Transition metal-chelating surfactant micelle templates for facile synthesis of mesoporous silica nanoparticles

Hye Sun Lee, Won Hee Kim, Jin Hyung Lee, Doo Jin Choi, Young Keun Jeong, Jeong Ho Chang

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Highly ordered mesoporous silica nanoparticles with tunable morphology and pore-size are prepared by the use of a transition metal-chelating surfactant micelle complex using Co 2, Ni 2, Cu 2, and Zn 2 ions. These metal ions formed a metal-P123 micelle complex in an aqueous solution, while the metal ions are chelated to the hydrophilic domain such as the poly(ethylene oxide) group of a P123 surfactant. The different complexation abilities of the utilized transition metal ions play an important role in determining the formation of nano-sized ordered MSNs due to the different stabilization constant of the metal-P123 complex. Consequently, from a particle length of 1700 nm in the original mesoporous silica materials, the particle length of ordered MSNs through the metal-chelating P123 micelle templates can be reduced to a range of 180800 nm. Furthermore, the variation of pore size shows a slight change from 8.8 to 6.6 nm. In particular, the Cu 2-chelated MSNs show only decreased particle size to 180 nm. The stability constants for the metal-P123 complex are calculated on the basis of molar conductance measurements in order to elucidate the formation mechanism of MSNs by the metal-chelating P123 complex templates. In addition, solid-state 29Si, 13C-NMR and ICP-OES measurements are used for quantitative characterization reveal that the utilized metal ions affect only the formation of a metal-P123 complex in a micelle as a template.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-94
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan

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This work was supported by a grant from the Fundmental R&D Program for Core Technology of Materials funded by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Republic of Korea .

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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