Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 44, Issue 24, pp 6463–6469 | Cite as

Synthesis and characterization of mono-dispersed mesoporous spheres

  • B.-W. Lu
  • A. EndoEmail author
  • Y. Inagi
  • A. Harada
  • T. Ohmori
Mesostructured Materials


In the presence of a high TMOS concentration, mono-dispersed mesoporous pure silica spheres with different pore sizes were successfully synthesized using C16TMACl, C14TMACl, and C12TMACl as templates in a methanol–water system, whereas they could not be obtained using C10TMACl. The standard deviation of the particle size prepared with high TMOS concentrations was approximately 10%. Mono-dispersed mesoporous Al-containing spheres could also be synthesized using NaAlO2 as an aluminum source from starting synthesis mixtures with a TMOS/Al ratio of more than 10, but not with a TMOS/Al ratio of less than 8. It was found that the particle size and standard deviation of mono-dispersed mesoporous aluminum-containing spheres depended on the TMOS/Al ratio.


Surfactant MeOH Surfactant Concentration Silica Sphere Pure Silica 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B.-W. Lu
    • 1
  • A. Endo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Y. Inagi
    • 1
  • A. Harada
    • 1
  • T. Ohmori
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)IbarakiJapan

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