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Issue 7, 2013
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One-step preparation of UV transparent highly ordered mesoporous zirconia thin films

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Abstract

Highly ordered mesoporous ZrO2 thin films were prepared by evaporation induced self-assembly. Complexing agents and low pH were simultaneously employed in order to control the hydrolysis–condensation kinetics, permitting to cast films in one step. Many commercially available PPO-based surfactants can be used as templates, yielding different pore sizes. The mesoporosity is well preserved at high temperatures (600 °C) and after exposing the films to extreme alkaline conditions (1 M NaOH, 18 h). The procedure has been used to cast multilayer films, paving the way to mesoporous thin films-based UV photonics.

Graphical abstract: One-step preparation of UV transparent highly ordered mesoporous zirconia thin films

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Submitted
02 Oct 2012
Accepted
04 Dec 2012
First published
05 Dec 2012

J. Mater. Chem. C, 2013,1, 1359-1367
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Paper

One-step preparation of UV transparent highly ordered mesoporous zirconia thin films

A. Zelcer and G. J. A. A. Soler-Illia, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2013, 1, 1359
DOI: 10.1039/C2TC00319H

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