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Continuous Mesoporous Pd Films by Electrochemical Deposition in Nonionic Micellar Solution

Mesoporous metals that combine catalytic activity and high surface area can provide more opportunities for electrochemical applications. Various synthetic methods, including hard and soft templating, have been developed to prepare mesoporous/nanoporous metals. Micelle assembly, typically involved in soft-templates, is flexible and convenient for such purposes. It is, however, difficult to control, and the ordering is significantly destroyed during the metal deposition process, which is detrimental when it comes to designing precisely mesostructured materials. In the present work, mesoporous Pd films were uniformly electrodeposited using a nonionic surfactant, triblock copolymer poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide), as a pore-directing agent. The interaction between micelles and metal precursors greatly influences the metal growth and determines the final structure. The water-coordinated species interact with the ethylene oxide moiety of the micelles to effectively drive the ...

Authors:   Muhammad Iqbal; Cuiling Li; Kathleen Wood; Bo Jiang; Toshiaki Takei; Ömer Dag; Daisuke Baba; Asep Sugih Nugraha; Toru Asahi; Andrew E. Whitten; Md. Shahriar A. Hossain; Victor Malgras; Yusuke Yamauchi
Journal:   Chemistry of Materials
Year:   2017
DOI:   10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b01811
Publication date:   17-Jul-2017
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  • micelles
  • ethylene oxide
  • deposition
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