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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 750960, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/750960
Research Article

Surfactant-Templated Mesoporous Metal Oxide Nanowires

Department of Chemical Engineering, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM 88003, USA

Received 29 September 2009; Accepted 6 December 2009

Academic Editor: Chao Lin

Copyright © 2010 Hongmei Luo et al. 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

We demonstrate two approaches to prepare mesoporous metal oxide nanowires by surfactant assembly and nanoconfinement via sol-gel or electrochemical deposition. For example, mesoporous and zeolite nanowires are prepared by block copolymer Pluronic 123-templated sol-gel method, and mesoporous ZnO nanowires are prepared by electrodeposition in presence of anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) surfactant, in porous membranes. The morphologies of porous nanowires are studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyses.