Self-assembly of amphiphilic polyoxometalates for the preparation of mesoporous polyoxometalate-titania catalysts

Andi Di, Julien Schmitt, Marcelo da Silva, Zakir Hossain, Najet Mahmoudi, Robert John Errington, Karen J Edler

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Amphiphilic polyoxometalate (POM) surfactants were prepared by covalently grafting double hydrophobic tails with chain lengths C12H25, C14H29, C16H33 or C18H37 onto the lacunary Wells–Dawson {P2W17O61} headgroup. The critical micelle concentrations (CMCs) of these novel surfactants in aqueous solutions were determined by conductivity, and micelle formation was studied by small angle neutron scattering (SANS). Surprisingly, the amphiphiles with longer hydrophobic tails tend to form less elongated and more globular micelles in water. The self-assembled amphiphilic polyoxometalates were used as templates in the hydrothermal synthesis of mesoporous TiO2 containing dispersed, immobilised {P2W17O61} units, which showed enhanced activity for the photodegradation of rhodamine B (RhB). The catalyst was recycled eight times with no loss of efficiency, demonstrating the stability of the hybrid structure. The amphiphilic polyoxometalates, therefore have excellent potential for the synthesis of various types of catalytically active porous materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22245-22257
Issue number43
Early online date27 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2020

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