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Stabilization of Mesoporous Iron Oxide Films against Sintering and Phase Transformations via Atomic Layer Deposition of Alumina and Silica

Abstract : The stabilization of crystal phases and nanostructured morphologies is an essential topic in application-driven design of mesoporous materials. Many applications, e.g. catalysis, require high temperature and humidity. Typical metal oxides transform under such conditions from a metastable, low crystal-line material into a thermodynamically more favorable form, i.e. from ferrihy-drite into hematite in the case of iron oxide. The harsh conditions induce also a growth of the crystallites constituting pore walls, which results in sintering and finally collapse of the porous network. Herein, a new method to stabi-lize mesoporous templated metal oxides against sintering and pore collapse is reported. The method employs atomic layer deposition (ALD) to coat the internal mesopore surface with thin layers of either alumina or silica. The authors demonstrate that silica exerts a very strong influence: It shifts hematite formation from 400 to 600 °C and sintering of hematite from 600 to 900 °C. Differences between the stabilization via alumina and silica are rationalized by a different interaction strength between the ALD material and the ferrihydrite film. The presented approach allows to stabilize mesoporous thin films that require a high crystallization temperature, with submonolayer quantity of an ALD mate-rial, and to apply mesoporous materials for high temperature applications.
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Katrin Kraffert, Matthias Karg, Roman Schmack, Guylhaine Clavel, Cédric Boissière, et al.. Stabilization of Mesoporous Iron Oxide Films against Sintering and Phase Transformations via Atomic Layer Deposition of Alumina and Silica. Advanced Materials Interfaces, Wiley, 2018, 5 (14), pp.1800360. ⟨10.1002/admi.201800360⟩. ⟨hal-02127927⟩

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