High cobalt content mesoporous silicas

Jamal El Haskouri, Saúl Orlando Cabrera Medina, Carlos J. Gómez-García, Carmen Guillem, Julio Latorre, Aurelio Beltrán, Daniel Beltrán, M. Dolores Marcos, Pedro Amorós

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

62 Scopus citations


Silica-based MCM-41-like mesoporous materials with high cobalt content (∞ ≥ Si/Co ≥ 23) have been synthesized through a one-pot surfactant-assisted procedure from aqueous solution using a cationic surfactant (CTMABr = cetyltrimethylammonium bromide) as structural directing agent, and starting from molecular atrane complexes of Co and Si as inorganic hydrolytic precursors. This preparative technique allows optimizing the dispersion of the Co guest species in the silica walls. The mesoporous nature of the final materials is confirmed by XRD, TEM, and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms. They display unimodal and relatively narrow pore size distributions, whereas their pore array evolves from ordered hexagonal (H0) to wormhole-like (W) as the Co content increases. A careful spectroscopic (UV-visible and NMR) and magnetic study of these materials shows that, regardless of the Si/Co ratio, Co atoms are organized in well-dispersed, uniform CoO nanodomains (ca. 3 nm) partially embedded within the silica walls. These materials, which show superparamagnetic behavior, can be referred to as mesoporous CoO-MCM-41 nanocomposites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2805-2813
Number of pages9
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number14
StatePublished - 13 Jul 2004


Dive into the research topics of 'High cobalt content mesoporous silicas'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this