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ISRN Nanotechnology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 257047, 29 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/257047
Review Article

Ordered Porous Nanomaterials: The Merit of Small

Instituto Universitario de Materiales and Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Universidad de Alicante, Apartado 99, 03080 Alicante, Spain

Received 4 November 2012; Accepted 7 December 2012

Academic Editors: S. A. El-Safty, M. H. Huang, and Y. Yang

Copyright © 2013 Ángel Berenguer Murcia. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This paper will introduce the reader to some of the “classical” and “new” families of ordered porous materials which have arisen throughout the past decades and/or years. From what is perhaps the best-known family of zeolites, which even now to this day is under constant research, to the exciting new family of hierarchical porous materials, the number of strategies, structures, porous textures, and potential applications grows with every passing day. We will attempt to put these new families into perspective from a synthetic and applied point of view in order to give the reader as broad a perspective as possible into these exciting materials.