Nanocrystalline metal oxides as unique chemical reagents/sorbents

Erik Lucas, Shawn Decker, Abbas Khaleel, Adam Seitz, Shawn Fultz, Aldo Ponce, Weifeng Li, Corrie Carnes, Kenneth J. Klabunde

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A new family of porous inorganic solids based on nanocrystalline metal oxides is discussed. These materials, made up of 4-7 nm MgO, CaO, Al2O3, ZnO, and others, exhibit unparalleled destructive adsorption properties for acid gases, polar organics, and even chemical/biological warfare agents. These unique sorption properties are due to nanocrystal shape, polar surfaces, and high surface areas. Free-flowing powders or consolidated pellets are effective, and pore structure can be controlled by consolidation pressures. Chemical properties can be adjusted by choice of metal oxide as well as by incorporating other oxides as monolayer films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2505-2510
Number of pages6
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 18 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Adsorption
  • Metal oxides
  • Nanostructures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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