Photo-initiation of intermolecular bonding and oxide deposition in Ti-based alkoxide solutions

B. G. Potter, J. D. Musgraves, T. J. Boyle

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Photoexposure of a water-stable, Ti-alkoxide, (OC6H6N)2Ti(OC6H2(CH2N(CH3)2)3-2,4,6)2, dissolved in a water/pyridine solution yielded an insoluble, solid phase, present in the form of suspended particles and a deposited material on the vertical side-wall of the solution container. Raman analysis of these photoproducts confirmed the UV-initiation of hydrolysis and condensation reactions in the alkoxide reagent. The excitation wavelength dependence of the photostructural effects observed provides insight into the mechanisms contributing to these photoinduced phenomena. The results are extended to enable the photopatterned deposition of physical relief structures directly from solution in this system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2017-2022
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Issue number18
StatePublished - Apr 15 2008


  • Films and coatings
  • Laser-matter interactions
  • Organic-inorganic hybrids
  • Polymers and organics
  • Sol-gels (xerogels)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry

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