Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin. ›› 2010, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (08): 2177-2181.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB20100803

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Novel Synthesis of Mesoporous Nanocrystalline Zirconia

CHE Hong-Wei1, HAN Shu-Hua1, HOU Wan-Guo1,2, LIU Ai-Feng1   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry, Ministry of Education, Shandong University, Jinan 250100, P. R. China;
    2. College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266042, Shandong Province, P. R. China
  • Received:2010-03-26 Revised:2010-05-05 Published:2010-07-23
  • Contact: HAN Shu-Hua, HOU Wan-Guo;
  • Supported by:

    The project was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (50572057).


A novel strategy involving the combination of soft-templating and the solid-liquid method (CSSL) is presented for the synthesis of mesoporous nanocrystalline zirconia with a high specific surface area. The mesostructured zirconia hybrid is firstly synthesized by the soft-templating method using 1-hexadecyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide (C16mim+Br-) as the structure-directing agent and zirconium sulphate as an inorganic precursor. It is then ground in the presence of solid copper nitrate followed by heat-treatment in air. The resulting zirconia material, after calcination at 600 ℃, possesses a wormlike arrangement of mesopores surrounded by tetragonal ZrO2 nanocrystallites of ca 2.50 nm diameter. The Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area is 240.0 m2·g-1 and the pore size is 4.10 nm. However, no mesoporous structure exists in the obtained zirconia material that was produced using the simple soft-templating method at the same calcination temperature. The BET surface area is only 9.5 m2·g-1 for this material.

Key words: Mesoporous, Zirconia, Nanocrystalline, Soft-templating method, Thermal stability


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