Ethanol washing effect on textural properties of the sodium silicate-derived silica xerogel

Man Park, V. C. Menon, Sridhar Komarneni

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Abstract

This study deals with the use of ethanol as washing solvent in the preparation of the silica gels from sodium silicate in order to enhance the textural properties, especially surface area. We here examined the effect of ethanol-washing on surface area, micro- and mesopore volume, and average pore size. The silica xerogels prepared from sodium silicate solution exhibited an extremely high surface area of 1139 m2/g by washing their hydrogels with ethanol. Compared to water-washed xerogels, ethanol-washed xerogels showed higher surface areas, total pore volumes, and larger average pore sizes. Unlike the surface area of water-washed xerogel, that of the ethanol-washed xerogel was not affected by the silica concentration of initial solution. This study indicates that the textural properties of sodium silicate-derived xerogels are further enhanced by using ethanol as washing solvent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 1998

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sodium silicates
Xerogels
xerogels
washing
Washing
Silicon Dioxide
Silicates
Ethanol
ethyl alcohol
Silica
Sodium
silicon dioxide
porosity
Pore size
Hydrogels
Water
Silica Gel
Silica gel
silica gel
surface properties

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biomaterials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry

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In: Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, Vol. 12, No. 1, 01.09.1998, p. 15-20.

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