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Same solution synthesis and self-assembly of porous silica nanoparticles into microspheres...

by Jaehyeung Park, David A Cullen, Jihua Chen, Georgios Polyzos, Jaswinder K Sharma
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Journal Name
Applied Surface Science
Publication Date
Page Numbers
634 to 639

The ability to couple self-assembly to the synthesis of materials in situ is an attractive concept for both basic and applied research. This process has been demonstrated for dense solid building blocks; however, it remains underdeveloped for porous materials. Herein, we report the one-step synthesis of mesoporous silica microspheres by self-assembling mesoporus silica nanoparticles. The nanoparticle size can be modified to control the mesopore size of microspheres, which is derived from the interstitial spacing among the nanoparticles. The assembled structures have dual hierarchy arising from both porosity and structural building blocks.