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Self-templating synthesis of hollow mesoporous silica and their applications in catalysis and drug delivery

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Abstract

Hollow mesoporous silica materials have been intensively pursued because of their unique properties for various applications. Yolk/shell structured hollow mesoporous silica with functional cores inside their hollow interior can further broaden the applications of hollow mesoporous silica. The self-templating strategy has been developed as one of the most important strategies to effectively fabricate hollow mesoporous silicas and their yolk/shell counterparts. In this feature article, we provide an overview of advances in the self-templating synthesis of hollow mesoporous silica based on the following three strategies: surface-protected etching, structural difference-based selective etching, and cationic surfactant assisted self-templating. We then discuss some important applications of these self-templating strategy-derived hollow mesoporous silicas, such as nanoreactors for confined catalysis and multifunctional platforms for combined therapy. Finally, some perspectives for the future development of this active research field are provided.

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The article was received on 09 Dec 2012, accepted on 03 Jan 2013 and first published on 09 Jan 2013


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3NR34006F
Citation: Nanoscale, 2013,5, 2205-2218
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    Self-templating synthesis of hollow mesoporous silica and their applications in catalysis and drug delivery

    X. Fang, X. Zhao, W. Fang, C. Chen and N. Zheng, Nanoscale, 2013, 5, 2205
    DOI: 10.1039/C3NR34006F

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