Mechanochemical Nonhydrolytic Sol-Gel-Strategy for the Production of Mesoporous Multimetallic Oxides

Zihao Zhang, Shize Yang, Xiaobing Hu, Haidi Xu, Honggen Peng, Miaomiao Liu, Bishnu Prasad Thapaliya, Kecheng Jie, Jiahua Zhao, Jixing Liu, Hao Chen, Yan Leng, Xiuyang Lu, Jie Fu*, Pengfei Zhang, Sheng Dai

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Mesoporous metal oxides with wide pore size, high surface area, and uniform porous structures have demonstrated excellent advantages in various fields. However, the state-of-art synthesis approaches are dominated by wet chemistry, accompanied by use of excessive solvent, and the requirement of time-consuming drying process. Herein, we report a mechanochemical solid-state route to synthesize mesoporous Al2O3 (meso-Al2O3) via aluminum isopropoxide-copolymers assembly. The obtained meso-Al2O3 shows a record high surface area (∼644 m2 g-1) and narrow pore size distribution (centered at ∼5 nm). Moreover, a mechanochemical nonhydrolytic sol-gel strategy is introduced to fabricate mesoporous metal (Cu, Co, Mn, Fe, Mg, Ni)-aluminum binary oxide by using anhydrous metal chlorides and aluminum isopropoxide interplay. More importantly, four or five metals-aluminum oxide complexes with abundant mesopores and single cubic crystalline phase known as high-entropy ceramics are produced. To the best of our knowledge, mesoporous high-entropy metal oxides have not been prepared before, because the high crystallization temperature would make mesopores collapse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5529-5536
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 13 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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