A facile multi-interface transformation approach to monodisperse multiple-shelled periodic mesoporous organosilica hollow spheres

Zhaogang Teng, Xiaodan Su, Yuanyi Zheng, Junjie Zhang, Ying Liu, Shouju Wang, Jiang Wu, Guotao Chen, Jiandong Wang, Dongyuan Zhao, Guangming Lu

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The synthesis of well-defined and complex hollow structures via a simple method is still a major challenge. In this work, a facile and controllable multi-interface transformation approach for preparation of monodisperse multi-shelled periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) hollow spheres has been established by a one-step hydrothermal treatment of successively grown organosilica particles. The multi-shelled PMO hollow spheres have inorganic-organic hybrid frameworks, controllable number (1-4) of shells, high surface area ( 805 m2/g), accessible ordered mesochannels ( 3.2 nm), large pore volume (1.0 cm3/g), and uniform and tunable diameter (300-550 nm), chamber size (4-54 nm), and shell thickness (10-30 nm). In addition, various organic groups (alkyl, aromatic, and heteroelement fragments) are successfully incorporated into the multi-shelled PMO hollow spheres by successively adding different bridged organosilica precursors. Notably, the distribution of different kinds of organic groups in the multi-shelled PMO hollow spheres can be precisely controlled, showing great potential for future applications. We propose that the formation of the multi-shelled PMO hollow structures is ascribed to the creation of multiple highly cross-linked organosilica interfaces, providing a new and interesting fundamental principle for PMO materials. Due to their unique structure and frameworks, triple-shelled ethane-bridged PMO hollow spheres were successfully loaded with an anti-cancer drug doxorubicin and perfluoropentane gas, which present excellent effects in the killing of cancer cells and ultrasound imaging. It is expected that the multi-interface transformation strategy provides a simple, controllable, versatile, and template-free method for preparation of various multifunctional PMOs for different applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7935-7944
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes

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