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Noemi Linares a , Ana M. E-mail: j. E-mail: joaquin. Alternative energy technologies are greatly hindered by significant limitations in materials science. From low activity to poor stability, and from mineral scarcity to high cost, the current materials are not able to cope with the significant challenges of clean energy technologies.
However, recent advances in the preparation of nanomaterials, porous solids, and nanostructured solids are providing hope in the race for a better, cleaner energy production.
The present contribution critically reviews the development and role of mesoporosity in a wide range of technologies, as this provides for critical improvements in accessibility, the dispersion of the active phase and a higher surface area. Relevant examples of the development of mesoporosity by a wide range of techniques are provided, including the preparation of hierarchical structures with pore systems in different scale ranges. Mesoporosity plays a significant role in catalysis, especially in the most challenging processes where bulky molecules, like those obtained from biomass or highly unreactive species, such as CO 2 should be transformed into most valuable products.
Furthermore, mesoporous materials also play a significant role as electrodes in fuel and solar cells and in thermoelectric devices, technologies which are benefiting from improved accessibility and a better dispersion of materials with controlled porosity. Noemi Linares. In May , she came back to the Molecular Nanotechnology Lab to work on the synthesis of nanostructured solids with different functionalities incorporated in their structure, mainly for energetic applications H 2 storage, water-gas shift reaction, biomass valorization.
Ana M. Silvestre Albero obtained her PhD Degree in working on the preparation and characterization of Pt catalysts supported on micro-mesoporous materials to ethanol combustion reaction in the group of Prof.
Since , she has been working as a researcher at the University of Alicante. Her research interests include the preparation and characterization of micro-mesopores materials, environmental pollution control, CO 2 storage, the catalytic epoxidation reaction and catalytic combustion of VOCs. She is the co-author of more than 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts. Elena Serrano. Elena Serrano obtained her PhD in at the University of Basque Country Spain working on the nanostructuration of functional materials.
Her current research interests are in the area of new synthetic pathways to prepare heterogeneous catalysts by the self-assembly of functional materials metal nanoparticles, metal complexes, etc. Then, he spent one-year in the group of Prof. His interests range from materials science, adsorption processes, nanotechnology, heterogeneous catalysis and nanomedicine.
His scientific work has been published in more than 75 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 4 book chapters and several patent applications have been filled in the last few years.
He has published extensively in the areas of nanomaterials, catalysis and energy and is the inventor of more than 25 patents. He is the founder and chief scientist of Rive Technology, Inc.
Boston, MA , a venture capital-funded Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT spin-off commercializing nanostructured catalysts for energy applications.
Many of these challenges are being overcome thanks to the ingenuity and creativity of chemists, materials scientists and nanotechnologists, who are developing new materials and reinventing old ones by modifying their structure, size, morphology, surface chemistry and porosity. Porous solids are ubiquitous due to their many advantages such as a large surface area, an enhanced accessibility and the ability to anchor different chemical functionalities on their surface.
The use of molecular and supramolecular templates, especially surfactants, has been one of the most successful strategies for the production of materials with a controlled porosity.
Some of the main advantages of this methodology are: their versatility, robustness, simplicity and ability to produce very complex and interconnected porous structures. Sol—gel chemistry techniques are typically used in combination with different surfactants to produce a wide variety of porous metal oxides. Both soft templates, such as surfactant and polymers and hard templates such as carbon and metal oxides and carbonates which can be burned-off or easily dissolved at a certain pH, have being extensively used to introduce controlled mesoporosity in a wide variety of solids.
The combination of these strategies has yielded new hierarchical materials whose unique porous structures provide significant advantages, many of them described in this review. In other cases, more complex surface modification is needed. For example, the introduction of complex chemical species, such as dyes, on the surface of nanoparticles, is typically carried out in the preparation of dye-sensitized solar cells.
More recently, a novel strategy has been described to introduce a wide variety of chemical functionalities in porous solids, ranging from metal complexes to nanoparticles, clusters and homogenous catalysts.
This has been possible thanks to the combination of surfactant-template and sol—gel chemistry techniques. The synthesis of nanostructured mesoporous solids is based on the supramolecular templating approach, where long chain organic surfactants are used as structure-directing agents SDA or templates.
The assembly of these surfactant molecules in the presence of a silica precursor leads to a composite mesostructure during the condensation of the silica network. The subsequent removal of the surfactant gives a mesoporous material with porous systems replicating the surfactant's assembly, see Fig.
Moreover, it can be applied to the synthesis of a great number of different solids, inorganic, organic—inorganic hybrids and organic solids. Some examples of these types of material, along with the synthetic pathways employed for their structuration, are shown in Table 1. Even if these materials did not accomplish the task for which they were initially conceived, which was to replace zeolites in different applications mainly in petrochemistry , since they do not have the high catalytic activity of zeolites or their hydrothermal stability, the applications in which mesoporous materials are currently used have become countless.
They are used in catalysis as catalysts or supports , adsorption, pollutant remediation, sensors, drug delivery systems and, more related to the present review topic, photocatalysis, solar cells, fuel cells and batteries. In energy related devices, nanostructured materials have attracted much attention because of their unique properties compared to bulk materials. In the catalytic field, these materials can improve the performance of materials with only one type of porosity.
Different reviews in this topic can be found elsewhere. Regardless of the preparation method, the improved diffusion and accessibility to active sites of mesoporous zeolites results in higher catalytic activities and longer lifetimes than traditional microporous zeolites.
The mesostructured zeolite Y demonstrated excellent hydrothermal stability, which is critical to such applications. The testing of FCC catalysts made from mesostructured zeolite Y showed a significantly improved selectivity in product yields more transportation fuels, i.
With regard to renewable energy, these hierarchical zeolites can be very useful in bio-oil upgrading. Bio-oils produced from the pyrolysis of biomass are very inexpensive renewable liquid fuels. However, the fuel quality of the bio-oils is inferior to that of petroleum-based fuels and, in order to be used as replacements or supplements for fossil diesel or gasoline, they require upgrading treatment. The hydro-processing of bio-oil reduces both the oxygen and unsaturated content, making hydrodeoxygenation a promising method for bio-oil upgrading.
The mesoporous zeolite was used to support Pt and its catalytic performance was evaluated in a dibenzofuran hydrodeoxygenation reaction, as a model bio-oil compound. On another scale, the incorporation of macropores into mesoporous architectures also minimises diffusion barriers and may enhance the distribution of the active sites during catalyst preparation.
Certain organic transformations of hierarchical materials result in more active and selective processes than their mesoporous counterparts.
This is probably due to a smaller pressure drop, a higher mass transfer and more uniform residence time for reactants throughout the hierarchical material. This enhancement in the performance of hierarchical materials holds true for other properties as well. For example, since macropores have comparable dimensions to the wavelength of visible and UV light, their incorporation into porous materials can aid light scattering within them.
For instance, hierarchical materials with flower-like morphologies see Fig. These solids have demonstrated superior photocatalytic activities, when compared with homologous mesoporous materials. In Fig. This material was proved to be an efficient photocatalyst in the removal of NO in indoor air under both visible light and UV irradiation, with a higher activity than the material in particulate form.
Another application in which hierarchical materials have shown a superior performance over other morphologies is in energy storage technologies. Low density, ultraporous 3D nanoarchitectures combine a high surface area for heterogeneous reactions with a continuous and hierarchical porous network for rapid molecular flux.
They therefore present the appropriate electronic, ionic, and electrochemical requirements for, among other uses, Li-ions batteries, supercapacitors and solar thermal storage systems.
Excellent reviews about hierarchical materials for energy conversion and storage 61 and specifically for lithium batteries, 62 have recently been published.
This problem can be solved using hierarchically designed electrodes, tailored to satisfy these conflicting requirements. For instance, novel porous NiO hollow microspheres prepared by an ultrasound-assisted template-free route and composed of loosely packed nanoparticles with diameters around 30—80 nm, see Fig. Many other hierarchical materials have been used in energy storage applications; indeed it is one of the most interesting applications of such materials.
Transition-metal oxides have exhibited a high capacity for reversible lithium storage 64 while structured carbon materials show an excellent performance as supercapacitor electrodes. Next some examples of nanocasted mesoporous solids used for energy applications are shown.
As has been already mentioned, structured porous carbons are one of the most interesting materials for energy storage. Their excellent chemical, mechanical and thermal stability, coupled with good conductivity and a high surface area, makes them ideal electrode materials for supercapacitors or batteries.
This composite material was more resistant to forming a solid—electrolyte interface layer and had a greater lithium capacity at high charge and discharge rates, when compared to the same material without template mesopores and walls consisting only of amorphous carbon. Regarding transition metal oxides, among the different oxides studied, cobalt oxide has demonstrated an excellent electrochemical performance in terms of specific capacity and cyclability.
These two solids showed ferromagnetic ordering even at room temperature, due to the geometric confinement of antiferromagnetic order within nanoparticles. The extraordinary performance long-term cyclability and high-current performance of these mesoporous Co 3 O 4 materials should be attributed to the highly ordered mesoporous structure see Fig. Schmitt in , refers to the process of comprehending and applying biological principles to man-made design.
There are numerous examples of the potential of biomimetic materials in different applications, including biology, medicine, aerospace, energy, etc.
As far as energy conversion, capture and storage applications are concerned, biotemplated materials, mostly with hierarchical structures see Section 2. Su et al. Much effort has been devoted to extending the use of TiO 2 under sunlight irradiation, including by the biomimetic route. Accordingly, hierarchical macro-mesoporous titania obtained from biotemplates such as plant leaves or butterfly wings has been reported to enhance light harvesting and photocatalytic hydrogen production, as well as showing promising properties as a photoanode for solar cells and dye sensitised solar cells DSSCs.
Continuing with titania and DSSCs, diatoms are also promising biotemplates for the biomimetic fabrication of nanostructured materials and devices. Diatoms produce different regular 3D silica structures with nanometre to micrometre dimensions.
These structures have been used as biosupports, generating new hierarchical materials by coating them with titania layers giving an enhanced electrical output of experimental DSSCs. But the potential applications of hierarchical biotemplated materials are not restricted to the DSSC field. Hierarchical macro—mesoporous wood-templated NiO, 82 Fe 3 O 4 , 83 manganese oxide, 84 chromium oxides, 85 alumina; 86 as well as diatomaceous earth-templated carbon 87 and mesoporous biocarbon-coated Li 3 V 2 PO 4 88 have all been synthesised as promising candidates for carbon electrodes in LIBs.
Besides hierarchical biotemplated materials, metal—organic framework materials MOFs , which will be discussed in the following section, are ideal candidates for building biomimetic systems due to their extremely high surface area and chemical tuneability. Zhou et al. Their review focuses on implanting biomimetic active sites into stable MOFs. Maspoch et al. Usually, the incorporation of active sites into mesoporous materials is essential to their application and thus the success of the synthetic route will determine the efficiency of the solid when used in a device.
The role of the incorporation of functionality into mesoporous solids, and of mesoporosity itself, in device performance in fuel cells is highlighted in Section 4. Additionally, the use of mesoporous hybrid TiO 2 , SiO 2 , SnO 2 and ZnO-based materials for clean photocatalytic energy technologies and for mesoporous advanced solar cells will be carefully discussed in Sections 3.
This section, on the other hand, will seek to summarise existing synthetic strategies for obtaining hybrid mesoporous solids, for the aforementioned applications. Examples of materials which have already found uses in these areas are given as an illustration.
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