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Postsynthetic functionalization of mesoporous silica

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Functionalized mesoporous silica offers promising possibilities for numerous applications, including drug delivery, catalysis, and adsorption. This minireview focuses on recent developments related to the postsynthetic positioning of functional groups on mesoporous silica. After briefly introducing the reagents that are commonly used for this purpose, methods to control and to analyze the distribution of the grafted functional groups are discussed, with particular emphasis on concepts that allow the placement of the groups at specific distances from each other, as well as on approaches towards the selective functionalization of the external particle surface.

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The article was received on 19 Jan 2010, accepted on 25 Feb 2010 and first published on 13 Apr 2010

Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C0NR00039F
Citation: Nanoscale, 2010,2, 887-892
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    Postsynthetic functionalization of mesoporous silica

    D. Brühwiler, Nanoscale, 2010, 2, 887
    DOI: 10.1039/C0NR00039F

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