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Problem Addressed

Functional nanostructured materials are of increasing demand in areas including biomedicine, electronics, and energy. In particular, silica-based nanostructured materials have potential to function in a wide variety of applications, ranging from medical devices to plastics to energy storage systems. However, traditional methods of synthesizing these materials have significant time and energy constraints, often requiring overnight reactions, high temperatures, or harsh chemical conditions. Therefore, there remains a need to develop fast and effective methods of synthesizing silica-based nanostructured materials to expand their commercial potential.