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Rapid preparation of block copolymer templated mesoporous Zr1−xCexO2 thin films

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Abstract

A scalable, simple, robust and reproducible method is presented for the preparation of chemically homogeneous and ordered nanocrystalline and mesoporous Zr1−xCexO2 thin films. The method utilizes widely available commercial block copolymers as templates. We show how the preparation conditions, film compositions and thermal treatments determine the mesoporous and crystalline structure. Through the scanning of the synthetic process, it was possible to arrive at an optimized and very reproducible method which allows the preparation of high quality, transparent, nanocrystalline and ordered Zr1−xCexO2 mesoporous thin films with different compositions.

Graphical abstract: Rapid preparation of block copolymer templated mesoporous Zr1−xCexO2 thin films

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Submitted
29 Mar 2017
Accepted
09 May 2017
First published
18 May 2017

This article is Open Access

RSC Adv., 2017,7, 26746-26755
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Rapid preparation of block copolymer templated mesoporous Zr1−xCexO2 thin films

I. L. Violi, V. Luca, A. L. Soldati, H. Troiani, G. J. A. A. Soler-Illia and A. Zelcer, RSC Adv., 2017, 7, 26746
DOI: 10.1039/C7RA03647G

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