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Utilising 3D binary colloidal crystals to customise macropore and mesopore morphology and porosity

Gorey, Brian and Morrin, Aoife and Smyth, Malcolm R. and White, Blánaid (2011) Utilising 3D binary colloidal crystals to customise macropore and mesopore morphology and porosity. In: Separation Science Europe 2011, 10-11 Oct 2011, London, UK.

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Current approaches to fabricate hierarchically porous (macroporous-mesoporous) monolithic materials for HPLC include using silica and thermally- or UV-initiated organic polymer. Silica monolith preparation is usually carried out using a sol–gel process to induce a hierarchical pore structure. Polymer monoliths, which contain primarily macropores have emerged as complimentary stationary phases to silica monoliths. It has proven difficult to date to prepare polymer monoliths in a single-step that possess a hierarchical pore structure, i.e. large through-pores, to enable flow at low back pressure, and a multiplicity of mesopores to increase surface area. 3D binary colloidal crystals may be formed by packing uniform spheres, followed by filling the interstitial space with a fluid that is subsequently converted into a solid skeleton. Upon removal of the spheres, a solid skeleton is created in the former interstitial spaces and interconnected voids where the spheres were originally located. By virtue of creating the solid skeleton, smaller pores (small macropores, mesopores, or micropores) can naturally be formed, e.g. as occurs during silica monolith fabrication. Further control of the skeleton architecture can be obtained when a secondary template is employed, e.g. ionic and nonionic surfactants, block copolymers, small colloids, etc. Micro-and nano-structuring using sacrificial templating approaches can induce both macropores and mesopores into polymer monoliths that can increase surface area by several orders of magnitude in a highly controlled fashion.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sensors; Sol-gels
Subjects:Physical Sciences > Chemistry
Biological Sciences > Biosensors
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Chemical Sciences
Research Initiatives and Centres > National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR)
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:19858
Deposited On:05 Mar 2014 11:24 by Aoife Morrin. Last Modified 22 Mar 2017 11:56

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