Nitrogen and water sorption properties of ethyl-substituted silica aerogels and xerogels

Chunling Liu, Sridhar Komarneni

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High surface area ethyltrimetroxysilane (ETMS) modified silica aerogels and xerogels were synthesized by cohydrolyzing the mixtures of ETMS and tetramethylorthosilicate (TMOS). The effects of ETMS content, pH value and solvent addition were investigated. The surface area, pore structure and hydrophobicity were studied using nitrogen and water sorption measurements. By ETMS modification of TMOS gels, high surface area, density and hydrophobicity were achieved. The 25 mole% ETMS-75 mole% TMOS was found to be the best composition for both aerogel and xerogel, which are hydrophobic and have surface areas of 1221 and 832 m2/g, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-222
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
EventProceedings of the 1994 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Nov 28 1994Nov 30 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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