Mesostructured materials provide a new platform for controlling physical and chemical properties because of their particular structure and space confinement effects. Designing and controlling the structural units to obtain materials with unique electronic, optical, magnetic, dynamic and chemical properties is an important challenge in materials science. Che's group established a new self-assembly route for inorganic mesostructures and investigated their remarkable properties.
Chirality is an essential attribute found universally in nature. Helical structure is an important expression form of chirality (asymmetry), and probably the most mysterious yet ubiquitous geometries in nature. Successful synthesis of materials with artificial helical structures provide opportunities for distinguishing the relations between helical directions and physiological and thermodynamic properties, explaining the complexity and particularity of nature, elucidating the formation dynamics, regulatory mechanism and functional characteristics of hierarchical helical structure, and also for the inventing of functional materials. Therefore, scientists in the field of the subject require several long-term studies.
Chiral porous materials have attracted much attention because of their applications and potential applications in sorbents, catalysts and optical and electronic devices due to their high surface area, large pore volume, controllable pore size and flexible functionalization. Since the porous materials have ordered porous structure, large specific surface area and porosity, they show widely application prospect. Mesostructured materials are of increasing importance because of their peculiar physical, chemical and mechanical properties due to their mesoscopic scale restriction effect. Therefore, the research on chiral-porous-mesoscopic integrated inorganic materials will be useful for understanding the mechanisms involved in nature and assists application in functional materials.
Mesostructured inorganic chiral materials
Nanoporous materials and hierarchical porous materials
Crystal structure by transmission electron microscopy