University of Delaware

Scientific Research Thrusts and Enabling Technologies


Bi-modal silica nanoparticle templates for synthesizing 3D ordered mesoporous replicas of various oxides.

CCEI has a growing portfolio of novel classes of materials with tunable micro-, meso-, and/or hierarchical pores and functional groups, including:

(1) three-dimensionally ordered mesoporous (3DOm) carbons, titanias, and zirconias
(2) 3DOm-imprinted zeolites
(3) hollow mesoporous carbons
(4) hierarchically porous MFI and MEL zeolites

These materials hold exciting implications for realizing both adsorption and reaction selectivity, enhancing hydrothermal stability, and reducing transport limitations specific to complex biorefinery streams. As such, the materials themselves and the strategies for their facile synthesis represent a unique and versatile capability of the center that cuts across various research areas and holds broader implications for impacting general chemicals processing.