Special Issue "New Horizons in Materials Engineering: The Application of Mesoporous Silica-based Materials"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Porous Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2019).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Luigi Pasqua
Guest Editor
Department of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, University of Calabria, 87036, Rende (CS) Italy
Interests: mesoporous silica-based materials; hybrid organic-inorganic mesoporous materials; multifunctional mesoporous materials; stimuli-responsive hybrid materials; stimuli-responsive hybrid porous materials; self assembling materials.
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Dear Colleagues,

As you know, mesoporous silica discloses a broad variety of possible applications beyond the usual employment of porous materials. It can be used, thanks to its large pore volume, surface area, and surface reactivity, as a starting framework in the design and preparation of nanostructured devices for many different purposes. This is mainly due to its rigid inorganic framework, with regular-sized pores and different surfaces that can be selectively functionalized with different molecules. This Special Issue will focus on the potential applications of mesoporous silica in which the structure of the employed material, which is most likely a hybrid material, is engineered at the nanometric scale. For this reason, the material itself can be considered a device. Among these applications, we can cite the development of drug delivery or targeting systems because most of the biological molecules and pharmaceuticals are a few nanometers long, and the pores of mesoporous silica range typically between 2 and 30 nanometers in diameter, making this inorganic substrate of great relevance for life science applications. Additionally, applications in the diagnostic field can be revolutionary in the same way, because mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN) can be selectively functionalized on the external surface also using a fluorescent tracer. We wish to complete this Special Issue with original research papers dealing with applications of mesoporous materials as catalysts, adsorbents, or stationary phases in chromatography, and, last but not least, with the design of a new energy storage system that will be potentially useful for renewable energy development.

Prof. Luigi Pasqua
Guest Editor

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  • Mesoporous, silica-based materials for nanostructured drug targeting devices
  • Mesoporous, silica-based materials for smart cancer therapies
  • Mesoporous, silica-based materials for intracellular drug release
  • Mesoporous, silica-based nanodevices for cancer therapies
  • Mesoporous silica applications in the diagnostic fields
  • Mesoporous silica for separations
  • Stimuli-responsive mesoporous silica
  • Mesoporous silica for energy storage
  • Mesoporous silica for catalytic applications
  • Mesoporous silica for chromatography

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Systematic Investigation of the Synergistic and Antagonistic Effects on the Removal of Pyrene and Copper onto Mesoporous Silica from Aqueous Solutions
Materials 2019, 12(3), 546; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12030546 - 12 Feb 2019
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Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heavy metals have attracted greater attention due to their single or complex risks. It is urgent to find useful methods to remove these two pollutants together. In this study, SBA15 and MCM-41 were selected and used for the [...] Read more.
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heavy metals have attracted greater attention due to their single or complex risks. It is urgent to find useful methods to remove these two pollutants together. In this study, SBA15 and MCM-41 were selected and used for the simultaneous removal of pyrene and copper from aqueous solution. Batch experiments were conducted systematically by investigating the adsorption behavior and effects including kinetics, isotherms, ionic strength and pH effects. Experimental results showed that the Langmuir and pseudo-second-order model fitted the adsorption behavior better. The solution pH values and ionic strength affected the adsorption behavior greatly. Furthermore, the synergistic or antagonistic effects could be observed on the adsorption of pyrene and copper onto MCM-41 and SBA15, respectively. The synergistic and antagonistic effects of pyrene and copper onto mesoporous silica may be attributed to the size of pyrene–copper complex and the average pore size of adsorbents. With the higher pore size, the complex would be adsorbed onto the inner surface of MCM-41 which showed synergistic effect on the adsorption of pyrene and copper. This study shows new guidelines and insight into the study of adsorption behavior of PAHs and heavy metals from aquatic environments. Full article
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