Mesoporous materials possess several fascinating properties, including uniform pore size ranging from 2.0 to 50 nm, high surface areas, large pore volumes, tunable mesostructures, morphologies and framework compositions, showing advantageous for applications in various areas such as energy conversion and storage, environment remediation, and biomedical science.

Particularly, creating high-performance mesoporous materials with precisely controllable “multifunctional entities” are highly desired for the development of material science and practical applications. Here we present the development and progress for the synthesis of the spherical functional mesoporous nanoparticles from novel “oriented assembly” strategy by interfacial control.

A series of new synthesis approaches have been developed based on the oriented assembly strategy in my group, including the confined micro-emulsion self-assembly, liquid-liquid bi-phase synthesis, evaporation-driven oriented/aggregation assembly, anisotropic growth of mesoporous, and interface driven orientation arrangement, etc. Novel mesoporous nanospheres with one-level and multi-level architectures can be well synthesized, such as core-shell, yolk-shell, multi-shell, film structures for silica, TiO2, carbon spheres, 3D mesoporous bouquet-posy-like TiO2 multi-level superstructures and asymmetric Janus, single-hole hollow, nano-thermometer, hemispheres structures etc.

The obtained functional mesoporous nanospheres with regularly multi-level architectures possess uniform and controllable mesopore channels, high surface area, large pore volume and open frameworks, showing great potential applications on catalysis, adsorption & separation, biomedicines and energy conversion & storage.


Professor Dongyuan Zhao was born in Northeastern of China, he received B.S. (1984), M.S. (1987) and PhD (1990) from Jilin University. He was a post-doctoral fellow in University of Houston (1995–96), University of California at Santa Barbara (1996–98).

Now he is a Professor (Cheung Kong and Hao-Qing Professorship) in the Department of Chemistry at Fudan University. Currently, he is a fragmental professor in Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University. He was a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences and The World Academy of Science (TWAS), Council Member of IZA, President of International Mesostructured Materials Association (IMMA). He has received many awards such as Khwarizmi International Award (KIA) (2019); JCIS Darsh Wasan Award (2018); Chemistry Contribution Award, China Chemical Society (2018); TWAS Lenovo Science Prize (2016); CRN Rao Award from India Chemical Research Society (2013); Muetterties Memory Award (2012); The Ho Leung Ho Lee Award (2009), TWAS Prize (2008); IMMS Award (2008); DuPond Award (2005).

He is now appointed as senior Editor of ACS Central Science; he serviced as Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Materials Chemistry, and co-editor of Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. He published more than 700 peer-review papers, 40 patents and is listed as one of highly cited researchers ISI in both Chemistry and Materials Science fields (Total citation ~ 100,000, h index 152). His research interests mainly include designed synthesis, assembly, structure and application of ordered mesoporous materials.

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