Investigation of hydrolysis and condensation in organically modified sol-gel systems: 29Si NMR and the INEPT sequence

T. M. Alam, R. A. Assink, D. A. Loy

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The spectral editing properties of the 29Si NMP, INEPT heteronuclear transfer experiment have been utilized for the identification and characterization of hydrolysis and initial condensation products in methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS) sol-gel materials. 29Si NMR assignments in MTMS are complicated by a small spectral dispersion (approximately 0.5 ppm) and two different 29Si-1H J couplings. By using analytical expressions for the INEPT signal response with multiple heteronuclear J couplings, unambiguous spectral assignments can be made. For this organomethoxysilane the rate of hydrolysis was found to be very rapid and significantly faster than either the water- or alcohol-producing condensation reactions. The hydrolysis species of both the MTMS monomer and its initial T1 condensation products follow statistical distributions that can be directly related to the extent of the hydrolysis reactions. The role of the statistical distribution of hydrolysis products on the production and synthetic control of organically modified sol-gels is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-426
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1996 MRS Spring Symposium - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: Apr 8 1996Apr 12 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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