Scalable and template-free production of mesoporous calcium carbonate and its potential to formaldehyde adsorbent

Research paper by Shinya Yamanaka, Takahiro Oiso, Yuya Kurahashi, Hiroya Abe, Kenji Hara, Toshiyuki Fujimoto, Yoshikazu Kuga

Indexed on: 22 Jan '14Published on: 22 Jan '14Published in: Journal of Nanoparticle Research


Here, we report a scalable and template-free production strategy in the synthesis of a mesoporous calcium carbonate, which undergoes self-assembled nanostructure formation through a temperature-induced aggregation and polymorphic transformation of the colloids. The specific surface area and pore size distribution of resulting mesoporous calcium carbonate are clearly different depending on the aging temperature. The specific surface area and average pore size for aging temperature of 293 K are 207.3 ± 9.8 m2/g and 8.8 ± 0.6 nm, respectively, and 65.1 ± 10.1 m2/g and 19.9 ± 2.6 nm at 473 K. Additionally, we apply the mesoporous calcium carbonate powder to formaldehyde vapor adsorbent. We measure the adsorbed amount of gaseous formaldehyde and find that the vaterite-rich powder has larger adsorption per unit area than the calcite-rich one.