CCVC Seminar: Clément Sanchez - Integrative materials chemistry: from nanostructured to hierarchically structured inorganic and hybrid materials


Maass Chemistry Building Room 321: Ruttan Room, 801 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 0B8, CA

Hybrid inorganic-organic materials can be broadly defined as synthetic materials with organic and inorganic components which are intimately mixed. They can be either homogeneous systems derived from monomers and miscible organic and inorganic components, or heterogeneous and phase-separated systems where at least one of the components’ domains has a dimension ranging from a few Å to several nanometers. Hybrid phases can also be used to nanostructure or texture new inorganic nanomaterials (porous or non porous). The mild synthetic conditions provided by the sol-gel process such as metallo-organic precursors, low processing temperatures and the versatility of the colloidal state allow for the mixing of the organic and inorganic components at the nanometer scale in virtually any ratio. These features, and the advancement of organometallic chemistry and polymer and sol-gel processing, make possible a high degree of control over both composition and structure (including nanostructure) of these materials, which present tunable structure-property relationships. This, in turn, makes it possible to tailor and fine-tune properties (mechanical, optical, electronic, thermal, chemical…) in very broad ranges, and to design specific systems for applications. Hybrid materials can be processed as gels, monoliths, thin films, fibers, particles or powders or can be intermediates to design materials having complex shapes or hierarchical structures. The seemingly unlimited variety, unique structure-property control, and the compositional and shaping flexibility give these materials a high potential in catalysis, biocatalysis, photocatalysis, etc…. This lecture will describe some recent advances on the chemistry and processing of nanostructured and hierarchically structured functional inorganic and hybrid solids. Some of their properties will be discussed.

A few recent reviews :    

  • Aerosol Route to Functional Nanostructured Inorganic and Hybrid Porous Materials , Boissiere, Cedric; Grosso, David; Chaumonnot, Alexandra; et al. ADVANCED MATERIALS  Volume: 23   Issue: 5   Pages: 599-623 , 2011  
  • Applications of advanced hybrid organic-inorganic nanomaterials: from laboratory to market  Sanchez, Clement; Belleville, Philippe; Popall, Michael; et al. CHEMICAL SOCIETY REVIEWS  Volume: 40   Issue: 2   Pages: 696-753, 2011   
  • Molecular and supramolecular dynamics of hybrid organic-inorganic interfaces for the rational construction of advanced hybrid nanomatériaux, Grosso, David; Ribot, Francois; Boissiere, Cedric; et al.CHEMICAL SOCIETY REVIEWS  Volume: 40   Issue: 2   Pages: 829-848   2011
  • Design and properties of functional hybrid organic-inorganic membranes for fuel cells , Laberty-Robert, C.; Valle, K.; Pereira, F.; et al. CHEMICAL SOCIETY REVIEWS  Volume: 40   Issue: 2   Pages: 961-1005   2011
  • Titanium oxo-clusters: precursors for a Lego-like construction of nanostructured hybrid materials , Rozes, Laurence; Sanchez, Clement CHEMICAL SOCIETY REVIEWS  Volume: 40   Issue: 2   Pages: 1006-1030   2011
  • Bio-inspired synthetic pathways and beyond: integrative chemistry , Prouzet, Eric; Ravaine, Serge; Sanchez, Clement; et al. NEW JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY  Volume: 32   Issue: 8   Pages: 1284-1299   2008
  • Design, synthesis, and properties of inorganic and hybrid thin films having periodically organized nanoporosity , Sanchez, Clement; Boissiere, Cedric; Grosso, David; et al. CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS  Volume: 20   Issue: 3   Pages: 682-737   2008
  • Inorganic and hybrid nanofibrous materials templated with organogelators , Llusar, Mario; Sanchez, Clement CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS  Volume: 20   Issue: 3   Pages: 782-820   2008
  • Photonic and nanobiophotonic properties of luminescent lanthanide-doped hybrid organic- inorganic materials , Escribano, Purificacion; Julian-Lopez, Beatriz; Planelles-Arago, Jose; et al. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY  Volume: 18   Issue: 1   Pages: 23-40   2008
  • Biomimetism and bioinspiration as tools for the design of innovative materials and systems , Sanchez, C; Arribart, H; Guille, MMG, NATURE MATERIALS  Volume: 4   Issue: 4   Pages: 277-288   2005

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Audrey Moores
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