Porosity in polysilsesquioxane xerogels

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

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Polymerization of organotrialkoxysilanes is a convenient method for introducing organic functionality into hybrid organic-inorganic materials. However, not much is known about the effects of the organic substituent on the porosity of the resulting xerogels. In this study, we prepared a series of polysilsesquioxane xerogels from organotrialkoxysilanes, RSi(OR′)3, with different organic groups (R = H, Me, Et, dodecyl, hexadecyl, octadecyl, vinyl, chloromethyl, cyanoethyl). Polymerizations of the monomers were carried out under a variety of conditions, varying monomer concentration, type of catalyst, and alkoxide substituent. The effect of the organic substituent on the sol-gel process was often dramatic. In many cases, gels were formed only at very high monomer concentration and/or with only one type of catalyst. All of the gels were processed as xerogels and characterized by scanning electron microscopy and nitrogen sorption porosimetry to evaluate their pore structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
PublisherMaterials Research Society
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1999 MRS Spring Meeting - Symposium DD, 'Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Materials' - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: Apr 5 1999Apr 9 1999


OtherProceedings of the 1999 MRS Spring Meeting - Symposium DD, 'Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Materials'
CitySan Francisco, CA, USA


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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Baugher, B. M., Schneider, D. A., Loy, D. A., & Rahimian, K. (1999). Porosity in polysilsesquioxane xerogels. In Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings (Vol. 576, pp. 105-110). Materials Research Society.