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Spectroscopic characterization of cobalt-containing mesoporous materials.

Cobalt-containing mesoporous materials that have been prepared using different procedures have been comparatively characterized by transmission electron microscopy/energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy ( TEM/EDS), extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS), X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES), and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis), near-infrared (NIR), and mid-infrared (mid-IR) spectroscopies, and the results provide new insights into the local environment and properties of cobalt in this type of material. TEM/EDS analyses have shown that tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) may be less appropriate as a silicon source during the syntheses of cobalt-containing mesoporous materials, because the distribution of cobalt throughout the framework may become uneven. EXAFS has been determined to be the most suitable method for direct verification of framework incorporation, by identifying silicon as the backscatterer in the second shell. Such a direct verification may not be obtained using UV-vis spectroscopy. From EXAFS analyses, it is also possible to distinguish between surface-bound and framework-incorporated cobalt. There is a good agreement between the results obtained from XANES and UV-vis regarding the coordination symmetry of cobalt in the samples. The presence of cobalt in the silica framework has been determined to create Lewis acid sites, and these acid sites are suggested to be located at tetrahedral cobalt sites at the surface.[1]


  1. Spectroscopic characterization of cobalt-containing mesoporous materials. Vrålstad, T., Glomm, W.R., Rønning, M., Dathe, H., Jentys, A., Lercher, J.A., Oye, G., Stöcker, M., Sjöblom, J. The journal of physical chemistry. B, Condensed matter, materials, surfaces, interfaces & biophysical. (2006) [Pubmed]
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