June 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
Our latest paper is out in Advanced Engineering Materials. We investigated the potential interest of the ice templated structures for applications in catalysis. Mesoporosity is required in these applications, and we proposed two different strategies to introduce it. The first one is to use nanoparticles, in which case the mesoporosity is arising from the space between the particles. The materials are quite fragile, though. Alternatively, we deposited mesoporous coatings, thus introducing mesoporosity while taking advantage of the high strength ice-templated supports. Preliminary steps, thus.