Nanoporous crystal 12CaO·Al2O3: A playground for studies of ultraviolet optical absorption of negative ions

Katsuro Hayashi, Peter V. Sushko, David Muñoz Ramo, Alexander L. Shluger, Satoshi Watauchi, Isao Tanaka, Satoru Matsuishi, Masahiro Hirano, Hideo Hosono

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A novel nanoporous material 12CaO·Al2O3 (C12A7) offers a possibility of incorporating large concentrations (>10 21 cm-3) of a wide range of extraframework anions inside its nanopores. We have investigated, both experimentally and theoretically, optical absorption associated with several types of such anions, including F-, OH-, O-, O2-, O2 2-, and O22-, and assigned their optical absorption bands. It is demonstrated that the chemical identity and concentration of extraframework anions can be controlled by an appropriate treatment of "as grown" C12A7. We also show that the position of the adsorption edge is, in turn, determined by the chemical identity of the extraframework species and can be varied in the range of ∼4-6 eV. We suggest that C12A7 is a unique host material, which can be used as a playground for studying negatively charged species that are unstable in other environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1946-1956
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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