Table of Contents
Journal of Nanoparticles
Volume 2013, Article ID 682945, 9 pages
Research Article

Tuning the Pore Size in Ionic Nanoparticle Networks

1Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Materials Chemistry, 1060 Vienna, Austria
2University of Vienna, Faculty of Physics, 1090 Vienna, Austria

Received 11 January 2013; Accepted 1 February 2013

Academic Editor: Amir Kajbafvala

Copyright © 2013 Marie-Alexandra Neouze Gauthey 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.


Highly promising hybrid materials consisting of silica, titania, or zirconia nanoparticles linked with ionic liquid-like imidazolium units have been developed. The nanoparticle networks are prepared by click-chemistry-like process through a nucleophilic substitution reaction. The type of metal oxide nanoparticles appears to play a key role regarding the pore size of the hybrid material.