TEM image simulation of mesoporous crystals for structure type identification

Tetsu Ohsuna*, Yasuhiro Sakamoto, Osamu Terasaki, Kazuyuki Kuroda

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Software, MesoPoreImage, for transmission electron microscope (TEM) image simulation of mesoporous crystals was developed. MesoPoreImage provides two-dimensional (2D) projected potential distributions along any directions as well as corresponding 2D TEM images calculated from a three-dimensional (3D) density distribution of an ideal mesoporous structure. In order to adjust the contrast of simulated TEM images to that observed, a parameter representing surface roughness on the pore surface is introduced. Simulated TEM images of four typical silica mesoporous crystals, MCM-48, AMS-10, SBA-16 and SBA-6 are shown and compared with observed ones, which shows the usefulness of the software for identification of the mesoporous structure type. A procedure for the identification of structure types of mesoporous crystals by using TEM and the simulation software is fully described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)736-744
Number of pages9
JournalSolid State Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Apr
Externally publishedYes


  • Mesoporous crystals
  • Mesoporous materials
  • TEM image simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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