Porous Materials

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Because of their superior properties such as low toxicity, high surface area, ease to utilize by surface functionalization, tunable morphology, and adjustable pore structures, porous structures have been used in various applications of sensors, catalysts, drug delivery, and environmental pollution control. These unique properties of these structures can be tuned by modifying the synthesis methods depending on the reactants, concentrations, or experimental conditions. Various synthesis methods such as microemulsion, flame spray pyrolysis, and sol-gel, etc. can be used to synthesize porous materials.

In SPPCL, we synthesize different porous particles such as Mesoporous Silica Particles, Mesoporous Zirconium Oxide and catalytically active CuS particles. Recently, a novel acid-catalyzed synthesis route for Mesoporous Silica Particles has been developed and patented by our group members. This simple and cost-effective method helps us to tune the morphology and pore structure of these structures. We use these particles in different applications such as Advanced Oxidation Processes, wastewater treatment, drug loading/releasing and
self-driven micromotors.

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Selected Publications

  • Ijaz, A., Yagci, M. B., Ow-Yang, C. W., Demirel, A. L., & Miko, A. (2020). Formation of mesoporous silica particles with hierarchical morphology. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 303, 110240.

  • Mikó, A., Demirel, A. L., & Somer, M. (2012). Vertically oriented hexagonal mesoporous zirconia thin films by block copolymer templating. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 22(9), 3705-3707.

  • Mikó, A., Demirel, A. L., & Somer, M. (2010, June). Synthesis and characterization of mesoporous zirconium oxide thin films. In IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering (Vol. 12, No. 1, p. 012019). IOP Publishing.