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Effects of Organic Modifiers on Mesoporous Silicas

Iain Wilson ,  Aidan M. Doyle 

Advanced Materials Research Group, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester St, Manchester M15GD, United Kingdom


Mesoporous silicas are high surface area materials that are promising candidates as supports for heterogeneous catalysts. It is often found that the surface properties of the silica i.e. hydrophobicity, have a significant effect on the pathways that occur in reactions. Here, we examine the addition of methyl groups to the surface of mesoporous silica. The results show that the mesoporous structure is maintained after the addition of organic groups, and that a lattice contraction is observed with increasing modifier content.


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Presentation: Poster at E-MRS Fall Meeting 2006, Symposium B, by Aidan M. Doyle
See On-line Journal of E-MRS Fall Meeting 2006

Submitted: 2006-05-14 13:23
Revised:   2009-06-07 00:44