Enabling New Classes of Templated Materials through Mesoporous Carbon Colloidal Crystals

Matthew D. Goodman, Kevin A. Arpin, Agustin Mihi, Narihito Tatsuda, Kazuhisa Yano, Paul V. Braun

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Porous oxide and semiconductor inverse opals are obtained through an orthogonal process that utilizes a colloidal crystal formed from monodisperse starburst carbon spheres as a template. Through atomic layer deposition and static chemical vapor deposition, the templated materials penetrate deep into the ultra-high surface area colloids, generating the porous inverse opal after carbon removal. The carbon can be removed by either thermal oxidation or oxygen plasma, processes which do not etch the templated materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)300-304
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Optical Materials
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • Atomic layer deposition
  • Colloidal crystals
  • Mesoporous carbon
  • Monodispersed spheres
  • Orthogonal templates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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