Micelle swelling agent derived cavities for increasing hydrophobic organic compound removal efficiency by mesoporous micelle@silica hybrid materials

Abstract
Mesoporous micelle@silica hybrid materials with 2D hexagonal mesostructures were synthesized as reusable sorbents for hydrophobic organic compounds (HOCs) removal by a facile one-step aqueous solution synthesis using 3-(trimethoxysily)propyl-octadecyldimethyl-ammonium chloride (TPODAC) as a structure directing agent. The mesopores were generated by adding micelle swelling agent, 1,3,5-trimethyl benzene, during the synthesis and removing it afterward, which was demonstrated to greatly increase the HOC removal efficiency. In this material, TPODAC surfactant is directly anchored on the pore surface of mesoporous silica via SiOSi covalent bond after the synthesis due to its reactive Si(OCH 3) 3 head group, and thus makes the synthesized materials can be easily regenerated for reuse. The obtained materials show great potential in water treatment as pollutants sorbents. © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Citation
Shi, Y., Li, B., Wang, P., Dua, R., & Zhao, D. (2012). Micelle swelling agent derived cavities for increasing hydrophobic organic compound removal efficiency by mesoporous micelle@silica hybrid materials. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 155, 252–257. doi:10.1016/j.micromeso.2012.02.002

Acknowledgements
This project is supported by KAUST baseline fund and travel fund. Y.F. Shi thanks the support from the special funds for key innovation team of Zhejiang Province (2010R50017).

Publisher
Elsevier BV

Journal
Microporous and Mesoporous Materials

DOI
10.1016/j.micromeso.2012.02.002

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