Advertisement

Mesocrystals: A New Class of Solid Materials

Authors

  • Lei Zhou,

    Corresponding author
    1. Advanced Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Center & School of Life Science and Technology Huazhong University of Science and Technology Wuhan 430074 (P.R. China)
    • Advanced Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Center & School of Life Science and Technology Huazhong University of Science and Technology Wuhan 430074 (P.R. China).
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Paul O'Brien

    Corresponding author
    1. School of Chemistry & Manchester Materials Science Center The University of Manchester Manchester, M13 9PL (UK)
    • School of Chemistry & Manchester Materials Science Center The University of Manchester Manchester, M13 9PL (UK).
    Search for more papers by this author

Abstract

Possible types of, and formation mechanisms for, mesocrystals are summarized. Mesocrystals are a new class of solid materials, which can be regarded as assemblies of crystallographically oriented nanocrystals. Mesocrystals have high crystallinity as well as high porosity, making them promising substitutes for single-crystalline and/or porous polycrystalline materials in many applications such as catalysis, sensing, and solar-energy conversion.

Ancillary