Polymer Engineering Faculty Research

Title

Large-Scale Roll-to-Roll Fabrication of Ordered Mesoporous Materials using Resol-Assisted Cooperative Assembly

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Winter 1-30-2015

Abstract

Roll-to-roll (R2R) processing enables the rapid fabrication of large-area sheets of cooperatively assembled materials for production of mesoporous materials. Evaporation induced self-assembly of a nonionic surfactant (Pluronic F127) with sol–gel precursors and phenolic resin oligomers (resol) produce highly ordered mesostructures for a variety of chemistries including silica, titania, and tin oxide. The cast thick (>200 μm) film can be easily delaminated from the carrier substrate (polyethylene terephthalate, PET) after cross-linking the resol to produce meter-long self-assembled sheets. The surface areas of these mesoporous materials range from 240 m2/g to >1650 m2/g with these areas for each material comparing favorably with prior reports in the literature. These R2R methods provide a facile route to the scalable production of kilograms of a wide variety of ordered mesoporous materials that have shown potential for a wide variety of applications with small-batch syntheses.

Publication Title

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Volume

7

Issue

7

First Page

4306

Last Page

4310