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See detailSYNTHESIS OF SIO2-TIO2 XEROGELS BY SOL-GEL PROCESS
Pirson, Anne-Marie ULg; MOHSINE, Abdel; Marchot, Pierre ULg et al

in Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology (1995), 4(3), 179-185

A new method to synthesize SiO2-TiO2 gels by sol-gel process has been developed. This technique uses tetraisopropylorthotitanate [Ti(O'Pr)(4)] and tetraethylorthosilicate [TEOS]: they are mixed in the ... [more ▼]

A new method to synthesize SiO2-TiO2 gels by sol-gel process has been developed. This technique uses tetraisopropylorthotitanate [Ti(O'Pr)(4)] and tetraethylorthosilicate [TEOS]: they are mixed in the same solvent and then directly hydrolysed. This one-step reaction is possible because of the use of 2-methoxyethanol, a protic polar solvent. This alcohol plays two different specific roles: it acts as a solvent as well as a stabilizer of titanium alkoxide towards the hydrolysis-precipitation reaction. So, by an accurate adjustment of the quantity of methoxyethanol in the mixture, we can control the reactivity of the titanium precursor. Monolithic and transparent xerogels were obtained whatever the composition. Three monolithic SiO2-TiO2 gels containing 20, 50 and 75 mol% of TiO2 were prepared and studied in details. By using the TG-DSC analysis, we can follow the evolution of the loss of water and organic residues. The structural evolution of gels during calcination is characterized by IR spectroscopy and X-Ray diffraction. [less ▲]

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