Journal article

Synthesis of ultra small nanoparticles (< 50 nm) of mesoporous MCM-48 for bio-adsorption

SM Mousavi Elyerdi, MN Sarvi, AJ O’Connor

Journal of Porous Materials | Springer Verlag | Published : 2019


© 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. Mono-dispersed spherical MCM-48 mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN) with cubic Ia3d mesostructure were synthesized under different stirring conditions using hexadecyltrimethyl ammonium bromide as structure directing agent and EO20PO70EO20 copolymer as particle size control. Results indicated that the EO20PO70EO20 works well in the reduction of nanoparticle size. In addition, increasing the stirring rate transformed mesoporosity from 2-D hexagonal P6mm to 3-D cubic Ia3d. The biomolecule adsorption properties of prepared ultra small nanoparticles of MCM-48 were compared with that of MCM-48 with ten times larger particle s..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported under The Australian Research Council's Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) funding scheme (project number IH120100005). The ARC Dairy Innovation Hub is a collaboration between The University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland and Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd. Dr. George Chen would like to acknowledge the financial support by the Victorian Government, Australia, through a Victoria Fellowship. The authors would like to thank High Weald Dairy (UK) for providing the whey samples used in this work, as well as Holchem Laboratories Ltd (UK) for the thoughtful discussions regarding CIP strategies and the provision of cleaning chemicals.