Modification of Mesoporous Materials

The applications of mesoporous materials can be expanded by exploiting their large specific surface area to include new entities with additional properties. Control of the "mesoporous space" implies modifying volume, shape and pore size, but also the structure, load and philicity of their surfaces. We are specialized in the localization of chemical components within the pores: polymers, organic functions, metal and semiconductor nanoparticles, or biological entities. Multifunctional materials can be obtained from chemical reactions (complexation, polymerization, reduction) or photochemical reactions (reduction) that take place on the pore surface.

In addition, we are able to prepare nanocomposite materials formed by metallic nanoparticles embedded into a mesoporous oxide matrix. In this case, the nanoparticles can be prepared in solution or in situ by controlled reduction reactions.