Azobenzene-derived surfactants as phototriggered recyclable templates for the synthesis of ordered mesoporous silica nanospheres

Jing Wei, Yuyun Liu, Jia Chen, Yuhui Li, Qin Yue, Gaoxiang Pan, Yanlei Yu, Yonghui Deng, Dongyuan Zhao

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An azobenzene‐derived surfactant behaves as a “smart” molecule. Not only is it used as the structure‐directing agent to synthesize unique mesoporous silica nanospheres, but it can also be quickly released from the silica framework with UV light and subsequently recycled.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1782-1787
Number of pages6
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

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