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Keywords:

  • mesoporous materials;
  • SiO2@TiO2;
  • core/shell nanospheres;
  • templating;
  • photocatalysts
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Mesoporous SiO2@TiO2 core/shell nanospheres with a specific surface area of 567–673 m2 g−1 and an average pore size of 1.5–2.8 nm are successfully prepared using a facile method combining sol-gel and thermal treatment processes. The nanospheres exhibit excellent adsorption capability and photodegradation toward rhodamine B (RhB) in pollutant solution.