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Issue 9, 2013
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Synthesis of mesoporous silica nanoparticles

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Good control of the morphology, particle size, uniformity and dispersity of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) is of increasing importance to their use in catalyst, adsorption, polymer filler, optical devices, bio-imaging, drug delivery, and biomedical applications. This review discusses different synthesis methodologies to prepare well-dispersed MSNs and hollow silica nanoparticles (HSNs) with tunable dimensions ranging from a few to hundreds of nanometers of different mesostructures. The methods include fast self-assembly, soft and hard templating, a modified Stöber method, dissolving–reconstruction and modified aerogel approaches. In practical applications, the MSNs prepared by these methods demonstrate good potential for use in high-performance catalysis, antireflection coating, transparent polymer–MSNs nanocomposites, drug-release and theranostic systems.

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The article was received on 02 Oct 2012 and first published on 12 Feb 2013

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS35405A
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013,42, 3862-3875
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    Synthesis of mesoporous silica nanoparticles

    S. Wu, C. Mou and H. Lin, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013, 42, 3862
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CS35405A

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