Frontiers of Materials Science

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 405–412 | Cite as

Facile and controllable preparation of mesoporous TiO2 using poly(ethylene glycol) as structure-directing agent and peroxotitanic acid as precursor

  • Dongthanh Nguyen
  • Wei WangEmail author
  • Haibo Long
  • Hongqiang Ru
Research Article


This work demonstrated that mesoporous TiO2 (meso-TiO2) with controllable mesoporous and crystalline structures can be facilely prepared by using poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG) as structure-directing (SD) agent and peroxotitanic acid (PTA) as precursor. Meso-TiO2 with high specific surface area (157 m2∙g-1), pore volume (0.45 cm3∙g-1) and large mesopore size of 13.9 nm can be obtained after calcination at 450°C. Such meso-TiO2 also shows relatively high thermal stability. BET surface area still reaches 114 m2∙g-1 after calcination at 550°C. In the synthesis and calcination process, PEG that plays multiple and important roles in delivering thermally stable and tunable mesoporous and crystalline structures shows to be a suitable low-cost SD agent for the controllable preparation of nanocrystalline meso-TiO2. The photocatalytic activity tests show that both high surface area and bi-crystallinity of obtained meso-TiO2 are important in enhancing the performance in photo-decomposing Rhodamine B in water.


sol-gel preparation mesoporous titania poly(ethylene glycol) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dongthanh Nguyen
    • 1
  • Wei Wang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Haibo Long
    • 1
  • Hongqiang Ru
    • 1
  1. 1.Key Laboratory for Anisotropy and Texture of Materials (Ministry of Education), School of Materials Science and EngineeringNortheastern UniversityShenyangChina

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