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  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2013
  • pp: 2028–2036

Highly ordered mesoporous silica microfibres produced by evaporative self-assembly and fracturing

John Canning, Miles Ma, Brant C. Gibson, Jeffrey Shi, Kevin Cook, and Maxwell J. Crossley  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 3, Issue 12, pp. 2028-2036 (2013)

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Atomic force microscopy (AFM) of microfibres fabricated from the self-assembly and fracturing of silica nanoparticles reveals mesoporous structure with hcp packing. Pore size distribution for (20 – 30) nm sized particles are calculated to lie within rtet ~(2.2 – 3.3) nm and roct ~(4.2 – 6.2) nm for the octahedral and tetrahedral sites. The experimentally measured distribution, using N2 adsorption, is r ~(2 - 6) nm, in excellent agreement suggesting a highly controllable and periodic porosity using these structures. The potential for a number of material and device applications is discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(160.6030) Materials : Silica
(240.6700) Optics at surfaces : Surfaces
(130.2755) Integrated optics : Glass waveguides
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Glass and Other Amorphous Materials

Original Manuscript: August 2, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 8, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 11, 2013
Published: November 5, 2013

John Canning, Miles Ma, Brant C. Gibson, Jeffrey Shi, Kevin Cook, and Maxwell J. Crossley, "Highly ordered mesoporous silica microfibres produced by evaporative self-assembly and fracturing," Opt. Mater. Express 3, 2028-2036 (2013)

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