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Biomimetic morphogenesis of micropottery: helical coiling of mesostructured silica nanofibers

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Abstract

Biomimetic morphogenesis of sophisticated mesostructured silica micropottery with a novel 3D hierarchically ordered structure and diverse morphologies was realized by hydrolyzing tetraethylsiloxane (TEOS) in concentrated HNO3 solutions containing cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB). It was proposed that the unique micropottery was self-organized by helical coiling of hexagonally ordered mesostructured silica nanofibers with the assistance of the NO3 counterion, which is amazingly reminiscent of the manufacture of pottery vessels by wheel shaping in ancient Oriental Asia. The observed self-organization of the mesostructured silica micropottery may open new avenues towards the micro-fabrication of advanced materials with hierarchical 3D architectures.

Graphical abstract: Biomimetic morphogenesis of micropottery: helical coiling of mesostructured silica nanofibers

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The article was received on 04 Apr 2011, accepted on 27 May 2011 and first published on 30 Jun 2011


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05593C
Citation: Soft Matter, 2011,7, 9624-9627
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    Biomimetic morphogenesis of micropottery: helical coiling of mesostructured silica nanofibers

    L. Zhou, J. Ye, G. Hong and L. Qi, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 9624
    DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05593C

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