Special Issue "Advances in Porous Inorganic Materials"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2011)
Dr. Bénédicte Lebeau
Equipe Matéraiux à Porosité Contrôlée, Institut de Science des Matériaux de Mulhouse, CNRS LRC 7228, Université de Haute Alsace, 68093 Mulhouse, France
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Interests: ordered mesoporous solids; multiscale porous solids; silica hybrid sol-gel materials; organic functionalization; control of particle morphology of inorganic solids; shape-modelling of oxide solids; encapsulation for drug delivery systems
Among inorganic materials, porous ones have generated increasing interest in different scientific disciplines such as physics, chemistry and biology. Porous (from micro- to macroporous) inorganic materials exhibit very interesting characteristics due to the nature of their framework (crystalline or not) and the porosity that make them highly desirable in several application fields such as heterogeneous catalysis, adsorption, ion-exchange, sensor devices, medical therapy, and charges for polymers. Moreover, they also present great interest for nanoconfinement effects, study of adsorption phenomena, hard templating…The current evelopments of these materials are highly oriented by environmental concerns both at the synthesis level (low energy cost process and green reactants) and at the use level (pollutant adsorbents, gas storage, energy storage, and heterogeneous catalysts).
Several strategies have been developed for the synthesis of tailor-made porous inorganic materials in terms of porosity, surface properties, morphology, architecture…The nature of the framework can be choose either for its inertness and impact on macroscopic properties such as mechanical properties and thermal resistance or its intrinsic characteristics (optical, magnetical, acididity or basicity…). Porosity can be controlled in terms of size (from few Å to several nm), spatial organization (2D, 3D, multimodal) and surface reactivity (functionalization) which can be of interest for size selectivity, molecular diffusion, macroscopic density... Combination of both in addition to the control of particle morphology and/or material architecture can lead to multifunctional materials with optimized properties. Thanks to their pore network characteristics, they offer numerous advantages when high loading, controlled release, molecule loneliness, large specific surface area, and easy matter transfer are required.
This special issue aims at covering recent progress and novel trends in the field of the elaboration of porous inorganic materials (synthesis strategies, characterization methods, and applications).
Dr. Bénédicte Lebeau
- micro-, meso- and macroporous inorganic solids
- multiscale porosity
- tailored architecture
- morphology control
- porous sorbents
- heterogeneous catalyst
- drug delivery systems
- multifunctional porous inorganic materials