Ultrafast Crystallization of Ordered Mesoporous Metal Oxides and Carbon in Seconds

10 May 2021, Version 1
This content is a preprint and has not undergone peer review at the time of posting.


This Communication describes a facile strategy coupling block copolymer-directed self-assembly with high-power Joule heating to form highly crystalline and long-range ordered mesoporous oxide and carbon nanostructures in just a few seconds. The combined approach is compatible with various self-assembled hybrid systems, generating mesoporous composites of γ-Al2O3-carbon, γ-Al2O3/MgO-carbon and anatase-TiO2-carbon with p6mm symmetry, as well as mesoporous non-close-packed carbon structures. Removing the polymer/carbon gives well-defined mesoporous all-γ-Al2O3 and all-anatase-TiO2 structures. Impregnation of chloroplatinic acid followed by Joule heating yields platinum nanoparticles decorated on the channel walls of mesoporous γ-Al2O3-carbon structures. The rapid formation of thermally stable and periodically ordered crystalline oxide, carbon and oxide-carbon structures.


block copolymer
Joule heating
metal oxide


Comments are not moderated before they are posted, but they can be removed by the site moderators if they are found to be in contravention of our Commenting Policy [opens in a new tab] - please read this policy before you post. Comments should be used for scholarly discussion of the content in question. You can find more information about how to use the commenting feature here [opens in a new tab] .
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy [opens in a new tab] and Terms of Service [opens in a new tab] apply.