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The discovery of mesoporous molecular sieves from the twenty year perspective

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By the combination of prior knowledge, observation skills, and novel synthetic approaches, we discovered a family of mesoporous molecular sieves including discrete structures – MCM-41 (hexagonal), MCM-48 (cubic), and MCM-50 (lamellar). These materials were formed unlike that of our classical microporous structures involving reagent induced-macromolecular templating mechanism. Based on synthetic data and working with others, we were able to establish a predictive mechanism of formation and identify a broad class of templating reagents. These initial findings generated great interest and effort worldwide. It resulted in tremendous expansion of knowledge and skills with many new additional discoveries that established a new area of ordered mesoporous materials. They are integrated with zeolites (microporous materials) and based on surfactant inorganic chemistry.

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Submitted
18 Jan 2013
First published
21 Feb 2013

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013,42, 3663-3670
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The discovery of mesoporous molecular sieves from the twenty year perspective

C. T. Kresge and W. J. Roth, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013, 42, 3663
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60016E

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