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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 27, Number 9
BKCSDE 27(9)
September 20, 2006 

Chemical Bonding Nature and Mesoporous Structure of Nickel Intercalated Montmorillonite Clay
Hye Mi Park, Tae Woo Kim, Seong-Ju Hwang*, Jin-Ho Choy*
Ni-intercalated montmorillonite clay, Nanohybrid, Mesoporosity, Exfoliation-restacking, House-of-card structure
Mesoporous nickel intercalated aluminosilicate nanohybrid has been synthesized through a recombination reaction between the colloidal suspension of exfoliated montmorillonite nanosheets and aqueous nickel acetate solution. According to powder X-ray diffraction and field emission-scanning electron microscopic analyses, the intercalation of nickel species expands significantly the basal spacing of the host montmorillonite clay and the crystallites of the intercalation compound are assembled to form a house-of-card structure. N2 adsorptiondesorption isotherm measurements with BJH pore analyses clearly demonstrated that the porosity of the intercalate originates mainly from mesopores (diameter ~50 A) formed by the house-of-card type stacking of clay crystallites. From FT-IR and X-ray absorption spectroscopic analyses, it becomes certain that intercalated nickel ion is stabilized in an isolated NiO6 octahedral unit. The present mesoporous intercalation compound is expected to be applicable as efficient catalysts or absorbents.
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