Molecular ordering of mixed surfactants in mesoporous silicas: A solid-state NMR study

TitleMolecular ordering of mixed surfactants in mesoporous silicas: A solid-state NMR study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsKobayashi T, Mao K, Wang SG, Lin VSY, Pruski M
Journal TitleSolid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Date Published05
ISBN Number0926-2040
Accession NumberWOS:000292361300005

The use of mixed surfactants in the synthesis of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) is of importance in the context of adjusting pore structures, sizes and morphologies. In the present study, the arrangement of molecules in micelles produced from a mixture of two surfactants, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and cetylpyridinium bromide (CPB) was detailed by solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Proximities of methyl protons in the trimethylammonium headgroup of CTAB and protons in the pyridinium headgroup of CPB were observed under fast magic angle spinning (MAS) by (1)H-(1)H double quantum (DQ) MAS NMR and NOESY. This result suggested that CTAB and CPB co-exist in the pores without forming significant monocomponent domain structures. (1)H-(29)Si heteronuclear correlation (HETCOR) NMR showed that protons in the headgroups of CTAB are in closer proximity to the silica surface than those in the CPB headgroups. The structural information obtained in this investigation leads to better understanding of the mechanisms of self-assembly and their role in determining the structure and morphology of mesoporous materials. (C) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.