Probing porosity and pore interconnectivity in crystalline mesoporous TiO 2 using Hyperpolarized 129Xe NMR

Li Qiong Wang, Donghai Wang, Jun Liu, Gregory J. Exarhos, Shane Pawsey, Igor Moudrakovski

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Hyperpolarized (HP) 129Xe NMR was used to probe the porosity and interconnectivity of pores in crystalline mesoporous TiO 2. We have demonstrated that HP 129Xe NMR can be used to differentiate between similar sized pores within different crystalline phases. Pores of 4 nm size resident in mixed anatase and rutile mesoporous TiO 2 phases were identified. Complementary to other pore characterization techniques, HP 129Xe NMR is able to probe the interconnectivity between pores present in these different phases. The cross peaks in 2D exchange (EXSY) NMR spectra between the signals of xenon in two types of pores are visible on millisecond timescale, indicating substantial pore interconnectivity. The obtained information on porosity and interconnectivity is important for the understanding of ion transport mechanisms in mesoporous TiO 2 anode materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6577-6583
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number16
StatePublished - Apr 23 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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