Advanced Materials

Synthesis of g-C3N4 Nanoparticles in Mesoporous Silica Host Matrices


  • We thank Ines Below for the help with block copolymer synthesis, Rona Pitschke for technical help through electron microscopy and Dr. Klaus Tauer for providing us with the latex dispersions. The Max Planck Society is acknowledged for financial support. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the author.


Highly crystalline g-C3N4 nanoparticles have been synthesized from molecular precursors via polycondensation, using mesoporous silica with different pore sizes as host matrices. The particles isolated after removal of the host matrix (see Figure) are characterized using electron microscopy and various spectroscopic techniques. Structural and electronic size effects are identified by comparing nanoparticles that are 5, 13, and 60 nm in diameter.

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