Microwave-assisted sol-gel process for production of spherical mesoporous silica materials

Miki Inada, Akira Nishinosono, Kai Kamada, Naoya Enomoto, Junichi Hojo

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Spherical mesoporous SiO2 and SiO2-TiO2 particles were synthesized by sol-gel method using W/O emulsion under microwave irradiation. In SiO2 system, W/O emulsion was prepared by mixing partially hydrolyzed Si(OC2H5)4 aqueous solution including C18TAC as template with n-hexane solution including polyglycerol polyricinalate as emulsifier. In SiO2-TiO 2 system, Ti(OC2H5)4 capped by acetylacetone was added to the aqueous phase. In both cases, spherical products were synthesized by heating of W/O emulsion for 30 min under microwave irradiation. The specific surface area and pore size of spherical products were 800 m2/g and 1.6 nm, respectively, which indicates that the spherical products are mesoporous. These results suggest that sol-gel reaction in water phase proceeds rapidly because microwave quickly and selectively heats up the aqueous solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2362-2366
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Materials Science
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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