Control of porosity in SiO2: PDMS Polycerams through variations in sol-gel processing and polymer content

T. Suratwala, K. Davidson, Z. Gardlund, Donald R Uhlmann

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Abstract

A series of optically transparent SiO2: Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) Polyceram monoliths have been synthesized by two-step acid/base sol-gel processes. Two different processing routes are discussed and compared; one synthetic route (Route 1) utilizes lower water content, shorter reflux times, and faster drying conditions compared to the other synthetic route (Route 2). The Route 1 Polycerams were all essentially non-porous at all PDMS contents examined (20-80 volume % PDMS). In contrast, the porosity of the Route 2 Polycerams varied dramatically as a function of PDMS content. The surface area and pore volume for a 0% PDMS Route 2 Polyceram were 573 m2/gm and 0.59 cm3/gm, respectively; the surface area and pore volume decreased with increasing PDMS content. The amount of porosity within the Polycerams is proposed to be controlled by the relative rates of condensation and evaporation during processing and by the amount of PDMS trapped in the pores. This ideas supported by the differences in the drying behavior with processing and by the structural information obtained by magic angle spinning solid-state 29Si NMR of the Polyceram monoliths. Quantitative evaluation of the 29Si NMR and porosity data are utilized to formulate structural models of these Polycerams. The structural models are then specifically used to describe the effect of porosity on the photostabilization of a laser dye doped within these Polyceram monoliths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsB.S. Dunn, E.J.A. Pope, H.K. Schmidt, M. Yamane
Pages36-47
Number of pages12
Volume3136
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997
EventSol-Gel Optics IV - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jul 30 1997Aug 1 1997

Other

OtherSol-Gel Optics IV
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period7/30/978/1/97

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Polydimethylsiloxane
Sol-gels
Porosity
routes
gels
porosity
polymers
Polymers
Processing
Drying
drying
Nuclear magnetic resonance
Magic angle spinning
Dye lasers
nuclear magnetic resonance
Water content
Sol-gel process
sol-gel processes
Condensation
dye lasers

Keywords

  • MAS Si NMR
  • N adsorption BET
  • Photostability
  • Polycerams
  • Polydimethylsiloxane
  • Porosity
  • Pyrromethene 567
  • Surface Area

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Suratwala, T., Davidson, K., Gardlund, Z., & Uhlmann, D. R. (1997). Control of porosity in SiO2: PDMS Polycerams through variations in sol-gel processing and polymer content. In B. S. Dunn, E. J. A. Pope, H. K. Schmidt, & M. Yamane (Eds.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 3136, pp. 36-47) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.284130

Control of porosity in SiO2 : PDMS Polycerams through variations in sol-gel processing and polymer content. / Suratwala, T.; Davidson, K.; Gardlund, Z.; Uhlmann, Donald R.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. ed. / B.S. Dunn; E.J.A. Pope; H.K. Schmidt; M. Yamane. Vol. 3136 1997. p. 36-47.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Suratwala, T, Davidson, K, Gardlund, Z & Uhlmann, DR 1997, Control of porosity in SiO2: PDMS Polycerams through variations in sol-gel processing and polymer content. in BS Dunn, EJA Pope, HK Schmidt & M Yamane (eds), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 3136, pp. 36-47, Sol-Gel Optics IV, San Diego, CA, United States, 7/30/97. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.284130
Suratwala T, Davidson K, Gardlund Z, Uhlmann DR. Control of porosity in SiO2: PDMS Polycerams through variations in sol-gel processing and polymer content. In Dunn BS, Pope EJA, Schmidt HK, Yamane M, editors, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 3136. 1997. p. 36-47 https://doi.org/10.1117/12.284130
Suratwala, T. ; Davidson, K. ; Gardlund, Z. ; Uhlmann, Donald R. / Control of porosity in SiO2 : PDMS Polycerams through variations in sol-gel processing and polymer content. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. editor / B.S. Dunn ; E.J.A. Pope ; H.K. Schmidt ; M. Yamane. Vol. 3136 1997. pp. 36-47
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