Advances in Microporous and Mesoporous Solids—Highlights of Recent Progress


  • The author gratefully acknowledges funding from the National Science Foundation (DMR-9701507), the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the U.S. Army Research Office (DAAD 19-01-1-0512), and the Office of Naval Research (grant number N0001401, subcontracted from NWU), which permitted him to prepare this article.


This report highlights developments in the fields of microporous and mesoporous materials that were published mostly during the year 2002. Selected examples are provided to illustrate new zeolite structures, porous coordination materials, mesoporous solids with new compositions, controlled morphologies, and increased hydrothermal and thermal stabilities, as well as porous solids with tunable pore openings or other structural features that can be dynamically modified. A number of applications are discussed, including stabilization of reactive guests, separations, electronic materials, and sensors.