond bioactivity of these materials has been confirmed by the formation of biological-like nanoapatites on their surface when in contact with physiological fluids--and they are able to act as controlled release systems. Drugs in the nanometre scale can be loaded on those matrices and then locally released in a controlled fashion. It is possible to chemically modify the silica walls to favour the adsorption of certain biomolecules such as peptides, proteins or growth factors. It is even possible to design smart biomaterials where the drug is released under an external stimulus. Thus, looking at all those properties, a question arises: Have these bioceramics good expectations to be used in clinical medical practice? Their biocompatibility, bioactivity, capacity to regenerate bone and ability to act as controlled release systems of biologically active species have been confirmed. In fact, their preliminary in vitro and in vivo essays have been positive. Now it is the time to adequate all these properties to the actual clinical problems, and to evaluate their efficiency in comparison with materials already known and currently employed such as bioglasses.

  6. 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.

  7. Mesoporous silica and organosilica films templated by nanocrystalline chitin.

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    Nguyen, Thanh-Dinh; Shopsowitz, Kevin E; MacLachlan, Mark J

    2013-11-04

    Liquid crystalline phases can be used to impart order into inorganic solids, creating materials that mimic natural architectures. Herein, mesoporous silica and organosilica films with layered structures and high surface areas have been templated by nanocrystalline chitin. Aqueous suspensions of spindle-shaped chitin nanocrystals were prepared by sequential deacetylation and hydrolysis of chitin fibrils isolated from king crab shells. The nanocrystalline chitin self-assembles into a nematic liquid-crystalline phase that has been used to template silica and organosilica composites. Removal of the chitin template by either calcination or sulfuric-acid-catalyzed hydrolysis gave mesoporous silica and ethylene-bridged organosilica films. The large, crack-free mesoporous films have layered structures with features that originate from the nematic organization of the nanocrystalline chitin.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

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

    2013-10-04

    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. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Generalised syntheses of ordered mesoporous oxides: the atrane route

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    Cabrera, Saúl; El Haskouri, Jamal; Guillem, Carmen; Latorre, Julio; Beltrán-Porter, Aurelio; Beltrán-Porter, Daniel; Marcos, M. Dolores; Amorós *, Pedro

    2000-06-01

    A new simple and versatile technique to obtain mesoporous oxides is presented. While implying surfactant-assisted formation of mesostructured intermediates, the original chemical contribution of this approach lies in the use of atrane complexes as precursors. Without prejudice to their inherent unstability in aqueous solution, the atranes show a marked inertness towards hydrolysis. Bringing kinetic factors into play, it becomes possible to control the processes involved in the formation of the surfactant-inorganic phase composite micelles, which constitute the elemental building blocks of the mesostructures. Independent of the starting compositional complexity, both the mesostructured intermediates and the final mesoporous materials are chemically homogeneous. The final ordered mesoporous materials are thermally stable and show unimodal porosity, as well as homogeneous microstructure and texture. Examples of materials synthesised on account of the versatility of this new method, including siliceous, non siliceous and mixed oxides, are presented and discussed.

  14. Highly Aminated Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles with Cubic Pore Structure

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    Suteewong, Teeraporn; Sai, Hiroaki; Cohen, Roy; Wang, Suntao; Bradbury, Michelle; Baird, Barbara; Gruner, Sol M.; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2010-01-01

    Mesoporous silica with cubic symmetry has attracted interest from researchers for some times. Here we present the room temperature synthesis of mesoporous silica nanoparticles possessing cubic Pm3̄n symmetry with very high molar ratios (>50%) of 3-aminopropyl triethoxysilane. The synthesis is robust allowing, e.g. for co-condensation of organic dyes without loss of structure. By means of pore expander molecules, the pore size can be enlarged from 2.7 to 5 nm, while particle size decreases. Adding pore expander and co-condensing fluorescent dyes in the same synthesis reduces average particle size further down to 100 nm. After PEGylation, such fluorescent aminated mesoporous silica nanoparticles are spontaneously uptaken by cells as demonstrated by fluorescence microscopy. PMID:21158438

  15. 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.

  16. Bare and Effective Charge of Mesoporous Silica Particles.

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    Valetti, Sabrina; Feiler, Adam; Trulsson, Martin

    2017-07-25

    We develop and combine a novel numerical model, within the Poisson-Boltzmann framework, with classical experimental titration techniques for mesoporous silica particles to study the charging behavior as both pH and the amount of monovalent salt are varied. One key finding is that these particles can be considered to have an effectively or apparent electroneutral inner core with an effectively charged rim. As a consequence, the total apparent charge of the particle is several orders of magnitude smaller than that of the bare silica charge, which accounts only for the charged silanol groups of the mesoporous silica particles and which has its major contribution from the interior. Hence, the interior dictates the mesoporous silicas' bare charge while the rim its effective charge. We furthermore report density, charge, and accumulated charge profiles across the particle's interface.

  17. Ultrahigh porosity in mesoporous MOFs: promises and limitations.

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    Senkovska, Irena; Kaskel, Stefan

    2014-07-11

    Mesoporous MOFs are currently record holders in terms of the specific surface area with values exceeding 7000 m(2) g(-1), a textural feature unattained by traditional porous solids such as zeolites, carbons and even by graphene. They are promising candidates for high pressure gas storage and also for conversion or separation of larger molecules, whose size exceeds the pore size of zeolites. The rational strategies for synthesis of mesoporous MOF are outlined and the unambiguous consistent assessment of the surface area of such ultrahighly porous materials, as well as present challenges in the exciting research field, of mesoporous MOFs are discussed. The crystallinity, dynamic properties, functional groups, and wide range tunability render these materials as exceptional solids, but for the implementation in functional devices and even in industrial processes several aspects and effective characteristics (such as volumetric storage capacities, recyclability, mechanical and chemical stability, activation) should be addressed.

  18. 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.

  19. Mesoporous Silica Molecular Sieve based Nanocarriers: Transpiring Drug Dissolution Research.

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    Pattnaik, Satyanarayan; Pathak, Kamla

    2017-01-01

    Improvement of oral bioavailability through enhancement of dissolution for poorly soluble drugs has been a very promising approach. Recently, mesoporous silica based molecular sieves have demonstrated excellent properties to enhance the dissolution velocity of poorly water-soluble drugs. Current research in this area is focused on investigating the factors influencing the drug release from these carriers, the kinetics of drug release and manufacturing approaches to scale-up production for commercial manufacture. This comprehensive review provides an overview of different methods adopted for synthesis of mesoporous materials, influence of processing factors on properties of these materials and drug loading methods. The drug release kinetics from mesoporous silica systems, the manufacturability and stability of these formulations are reviewed. Finally, the safety and biocompatibility issues related to these silica based materials are discussed. Copyright© Bentham Science Publishers; For any queries, please email at epub@benthamscience.org.

  20. MAGNETIC IMAGING OF NANOCOMPOSITE MAGNETS

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    VOLKOV,V.V.ZHU,Y.

    2003-08-03

    Understanding the structure and magnetic behavior is crucial for optimization of nanocomposite magnets with high magnetic energy products. Many contributing factors such as phase composition, grain size distribution and specific domain configurations reflect a fine balance of magnetic energies at nanometer scale. For instance, magnetocrystalline anisotropy of grains and their orientations, degree of exchange coupling of magnetically soft and hard phases and specific energy of domain walls in a material. Modern microscopy, including Lorentz microscopy, is powerful tool for visualization and microstructure studies of nanocomposite magnets. However, direct interpretation of magnetically sensitive Fresnel/Foucault images for nanomagnets is usually problematic, if not impossible, because of the complex image contrast due to small grain size and sophisticated domain structure. Recently we developed an imaging technique based on Lorentz phase microscopy [l-4], which allows bypassing many of these problems and get quantitative information through magnetic flux mapping at nanometer scale resolution with a magnetically calibrated TEM [5]. This is our first report on application of this technique to nanocomposite magnets. In the present study we examine a nanocomposite magnet of nominal composition Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14+{delta}}B{sub 1.45} (14+{delta}=23.3, i.e. ''hard'' Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B-phase and 47.8 wt% of ''soft'' {alpha}-Fe phase ({delta}=9.3)), produced by Magnequench International, Inc. Conventional TEM/HREM study (Fig. 1-2) suggests that material has a bimodal grain-size distribution with maximum at d{sub max}=25 nm for Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B phase and d{sub max} = 15 nm for {alpha}-Fe phase (Fig.1c, Fig.2) in agreement with synchrotron X-ray studies (d{sub max}=23.5 nm for Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B [6]). Lattice parameters for Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B phase are a=8.80 and c=12.2 {angstrom}, as derived from SAED ring patterns (Fig.1a), again in good agreement with X-ray data

  1. Effective Optical Properties of Plasmonic Nanocomposites

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    Etrich, Christoph; Fahr, Stephan; Hedayati, Mehdi Keshavarz; Faupel, Franz; Elbahri, Mady; Rockstuhl, Carsten

    2014-01-01

    Plasmonic nanocomposites find many applications, such as nanometric coatings in emerging fields, such as optotronics, photovoltaics or integrated optics. To make use of their ability to affect light propagation in an unprecedented manner, plasmonic nanocomposites should consist of densely packed metallic nanoparticles. This causes a major challenge for their theoretical description, since the reliable assignment of effective optical properties with established effective medium theories is no longer possible. Established theories, e.g., the Maxwell-Garnett formalism, are only applicable for strongly diluted nanocomposites. This effective description, however, is a prerequisite to consider plasmonic nanocomposites in the design of optical devices. Here, we mitigate this problem and use full wave optical simulations to assign effective properties to plasmonic nanocomposites with filling fractions close to the percolation threshold. We show that these effective properties can be used to properly predict the optical action of functional devices that contain nanocomposites in their design. With this contribution we pave the way to consider plasmonic nanocomposites comparably to ordinary materials in the design of optical elements. PMID:28788484

  2. Ordered mesoporous silica (OMS) as an adsorbent and membrane for separation of carbon dioxide (CO2).

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    Chew, Thiam-Leng; Ahmad, Abdul L; Bhatia, Subhash

    2010-01-15

    Separation of carbon dioxide (CO(2)) from gaseous mixture is an important issue for the removal of CO(2) in natural gas processing and power plants. The ordered mesoporous silicas (OMS) with uniform pore structure and high density of silanol groups, have attracted the interest of researchers for separation of carbon dioxide (CO(2)) using adsorption process. These mesoporous silicas after functionalization with amino groups have been studied for the removal of CO(2). The potential of functionalized ordered mesoporous silica membrane for separation of CO(2) is also recognized. The present paper reviews the synthesis of mesoporous silicas and important issues related to the development of mesoporous silicas. Recent studies on the CO(2) separation using ordered mesoporous silicas (OMS) as adsorbent and membrane are highlighted. The future prospectives of mesoporous silica membrane for CO(2) adsorption and separation are also presented and discussed. Copyright 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Structure and infrared emissivity of polyimide/mesoporous silica composite films

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    Lin Baoping . E-mail: lbp@seu.edu.cn; Tang Jinan; Liu Hongjian; Sun Yueming; Yuan Chunwei

    2005-03-15

    Polyimide/mesoporous silica composite films were prepared by direct mixing of polyamic acid solution and silylated mesoporous silica particles, or by condensation polymerization of dianhydride and diamine with silylated mesoporous silica particles in N,N-dimethylacetamide, followed with thermal imidization. Structure and glass transition temperatures of the composite films were measured with FTIR, SEM, EDX, XPS and DMTA. The results show that the silylated mesoporous silica particles in the composites tend to form the aggregation with a strip shape due to phase separation. The composite films exhibit higher glass transition temperature as comparing with that of pure polyimide. It is found that the composite films present lower infrared emissivity value than the pure polyimide and the magnitude of infrared emissivity value is related to the content of silylated mesoporous silica in the composite films. Inhibiting actions of silylated mesoporous silica on infrared emission of the composite films may be owing to presence of nanometer-scale pores in silylated mesoporous silica.

  4. Mesoporous bioactive glass scaffolds for efficient delivery of vascular endothelial growth factor.

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    Wu, Chengtie; Fan, Wei; Chang, Jiang; Xiao, Yin

    2013-09-01

    In this article, we, for the first time, investigated mesoporous bioactive glass scaffolds for the delivery of vascular endothelial growth factor. We have found that mesoporous bioactive glass scaffolds have significantly higher loading efficiency and more sustained release of vascular endothelial growth factor than non-mesoporous bioactive glass scaffolds. In addition, vascular endothelial growth factor delivery from mesoporous bioactive glass scaffolds has improved the viability of endothelial cells. The study has suggested that mesopore structures in mesoporous bioactive glass scaffolds play an important role in improving the loading efficiency, decreasing the burst release, and maintaining the bioactivity of vascular endothelial growth factor, indicating that mesoporous bioactive glass scaffolds are an excellent carrier of vascular endothelial growth factor for potential bone tissue engineering applications.

  5. 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.

  6. Instant gelation synthesis of 3D porous MoS2@C nanocomposites for lithium ion batteries.

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    Fei, Ling; Xu, Yun; Wu, Xiaofei; Chen, Gen; Li, Yuling; Li, Binsong; Deng, Shuguang; Smirnov, Sergei; Fan, Hongyou; Luo, Hongmei

    2014-04-07

    Three-dimensional (3D) nanoporous architectures, possessing high surface area, massive pores, and excellent structural stability, are highly desirable for many applications including catalysts and electrode materials in lithium ion batteries. However, the preparation of such materials remains a major challenge. Here, we introduce a novel method, instant gelation, for the synthesis of such materials. The as-prepared porous 3D MoS2@C nanocomposites, with layered MoS2 clusters or strips ingrained in porous and conductive 3D carbon matrix, indeed showed excellent electrochemical performance when applied as anode materials for lithium ion batteries. Its interconnected carbon network ensures good conductivity and fast electron transport; the micro-, and mesoporous nature effectively shortens the lithium ion diffusion path and provides room necessary for volume expansion. The large specific surface area is beneficial for a better contact between electrode materials and electrolyte.

  7. Volume 1, 1st Edition, Multiscale Tailoring of Highly Active and Stable Nanocomposite Catalysts, Final Technical Report

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    Veser, Goetz

    2009-08-31

    wealth of literature on the formation of mesoporous silica materials motivated investigations of nanocomposite silica catalysts. High surface area silicas are synthesized via sol-gel methods, and the addition of metal-salts lead to the formation of stable nanocomposite Ni- and Fe- silicates. The results of these investigations have increased the fundamental understanding and improved the applicability of nanocatalysts for clean energy applications.

  8. Synthesis of 4-chlorophenoxyacetate-zinc-aluminium-layered double hydroxide nanocomposite: physico-chemical and controlled release properties.

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    Hussein, Mohd Zobir Bin; Sarijo, Siti Halimah; Yahaya, Asmah Hj; Zainal, Zulkarnain

    2007-08-01

    Layered organic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposite material was synthesised using 4-chlorophenoxyacetate (4CPA) as guest anion intercalated into the Zn-Al layered double hydroxide inorganic host by direct co-precipitation method at pH = 7.5 and Zn to Al molar ratio of 4. Both PXRD and FTIR results confirmed that the 4CPA was successfully intercalated into the Zn-AI-LDH interlayer. As a result, a well-ordered nanolayered organic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposite, with the expansion of the basal spacing from 8.9 angstroms in the layered double hydroxide to 20.1 angstroms in the resulting nanocomposite was observed. The FTIR spectrum of the nanocomposite (ZAC) showed that it composed spectral features of Zn-AI-LDH (ZAL) and 4CPA. The nanocomposites synthesized in this work are of mesoporous-type containing 39.8% (w/w) of 4CPA with mole fraction of Al3+ in the inorganic brucite-like layers (xAI) of 0.224. The release studies showed a rapid release of the 4CPA for the first 600 min, and more sustained thereafter. The total amount of 4CPA released from the nanocomposite interlayer into the aqueous solution were 21%, 66%, and 72% in 0.0001, 0.00025, and 0.0005 M sodium carbonate, respectively. In distilled water, about 75, 35, and 57% of 4CPA could be released in 1000 min, when the pH of the release media was set at 3, 6.25, and 12, respectively. In comparison with a structurally similar organic moiety with one more chlorine atom at the 2-position of the aromatic ring, namely 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetate (24D), the 4CPA showed a slower release rate. The slightly bulkier organic moiety of 24D together with the presence of chlorine atom at the 2-position presumably had contributed to its higher release rate, and it seems that these factors may be exploited for tuning the release rate of intercalated guest anions with similar properties. This study suggests that layered double hydroxide can be used as a carrier for an active agent and the chemical structure of the intercalated moiety

  9. Low TCR nanocomposite strain gages

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    Gregory, Otto J. (Inventor); Chen, Ximing (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    A high temperature thin film strain gage sensor capable of functioning at temperatures above 1400.degree. C. The sensor contains a substrate, a nanocomposite film comprised of an indium tin oxide alloy, zinc oxide doped with alumina or other oxide semiconductor and a refractory metal selected from the group consisting of Pt, Pd, Rh, Ni, W, Ir, NiCrAlY and NiCoCrAlY deposited onto the substrate to form an active strain element. The strain element being responsive to an applied force.

  10. Probabilistic Simulation for Nanocomposite Fracture

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    Chamis, Christos C.

    2010-01-01

    A unique probabilistic theory is described to predict the uniaxial strengths and fracture properties of nanocomposites. The simulation is based on composite micromechanics with progressive substructuring down to a nanoscale slice of a nanofiber where all the governing equations are formulated. These equations have been programmed in a computer code. That computer code is used to simulate uniaxial strengths and fracture of a nanofiber laminate. The results are presented graphically and discussed with respect to their practical significance. These results show smooth distributions from low probability to high.

  11. Hypercrosslinked phenolic polymers with well developed mesoporous frameworks

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    Zhang, Jinshui; Qiao, Zhenan -An; Mahurin, Shannon Mark; ...

    2015-02-12

    A soft chemistry synthetic strategy based on a Friedel Crafts alkylation reaction is developed for the textural engineering of phenolic resin (PR) with a robust mesoporous framework to avoid serious framework shrinkage and maximize retention of organic functional moieties. By taking advantage of the structural benefits of molecular bridges, the resultant sample maintains a bimodal micro-mesoporous architecture with well-preserved organic functional groups, which is effective for carbon capture. Furthermore, this soft chemistry synthetic protocol can be further extended to nanotexture other aromatic-based polymers with robust frameworks.

  12. Optical and electronic loss analysis of mesoporous solar cells

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    Kovalsky, Anton; Burda, Clemens

    2016-07-01

    We review the art of complete optical and electronic characterization of the popular mesoporous solar cell motif. An overview is given of how the mesoporous paradigm is applied to solar cell technology, followed by a discussion on the variety of techniques available for thoroughly probing efficiency leaching mechanisms at every stage of the energy transfer pathway. Some attention is dedicated to the rising importance of computational results to augment loss analysis due to the complexity of solar cell devices, which have emergent properties that are important to account for, but difficult to measure, such as parasitic absorption.

  13. A Review of Recent Developments of Mesoporous Materials.

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    Suib, Steven L

    2017-06-29

    This personal account concerns novel recent discoveries in the area of mesoporous materials. Most of the papers discussed have been published within the last two to three years. A major emphasis of most of these papers is the synthesis of unique mesoporous materials by a variety of synthetic methods. Many of these articles focus on the control of the pore sizes and shapes of mesoporous materials. Synthetic methods of various types have been used for such control of porosity including soft templating, hard templating, nano-casting, electrochemical methods, surface functionalization, and trapping of species in pores. The types of mesoporous materials range from carbon materials, metal oxides, metal sulfides, metal nitrides, carbonitriles, metal organic frameworks (MOFs), and composite materials. The vast majority of recent publications have centered around biological applications with a majority dealing with drug delivery systems. Several other bio-based articles on mesoporous systems concern biomass conversion and biofuels, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies, ultrasound therapy, enzyme immobilization, antigen targeting, biodegradation of inorganic materials, applications for improved digestion, and antitumor activity. Numerous nonbiological applications of mesoporous materials have been pursued recently. Some specific examples are photocatalysis, photo-electrocatalysis, lithium ion batteries, heterogeneous catalysis, extraction of metals, extraction of lanthanide and actinide species, chiral separations and catalysis, capturing and the mode of binding of carbon dioxide (CO2 ), optical devices, and magneto-optical devices. Of this latter class of applications, heterogeneous catalysis is predominant. Some of the types of catalytic reactions being pursued include hydrogen generation, selective oxidations, aminolysis, Suzuki coupling and other coupling reactions, oxygen reduction reactions (ORR), oxygen evolution reactions (OER), and bifunctional catalysis. For

  14. Monolithic Gyroidal Mesoporous Mixed Titanium–Niobium Nitrides

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    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

  15. 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.

  16. Simple Preparation of Novel Metal-Containing Mesoporous Starches †

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    Ojeda, Manuel; Budarin, Vitaliy; Shuttleworth, Peter S.; Clark, James H.; Pineda, Antonio; Balu, Alina M.; Romero, Antonio A.; Luque, Rafael

    2013-01-01

    Metal-containing mesoporous starches have been synthesized using a simple and efficient microwave-assisted methodology followed by metal impregnation in the porous gel network. Final materials exhibited surface areas >60 m2 g−1, being essentially mesoporous with pore sizes in the 10–15 nm range with some developed inter-particular mesoporosity. These materials characterized by several techniques including XRD, SEM, TG/DTA and DRIFTs may find promising catalytic applications due to the presence of (hydr)oxides in their composition. PMID:28809249

  17. Simple Preparation of Novel Metal-Containing Mesoporous Starches.

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    Ojeda, Manuel; Budarin, Vitaliy; Shuttleworth, Peter S; Clark, James H; Pineda, Antonio; Balu, Alina M; Romero, Antonio A; Luque, Rafael

    2013-05-10

    Metal-containing mesoporous starches have been synthesized using a simple and efficient microwave-assisted methodology followed by metal impregnation in the porous gel network. Final materials exhibited surface areas >60 m² g(-1), being essentially mesoporous with pore sizes in the 10-15 nm range with some developed inter-particular mesoporosity. These materials characterized by several techniques including XRD, SEM, TG/DTA and DRIFTs may find promising catalytic applications due to the presence of (hydr)oxides in their composition.

  18. Mesoporous silicates prepared using preorganized templates in supercritical fluids.

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    Pai, Rajaram A; Humayun, Raashina; Schulberg, Michelle T; Sengupta, Archita; Sun, Jia-Ning; Watkins, James J

    2004-01-23

    Well-ordered mesoporous silicate films were prepared by infusion and selective condensation of silicon alkoxides within microphase-separated block copolymer templates dilated with supercritical carbon dioxide. Confinement of metal oxide deposition to specific subdomains of the preorganized template yields high-fidelity, three-dimensional replication of the copolymer morphology, enabling the preparation of structures with multiscale order in a process that closely resembles biomineralization. Ordered mesoporous silicate films were synthesized with dielectric constants as low as 1.8 and excellent mechanical properties. The films survive the chemical-mechanical polishing step required for device manufacturing.

  19. Mesoporous Silicates Prepared Using Preorganized Templates in Supercritical Fluids

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    Pai, Rajaram A.; Humayun, Raashina; Schulberg, Michelle T.; Sengupta, Archita; Sun, Jia-Ning; Watkins, James J.

    2004-01-01

    Well-ordered mesoporous silicate films were prepared by infusion and selective condensation of silicon alkoxides within microphase-separated block copolymer templates dilated with supercritical carbon dioxide. Confinement of metal oxide deposition to specific subdomains of the preorganized template yields high-fidelity, three-dimensional replication of the copolymer morphology, enabling the preparation of structures with multiscale order in a process that closely resembles biomineralization. Ordered mesoporous silicate films were synthesized with dielectric constants as low as 1.8 and excellent mechanical properties. The films survive the chemical-mechanical polishing step required for device manufacturing.

  20. Container effect in nanocasting synthesis of mesoporous metal oxides.

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    Sun, Xiaohong; Shi, Yifeng; Zhang, Peng; Zheng, Chunming; Zheng, Xinyue; Zhang, Fan; Zhang, Yichi; Guan, Naijia; Zhao, Dongyuan; Stucky, Galen D

    2011-09-21

    We report a general reaction container effect in the nanocasting synthesis of mesoporous metal oxides. The size and shape of the container body in conjunction with simply modifying the container opening accessibility can be used to control the escape rate of water and other gas-phase byproducts in the calcination process, and subsequently affect the nanocrystal growth of the materials inside the mesopore space of the template. In this way, the particle size, mesostructure ordering, and crystallinity of the final product can be systemically controlled. The container effect also explain some of the problems with reproducibility in previously reported results.

  1. The Utility of Nanocomposites in Fire Retardancy

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    Wang, Linjiang; He, Xuejun; Wilkie, Charles A.

    2010-01-01

    Nanocomposites have been shown to significantly reduce the peak heat release rate, as measured by cone calorimetry, for many polymers but they typically have no effect on the oxygen index or the UL-94 classification. In this review, we will cover what is known about the processes by which nanocomposite formation may bring this about. Montmorillonite will be the focus in this paper but attention will also be devoted to other materials, including carbon nanotubes and layered double hydroxides. A second section will be devoted to combinations of nanocomposite formation with conventional (and unconventional) fire retardants. The paper will conclude with a section attempting to forecast the future. PMID:28883342

  2. Cobalt - poly(amido amine) superparamagnetic nanocomposites.

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    Atwater, James E; Akse, James R; Holtsnider, John T

    2008-06-30

    Metallic cobalt-dendrimer nanocomposites were prepared using generation 5 Poly(amido amine) dendrimers with primary amino termini. Cobalt loading of ~38 atoms per dendrimer was determined by atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Magnetic properties of the cobalt-dendrimer nanocomposites were investigated across the temperature range from 2-300 K by SQUID magnetometry. Magnetization as a function of temperature and applied field strength was studied in zero field cooled samples. Magnetization-demagnetization curves (hysteresis loops) were also acquired at temperatures between 10 - 300 K. These results clearly indicate superparamagnetism for the nanocomposites with a characteristic blocking temperature of ~50 K.

  3. Cobalt - poly(amido amine) superparamagnetic nanocomposites

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    Atwater, James E.; Akse, James R.; Holtsnider, John T.

    2010-01-01

    Metallic cobalt-dendrimer nanocomposites were prepared using generation 5 Poly(amido amine) dendrimers with primary amino termini. Cobalt loading of ~38 atoms per dendrimer was determined by atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Magnetic properties of the cobalt-dendrimer nanocomposites were investigated across the temperature range from 2–300 K by SQUID magnetometry. Magnetization as a function of temperature and applied field strength was studied in zero field cooled samples. Magnetization-demagnetization curves (hysteresis loops) were also acquired at temperatures between 10 – 300 K. These results clearly indicate superparamagnetism for the nanocomposites with a characteristic blocking temperature of ~50 K. PMID:20352068

  4. Host–guest chemistry of mesoporous silicas: precise design of location, density and orientation of molecular guests in mesopores

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    Sohmiya, Minoru; Saito, Kanji; Ogawa, Makoto

    2015-01-01

    Mesoporous solids, which were prepared from inorganic-surfactant mesostructured materials, have been investigated due to their very large surface area and high porosity, pore size uniformity and variation, periodic pore arrangement and possible pore surface modification. Morphosyntheses from macroscopic morphologies such as bulk monolith and films, to nanoscopic ones, nanoparticles and their stable suspension, make mesoporous materials more attractive for applications and detailed characterization. This class of materials has been studied for such applications as adsorbents and catalysts, and later on, for optical, electronic, environmental and bio-related ones. This review summarizes the studies on the chemistry of mesoporous silica and functional guest species (host–guest chemistry) to highlight the present status and future applications of the host–guest hybrids. PMID:27877830

  5. Electroactive functional hybrid layered nanocomposites

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    Destri, Giovanni Li; Torrisi, Vanna; Marletta, Giovanni

    2012-07-11

    Two methodologies to build new nanostructured hybrid layered nanocomposites are presented. The first one involves the preparation of hybrid metal/polymer nanolayers (NLs) by combining two monolayer preparation techniques: Horizontal Precipitation Langmuir Blodgett method (HP-ML), for copolymer monolayers and sputter deposition technique, for Au NLs deposition. The second methodology is aimed to prepare regular arrays of nanopores, with diameter ranging between 40-100 nm, in ultra-thin films of electroactive polymers, to obtain embedded regular arrays of nanopores filled by a further electroactive organic component. The produced hybrid MLs have been characterized by means of X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Grazing Incidence X-ray Diffraction (GI-XRD). In the first case, current-voltage (I-V) measurements demonstrate that the multilayers exhibit a bipolar conduction behaviour (electrons and holes carriers), with a peculiar transition in the nature of the majority carriers (from holes to electrons) above a threshold number of bilayers. In the second case, it is found that the degree of pore filling, as well as the polymer crystallinity can be easily modulated, prompting the tuning of the photoresponse of the nanocomposites.

  6. Mesosynthesis of ZnO SiO2 porous nanocomposites with low-defect ZnO nanometric domains

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    Fernández, Lorenzo; Garro, Núria; El Haskouri, Jamal; Pérez-Cabero, Mónica; Álvarez-Rodríguez, Jesús; Latorre, Julio; Guillem, Carmen; Beltrán, Aurelio; Beltrán, Daniel; Amorós, Pedro

    2008-06-01

    Silica-based ZnO-MCM-41 mesoporous nanocomposites with high Zn content (5<=Si/Zn<=50) have been synthesized by a one-pot surfactant-assisted procedure from aqueous solution using a cationic surfactant (CTMABr = cetyltrimethylammonium bromide) as structure-directing agent, and starting from molecular atrane complexes as inorganic hydrolytic precursors. This preparative technique allows optimization of the dispersion of the ZnO nanodomains in the silica walls. The mesoporous nature of the final materials is confirmed by x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms. The ZnO-MCM-41 materials show unimodal pore size distributions without blocking of the pore system even for high Zn content. A careful optical spectroscopic study (using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), photoluminescence (PL) and UV-visible spectroscopy) of these materials shows that, irrespective of the Si/Zn ratio, the Zn atoms are organized in well-dispersed, uniform low-defect ZnO nanodomains (radius about 1 nm) and are partially embedded within the silica walls.

  7. A Multimodal Nanocomposite for Biomedical Imaging

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    Wu, Aiguo; Paunesku, Tatjana; Zhang, Zhuoli; Vogt, Stefan; Lai, Barry; Maser, Jörg; Yaghmai, Vahid; Li, Debiao; Omary, Reed A.; Woloschak, Gayle E.

    2013-01-01

    A multimodal nanocomposite was designed, synthesized with super-paramagnetic core (CoFe2O4), noble metal corona (Au), and semiconductor shell (TiO2). The sizes of core, core-corona, and core-corona-shell particles were determined by TEM. This multimodal nanocrystal showed promise as a contrast agent for two of the most widely used biomedical imaging techniques: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and X-ray computed tomography (CT). Finally, these nanocomposites were coated with a peptide SN-50. This led to their ready uptake by the cultured cells and targeted the nanocomposites to the pores of nuclear membrane. Inside cells, this nanocomposite retained its integrity as shown by X-ray fluorescence microscopy (XFM). Inside cells imaged by XFM we found the complex elemental signature of nanoconjugates (Ti-Co-Fe-Au) always co-registered in the 2D elemental map of the cell. PMID:24817775

  8. Polymer matrix nanocomposites for automotive structural components

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    Naskar, Amit K.; Keum, Jong K.; Boeman, Raymond G.

    2016-12-06

    Over the past several decades, the automotive industry has expended significant effort to develop lightweight parts from new easy-to-process polymeric nanocomposites. These materials have been particularly attractive because they can increase fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, attempts to reinforce soft matrices by nanoscale reinforcing agents at commercially deployable scales have been only sporadically successful to date. This situation is due primarily to the lack of fundamental understanding of how multiscale interfacial interactions and the resultant structures affect the properties of polymer nanocomposites. In this paper, we critically evaluate the state of the art in the field andmore » propose a possible path that may help to overcome these barriers. Finally, only once we achieve a deeper understanding of the structure–properties relationship of polymer matrix nanocomposites will we be able to develop novel structural nanocomposites with enhanced mechanical properties for automotive applications.« less

  9. Electrical conduction of a XLPE nanocomposite

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    Park, Yong-Jun; Sim, Jae-Yong; Lim, Kee-Joe; Nam, Jin-Ho; Park, Wan-Gi

    2014-07-01

    The resistivity, breakdown strength, and formation of space charges are very important factors for insulation design of HVDC cable. It is known that a nano-sized metal-oxide inorganic filler reduces the formation of space charges in the polymer nanocomposite. Electrical conduction of cross-linked polyethylene(XLPE) nanocomposite insulating material is investigated in this paper. The conduction currents of two kinds of XLPE nanocomposites and XLPE without nano-filler were measured at temperature of 303 ~ 363 K under the applied electric fields of 10 ~ 50 kV/mm. The current of the nanocomposite specimen is smaller than that of XLPE specimen without nano-filler. The conduction mechanism may be explained in terms of Schottky emission and multi-core model.

  10. Large-Strain Transparent Magnetoactive Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Meador, Michael A.

    2012-01-01

    A document discusses polymer nano - composite superparamagnetic actuators that were prepared by the addition of organically modified superparamagnetic nanoparticles to the polymer matrix. The nanocomposite films exhibited large deformations under a magnetostatic field with a low loading level of 0.1 wt% in a thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer (TPU) matrix. The maximum actuation deformation of the nanocomposite films increased exponentially with increasing nanoparticle concentration. The cyclic deformation actuation of a high-loading magnetic nanocomposite film was examined in a low magnetic field, and it exhibited excellent reproducibility and controllability. Low-loading TPU nanocomposite films (0.1-2 wt%) were transparent to semitransparent in the visible wavelength range, owing to good dispersion of the magnetic nanoparticles. Magnetoactuation phenomena were also demonstrated in a high-modulus, high-temperature polyimide resin with less mechanical deformation.

  11. Polymer matrix nanocomposites for automotive structural components.

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    Naskar, Amit K; Keum, Jong K; Boeman, Raymond G

    2016-12-06

    Over the past several decades, the automotive industry has expended significant effort to develop lightweight parts from new easy-to-process polymeric nanocomposites. These materials have been particularly attractive because they can increase fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, attempts to reinforce soft matrices by nanoscale reinforcing agents at commercially deployable scales have been only sporadically successful to date. This situation is due primarily to the lack of fundamental understanding of how multiscale interfacial interactions and the resultant structures affect the properties of polymer nanocomposites. In this Perspective, we critically evaluate the state of the art in the field and propose a possible path that may help to overcome these barriers. Only once we achieve a deeper understanding of the structure-properties relationship of polymer matrix nanocomposites will we be able to develop novel structural nanocomposites with enhanced mechanical properties for automotive applications.

  12. Polymer matrix nanocomposites for automotive structural components

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    Naskar, Amit K.; Keum, Jong K.; Boeman, Raymond G.

    2016-12-06

    Over the past several decades, the automotive industry has expended significant effort to develop lightweight parts from new easy-to-process polymeric nanocomposites. These materials have been particularly attractive because they can increase fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, attempts to reinforce soft matrices by nanoscale reinforcing agents at commercially deployable scales have been only sporadically successful to date. This situation is due primarily to the lack of fundamental understanding of how multiscale interfacial interactions and the resultant structures affect the properties of polymer nanocomposites. In this paper, we critically evaluate the state of the art in the field and propose a possible path that may help to overcome these barriers. Finally, only once we achieve a deeper understanding of the structure–properties relationship of polymer matrix nanocomposites will we be able to develop novel structural nanocomposites with enhanced mechanical properties for automotive applications.

  13. Graphene oxide nanocomposites and their electrorheology

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    Zhang, Wen Ling; Liu, Ying Dan; Choi, Hyoung Jin

    2013-12-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • GO-based PANI, NCOPA and PS nanocomposites are prepared. • The nanocomposites are adopted as novel electrorheological (ER) candidates. • Their critical ER characteristics and dielectric performance are analyzed. • Typical ER behavior widens applications of GO-based nanocomposites. - Abstract: Graphene oxide (GO), a novel one-atom carbon system, has become one of the most interesting materials recently due to its unique physical and chemical properties in addition to graphene. This article briefly reviews a recent progress of the fabrication of GO-based polyaniline, ionic N-substituted copolyaniline and polystyrene nanocomposites. The critical electrorheological characteristics such as flow response and yield stress from rheological measurement, relaxation time and achievable polarizability from dielectric analysis are also analyzed.

  14. Cellulose nanocrystals reinforced foamed nitrile rubber nanocomposites.

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    Chen, Yukun; Zhang, Yuanbing; Xu, Chuanhui; Cao, Xiaodong

    2015-10-05

    Research on foamed nitrile rubber (NBR)/cellulose nanocrystals (CNs) nanocomposites is rarely found in the literatures. In this paper, CNs suspension and NBR latex was mixed to prepared the foamed NBR/CNs nanocomposites. We found that the CNs mainly located in the cell walls, effectively reinforcing the foamed NBR. The strong interaction between the CNs and NBR matrix restricted the mobility of NBR chains surrounding the CNs, hence increasing the crosslink density of the NBR matrix. CNs exhibited excellent reinforcement on the foamed NBR: a remarkable increase nearly 76% in the tensile strength of the foamed nanocomposites was achieved with a load of only 15 phr CNs. Enhanced mechanical properties make the foamed NBR/CNs nanocomposites a promising damping material for industrial applications with a potential to reduce the petroleum consumption.

  15. Polymer matrix nanocomposites for automotive structural components

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    Naskar, Amit K.; Keum, Jong K.; Boeman, Raymond G.

    2016-12-01

    Over the past several decades, the automotive industry has expended significant effort to develop lightweight parts from new easy-to-process polymeric nanocomposites. These materials have been particularly attractive because they can increase fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, attempts to reinforce soft matrices by nanoscale reinforcing agents at commercially deployable scales have been only sporadically successful to date. This situation is due primarily to the lack of fundamental understanding of how multiscale interfacial interactions and the resultant structures affect the properties of polymer nanocomposites. In this Perspective, we critically evaluate the state of the art in the field and propose a possible path that may help to overcome these barriers. Only once we achieve a deeper understanding of the structure-properties relationship of polymer matrix nanocomposites will we be able to develop novel structural nanocomposites with enhanced mechanical properties for automotive applications.

  16. A Multimodal Nanocomposite for Biomedical Imaging

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    Wu, A.; Paunesku, T.; Zhang, Z.; Vogt, S.; Lai, B.; Maser, J.; Yaghmai, V.; Li, D.; Omary, R. A.; Woloschak, G. E.

    2011-09-01

    A multimodal nanocomposite was designed, synthesized with super-paramagnetic core (CoFe2O4), noble metal corona (Au), and semiconductor shell (TiO2). The sizes of core, core-corona, and core-corona-shell particles were determined by TEM. This multimodal nanocrystal showed promise as a contrast agent for two of the most widely used biomedical imaging techniques: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and x-ray computed tomography (CT). Finally, these nanocomposites were coated with a peptide SN-50. This led to their ready uptake by the cultured cells and targeted the nanocomposites to the pores of nuclear membrane. Inside cells, this nanocomposite retained its integrity as shown by x-ray fluorescence microscopy (XFM). Inside cells imaged by XFM we found the complex elemental signature of nanoconjugates (Ti-Co-Fe-Au) always co-registered in the 2D elemental map of the cell.

  17. Polymer and ceramic nanocomposites for aerospace applications

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    Rathod, Vivek T.; Kumar, Jayanth S.; Jain, Anjana

    2017-09-01

    This paper reviews the potential of polymer and ceramic matrix composites for aerospace/space vehicle applications. Special, unique and multifunctional properties arising due to the dispersion of nanoparticles in ceramic and metal matrix are briefly discussed followed by a classification of resulting aerospace applications. The paper presents polymer matrix composites comprising majority of aerospace applications in structures, coating, tribology, structural health monitoring, electromagnetic shielding and shape memory applications. The capabilities of the ceramic matrix nanocomposites to providing the electromagnetic shielding for aircrafts and better tribological properties to suit space environments are discussed. Structural health monitoring capability of ceramic matrix nanocomposite is also discussed. The properties of resulting nanocomposite material with its disadvantages like cost and processing difficulties are discussed. The paper concludes after the discussion of the possible future perspectives and challenges in implementation and further development of polymer and ceramic nanocomposite materials.

  18. Nanocomposite polymer electrolyte for rechargeable magnesium batteries

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    Shao, Yuyan; Rajput, Nav Nidhi; Hu, Jian Z.; Hu, Mary Y.; Liu, Tianbiao L.; Wei, Zhehao; Gu, Meng; Deng, Xuchu; Xu, Suochang; Han, Kee Sung; Wang, Jiulin; Nie, Zimin; Li, Guosheng; Zavadil, K.; Xiao, Jie; Wang, Chong M.; Henderson, Wesley A.; Zhang, Jiguang; Wang, Yong; Mueller, Karl T.; Persson, Kristin A.; Liu, Jun

    2014-12-28

    Nanocomposite polymer electrolytes present new opportunities for rechargeable magnesium batteries. However, few polymer electrolytes have demonstrated reversible Mg deposition/dissolution and those that have still contain volatile liquids such as tetrahydrofuran (THF). In this work, we report a nanocomposite polymer electrolyte based on poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), Mg(BH4)2 and MgO nanoparticles for rechargeable Mg batteries. Cells with this electrolyte have a high coulombic efficiency of 98% for Mg plating/stripping and a high cycling stability. Through combined experiment-modeling investigations, a correlation between improved solvation of the salt and solvent chain length, chelation and oxygen denticity is established. Following the same trend, the nanocomposite polymer electrolyte is inferred to enhance the dissociation of the salt Mg(BH4)2 and thus improve the electrochemical performance. The insights and design metrics thus obtained may be used in nanocomposite electrolytes for other multivalent systems.

  19. Biodegradable Polyester/Layered Silicate Nanocomposites

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    2003-01-01

    compatible with the polymer [5-9]. In this paper we report the synthesis and properties of both PLA and PHB nanocomposites with different nanoclays...hydroxy polyester, polylactide (PLA) and fl-hydroxy polyester, polyhydroxybutyrate ( PHB ) with layered silicates have been successfully prepared by melt...extrusion of PLA and PHB with organically modified montmorillonite (MMT) and fluoromica. The mechanical properties of the nanocomposites are improved

  20. Polysaccharide-based nanocomposites and their applications

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    Zheng, Yingying; Monty, Jonathan; Linhardt, Robert J.

    2014-01-01

    Polysaccharide nanocomposites have become increasingly important materials over the past decade. Polysaccharides offer a green alternative to synthetic polymers in the preparation of soft nanomaterials. They have also been used in composites with hard nanomaterials, such as metal nanoparticles and carbon-based nanomaterials. This mini review describes methods for polysaccharide nanocomposite preparation and reviews the various types and diverse applications for these novel materials. PMID:25498200

  1. Optoelectronic Nanocomposite Materials for Thin Film Photovoltaics

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    2012-06-01

    CdTe and ZnO single-phase thin films , nanocomposite films ...for the CdTe -ZnO thin film system under these conditions. c. Optical Absorption The films produced in the present study consistently exhibited...optical absorbance spectra collected from CdTe -ZnO multilayer nanocomposite thin films . The effect of CdTe layer thickness used per deposition cycle

  2. Bifunctional mesoporous silicas with clearly distinguished localization of grafted groups

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    Roik, N. V.; Belyakova, L. A.

    2013-12-01

    Bifunctional mesoporous silicas with clearly distinguished localization of grafted groups on the surface of particles and inside their pores were obtained by means of sol-gel synthesis with postsynthetic vapor-phase treatment in vacuum. It was found that the synthesized materials have the hexagonally ordered porous structure typical of MCM-41 type silica.

  3. Contamination-resistant silica antireflective coating with closed ordered mesopores.

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    Sun, Jinghua; Zhang, Qinghua; Ding, Ruimin; Lv, Haibing; Yan, Hongwei; Yuan, Xiaodong; Xu, Yao

    2014-08-21

    Porous silica optical antireflective (AR) coatings prepared by traditional sol-gel method have been extensively used for high power laser systems, but a serious drawback is that contamination existing in the high vacuum is easily absorbed by the disordered open pore structure, resulting in a fast decrease in transmittance. To improve the stability of transmittance in vacuum, a contamination-resistant silica AR coating with ordered mesopores completely closed by hydrophobic-oleophobic groups was successfully developed on a fused quartz substrate. The ordered mesopores in the coating were controlled under the direction of surfactant F127 via an evaporation-induced-self-assembling process and then were closed by post-grafting long chain fluoroalkylsilane. The grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) and the X-ray reflectivity (XRR) results indicated that the mesopores in the coating constructed a Fmmm orthorhombic symmetry structure with a (010) plane parallel to the substrate. Cage-like mesopores were confirmed by nitrogen adsorption-desorption analysis. The obtained coatings showed low surface roughness, excellent abrase-resistance and high transmittance of 100% on quartz substrate. Especially, the decrease of transmittance tested with polydimethylsiloxane pollution in vacuum within one-month was as small as 0.02%. The laser induced damage threshold was up to 59.8 J cm(-2) at a 12 ns laser pulse of 1053 nm wavelength. This work provides an alternative way to fabricate AR coatings with high stability.

  4. Mesoporous hybrid thin films: the physics and chemistry beneath.

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    Soler-Illia, G J A A; Innocenzi, P

    2006-06-02

    Mesoporous films containing organic or biological functions within an organised array of cavities are produced by combining sol-gel, self-assembly of supramolecular templates and surface chemistry. This paper reviews the essential physics and chemical concepts behind the synthesis of these complex multifunctional materials.

  5. Antibacterial performance of nanocrystallined titania confined in mesoporous silica nanotubes.

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    Cendrowski, Krzysztof; Peruzynska, Magdalena; Markowska-Szczupak, Agata; Chen, Xuecheng; Wajda, Anna; Lapczuk, Joanna; Kurzawski, Mateusz; Kalenczuk, Ryszard J; Drozdzik, Marek; Mijowska, Ewa

    2014-06-01

    In this paper, we study synthesis and characteristics of mesoporous silica nanotubes modified by titanium dioxide, as well as their antimicrobial properties and influence on mitochondrial activity of mouse fibroblast L929. Nanocrystalized titania is confined in mesopores of silica nanotubes and its light activated antibacterial response is revealed. The analysis of the antibacterial effect on Escherichia coli. (ATCC 25922) shows strong enhancement during irradiation with the artificial visible and ultraviolet light in respect to the commercial catalyst and control sample free from the nanomaterials. In darkness, the mesoporous silica/titania nanostructures exhibited antibacterial activity dependent on the stirring speed of the suspension containing nanomaterials. Obtained micrograph proved internalization of the sample into the microorganism trough the cell membrane. The analysis of the mitochondrial activity and amount of lactate dehydrogenase released from mouse fibroblast cells L929 in the presence of the sample were determined with LDH and WST1 assays, respectively. The synthesized silica/titania antibacterial agent also exhibits pronounced photoinduced inactivation of the bacterial growth under the artificial visible and UV light irritation in respect to the commercial catalyst. Additionally, mesoporous silica/titania nanotubes were characterized in details by means of high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), XRD and BET Isotherm.

  6. Enhanced photocatalytic properties in well-ordered mesoporous WO3.

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    Li, Li; Krissanasaeranee, Methira; Pattinson, Sebastian W; Stefik, Morgan; Wiesner, Ulrich; Steiner, Ullrich; Eder, Dominik

    2010-10-28

    We used polyisoprene-block-ethyleneoxide copolymers as structure-directing agents to synthesise well-ordered and highly-crystalline mesoporous WO(3) architectures that possess improved photocatalytic properties due to enhanced dye-adsorption in absence of diffusion limitation.

  7. Regeneration of mesoporous silica aerogel for hydrocarbon adsorption and recovery.

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    Zhang, Chengzhao; Dai, Chong; Zhang, Huaqin; Peng, Shitao; Wei, Xin; Hu, Yandi

    2017-09-15

    Silica aerogel, with mesoporous structure and high hydrophobicity, is a promising adsorbent for oil spill clean-up. To make it economic and environmental-friendly, hydrocarbon desorption and silica aerogel regeneration were investigated. After hydrocarbon desorption at 80°C, silica aerogel maintained its hydrophobicity. After toluene, petrol, and diesel desorption, shrinkage of mesopores (from 19.9 to 16.8, 13.5, and 13.4nm) of silica aerogels occurred, causing decreased adsorption capacities (from 12.4, 11.2, and 13.6 to 12.0, 6.5, and 2.3g/g). Low surface tension of petrol caused high stress on mesopores during its desorption, resulting in significant pore shrinkage. For diesel, its incomplete desorption and oxidation further hindered the regeneration. Therefore, diesel desorption was also conducted at 200°C. Severe diesel oxidation occurred under aerobic condition and destroyed the mesopores. Under anaerobic condition, no diesel oxidation occurred and the decreases in pore size (to 13.2nm) and adsorption efficiency (to 10.0g/g) of regenerated silica aerogels were much less, compared with under aerobic condition. This study provided new insights on silica aerogel regeneration for oil spill clean-up. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of molybdenum incorporated mesoporous aluminophosphate

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    Ho, Li-Ngee; Ikegawa, Tasuku; Nishiguchi, Hiroyasu; Nagaoka, Katsutoshi; Takita, Yusaku

    2006-07-01

    A synthesis of molybdenum incorporated mesoporous aluminophosphate with long-chain n-alkylamine as template material had been prepared under non-aqueous condition. These materials were extensively characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen sorption isotherms, nuclear magnetic resonance of 27Al and 31P (NMR), inductive coupled plasma (ICP), electron spin resonance (ESR), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and thermogravimetric-differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA). Morphology of the materials had been observed by using transmission electron microscope (TEM) that revealed the mesoporous materials possessed wormhole-like structures. Alkaline solvent extraction using n-butylamine/ethanol had been efficiently removed the n-alkylamine from the mesoporous samples which yielded BET surface areas around 550-730 m 2/g. BJH analysis showed a narrow pore size distribution which increased with increasing of the carbon chain length of alkylamine (template). Valence state and coordination of the molybdenum in the obtained samples were investigated by using ESR and FTIR where it was found that Mo 4+ and Mo 6+ molybdenum species existed in the molybdenum incorporated mesoporous aluminophosphate in tetrahedral coordination.

  9. Inhibition of a protein tyrosine phosphatase using mesoporous oxides.

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    Kapoor, S; Girish, T S; Mandal, S S; Gopal, B; Bhattacharyya, A J

    2010-03-11

    The feasibility of utilizing mesoporous matrices of alumina and silica for the inhibition of enzymatic activity is presented here. These studies were performed on a protein tyrosine phosphatase by the name chick retinal tyrosine phosphotase-2 (CRYP-2), a protein that is identical in sequence to the human glomerular epithelial protein-1 and involved in hepatic carcinoma. The inhibition of CRYP-2 is of tremendous therapeutic importance. Inhibition of catalytic activity was examined using the sustained delivery of p-nitrocatechol sulfate (pNCS) from bare and amine functionalized mesoporous silica (MCM-48) and mesoporous alumina (Al(2)O(3)). Among the various mesoporous matrices employed, amine functionalized MCM-48 exhibited the best release of pNCS and also inhibition of CRYP-2. The maximum speed of reaction v(max) (=160 +/- 10 micromol/mnt/mg) and inhibition constant K(i) (=85.0 +/- 5.0 micromol) estimated using a competitive inhibition model were found to be very similar to inhibition activities of protein tyrosine phosphatases using other methods.

  10. 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.

  11. Mesopore quality determines the lifetime of hierarchically structured zeolite catalysts

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    Milina, Maria; Mitchell, Sharon; Crivelli, Paolo; Cooke, David; Pérez-Ramírez, Javier

    2014-05-01

    Deactivation due to coking limits the lifetime of zeolite catalysts in the production of chemicals and fuels. Superior performance can be achieved through hierarchically structuring the zeolite porosity, yet no relation has been established between the mesopore architecture and the catalyst lifetime. Here we introduce a top-down demetallation strategy to locate mesopores in different regions of MFI-type crystals with identical bulk porous and acidic properties. In contrast, well-established bottom-up strategies as carbon templating and seed silanization fail to yield materials with matching characteristics. Advanced characterization tools capable of accurately discriminating the mesopore size, distribution and connectivity are applied to corroborate the concept of mesopore quality. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy proves powerful to quantify the global connectivity of the intracrystalline pore network, which, as demonstrated in the conversions of methanol or of propanal to hydrocarbons, is closely linked to the lifetime of zeolite catalysts. The findings emphasize the need to aptly tailor hierarchical materials for maximal catalytic advantage.

  12. Preparation of mesoporous titania solid superacid and its catalytic property.

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    Jiang, Tingshun; Zhao, Qian; Li, Mei; Yin, Hengbo

    2008-11-30

    Mesoporous titania (TiO(2)) was synthesized by hydrothermal method using cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) as a template and using anhydrous ethanol and tetra-n-butyl titanate (TBOT) as raw materials. Mesoporous titania solid superacid and nanosized titania solid superacid catalysts were prepared by wet impregnation method. The structure and property of as-prepared samples were characterized by means of XRD, FT-IR and N(2) physical adsorption. The esterification of salicylic acid with isoamyl alcohol and the condensation of cyclohexanone with ethylene were used as model reactions to test the catalytic activities of the catalysts. On the other hand, the comparison of catalytic activities of the prepared solid superacid catalysts and the conventional liquid acid H(2)SO(4) was also carried out under the same experimental conditions. The results show that the catalytic activities of the prepared solid superacid catalysts were higher than that of the conventional liquid acid H(2)SO(4), and that the catalytic activity of mesoporous TiO(2) solid superacid is the highest among the three catalysts. Mesoporous TiO(2) solid superacid is a good catalyst for the synthesis of isoamyl salicylate or cyclohexanone ethylene ketal.

  13. Functionalized mesoporous silica nanoparticles for stimuli-responsive and targeted

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    Knezevic, Nikola

    2009-12-15

    Construction of functional supramolecular nanoassemblies has attracted great deal of attention in recent years for their wide spectrum of practical applications. Mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN) in particular were shown to be effective scaffolds for the construction of drug carriers, sensors and catalysts. Herein, we describe the synthesis and characterization of stimuli-responsive, controlled release MSN-based assemblies for drug delivery.

  14. Incorporation of anti-inflammatory agent into mesoporous silica.

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

    2016-09-23

    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.

  15. 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...

  16. Fabrication of mesoporous silica/polymer composites through solvent evaporation process and investigation of their excellent low thermal expansion property.

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    Suzuki, Norihiro; Kiba, Shosuke; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2011-03-21

    We fabricate mesoporous silica/epoxy polymer composites through a solvent evaporation process. The easy penetration of the epoxy polymers into mesopores is achieved by using a diluted polymer solution including a volatile organic solvent. After the complete solvent evaporation, around 90% of the mesopores are estimated to be filled with the epoxy polymer chains. Here we carefully investigate the thermal expansion behavior of the obtained mesoporous silica/polymer composites. Thermal mechanical analysis (TMA) charts revealed that coefficient of linear thermal expansion (CTE) gradually decreases, as the amount of the doped mesoporous silica increases. Compared with spherical silica particle without mesopores, mesoporous silica particles show a greater effect on lowering the CTE values. Interestingly, it is found that the CTE values are proportionally decreased with the decrease of the total amount of the polymers outside the mesopores. These data demonstrate that polymers embedded inside the mesopores become thermally stable, and do not greatly contribute to the thermal expansion behavior of the composites.

  17. Rapid synthesis of ordered hexagonal mesoporous silica and their incorporation with Ag nanoparticles by solution plasma

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    Pootawang, Panuphong; Saito, Nagahiro; Takai, Osamu; Lee, Sang Yul

    2012-10-15

    Graphical abstract: Overall reactions of mesoporous silica and AgNPs-incorporated mesoporous silica syntheses by solution plasma process (SPP). Highlights: ► SPP for rapid synthesis of mesoporous silica. ► SPP for rapid synthesis of mesoporous silica and AgNPs incorporation. ► Higher surface area and larger pore diameter of mesoporous silica synthesized by SPP. -- Abstract: Rapid synthesis of silica with ordered hexagonal mesopore arrangement was obtained using solution plasma process (SPP) by discharging the mixture of P123 triblock copolymer/TEOS in acid solution. SPP, moreover, was utilized for Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) incorporation in silica framework as one-batch process using silver nitrate (AgNO{sub 3}) solution as precursor. The turbid silicate gel was clearly observed after discharge for 1 min and the white precipitate formed at 3 min. The mesopore with hexagonal arrangement and AgNPs were observed in mesoporous silica. Two regions of X-ray diffraction patterns (2θ < 2° and 2θ = 35–90°) corresponded to the mesoporous silica and Ag nanocrystal characteristics. Comparing with mesoporous silica prepared by a conventional sol–gel route, surface area and pore diameter of mesoporous silica prepared by solution plasma were observed to be larger. In addition, the increase in Ag loading resulted in the decrease in surface area with insignificant variation in the pore diameter of mesoporous silica. SPP could be successfully utilized not only to enhance gelation time but also to increase surface area and pore diameter of mesoporous silica.

  18. Random lasing in a nanocomposite medium

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    Smetanin, Sergei N; Basiev, Tasoltan T

    2013-01-31

    The characteristics of a random laser based on a nanocomposite medium consisting of a transparent dielectric and scattering doped nanocrystals are calculated. It is proposed to use ytterbium laser media with a high concentration of active ions as nanocrystals and to use gases, liquids, or solid dielectrics with a refractive index lower than that of nanocrystals as dielectric matrices for nanocrystals. Based on the concept of nonresonant distributed feedback due to the Rayleigh scattering, an expression is obtained for the minimum length of a nanocomposite laser medium at which the random lasing threshold is overcome. Expressions are found for the critical (maximum) and the optimal size of nanocrystals, as well as for the optimal relative refractive index of nanocomposites that corresponds not only to the maximum gain but also to the minimum of the medium threshold length at the optimal size of nanocrystals. It is shown that the optimal relative refractive index of a nanocomposite increases with increasing pump level, but is independent of the other nanocomposite parameters. (nanocomposites)

  19. A magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticle-based drug delivery system for photosensitive cooperative treatment of cancer with a mesopore-capping agent and mesopore-loaded drug

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    Knežević, Nikola Ž.; Lin, Victor S.-Y.

    2013-01-01

    Lately, there has been a growing interest in anticancer therapy with a combination of different drugs that work by different mechanisms of action, which decreases the possibility that resistant cancer cells will develop. Herein we report on the development of a drug delivery system for photosensitive delivery of a known anticancer drug camptothecin along with cytotoxic cadmium sulfide nanoparticles from a magnetic drug nanocarrier. Core-shell nanoparticles consisting of magnetic iron-oxide-cores and mesoporous silica shells are synthesized with a high surface area (859 m2 g-1) and hexagonal packing of mesopores, which are 2.6 nm in diameter. The mesopores are loaded with anticancer drug camptothecin while entrances of the mesopores are blocked with 2-nitro-5-mercaptobenzyl alcohol functionalized CdS nanoparticles through a photocleavable carbamate linkage. Camptothecin release from this magnetic drug delivery system is successfully triggered upon irradiation with UV light, as measured by fluorescence spectroscopy. Photosensitive anticancer activity of the drug delivery system is monitored by viability studies on Chinese hamster ovarian cells. The treatment of cancer cells with drug loaded magnetic material leads to a decrease in viability of the cells due to the activity of capping CdS nanoparticles. Upon exposure to low power UV light (365 nm) the loaded camptothecin is released which induces additional decrease in viability of CHO cells. Hence, the capping CdS nanoparticles and loaded camptothecin exert a cooperative anticancer activity. Responsiveness to light irradiation and magnetic activity of the nanocarrier enable its potential application for selective targeted treatment of cancer.

  20. Fabrication of Hierarchical Layer-by-Layer Assembled Diamond-based Core-Shell Nanocomposites as Highly Efficient Dye Absorbents for Wastewater Treatment

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    Zhao, Xinna; Ma, Kai; Jiao, Tifeng; Xing, Ruirui; Ma, Xilong; Hu, Jie; Huang, Hao; Zhang, Lexin; Yan, Xuehai

    2017-03-01

    The effective chemical modification and self-assembly of diamond-based hierarchical composite materials are of key importance for a broad range of diamond applications. Herein, we report the preparation of novel core-shell diamond-based nanocomposites for dye adsorption toward wastewater treatment through a layer-by-layer (LbL) assembled strategy. The synthesis of the reported composites began with the carboxyl functionalization of microdiamond by the chemical modification of diamond@graphene oxide composite through the oxidation of diamond@graphite. The carboxyl-terminated microdiamond was then alternatively immersed in the aqueous solution of amine-containing polyethylenimine and carboxyl-containing poly acrylic acid, which led to the formation of adsorption layer on diamond surface. Alternating (self-limiting) immersions in the solutions of the amine-containing and carboxyl-containing polymers were continued until the desired number of shell layers were formed around the microdiamond. The obtained core-shell nanocomposites were successfully synthesized and characterized by morphological and spectral techniques, demonstrating higher surface areas and mesoporous structures for good dye adsorption capacities than nonporous solid diamond particles. The LbL-assembled core-shell nanocomposites thus obtained demonstrated great adsorption capacity by using two model dyes as pollutants for wastewater treatment. Therefore, the present work on LbL-assembled diamond-based composites provides new alternatives for developing diamond hybrids as well as nanomaterials towards wastewater treatment applications.

  1. Fabrication of Hierarchical Layer-by-Layer Assembled Diamond-based Core-Shell Nanocomposites as Highly Efficient Dye Absorbents for Wastewater Treatment

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    Zhao, Xinna; Ma, Kai; Jiao, Tifeng; Xing, Ruirui; Ma, Xilong; Hu, Jie; Huang, Hao; Zhang, Lexin; Yan, Xuehai

    2017-01-01

    The effective chemical modification and self-assembly of diamond-based hierarchical composite materials are of key importance for a broad range of diamond applications. Herein, we report the preparation of novel core-shell diamond-based nanocomposites for dye adsorption toward wastewater treatment through a layer-by-layer (LbL) assembled strategy. The synthesis of the reported composites began with the carboxyl functionalization of microdiamond by the chemical modification of diamond@graphene oxide composite through the oxidation of diamond@graphite. The carboxyl-terminated microdiamond was then alternatively immersed in the aqueous solution of amine-containing polyethylenimine and carboxyl-containing poly acrylic acid, which led to the formation of adsorption layer on diamond surface. Alternating (self-limiting) immersions in the solutions of the amine-containing and carboxyl-containing polymers were continued until the desired number of shell layers were formed around the microdiamond. The obtained core-shell nanocomposites were successfully synthesized and characterized by morphological and spectral techniques, demonstrating higher surface areas and mesoporous structures for good dye adsorption capacities than nonporous solid diamond particles. The LbL-assembled core-shell nanocomposites thus obtained demonstrated great adsorption capacity by using two model dyes as pollutants for wastewater treatment. Therefore, the present work on LbL-assembled diamond-based composites provides new alternatives for developing diamond hybrids as well as nanomaterials towards wastewater treatment applications. PMID:28272452

  2. Black TiO2 based core-shell nanocomposites as doxorubicin carriers for thermal imaging guided synergistic therapy of breast cancer.

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    Ren, Wenzhi; Iqbal, M Zubair; Zeng, Leyong; Chen, Tianxiang; Pan, Yuanwei; Zhao, Jinshun; Yin, Hao; Zhang, Lili; Zhang, Jichao; Li, Aiguo; Wu, Aiguo

    2017-08-10

    TiO2 nanomaterials have been widely used for anticancer drug carriers and UV/980 nm NIR triggered cancer synergistic platforms. However, traditional pure TiO2 nanocarriers encounter some serious drawbacks, such as low drug loading ability, limited tissue penetration of UV light, and heating effect of 980 nm NIR on normal tissue, which obstruct their further application in cancer treatment. To overcome those challenges, novel mesoporous silica (mSiO2) coated black TiO2 core-shell nanocomposites are designed and constructed as doxorubicin carriers for 808 nm NIR triggered thermal imaging guided photothermal therapy combined chemotherapy of breast cancer. Properties of the nanocomposites such as micro-morphology, size, drug loading ability and release, targeting performance, and therapy efficiency in vitro and in vivo were evaluated. The results indicated the core-shell nanocomposites with dramatically increased loading ability were pH-responsive/NIR-accelerated doxorubicin release nanocarriers and showed synergistic breast cancer treatment in vitro and in vivo. This study verifies that the newly prepared mSiO2 coated black TiO2 core-shell nanocarriers can overcome the limitations of traditional TiO2 nanocarriers and thus improve and broaden usage of TiO2 nanoparticles in nanomedicine.

  3. Hollow-structured mesoporous materials: chemical synthesis, functionalization and applications.

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    Li, Yongsheng; Shi, Jianlin

    2014-05-28

    Hollow-structured mesoporous materials (HMMs), as a kind of mesoporous material with unique morphology, have been of great interest in the past decade because of the subtle combination of the hollow architecture with the mesoporous nanostructure. Benefitting from the merits of low density, large void space, large specific surface area, and, especially, the good biocompatibility, HMMs present promising application prospects in various fields, such as adsorption and storage, confined catalysis when catalytically active species are incorporated in the core and/or shell, controlled drug release, targeted drug delivery, and simultaneous diagnosis and therapy of cancers when the surface and/or core of the HMMs are functionalized with functional ligands and/or nanoparticles, and so on. In this review, recent progress in the design, synthesis, functionalization, and applications of hollow mesoporous materials are discussed. Two main synthetic strategies, soft-templating and hard-templating routes, are broadly sorted and described in detail. Progress in the main application aspects of HMMs, such as adsorption and storage, catalysis, and biomedicine, are also discussed in detail in this article, in terms of the unique features of the combined large void space in the core and the mesoporous network in the shell. Functionalization of the core and pore/outer surfaces with functional organic groups and/or nanoparticles, and their performance, are summarized in this article. Finally, an outlook of their prospects and challenges in terms of their controlled synthesis and scaled application is presented. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Synthesis of mesoporous zeolite single crystals with cheap porogens

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    Tao Haixiang; Li Changlin; Ren Jiawen; Wang Yanqin; Lu Guanzhong

    2011-07-15

    Mesoporous zeolite (silicalite-1, ZSM-5, TS-1) single crystals have been successfully synthesized by adding soluble starch or sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) to a conventional zeolite synthesis system. The obtained samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nitrogen sorption analysis, {sup 27}Al magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance ({sup 27}Al MAS NMR), temperature-programmed desorption of ammonia (NH{sub 3}-TPD) and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis). The SEM images clearly show that all zeolite crystals possess the similar morphology with particle size of about 300 nm, the TEM images reveal that irregular intracrystal pores are randomly distributed in the whole crystal. {sup 27}Al MAS NMR spectra indicate that nearly all of the Al atoms are in tetrahedral co-ordination in ZSM-5, UV-vis spectra confirm that nearly all of titanium atoms are incorporated into the framework of TS-1. The catalytic activity of meso-ZSM-5 in acetalization of cyclohexanone and meso-TS-1 in hydroxylation of phenol was also studied. The synthesis method reported in this paper is cost-effective and environmental friendly, can be easily expended to prepare other hierarchical structured zeolites. - Graphical abstract: Mesoporous zeolite single crystals were synthesized by using cheap porogens as template. Highlights: > Mesoporous zeolite (silicalite-1, ZSM-5, TS-1) single crystals were synthesized. > Soluble starch or sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) was used as porogens. > The mesoporous zeolites had connected mesopores although closed pores existed. > Higher catalytic activities were obtained.

  5. 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.

  6. Structurally stabilized organosilane-templated thermostable mesoporous titania.

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    Amoli, Vipin; Tiwari, Rashmi; Dutta, Arghya; Bhaumik, Asim; Sinha, Anil Kumar

    2014-01-13

    Structurally thermostable mesoporous anatase TiO2 (m-TiO2) nanoparticles, uniquely decorated with atomically dispersed SiO2, is reported for the first time. The inorganic Si portion of the novel organosilane template, used as a mesopores-directing agent, is found to be incorporated in the pore walls of the titania aggregates, mainly as isolated sites. This is evident by transmission electron microscopy and high-angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy, combined with electron dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. This type of unique structure provides exceptional stability to this new material against thermal collapse of the mesoporous structure, which is reflected in its high surface area (the highest known for anatase titania), even after high-temperature (550 °C) calcination. Control of crystallite size, pore diameter, and surface area is achieved by varying the molar ratios of the titanium precursor and the template during synthesis. These mesoporous materials retain their porosity and high surface area after template removal and further NaOH/HCl treatment to remove silica. We investigate their performance for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with bilayer TiO2 electrodes, which are prepared by applying a coating of m-TiO2 onto a commercial titania (P25) film. The high surface area of the upper mesoporous layer in the P25-m-TiO2 DSSC significantly increases the dye loading ability of the photoanode. The photocurrent and fill factor for the DSSC with the bilayer TiO2 electrode are greatly improved. The large increase in photocurrent current (ca. 56%) in the P25-m-TiO2 DSSC is believed to play a significant role in achieving a remarkable increase in the photovoltaic efficiency (60%) of the device, compared to DSSCs with a monolayer of P25 as the electrode. Copyright © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. 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).

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

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    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).

  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, 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.

  11. ;Green; carbon with hierarchical three dimensional porous structure derived from - Pongamia pinnata seed oil extract cake and NiCo2O4-Ni(OH)2/Multiwall carbon nanotubes nanocomposite as electrode materials for high performance asymmetric supercapacitor

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    Chaitra, K.; Narendra, Reddy; Venkatesh, Krishna; Nagaraju, N.; Kathyayini, Nagaraju

    2017-07-01

    Herein, we report for the first time synthesis and electrochemical supercapacitance performance of 3-D hierarchical porous ;Green; carbon derived from Pongamia pinnata seed oil extract cake and its activation using different amounts of KOH. Also, nanocomposites of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) with various weight percentages of Ni and Co were prepared by hydrothermal method. Physico-chemical properties of ;Green; carbon and nanocomposites were analyzed by Powder X-ray Diffraction, Brunner Emmett Teller surface area, Scanning Electron Microscopy-Elemental Dispersive Spectrum, Transmission Electron Microscopy and Raman techniques. KOH activated carbon was found associated with combination of micropores & mesopores while the nanocomposite with mixture of spinel NiCo2O4 and Ni(OH)2. Porous carbon activated with 2:1::KOH:C (KC2) and the nanocomposite with 1:1 Ni & Co (NC1) exhibited excellent electrochemical performance in three electrode system. Further, fabricated asymmetric supercapacitor (AS) device Ni-Co-MWCNT (NC1)//KC2 exhibited specific capacitance (Cs) of 177 F/g as determined by cyclic voltammetry at 10 mV/s and retained 90% even at 3000th cycle in life cycle test conducted at high current density of 50 A/g. In order to evaluate its practical performance, the AS device was charged to 1.8 V at 5 A/g and used successfully to power a calculator for more than 1 h.

  12. Targeted Mesoporous Iron Oxide Nanoparticles-Encapsulated Perfluorohexane and a Hydrophobic Drug for Deep Tumor Penetration and Therapy

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    Su, Yu-Lin; Fang, Jen-Hung; Liao, Chia-Ying; Lin, Chein-Ting; Li, Yun-Ting; Hu, Shang-Hsiu

    2015-01-01

    A magneto-responsive energy/drug carrier that enhances deep tumor penetration with a porous nano-composite is constructed by using a tumor-targeted lactoferrin (Lf) bio-gate as a cap on mesoporous iron oxide nanoparticles (MIONs). With a large payload of a gas-generated molecule, perfluorohexane (PFH), and a hydrophobic anti-cancer drug, paclitaxel (PTX), Lf-MIONs can simultaneously perform bursting gas generation and on-demand drug release upon high-frequency magnetic field (MF) exposure. Biocompatible PFH was chosen and encapsulated in MIONs due to its favorable phase transition temperature (56 °C) and its hydrophobicity. After a short-duration MF treatment induces heat generation, the local pressure increase via the gasifying of the PFH embedded in MION can substantially rupture the three-dimensional tumor spheroids in vitro as well as enhance drug and carrier penetration. As the MF treatment duration increases, Lf-MIONs entering the tumor spheroids provide an intense heat and burst-like drug release, leading to superior drug delivery and deep tumor thermo-chemo-therapy. With their high efficiency for targeting tumors, Lf-MIONs/PTX-PFH suppressed subcutaneous tumors in 16 days after a single MF exposure. This work presents the first study of using MF-induced PFH gasification as a deep tumor-penetrating agent for drug delivery. PMID:26379789

  13. Ultrahigh–current density anodes with interconnected Li metal reservoir through overlithiation of mesoporous AlF3 framework

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    Wang, Hansen; Lin, Dingchang; Liu, Yayuan; Li, Yuzhang; Cui, Yi

    2017-01-01

    Lithium (Li) metal is the ultimate solution for next-generation high–energy density batteries but is plagued from commercialization by infinite relative volume change, low Coulombic efficiency due to side reactions, and safety issues caused by dendrite growth. These hazardous issues are further aggravated under high current densities needed by the increasing demand for fast charging/discharging. We report a one-step fabricated Li/Al4Li9-LiF nanocomposite (LAFN) through an “overlithiation” process of a mesoporous AlF3 framework, which can simultaneously mitigate the abovementioned problems. Reaction-produced Al4Li9-LiF nanoparticles serve as the ideal skeleton for Li metal infusion, helping to achieve a near-zero volume change during stripping/plating and suppressed dendrite growth. As a result, the LAFN electrode is capable of working properly under an ultrahigh current density of 20 mA cm−2 in symmetric cells and manifests highly improved rate capability with increased Coulombic efficiency in full cells. The simple fabrication process and its remarkable electrochemical performances enable LAFN to be a promising anode candidate for next-generation lithium metal batteries. PMID:28913431

  14. Ultrahigh–current density anodes with interconnected Li metal reservoir through overlithiation of mesoporous AlF3 framework

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    Wang, Hansen; Lin, Dingchang; Liu, Yayuan; ...

    2017-09-08

    Lithium (Li) metal is the ultimate solution for next-generation high–energy density batteries but is plagued from commercialization by infinite relative volume change, low Coulombic efficiency due to side reactions, and safety issues caused by dendrite growth. These hazardous issues are further aggravated under high current densities needed by the increasing demand for fast charging/discharging. We report a one-step fabricated Li/Al4Li9-LiF nanocomposite (LAFN) through an “overlithiation” process of a mesoporous AlF3 framework, which can simultaneously mitigate the abovementioned problems. Reaction-produced Al4Li9-LiF nanoparticles serve as the ideal skeleton for Li metal infusion, helping to achieve a near-zero volume change during stripping/plating andmore » suppressed dendrite growth. As a result, the LAFN electrode is capable of working properly under an ultrahigh current density of 20 mA cm–2 in symmetric cells and manifests highly improved rate capability with increased Coulombic efficiency in full cells. Here, the simple fabrication process and its remarkable electrochemical performances enable LAFN to be a promising anode candidate for next-generation lithium metal batteries.« less

  15. Synthesis of ordered mesoporous CoFe2O4-containing silica by self-assembly process

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    Yuan, Xiaoyan; Cheng, Laifei; Liu, Wen; Zhang, Litong

    2013-04-01

    Magnetic CoFe2O4-containing silica with an ordered mesoporous structure was prepared by the self-assembly associated with triblock copolymer, tetraethyl orthosilicate, ferric nitrate and cobalt nitrate. Ammonia water was added to adjust the pH value for collecting the mixture, and then the products were obtained at various temperatures in air. The final products were investigated by transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherm, and vibrating sample magnetometer measurements. As a result, the as-prepared magnetically hybrid porous silica possesses ordered 2-D hexagonal (p6mm) mesoporosity with uniform pore-size distribution and high surface areas (up to 283 m2/g at 1000 °C). A pure CoFe2O4 with a high degree of crystallization was formed in the amorphous silica matrix at 1000 °C. In addition, this self-assembly method can be applied to prepare other composites with highly ordered mesostructures. Such nanocomposites with hydrophilic and magnetic framework showed a good dispersibility in water and an easy separation procedure.

  16. 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

  17. Noble Metal Nanoparticle-loaded Mesoporous Oxide Microspheres for Catalysis

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    Jin, Zhao

    Noble metal nanoparticles/nanocrystals have attracted much attention as catalysts due to their unique characteristics, including high surface areas and well-controlled facets, which are not often possessed by their bulk counterparts. To avoid the loss of their catalytic activities brought about by their size and shape changes during catalytic reactions, noble metal nanoparticles/nanocrystals are usually dispersed and supported finely on solid oxide supports to prevent agglomeration, nanoparticle growth, and therefore the decrease in the total surface area. Moreover, metal oxide supports can also play important roles in catalytic reactions through the synergistic interactions with loaded metal nanoparticles/nanocrystals. In this thesis, I use ultrasonic aerosol spray to produce hybrid microspheres that are composed of noble metal nanoparticles/nanocrystals embedded in mesoporous metal oxide matrices. The mesoporous metal oxide structure allows for the fast diffusion of reactants and products as well as confining and supporting noble metal nanoparticles. I will first describe my studies on noble metal-loaded mesoporous oxide microspheres as catalysts. Three types of noble metals (Au, Pt, Pd) and three types of metal oxide substrates (TiO2, ZrO2, Al 2O3) were selected, because they are widely used for practical catalytic applications involved in environmental cleaning, pollution control, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical syntheses. By considering every possible combination of the noble metals and oxide substrates, nine types of catalyst samples were produced. I characterized the structures of these catalysts, including their sizes, morphologies, crystallinity, and porosities, and their catalytic performances by using a representative reduction reaction from nitrobenzene to aminobenzene. Comparison of the catalytic results reveals the effects of the different noble metals, their incorporation amounts, and oxide substrates on the catalytic abilities. For this particular

  18. Multitasking mesoporous nanomaterials for biorefinery applications

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    Kandel, Kapil

    2013-01-01

    Mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) have attracted great interest for last two decades due to their unique and advantageous structural properties, such as high surface area, pore volume, stable mesostructure, tunable pore size and controllable particle morphology. The robust silica framework provides sites for organic modifications, making MSNs ideal platforms for adsorbents and supported organocatalysts. In addition, the pores of MSNs provide cavities/ channels for incorporation of metal and metal oxide nanoparticle catalysts. These supported metal nanoparticle catalysts benefit from confined local environments to enhance their activity and selectivity for various reactions. Biomass is considered as a sustainable feedstock with potential to replace diminishing fossil fuels for the production of biofuels. Among several strategies, one of the promising methods of biofuel production from biomass is to reduce the oxygen content of the feedstock in order to improve the energy density. This can be achieved by creating C-C bonds between biomass derived intermediates to increase the molecular weight of the final hydrocarbon molecules. In this context, pore size and organic functionality of MSNs are varied to obtain the ideal catalyst for a C-C bond forming reaction: the aldol condensation. The mechanistic aspects of this reaction in supported heterogeneous catalysts are explored. The modification of supported organocatalyst and the effect of solvent on the reaction are rationalized. The significance of two functional surfaces of MSNs is exploited by enzyme immobilization on the external surface and organo catalyst functionalization on the internal surface. Using this bifunctional catalyst, the tandem conversion of small chain alcohols into longer chain hydrocarbon molecules is demonstrated. The ability to incorporate metal and metal oxide nanoparticles in the pores and subsequent functionalization led to develop organic modified magnetic MSNs (OM-MSNs) for applications

  19. Multitasking mesoporous nanomaterials for biorefinery applications

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kandel, Kapil

    Mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) have attracted great interest for last two decades due to their unique and advantageous structural properties, such as high surface area, pore volume, stable mesostructure, tunable pore size and controllable particle morphology. The robust silica framework provides sites for organic modifications, making MSNs ideal platforms for adsorbents and supported organocatalysts. In addition, the pores of MSNs provide cavities/ channels for incorporation of metal and metal oxide nanoparticle catalysts. These supported metal nanoparticle catalysts benefit from confined local environments to enhance their activity and selectivity for various reactions. Biomass is considered as a sustainable feedstock with potential to replace diminishing fossil fuels for the production of biofuels. Among several strategies, one of the promising methods of biofuel production from biomass is to reduce the oxygen content of the feedstock in order to improve the energy density. This can be achieved by creating C-C bonds between biomass derived intermediates to increase the molecular weight of the final hydrocarbon molecules. In this context, pore size and organic functionality of MSNs are varied to obtain the ideal catalyst for a C-C bond forming reaction: the aldol condensation. The mechanistic aspects of this reaction in supported heterogeneous catalysts are explored. The modification of supported organocatalyst and the effect of solvent on the reaction are rationalized. The significance of two functional surfaces of MSNs is exploited by enzyme immobilization on the external surface and organo catalyst functionalization on the internal surface. Using this bifunctional catalyst, the tandem conversion of small chain alcohols into longer chain hydrocarbon molecules is demonstrated. The ability to incorporate metal and metal oxide nanoparticles in the pores and subsequent functionalization led to develop organic modified magnetic MSNs (OM-MSNs) for applications

  20. Nanocomposites: The End of Compromise

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    van Damme, H.

    Increase the Young's modulus of a glassy resin by a factor of ten without making it heavier, for a new ski design, for example? Triple the rupture strength of an elastomer? Improve the thermal behaviour of an object made from a thermoplastic polymer by 100 degrees, to make a car dashboard, for example, or a part for the engine? Double the fire resistance time for the sheath around an electricity cable? Reduce the oxygen permeability of a film by a factor of ten, to make long conservation food packaging? All these things have been made possible by incorporating a few percent of inorganic nanoparticles in a polymer matrix. Figures 14.1 and 14.2 illustrate two such nanocomposites: the first was obtained by incorporating lamellar clay particles, and the second by incorporating fibrous nanoparticles, in fact, carbon nanotubes.