Porosity in polysilsesquioxane xerogels

Douglas A. Loy, Duane A. Schneider, Brigitte M. Baugher, Kamyar Rahimian

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Polysilsesquioxane xerogels were prepared by the sol-gel polymerization of organotrialkoxysilanes, RSi(OR′)3, with R′ = Me: R = H, Me, vinyl, chloromethyl, chloromethylphenyl, hexadecyl, and octadecyl and R′ = Et: R = H, Me, Et, cyanoethyl, chloromethyl, vinyl, dodecyl, and hexadecyl. The majority of the gels were opaque and colloidal in appearance. The porosity of the xerogels was characterized by nitrogen porosimetry and scanning electron microscopy. Many of the remaining organotrialkoxysilanes formed porous polymeric gels, but the surface areas were lower and the mean pore sizes larger. Some of the xerogels, especially those prepared under acidic conditions were non-porous.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)617-618
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Chemical Society, Polymer Preprints, Division of Polymer Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2000
EventThe San Francisco Meeting - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: Mar 26 2000Mar 31 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics


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