From natural attapulgite to mesoporous materials: methodology, characterization and structural evolution.

In this paper, we report the synthesis of hexagonally ordered aluminum-containing mesoporous silica, Al-MCM-41, from natural attapulgite (Al-substituted Si(8)O(20)Mg(5)(OH)(2)(H(2)O)(4) x 4 H(2)O) without addition of silica or aluminum reagents. A pretreatment process involving sequential mechanical grinding and acid leaching is critical to the successful… CONTINUE READING