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Nanoporous and Nanostructured Materials for Catalysis, Sensor, and Gas Separation Applications

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Volume 2006 |Article ID 064501 |

Jeffrey W. Elam, Guang Xiong, Catherine Y. Han, H. Hau Wang, James P. Birrell, Ulrich Welp, John N. Hryn, Michael J. Pellin, Theodore F. Baumann, John F. Poco, Joe H. Satcher, "Atomic Layer Deposition for the Conformal Coating of Nanoporous Materials", Journal of Nanomaterials, vol. 2006, Article ID 064501, 5 pages, 2006.

Atomic Layer Deposition for the Conformal Coating of Nanoporous Materials

Received15 Mar 2006
Revised09 May 2006
Accepted10 May 2006
Published06 Jul 2006


Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is ideal for applying precise and conformal coatings over nanoporous materials. We have recently used ALD to coat two nanoporous solids: anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) and silica aerogels. AAO possesses hexagonally ordered pores with diameters d40 nm and pore length L70 microns. The AAO membranes were coated by ALD to fabricate catalytic membranes that demonstrate remarkable selectivity in the oxidative dehydrogenation of cyclohexane. Additional AAO membranes coated with ALD Pd films show promise as hydrogen sensors. Silica aerogels have the lowest density and highest surface area of any solid material. Consequently, these materials serve as an excellent substrate to fabricate novel catalytic materials and gas sensors by ALD.


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