A new family of porous inorganic solids based on nanocrystalline metal oxides is discussed. These materials, made up of 4-7 nm MgO, CaO, Al2O3, ZnO, and others, exhibit unparalleled destructive adsorption properties for acid gases, polar organics, and even chemical/biological warfare agents. These unique sorption properties are due to nanocrystal shape, polar surfaces, and high surface areas. Free-flowing powders or consolidated pellets are effective, and pore structure can be controlled by consolidation pressures. Chemical properties can be adjusted by choice of metal oxide as well as by incorporating other oxides as monolayer films.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Chemistry - A European Journal|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 18 2001|
- Metal oxides
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Organic Chemistry