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Recent Research from University of Kent Highlight Findings in Microporous and Mesoporous Materials (Direct sol-gel synthesis of doped cubic...

August 1, 2014

Recent Research from University of Kent Highlight Findings in Microporous and Mesoporous Materials (Direct sol-gel synthesis of doped cubic mesoporous SBA-16 monoliths)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Data detailed on Microporous and Mesoporous Materials have been presented. According to news reporting out of Kent, United Kingdom, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "Porous monoliths of a 3D cubic cage mesostructured silica (SBA-16 type) and of composites containing Co (5% wt.) and FeCo (5% wt.) nanophases dispersed in the SBA-16 type matrix were prepared following a templated-gelation method. Optically clear disk-shaped monoliths with diameter around 10 cm were obtained whose absorption spectra are tunable based on the composition."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Kent, "Low-angle X-ray diffraction, N-2 physisorption and transmission electron microscopy show that the ordered mesoporous structure and high surface area are preserved after calcination at 500 degrees C and after reduction at 800 degrees C, indicating a very high thermal stability. X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the Fe and Co K-edges allowed us to identify the intermediate products before and after reduction. In particular, the formation of a nanophase of layered cobalt silicate hydroxide was determined in the Co containing sample calcined at 500 degrees C. This compound is easily reducible giving rise to a superparamagnetic nanocomposite containing pure fcc Co nanoparticles dispersed within the 3D mesoporous silica structure."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Extensive characterization points out that the proposed procedure is promising in the preparation of functional nanocomposites with adjustable magnetic and optical properties."

For more information on this research see: Direct sol-gel synthesis of doped cubic mesoporous SBA-16 monoliths. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2014;194():157-166. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Bv, PO Box 211, 1000 Ae Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Elsevier -; Microporous and Mesoporous Materials -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting D. Carta, University of Kent, Sch Phys Sci, Canterbury CT2 7NH, Kent, United Kingdom. Additional authors for this research include M.F. Casula, S. Bullita, A. Falqui, A. Casu, C.M. Carbonaro and A. Corrias (see also Microporous and Mesoporous Materials).

Keywords for this news article include: Kent, United Kingdom, Europe, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials

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