Modern microscopy methods for the structural study of porous materials

Michael W. Anderson, Tetsu Ohsuna, Yasuhiro Sakamoto, Zheng Liu, A. Carlsson, Osamu Terasaki

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This article describes a number of important recent microscopy tools and their application in particular to the study of porous inorganic materials. The authors believe that these new techniques are on the threshold of delivering enormous new power in the chemist’s arsenal for understanding new and complex behaviour in multi-component, hierarchical or composite materials. In particular we consider the contribution of electron crystallography, three-dimensional electron tomography, ultra-high resolution scanning electron microscopy as well as the combined application of high-resolution electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy to the study of surfaces and crystal growth. Much of this work has taken on a particular significance owing to the ground breaking work of scientists at Mobil and in Japan 10 years ago in the successful synthesis of materials with porosity on many length scales achieved through the cooperative self-assembly between inorganic and organic phases. This resulted in a series of materials known as M41S of which MCM-41 and MCM-48 were two of the first and most important structures to be synthesised. This has led to a wealth of new porous structures with order over many length scales and has presented new problems in characterisation. Microscopy methods properly executed are particularly important in the study of this new class of material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)907-916
Number of pages10
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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