, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 305-312
Date: 13 May 2009

Preparation of mesoporous silica replica using ordered mesoporous carbon by vapor phase transport of silica source

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A new vapor phase transport (VPT) technique to prepare an inverse silica replica of an ordered mesoporous carbon was developed. Tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) was infiltrated in mesoporous carbon CMK-3 as the hard template at 180 °C for 48 h under an autogenous pressure in an autoclave in the presence of water. The samples obtained by removal of CMK-3 retained structural regularity of CMK-3 with little shrinkage of framework, which were characterized by SAXRD, N2 adsorption, TG-DTA, and SEM. Influence of preparation temperature on the loading amount of silica was investigated. The multi-step replication process was monitored by characterizing the replicated materials as well as intermediate composites.