Mesoscopic 2-D ordering of inorganic/organic hybrid materials

O. Karthaus, X. Cieren, N. Maruyama, M. Shimomura

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    Organic-inorganic hybrid materials with micronsized (i.e., mesoscopic) network structures are expected to have interesting properties and applications in various fields, such as separation, catalysis, biomineralization, or quantum optics. Here a new method is introduced to produce thin films of two-dimensionally ordered honeycomb structures. Casting a chloroform solution of a mixture of organic amphiphiles with metal acetylacetonates or -alkoxides at high atmospheric humidity leads to the formation of a closely packed layer of water droplets on top of the organic solvent. The water acts as a template, After evaporation of the chloroform and the water, a honeycomb structure remains. Pyrolysis of the metal alkoxides films lead to the formation of microporous metal oxide (e.g., anatase, one of the catalytic active titanium oxides).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)103-106
    Number of pages4
    JournalMaterials Science and Engineering C
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - 1999 Dec 30


    • Honeycomb
    • Mesoscopic ordering
    • Organic-inorganic hybrid

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Materials Science(all)
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Mechanical Engineering


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