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Azobenzene-Derived Surfactants as Phototriggered Recyclable Templates for the Synthesis of Ordered Mesoporous Silica Nanospheres

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  • Jing Wei,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, State Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymers and Laboratory of Advanced Materials, Fudan University, Shanghai, P. R. China
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    • J. Wei and Y.Y. Liu contributed equally to this work.

  • Yuyun Liu,

    1. Department of Materials Science, Fudan University, Shanghai, P. R. China
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  • Jia Chen,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
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  • Yuhui Li,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, State Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymers and Laboratory of Advanced Materials, Fudan University, Shanghai, P. R. China
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    • J. Wei and Y.Y. Liu contributed equally to this work.

  • Qin Yue,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, State Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymers and Laboratory of Advanced Materials, Fudan University, Shanghai, P. R. China
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  • Gaoxiang Pan,

    1. Department of Materials Science, Fudan University, Shanghai, P. R. China
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  • Yanlei Yu,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Materials Science, Fudan University, Shanghai, P. R. China
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  • Yonghui Deng,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, State Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymers and Laboratory of Advanced Materials, Fudan University, Shanghai, P. R. China
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  • Dongyuan Zhao

    1. Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, State Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymers and Laboratory of Advanced Materials, Fudan University, Shanghai, P. R. China
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Abstract

An azobenzene-derived surfactant behaves as a “smart” molecule. Not only is it used as the structure-directing agent to synthesize unique mesoporous silica nanospheres, but it can also be quickly released from the silica framework with UV light and subsequently recycled.

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