Porous platelike hematite mesocrystals: Synthesis, catalytic and gas-sensing applications

Jianmin Ma, Jaclyn Teo, Lin Mei, Ziyi Zhong*, Qiuhong Li, Taihong Wang, Xiaochuan Duan, Jiabiao Lian, Wenjun Zheng

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Porous platelike α-Fe 2O 3 mesocrystals, composed of single crystalline nanoparticles, were prepared via a controlled solvent evaporation process in the presence of an ionic liquid [Bmim]Cl, which acted as both the solvent and the templating reagent. Compared to the Au/α-Fe 2O 3 (Fluka) catalyst, a significantly enhanced CO oxidation activity on the Au/porous platelike α-Fe 2O 3 mesocrystal catalyst was observed, which may be attributed to its more highly exposed (110) facet in the porous platelike α-Fe 2O 3 mesocrystals. Moreover, good repeatability and fast response and recovery times were obtained in an acetone sensitivity test conducted on the α-Fe 2O 3 nanoplates, produced via annealing of the porous platelike α-Fe 2O 3 mesocrystals at 400 °C. It is expected that this method is applicable to the synthesis of other inorganic functional oxides with unique structures and properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11694-11700
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number23
StatePublished - 21 Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


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