Fabrication of Hierarchically Porous Spherical Particles by Assembling Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles via Spray Drying
A new type of hierarchically porous materials is fabricated by assembling mesoporous nanoparticles via spray drying. Well-dispersed mesostructured silica nanoparticles (MSN), whose particle size distribution was narrow in the range of 20 nm and 50 nm, were prepared by a thermal deposition method. By spray drying a MSN suspension, MSN were assembled into spherical secondary particles. After calcination, the spherical particles have two types of mesopores, mesopores of 3 nm in size inside of calcined MSN and larger inter-nanoparticle mesopores of about 15∼20 nm. This hierarchical pore system should provide nanospaces for efficient mass transport of guest species with different sizes.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 01 June 2008
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