Mesoporous silica SBA-15 was synthesised by the true liquid crystal templating method, yielding a material with reduced microporosity compared with that produced by the more conventional liquid crystal templating route. Further advancements allow the generation of metal nanoparticle-doped SBA-15 materials with well-defined metal particle sizes, which posses potential as catalytic systems.
Bibliographical noteFunding: EPSRC for support (SGW and CMAP; EP/E046754/1); EPSRC for award of a Leadership Fellowship (EP/G007594/2).
- true liquid crystal templating
- mesoporous silica