Journal of Porous Materials

, 17:99 | Cite as

Gemini surfactant controlled preparation of well-ordered lamellar mesoporous molybdenum oxide

  • Xiaojuan Yu
  • Zhenghe Xu
  • Shuhua Han


A series of well-ordered lamellar mesoporous molybdenum oxides were prepared using gemini surfactant [C n H2n+1N+(CH3)2–(CH2)2–N+(CH3)2C n H2n+1] · 2Br(denoted as C n-2-n , n = 12, 14 and 16) as the structure-directing agent and ammonium heptamolybdate tetrahydrate (NH4)6Mo7O24 · 4H2O as the precursor. The obtained samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, thermal analysis, transmission electron microscopy and nitrogen adsorption–desorption. Results showed that contrary to complete structure collapse after removing tetradecyltrimethylammonium bromide (TTAB) from molybdenum oxide/TTAB composite, the lamellar mesostructure was retained after removal of C n-2-n from corresponding composite. The effects of alkyl chain length and concentration of gemini surfactants on the structure of the mesoporous molybdenum oxide were also investigated. The specific surface area of extracted sample was as high as 116 m2 g−1. The maintenance of the lamellar mesostruture was due to the strong self-assembly ability of gemini surfactants and the strong electrical interaction between gemini surfactants and molybdenum oxide.


Molybdenum oxides Gemini surfactants Lamellar mesopores 



This research was financially supported by the Key Project Foundation of the Ministry of Education of China (No. 105104), the Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 50572057), the Middle-aged and Youthful Excellent Scientist Encouragement Foundation of Shandong (No. 2005BS1-1003), and the Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province (No. Z2006B02).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Lab of Colloid and Interface Chemistry (Shandong University) Ministry of EducationShandong UniversityJinanPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Chemical and Materials EngineeringUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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