Get access
Advanced Materials

Template Synthesis of Hierarchically Structured Composites

Authors

  • Wei Wei,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing 100080 (P.R. China)
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Zhenzhong Yang

    Corresponding author
    1. State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing 100080 (P.R. China)
    • State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing 100080 (P.R. China).
    Search for more papers by this author

  • We gratefully acknowledge NSF of China for continuous financial support. Many students in our group are thanked for their great contributions. Yang ZZ thanks Prof. Yunfeng Lu of UCLA and Prof. Zhibing Hu of UNT for fruitful discussions and collaboration.

Abstract

The subtle performance of a virus is closely related to its specific hierarchical structure, which is composed of a rigid shell and transverse, responsive, nanometer-sized channels. Virus-like structured colloids are of great interest for their potential applications, for example in drug delivery. Adequate knowledge of the structure and composition control of both colloids and mesoporous materials is significant in the design and synthesis of hierarchically structured colloids to mimic viruses. Some recent developments in the synthesis of composite colloids and mesoporous materials are summarized. Template synthesis is a major tool to control both the macroscopic morphology and microstructures of these composites, in which gel colloids and supramolecular structures from amphiphilic species are used as templates.

original image
Get access to the full text of this article

Ancillary