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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 931492, 5 pages
Research Article

Synthesis and Characterization of Nanoporous Monetite Which Can Be Applicable for Drug Carrier

Faculty of Material Science and Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Narmak, Tehran 16846, Iran

Received 22 May 2012; Accepted 18 October 2012

Academic Editor: Jun Liu

Copyright © 2012 Esmael Salimi and Jafar Javadpour. 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.


Wormhole-like mesostructured monetite was successfully synthesized using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (C19H42BrN, CTAB), as a porosity agent. X-ray techniques and FTIR reveal that the crystalline grains consist of highly crystalline pure monetite phase. Monetite rods with diameter around 20–40 nm and length in the range of 50–200 nm were confirmed by FESEM and TEM. Based on N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms investigation, surface area increased up to 31.5 m2/g due to the removal of surfactant after calcinations at 400°C. The results indicate that CTAB can not only affect monetite crystallization but also change particles morphology from plate shape to rod-like.