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  1. Nanocrystal/sol-gel nanocomposites

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    Petruska, Melissa A.; Klimov, Victor L.

    2012-06-12

    The present invention is directed to solid composites including colloidal nanocrystals within a sol-gel host or matrix and to processes of forming such solid composites. The present invention is further directed to alcohol soluble colloidal nanocrystals useful in formation of sol-gel based solid composites

  2. Nanocrystal/sol-gel nanocomposites

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    Petruska, Melissa A.; Klimov, Victor L.

    2007-06-05

    The present invention is directed to solid composites including colloidal nanocrystals within a sol-gel host or matrix and to processes of forming such solid composites. The present invention is further directed to alcohol soluble colloidal nanocrystals useful in formation of sol-gel based solid composites.

  3. Sol-gel derived sorbents

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    Sigman, Michael E.; Dindal, Amy B.

    2003-11-11

    Described is a method for producing copolymerized sol-gel derived sorbent particles for the production of copolymerized sol-gel derived sorbent material. The method for producing copolymerized sol-gel derived sorbent particles comprises adding a basic solution to an aqueous metal alkoxide mixture for a pH.ltoreq.8 to hydrolyze the metal alkoxides. Then, allowing the mixture to react at room temperature for a precalculated period of time for the mixture to undergo an increased in viscosity to obtain a desired pore size and surface area. The copolymerized mixture is then added to an immiscible, nonpolar solvent that has been heated to a sufficient temperature wherein the copolymerized mixture forms a solid upon the addition. The solid is recovered from the mixture, and is ready for use in an active sampling trap or activated for use in a passive sampling trap.

  4. Nanocrystal/sol-gel nanocomposites

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    Klimov, Victor L.; Petruska, Melissa A.

    2010-05-25

    The present invention is directed to a process for preparing a solid composite having colloidal nanocrystals dispersed within a sol-gel matrix, the process including admixing colloidal nanocrystals with an amphiphilic polymer including hydrophilic groups selected from the group consisting of --COOH, --OH, --SO.sub.3H, --NH.sub.2, and --PO.sub.3H.sub.2 within a solvent to form an alcohol-soluble colloidal nanocrystal-polymer complex, admixing the alcohol-soluble colloidal nanocrystal-polymer complex and a sol-gel precursor material, and, forming the solid composite from the admixture. The present invention is also directed to the resultant solid composites and to the alcohol-soluble colloidal nanocrystal-polymer complexes.

  5. Metal-silica sol-gel materials

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    Stiegman, Albert E. (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    The present invention relates to a single phase metal-silica sol-gel glass formed by the co-condensation of a transition metal with silicon atoms where the metal atoms are uniformly distributed within the sol-gel glass as individual metal centers. Any transition metal may be used in the sol-gel glasses. The present invention also relates to sensor materials where the sensor material is formed using the single phase metal-silica sol-gel glasses. The sensor materials may be in the form of a thin film or may be attached to an optical fiber. The present invention also relates to a method of sensing chemicals using the chemical sensors by monitoring the chromatic change of the metal-silica sol-gel glass when the chemical binds to the sensor. The present invention also relates to oxidation catalysts where a metal-silica sol-gel glass catalyzes the reaction. The present invention also relates to a method of performing oxidation reactions using the metal-silica sol-gel glasses. The present invention also relates to organopolymer metal-silica sol-gel composites where the pores of the metal-silica sol-gel glasses are filled with an organic polymer polymerized by the sol-gel glass.

  6. Sol-gel kinetics by NMR

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    Assink, R.A.; Kay, B.D.

    1991-01-01

    The chemical synthesis of advanced ceramic and glass materials by the sol-gel process has become an area of increasing activity in the field of material science. The sol-gel process provides a means to prepare homogeneous, high purity materials with tailored chemical and physical properties. This paper surveyed the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies of silicon-based sol-gel kinetics. A review of the various models which have been used to analyze the chemical kinetics of various sol-gel systems was presented. The utility of NMR spectroscopy was demonstrated in investigating the influence that various reaction conditions have on the reaction pathways by which sol-gel derived materials are synthesized. By observing in a direct fashion the chemical pathway of the sol-gel, it is often possible to relate the final properties of the material to the formulation and reaction conditions of the sol-gel. The study of reaction kinetics by NMR is expected to play an increasingly important role in understanding sol-gel processing and material properties. 15 refs. (DP)

  7. Sol-gel deposited electrochromic coatings

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    Ozer, N.; Lampert, C.M.

    1995-06-01

    Electrochromic devices have increasing application in display devices, switchable mirrors and smart windows. A variety of vacuum deposition technologies have been used to make electrochromic devices. The sol- gel process offers an alternative approach to the synthesis of optical quality and low cost electrochromic device layers. This study summarizes the developments in sol-gel deposited electrochromic films. The sol-gel process involves the formation of oxide networks upon hydrolysis-condensation of alkoxide precursors. In this study we cover the sol-gel deposited oxides of WO[sub 3], V[sub 2]O[sub 5], TiO[sub 2], Nb[sub 2]O[sub 5], and NiO[sub x].

  8. Sol-gel antireflective coating on plastics

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    Ashley, C.S.; Reed, S.T.

    1988-01-26

    An antireflection film made from reliquified sol-gel hydrolyzation, condensation polymeric reaction product of a silicon, alkoxides and/or metal alkoxides, or mixtures thereof. The film is particularly useful for coating plastics.

  9. Sol-gel antireflective coating on plastics

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    Ashley, Carol S.; Reed, Scott T.

    1990-01-01

    An antireflection film made from a reliquified sol-gel hydrolyzation, condensation polymeric reaction product of a silicon, alkoxides and/or metal alkoxides, or mixtures thereof. The film is particularly useful for coating plastics.

  10. Sol-Gels for Optical Sensors

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    Podbielska, Halina; Ulatowska-Jarża, Agnieszka; Müller, Gerhard; Eichler, Hans J.

    Sol-gel process allows for formation of glassy and ceramics materials in temperatures much lower than offered by conventional melting techniques. The first paper on sol-gels was published over 150 years ago by Ebelmen, however, the rapid development of this technology and applications occurred in the last few years. There is a broad range of possible applications of solgel derived materials, what marked this technology as one of the most promising fields of contemporary material sciences

  11. Toward sol-gel-based sensors

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    Jordan, J.D.; Ingersoll, C.M.; Dunbar, R.A.

    1995-12-31

    Advances in biotechnology have produced a variety of antibodies and other biomolecules that possess selective recognition capabilities. Current techniques for the immobilization of these biomolecules typically involve multistep derivatization of a primary substrate, which is labor intensive and often requires large volumes of costly reagents. Further, these immobilization chemistries often adversely affect the characteristic properties of the protein (e.g., the binding affinity). As a result, the need for fast, accurate, inexpensive, and simple to operate diagnostic assays escalates. Because of their room temperature processing, transparency, inertness, and tunable pore structure, sol-gel-derived composites represent promising chemical and biosensing platforms. To date, many researchers have entrapped proteins and enzymes in sol-gel monoliths, and found that they retain some of their native properties. Our group first reported on the affinity of a sol-gel entrapped antibody. However, although these biogel monoliths were promising, analyte diffusion through the monolith matrix is slow, resulting in long response times. Thus, it is clear that the next level of sol-gel-derived biosensor must depend on thin film technology. In the current work, the affinity of fluorescein entrapped within a sol-gel derived thin film for the anti fluorescent hapten, 5- (and 6-)-carboxy 4{prime}, 5{prime}-dimethylfluorescein, is investigated. A novel film preparation technique will be introduced, and the response and response times of these films as a function of processing and storage conditions will be discussed.

  12. Hybrid sol-gel optical materials

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    Zeigler, J.M.

    1993-04-20

    Hybrid sol-gel materials comprise silicate sols cross-linked with linear polysilane, polygermane, or poly(silane-germane). The sol-gel materials are useful as optical identifiers in tagging and verification applications and, in a different aspect, as stable, visible light transparent non-linear optical materials. Methyl or phenyl silicones, polyaryl sulfides, polyaryl ethers, and rubbery polysilanes may be used in addition to the linear polysilane. The linear polymers cross-link with the sol to form a matrix having high optical transparency, resistance to thermooxidative aging, adherence to a variety of substrates, brittleness, and a resistance to cracking during thermal cycling.

  13. Hybrid sol-gel optical materials

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    Zeigler, John M.

    1993-01-01

    Hybrid sol-gel materials comprise silicate sols cross-linked with linear polysilane, polygermane, or poly(silane-germane). The sol-gel materials are useful as optical identifiers in tagging and verification applications and, in a different aspect, as stable, visible light transparent non-linear optical materials. Methyl or phenyl silicones, polyaryl sulfides, polyaryl ethers, and rubbery polysilanes may be used in addition to the linear polysilane. The linear polymers cross-link with the sol to form a matrix having high optical transparency, resistance to thermooxidative aging, adherence to a variety of substrates, brittleness, and a resistance to cracking during thermal cycling.

  14. Hybrid sol-gel optical materials

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    Zeigler, John M.

    1992-01-01

    Hybrid sol-gel materials comprise silicate sols cross-linked with linear polysilane, polygermane, or poly(silane-germane). The sol-gel materials are useful as optical identifiers in tagging and verification applications and, in a different aspect, as stable, visible light transparent non-linear optical materials. Methyl or phenyl silicones, polyaryl sulfides, polyaryl ethers, and rubbery polysilanes may be used in addition to the linear polysilane. The linear polymers cross-link with the sol to form a matrix having high optical transparency, resistance to thermooxidative aging, adherence to a variety of substrates, brittleness, and a resistance to cracking during thermal cycling.

  15. Neutron detector using sol-gel absorber

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    Hiller, J.M.; Wallace, S.A.; Dai, S.

    1999-10-26

    An neutron detector composed of fissionable material having ions of lithium, uranium, thorium, plutonium, or neptunium, contained within a glass film fabricated using a sol-gel method combined with a particle detector is disclosed. When the glass film is bombarded with neutrons, the fissionable material emits fission particles and electrons. Prompt emitting activated elements yielding a high energy electron contained within a sol-gel glass film in combination with a particle detector is also disclosed. The emissions resulting from neutron bombardment can then be detected using standard UV and particle detection methods well known in the art, such as microchannel plates, channeltrons, and silicon avalanche photodiodes.

  16. Neutron detector using sol-gel absorber

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    Hiller, John M.; Wallace, Steven A.; Dai, Sheng

    1999-01-01

    An neutron detector composed of fissionable material having ions of lithium, uranium, thorium, plutonium, or neptunium, contained within a glass film fabricated using a sol-gel method combined with a particle detector is disclosed. When the glass film is bombarded with neutrons, the fissionable material emits fission particles and electrons. Prompt emitting activated elements yielding a high energy electron contained within a sol-gel glass film in combination with a particle detector is also disclosed. The emissions resulting from neutron bombardment can then be detected using standard UV and particle detection methods well known in the art, such as microchannel plates, channeltrons, and silicon avalanche photodiodes.

  17. Sol-Gel Derived Hafnia Coatings

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    Feldman, Jay D.; Stackpoole, Mairead; Blum, Yigal; Sacks, Michael; Ellerby, Don; Johnson, Sylvia M.; Venkatapathy, Ethiras (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Sol-gel derived hafnia coatings are being developed to provide an oxidation protection layer on ultra-high temperature ceramics for potential use in turbine engines (ultra-efficient engine technology being developed by NASA). Coatings using hafnia sol hafnia filler particles will be discussed along with sol synthesis and characterization.

  18. Sol-Gel Synthesis Of Aluminoborosilicate Powders

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    Bull, Jeffrey; Leiser, Daniel; Selvaduray, Guna

    1992-01-01

    Application of sol-gel process to synthesis of aluminoborosilicate powders shows potential for control of microstructures of materials. Development of materials having enhanced processing characteristics prove advantageous in extending high-temperature endurance of fibrous refractory composite insulation made from ceramic fibers.

  19. Sol-gel processing of metal sulfides

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    Stanic, Vesha

    Metal sulfides were synthesised via a sol-gel process using various metal alkoxides and hydrogen sulfide in toluene. Colloidal gels were prepared from germanium ethoxide, germanium isopropoxide, zinc tert-butoxide and tungsten (VI) ethoxide, whereas colloidal powder was produced from tungsten (V) dichloride ethoxide. Special precautions were necessary to protect the reaction mixture from water contamination which produced metal oxides. Results indicated that the main source of water is the hydrogen sulfide gas. In addition, synthesis of metal sulfides from a mixture of metal oxide and sulfide was demonstrated by the example of monoclinic germanium disulfide. It was produced by reaction of the sol-gel product with sulfur. Heat treatment of the sol-gel product and sulfur yielded single phase GeSsb2. The sol-gel prepared materials and their heat treated products were characterized by various methods. A chemical kinetics study of the functional groups -OR, -SH and Ssp{2-} was carried out for the sol-gel processing of GeSsb2 from of hydrogen sulfide and two different alkoxides, germanium ethoxide and germanium isopropoxide. The study was performed for different concentrations of precursors at different molar ratios and temperatures. The results indicate that the proposed reaction mechanism was simplified under appropriate reaction conditions. Experimentally determined rate constants of thiolysis and condensations demonstrate that thiolysis is slow and that condensations are fast steps, regardless of the studied reaction conditions. A study of the temperature effect on the reaction rate constant shows that it increases with temperature in accord with both Arrhenius law and transition-state theory. Activation energies, Esba, and activation parameters DeltaSsp{ddagger}, DeltaHsp{ddagger} and DeltaGsp{ddagger}, were determined for thiolysis and condensation reactions. The potentiometric tiration method was used for quantitative determination of germanium sulfide and

  20. Droplet Spreading with Sol-Gel Transition

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    Jalaal, Maziyar; Stoeber, Boris; Balmforth, Neil J.

    2014-11-01

    The impact and spreading of liquid droplets on a smooth solid substrate is a classical subject with several industrial applications such as ink-jet printing, spray cooling, coating, and many others. For many of these deposition processes, controlling the final shape of the drop is critical. In the current research, a new technique for controlling the spreading of droplets impacting a substrate is presented. This technique exploits the rheology of a thermo-responsive polymer solution that undergoes a reversible sol/gel transition above a critical temperature. Experiments are conducted using a combination of shadowgraphy and micro-PIV to observe spreading drops. It is shown that the final diameter of a droplet can be controlled through the temperature of the substrate and the tunable sol/gel transition temperature of the fluid.A mathematical model is provided to further elucidate the flow dynamics.

  1. Novel carboxy functionalized sol-gel precursors

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    Wolter, H.; Storch, W.; Gellermann, C.

    1996-12-31

    A novel family of inorganic-organic copolymers (ORMOCER`s) derived from urethane- and thioether(meth)acrylate alkoxysilanes has been successfully exploited for a variety of diverse applications. In order to widen the range of applications an additional functionality (carboxy group) has been incorporated int his silane type. Conventional sol-gel processing facilitates the formation of an inorganic Si-O-Si-network via hydrolysis and polycondensation reactions of alkoxysilyl moieties and in addition, the (meth)acrylate groups are available for radically induced polymerization to obtain a complementary organic polymer structure. The presence of a carboxy group would appear to have great potential for a range of diverse areas of application, such as an internal catalyst for the sol-gel process, complexation of elements such as Zr and Ti, increasing the adhesion to various substrates and modification of solubility. A number of novel silanes and their syntheses will be described in this paper.

  2. Innovative materials based on sol gel technology

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    Reisfeld, Renata; Saraidarov, Tsiala

    2006-01-01

    We review the sol-gel based new materials which were prepared in our laboratory including: tunable lasers, active waveguides, luminescent solar concentrators, electrochromic, photochromic and gasochromic plates for smart windows, chemical and biological sensors, semiconductor quantum dots and complexes of rare earth ions. In this paper we present the firstly obtained results of the Eu sulfide nanocrystalline (NCs) powder material and doped in the sol-gel based zirconia films. The powder and films were studied by high resolution transmittance electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis (EDS) and luminescence spectroscopy. Eu sulfide nanocrystals (NCs) ranging between 8 and 10 nm were obtained as powder and 3-4 nm incorporated in zirconia film.

  3. Ring-Resonator/Sol-Gel Interferometric Immunosensor

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    Bearman, Gregory; Cohen, David

    2007-01-01

    A proposed biosensing system would be based on a combination of (1) a sensing volume containing antibodies immobilized in a sol-gel matrix and (2) an optical interferometer having a ring resonator configuration. The antibodies would be specific to an antigen species that one seeks to detect. In the ring resonator of the proposed system, light would make multiple passes through the sensing volume, affording greater interaction length and, hence, greater antibody- detection sensitivity.

  4. Sol-Gel Manufactured Energetic Materials

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    Simpson, Randall L.; Lee, Ronald S.; Tillotson, Thomas M.; Hrubesh, Lawrence W.; Swansiger, Rosalind W.; Fox, Glenn A.

    2005-05-17

    Sol-gel chemistry is used for the preparation of energetic materials (explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics) with improved homogeneity, and/or which can be cast to near-net shape, and/or made into precision molding powders. The sol-gel method is a synthetic chemical process where reactive monomers are mixed into a solution, polymerization occurs leading to a highly cross-linked three dimensional solid network resulting in a gel. The energetic materials can be incorporated during the formation of the solution or during the gel stage of the process. The composition, pore, and primary particle sizes, gel time, surface areas, and density may be tailored and controlled by the solution chemistry. The gel is then dried using supercritical extraction to produce a highly porous low density aerogel or by controlled slow evaporation to produce a xerogel. Applying stress during the extraction phase can result in high density materials. Thus, the sol-gel method can be used for precision detonator explosive manufacturing as well as producing precision explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics, along with high power composite energetic materials.

  5. Sol-gel manufactured energetic materials

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    Simpson, Randall L.; Lee, Ronald S.; Tillotson, Thomas M.; Hrubesh, Lawrence W.; Swansiger, Rosalind W.; Fox, Glenn A.

    2003-12-23

    Sol-gel chemistry is used for the preparation of energetic materials (explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics) with improved homogeneity, and/or which can be cast to near-net shape, and/or made into precision molding powders. The sol-gel method is a synthetic chemical process where reactive monomers are mixed into a solution, polymerization occurs leading to a highly cross-linked three dimensional solid network resulting in a gel. The energetic materials can be incorporated during the formation of the solution or during the gel stage of the process. The composition, pore, and primary particle sizes, gel time, surface areas, and density may be tailored and controlled by the solution chemistry. The gel is then dried using supercritical extraction to produce a highly porous low density aerogel or by controlled slow evaporation to produce a xerogel. Applying stress during the extraction phase can result in high density materials. Thus, the sol-gel method can be used for precision detonator explosive manufacturing as well as producing precision explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics, along with high power composite energetic materials.

  6. Novel sol-gel bioactive fibers.

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    Oréfice, R L; Hench, L L; Clark, A E; Brennan, A B

    2001-06-15

    Bioactive fibers were produced using a sol-gel method. The rheological properties of two different sol compositions prepared from a mixture of TEOS, phosphorous alkoxide and calcium nitrate, or calcium chloride in a water-ethanol solution, are reported. The sols were extruded through a spinneret to produce continuous 10 microm-diameter fibers. Discontinuous fibers and fibrous mats were prepared by air-spraying the multicomponent sols. The sol-gel fibers were converted to the bioactive fibers by three different thermal treatments at either 600 degrees, 700 degrees, or 900 degrees C for 3 h. SEM, BET, EDX, and FTIR were used to characterize the morphology and structure of the fibers. The BET measured surface area of the fibers sintered at 900 degrees C was 0 m(2)/gm compared to a value of 200 m(2)/gm for a typical sol-gel-derived particle of similar composition. Both the continuous and discontinuous fibers exhibited in vitro bioactivity in a simulated body fluid. PMID:11288073

  7. Ionogel Electrolytes through Sol-Gel Processing

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    Horowitz, Ariel I.

    Electrical energy needs have intensified due to the ubiquity of personal electronics, the decarbonization of energy services through electrification, and the use of intermittent renewable energy sources. Despite developments in mechanical and thermal methods, electrochemical technologies are the most convenient and effective means of storing electrical energy. These technologies include both electrochemical cells, commonly called batteries, and electrochemical double-layer capacitors, or "supercapacitors", which store energy electrostatically. Both device types require an ion-conducting electrolyte. Current devices use solutions of complex salts in organic solvents, leading to both toxicity and flammability concerns. These drawbacks can be avoided by replacing conventional electrolytes with room-temperature molten salts, known as ionic liquids (ILs). ILs are non-volatile, non-flammable, and offer high conductivity and good electrochemical stability. Device mass can be reduced by combining ILs with a solid scaffold material to form an "ionogel," further improving performance metrics. In this work, sol-gel chemistry is explored as a means of forming ionogel electrolytes. Sol-gel chemistry is a solution-based, industrially-relevant, well-studied technique by which solids such as silica can be formed in situ. Previous works used a simple acid-catalyzed sol-gel reaction to create brittle, glassy ionogels. Here, both the range of products that can be accomplished through sol-gel processing and the understanding of interactions between ILs and the sol-gel reaction network are greatly expanded. This work introduces novel ionogel materials, including soft and compliant silica-supported ionogels and PDMS-supported ionogels. The impacts of the reactive formulation, IL identity, and casting time are detailed. It is demonstrated that variations in formulation can lead to rapid gelation and open pore structures in the silica scaffold or slow gelation and more dense silica

  8. Sol-gel processing to form doped sol-gel monoliths inside hollow core optical fiber and sol-gel core fiber devices made thereby

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    Shaw, Harry C. (Inventor); Ott, Melanie N. (Inventor); Manuel, Michele V. (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    A process of fabricating a fiber device includes providing a hollow core fiber, and forming a sol-gel material inside the hollow core fiber. The hollow core fiber is preferably an optical fiber, and the sol-gel material is doped with a dopant. Devices made in this manner includes a wide variety of sensors.

  9. Fluoride glasses from sol gels. Final report

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    Uhlmann, D.R.

    1986-09-15

    The use of sol-gel coatings to strengthen oxide glasses was demonstrated for the case of fused silica. Increases in strength to as much as 2.2 times the strength of uncoated glass were obtained. The strengthening does not involve the annealing of surface microcracks, but rather the filling-in of such flaws. The strengthening does not depend on coating thickness over the range 2000-10000 Angstroms, but does depend significantly upon the state of hydrolysis of the substrate surface.

  10. Sol gels. (Latest citations from Materials Business file). Published Search

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    1996-01-01

    The bibliography contains citations concerning sol gel derived materials. The citations examine research conducted by universities, corporations and government agencies for the development of novel sol gel processes, and commercial applications of these techniques. Uses of sol gels in the production of glass, ceramics, composites, protective coatings, and hybrid organic/inorganic materials are described. Other topics include new products, expanding markets for sol gel derived materials, and profit potential. (Contains 50-250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.) (Copyright NERAC, Inc. 1995)

  11. Sol-gel method for encapsulating molecules

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    Brinker, C. Jeffrey; Ashley, Carol S.; Bhatia, Rimple; Singh, Anup K.

    2002-01-01

    A method for encapsulating organic molecules, and in particular, biomolecules using sol-gel chemistry. A silica sol is prepared from an aqueous alkali metal silicate solution, such as a mixture of silicon dioxide and sodium or potassium oxide in water. The pH is adjusted to a suitably low value to stabilize the sol by minimizing the rate of siloxane condensation, thereby allowing storage stability of the sol prior to gelation. The organic molecules, generally in solution, is then added with the organic molecules being encapsulated in the sol matrix. After aging, either a thin film can be prepared or a gel can be formed with the encapsulated molecules. Depending upon the acid used, pH, and other processing conditions, the gelation time can be from one minute up to several days. In the method of the present invention, no alcohols are generated as by-products during the sol-gel and encapsulation steps. The organic molecules can be added at any desired pH value, where the pH value is generally chosen to achieve the desired reactivity of the organic molecules. The method of the present invention thereby presents a sufficiently mild encapsulation method to retain a significant portion of the activity of the biomolecules, compared with the activity of the biomolecules in free solution.

  12. Biocatalysis with Sol-Gel Encapsulated Acid Phosphatase

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    Kulkarni, Suhasini; Tran, Vu; Ho, Maggie K.-M.; Phan, Chieu; Chin, Elizabeth; Wemmer, Zeke; Sommerhalter, Monika

    2010-01-01

    This experiment was performed in an upper-level undergraduate biochemistry laboratory course. Students learned how to immobilize an enzyme in a sol-gel matrix and how to perform and evaluate enzyme-activity measurements. The enzyme acid phosphatase (APase) from wheat germ was encapsulated in sol-gel beads that were prepared from the precursor…

  13. Molecular host sol-gel films for chemical sensing applications

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    Shi, J.; Johnson, S.; Yang, X.; Swanson, B.

    1997-12-31

    Sol-gel cyclodextrin coatings on surface acoustic wave (SAW) device as VOC sensors have been studied. The sol-gel approach to thin films efficiently yields uniform coatings on SAW devices. The films were characterized by ATR-FT-IR, ellipsometry and SEM. The incorporation of molecular host reagents (cyclodextins and their derivatives) into thin films greatly enhance the sensitivity and selectivity of SAW sensors. It is believed that molecular recognition (selective sorption) occurs at the gas-solid interface. From the SAW data, it is possible to calculate the binding constants of sol-gel films towards a variety VOCs. The identification of VOCs based on SAW sensor arrays is discussed.

  14. Electrophoretic Porosimetry of Sol-Gels

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    Snow, L. A.; Smith, D. D.; Sibille, L.; Hunt, A. J.; Ng, J.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    It has been hypothesized that gravity has an effect on the formation and resulting microstructure of sol-gels. In order to more clearly resolve the effect of gravity, pores may be non-destructively analyzed in the wet gel, circumventing the shrinkage and coarsening associated with the drying procedure. We discuss the development of an electrophoretic technique, analogous to affinity chromatography, for the determination of pore size distribution and its application to silica gels. Specifically a monodisperse charged dye is monitored by an optical densitometer as it moves through the wet gel under the influence of an electric field. The transmittance data (output) represents the convolution of the dye concentration profile at the beginning of the run (input) with the pore size distribution (transfer function), i.e. linear systems theory applies. Because of the practical difficulty in producing a delta function input dye profile we prefer instead to use a step function. Average pore size is then related to the velocity of this dye front, while the pore size distribution is related to the spreading of the front. Preliminary results of this electrophoretic porosimetry and its application to ground and space-grown samples will be discussed.

  15. Production of continuous mullite fiber via sol-gel processing

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    Tucker, Dennis S.; Sparks, J. Scott; Esker, David C.

    1990-01-01

    The development of a continuous ceramic fiber which could be used in rocket engine and rocket boosters applications was investigated at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Methods of ceramic fiber production such as melt spinning, chemical vapor deposition, and precursor polymeric fiber decomposition are discussed and compared with sol-gel processing. The production of ceramics via the sol-gel method consists of two steps, hydrolysis and polycondensation, to form the preceramic, followed by consolidation into the glass or ceramic structure. The advantages of the sol-gel method include better homogeneity and purity, lower preparation temperature, and the ability to form unique compositions. The disadvantages are the high cost of raw materials, large shrinkage during drying and firing which can lead to cracks, and long processing times. Preparation procedures for aluminosilicate sol-gel and for continuous mullite fibers are described.

  16. Organofunctional Sol-Gel Materials for Toxic Metal Separation

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    Im, Hee-Jung; Yost, Terry L.; Yang, Yihui; Bramlett, J. Morris; Yu, Xiang-Hua; Fagan, Bryan C.; Allain, Leonardo R.; Chen, Tianniu; Xue, Ziling; Barnes, Craig E.; Dai, Sheng; Rocker, Lee E.; Sepaniak, Michael J.

    2003-09-10

    Inorganic-organic silica sol-gels grafted or encapsulated with organic ligands were prepared and found to selectively and reversibly remove target metal ions such as Cu2+, Cd2+, and Sr2+. These organofunctional sol-gel materials, which were easily prepared from off-the-shelf chemicals, were hydrophilic and showed fast kinetics of metal uptake. The sol-gels were easily regenerated and used in multi-cycle metal removal. In our search for new ligands for metal removal, we found that the reactions of thioacetal ligands with Hg2+ gave Hg(SCH2COOH)2. Our studies of organofunctional sol-gel materials for metal separation will be discussed.

  17. Sol gel processes. (Latest citations from the NTIS bibliographic database). Published Search

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    1993-09-01

    The bibliography contains citations concerning the development and utilization of sol-gel processes and techniques. Topics include antireflective coatings, studies of sol-gel transitions, sol-gel synthesis and polymerization, sol-gel derived thin films and glasses, and sol-gel production of microspheres. Applications in nuclear waste management, nuclear fuel manufacturing, glass optical waveguide development, and solar energy collection are presented. (Contains 250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.)

  18. Slow Release of Plant Volatiles Using Sol-Gel Dispensers.

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    Bian, L; Sun, X L; Cai, X M; Chen, Z M

    2014-12-01

    The black citrus aphid, also known as the tea aphid, (Toxoptera aurantii Boyer) attacks economically important crops, including tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze). In the current study, silica sol-gel formulations were screened to find one that could carry and release C. sinensis plant volatiles to lure black citrus aphids in a greenhouse. The common plant volatile trans-2-hexen-1-al was used as a model molecule to screen for suitable sol-gel formulations. A zNose (Electronic Sensor Technology, Newbury Park, CA) transportable gas chromatograph was used to continuously monitor the volatile emissions. A sol-gel formulation containing tetramethyl orthosilicate and methyltrimethoxysilane in an 8:2 (vol:vol) ratio was selected to develop a slow-release dispenser. The half-life of trans-2-hexen-1-al in the sol-gel dispenser increased slightly with the volume of this compound in the dispenser. Ten different volatiles were tested in the sol-gel dispenser. Alcohols of 6-10 carbons had the longest half-lives (3.01-3.77 d), while esters of 6-12 carbons had the shortest (1.53-2.28 d). Release of these volatiles from the dispensers could not be detected by the zNose after 16 d (cis-3-hexenyl acetate) to 26 d (3,7-dimethylocta-1,6-dien-3-ol). In greenhouse experiments, trans-2-hexen-1-al and cis-3-hexen-1-ol released from the sol-gel dispensers attracted aphids for ≍17 d, and release of these volatiles could not be detected by the zNose after ≍24 d. The sol-gel dispensers performed adequately for the slow release of plant volatiles to trap aphids in the greenhouse. PMID:26470065

  19. Sol-gel encapsulation for controlled drug release and biosensing

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    Fang, Jonathan

    The main focus of this dissertation is to investigate the use of sol-gel encapsulation of biomolecules for controlled drug release and biosensing. Controlled drug release has advantages over conventional therapies in that it maintains a constant, therapeutic drug level in the body for prolonged periods of time. The anti-hypertensive drug Captopril was encapsulated in sol-gel materials of various forms, such as silica xerogels and nanoparticles. The primary objective was to show that sol-gel silica materials are promising drug carriers for controlled release by releasing Captopril at a release rate that is within a therapeutic range. We were able to demonstrate desired release for over a week from Captopril-doped silica xerogels and overall release from Captopril-doped silica nanoparticles. As an aside, the antibiotic Vancomycin was also encapsulated in these porous silica nanoparticles and desired release was obtained for several days in-vitro. The second part of the dissertation focuses on immobilizing antibodies and proteins in sol-gel to detect various analytes, such as hormones and amino acids. Sol-gel competitive immunoassays on antibody-doped silica xerogels were used for hormone detection. Calibration for insulin and C-peptide in standard solutions was obtained in the nM range. In addition, NASA-Ames is also interested in developing a reagentless biosensor using bacterial periplasmic binding proteins (bPBPs) to detect specific biomarkers, such as amino acids and phosphate. These bPBPs were doubly labeled with two different fluorophores and encapsulated in silica xerogels. Ligand-binding experiments were performed on the bPBPs in solution and in sol-gel. Ligand-binding was monitored by fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between the two fluorophores on the bPBP. Titration data show that one bPBP has retained its ligand-binding properties in sol-gel.

  20. Kinetics and structure of silicate sol-gels

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    Assink, R.A.; Brinker, C.J.; Kay, B.D.

    1990-01-01

    The structure of a silicate sol-gel derived material depends on the nature of its reaction kinetics. The chemical state of the silicate sol-gel is characterized by both the functional group concentrations and the distribution of the functional groups about a single silicon atom. {sup 29}Si nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy provides a way to quantitatively determine these concentrations and distributions as a function of time during the reaction. During the early stages of the sol-gel reaction, the distribution of hydrolyzed species enables one to calculate the relative rates of hydrolysis. During the intermediate stages of the reaction, the rate of formation of various condensed species enables one to determine the reaction rate constants for both water-producing and alcohol-producing condensation. The chemical bonding of sol-gel derived solid materials can be determined by direct polarization NMR combined with magic angle spinning techniques. These capabilities provide a valuable tool for studying the relationships between the reaction conditions, the chemical kinetics and the resulting structure of the sol-gel derived material. 8 refs., 4 figs.

  1. Structural evolution and stability of sol gel biocatalysts

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    Rodgers, L. E.; Knott, R. B.; Holden, P. J.; Pike, K. J.; Hanna, J. V.; Foster, L. J. R.; Bartlett, J. R.

    2006-11-01

    Immobilisation strategies for catalytic enzymes are important as they allow recovery and reuse of the biocatalysts. In this work, sol-gel matrices have been used to immobilise Candida antarctica lipase B (CALB), a commonly used industrial enzyme. The sol-gel bioencapsulate is produced through fluoride-catalysed hydrolysis of mixtures of tetramethylorthosilicate (TMOS) and methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS) in the presence of CALB, yielding materials with controlled pore sizes and surface chemistries. Sol-gel matrices prolong the catalytic life and enhance the activity of CALB, although the molecular basis for this effect has yet to be elucidated due to the limitations of analytical techniques applied to date. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) allows such multi-component systems to be characterised through contrast matching. In the sol-gel bioencapsulate system at the contrast match point for silica, residual scattering intensity is due to the CALB and density fluctuations in the matrix. A SANS contrast variation series found the match point for the silica matrix, both with and without enzyme present, to be around 35%. The model presented here proposes a mechanism for the interaction between CALB and the surrounding sol-gel matrix, and the observed improvement in enzyme activity and matrix strength. Essentially, the inclusion of CALB modulates silicate speciation during evolution of the inorganic network, leading to associated variations in SANS contrast. The SANS protocol developed here may be applied more generally to other encapsulated enzyme systems.

  2. Optical spectroscopy of trivalent chromium in sol-gel lithium niobate

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    Krebs, J.K.; Happek, U.

    2005-12-19

    We report on the characterization of sol-gel derived lithium niobate via trivalent chromium probe ions, a study that is motivated by recent reports on the synthesis of high quality sol-gel lithium niobate (LiNbO{sub 3}). In order to assess the quality of sol-gel derived LiNbO{sub 3}, we incorporate Cr{sup 3+} during the hydrolysis stage of the sol-gel process. A comparison of the Cr{sup 3+} emission and photoexcitation data on both sol-gel and melt-grown LiNbO{sub 3} shows that the sol-gel derived material is highly stoichiometric.

  3. Modification of sol-gel coatings by ion implantation

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    Hirashima, Hiroshi; Adachi, Kenji; Imai, Hiroaki

    1994-10-01

    In order to densify and to improve the physical properties, TiO2 sol-gel films, about 100 nm in thickness, on silica glass or silicon wafer were implanted with Ar+ or B+ ions. The refractive index of the as-dried films increased and the IR absorption band of OH disappeared after Ar+ implantation. Dehydration and densification of sol-gel films were enhanced by Ar+ implantation. On the other hand, the refractive index and the thickness of the films hardly changed by B+ implantation. However, IR absorption bands attributed to B-O bond were observed after B+ implantation. This suggests that sol-gel films could be chemically modified by ion implantation with reactive ion species.

  4. Luminescence properties of Cr-doped silica sol gel glasses

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    Strek, Wieslaw; Lukowiak, Edward; Deren, Przemyslaw J.; Maruszewski, K.; Trabjerg, Ib; Koepke, Czeslaw; Malashkevich, G. E.; Gaishun, Vladimir E.

    1997-11-01

    The emission of Cr-doped silica glass obtained by the sol- gel method is characterized by an orange broad band with a maximum at 610 nm. Its nature is examined by the absorption, excited state absorption, emission, excitation and lifetime measurements over a wide range of temperature and for different concentration of Cr ions. Our measurement show that in spite of fact that the absorption properties of Cr- doped silica sol-gel glass are predominantly associated with Cr4+ centers, the observed in visible range emission can be assigned neither to Cr3+ nor to Cr4+ ions. The discussion of the nature of observed emission was carried out for all possible valencies of the Cr ions. In conclusion is suggested that it may be ascribed to the transitions on the monovalent Cr1+ ion. The reducing agents occurring during the sol-gel process and leading to lowering the Cr valency are discussed.

  5. Optical Sensors for Biomolecules Using Nanoporous Sol-Gel Materials

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    Fang, Jonathan; Zhou, Jing C.; Lan, Esther H.; Dunn, Bruce; Gillman, Patricia L.; Smith, Scott M.

    2004-01-01

    An important consideration for space missions to Mars is the ability to detect biosignatures. Solid-state sensing elements for optical detection of biological entities are possible using sol-gel based biologically active materials. We have used these materials as optical sensing elements in a variety of bioassays, including immunoassays and enzyme assays. By immobilizing an appropriate biomolecule in the sol-gel sensing element, we have successfully detected analytes such as amino acids and hormones. In the case of the amino acid glutamate, the enzyme glutamate dehydrogenase was the immobilized molecule, whereas in the case of the hormone cortisol, an anti-cortisol antibody was immobilized in the sensing element. In this previous work with immobilized enzymes and antibodies, excellent sensitivity and specificity were demonstrated in a variety of formats including bulk materials, thin films and fibers. We believe that the sol-gel approach is an attractive platform for bioastronautics sensing applications because of the ability to detect a wide range of entities such as amino acids, fatty acids, hopanes, porphyrins, etc. The sol-gel approach produces an optically transparent 3D silica matrix that forms around the biomolecule of interest, thus stabilizing its structure and functionality while allowing for optical detection. This encapsulation process protects the biomolecule and leads to a more "rugged" sensor. The nanoporous structure of the sol-gel matrix allows diffusion of small target molecules but keeps larger, biomolecules immobilized in the pores. We are currently developing these biologically active sol-gel materials into small portable devices for on-orbit cortisol detection

  6. Silica scintillating materials prepared by sol-gel methods

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    Werst, D.W.; Sauer, M.C. Jr.; Cromack, K.R.; Lin, Y.; Tartakovsky, E.A.; Trifunac, A.D.

    1993-12-31

    Silica was investigated as a rad-hard alternative to organic polymer hosts for organic scintillators. Silica sol-gels were prepared by hydrolysis of tetramethoxysilane in alcohol solutions. organic dyes were incorporated into the gels by dissolving in methanol at the sol stage of gel formation. The silica sol-gel matrix is very rad-hard. The radiation stability of silica scintillators prepared by this method is dye-limited. Transient radioluminescence was measured following excitation with 30 ps pulses of 20 MeV electrons.

  7. Sol-gel processing with inorganic metal salt precursors

    DOEpatents

    Hu, Zhong-Cheng

    2004-10-19

    Methods for sol-gel processing that generally involve mixing together an inorganic metal salt, water, and a water miscible alcohol or other organic solvent, at room temperature with a macromolecular dispersant material, such as hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) added. The resulting homogenous solution is incubated at a desired temperature and time to result in a desired product. The methods enable production of high quality sols and gels at lower temperatures than standard methods. The methods enable production of nanosize sols from inorganic metal salts. The methods offer sol-gel processing from inorganic metal salts.

  8. Sol-gel derived PZT films doped with vanadium pentoxide

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    Shen Hongfang; Guo Qing; Zhao Zhiman; Cao Guozhong

    2009-11-15

    The present research investigated the sol-gel preparation, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of PZT films doped with 5 mol% vanadium oxide. Stable PZTV sols can be readily formed, and homogeneous, micrometer thick and pinhole-free PZTV films were obtained by using spin coating followed with rapid annealing. The X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that no parasitic or secondary phases were formed in the sol-gel PZT films with the addition of vanadium oxide. The material doped with vanadium pentoxide showed enhanced dielectric constant and remanent polarization with reduced loss tangent and coercive field.

  9. Safe and Environmentally Acceptable Sol-gel Derived Pyrophoric Pyrotechnics

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    Simspon, R L; Satcher, J H; Gash, A

    2004-06-10

    It was demonstrated that highly porous sol-gel derived iron (III) oxide materials could be reduced to sub-micron-sized metallic iron by heating the materials to intermediate temperatures in a hydrogen atmosphere. Through a large number of experiments complete reduction of the sol-gel based materials was realized with a variety of hydrogen-based atmospheres (25-100% H{sub 2} in Ar, N{sub 2}, CO{sub 2}, or CO) at intermediate temperatures (350 C to 700 C). All of the resulting sol-gel-derived metallic iron powders were ignitable by thermal methods, however none were pyrophoric. For comparison several types of commercial micron sized iron oxides Fe2O3, and NANOCAT were also reduced under identical conditions. All resulting materials were characterized by thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), differential thermal analysis (DTA), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), as well as scanning and transmission electron microscopies (SEM and TEM). In addition, the reduction of the iron oxide materials was monitored by TGA. In general the sol-gel materials were more rapidly reduced to metallic iron and the resulting iron powders had smaller particle sizes and were more easily oxidized than the metallic powders derived from the micron sized materials. The lack of pyrophoricity of the smaller fine metallic powders was unexpected and may in part be due to impurities in the materials that create a passivation layer on the iron. Several recommendations for future study directions on this project are detailed.

  10. Stoichiometric hydroxyapatite obtained by precipitation and sol gel processes

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    Vazquez, C. G.; Barba, C. P.; Munguia, N.

    2005-06-01

    Three methods for obtaining hydroxiapatite (HA) are described. HA is a very interesting ceramic because of its many medical applications. The first two precipitation methods start from calcium and phosphorous compounds, whereas the third method is a sol-gel process that uses alcoxides. The products were characterized and compared. The observed differences are important for practical applications.

  11. Process of forming a sol-gel/metal hydride composite

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    Congdon, James W.

    2009-03-17

    An external gelation process is described which produces granules of metal hydride particles contained within a sol-gel matrix. The resulting granules are dimensionally stable and are useful for applications such as hydrogen separation and hydrogen purification. An additional coating technique for strengthening the granules is also provided.

  12. ARSENIC REMOVAL USING SOL-GEL SYNTHESIZED TITANIUM DIOXIDE NANOPARTICLES

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    In this study, the effectiveness of TiO2 nanoparticles in arsenic adsorption was examined. TiO2 particles (LS) were synthesized via sol-gel techniques and characterized for their crystallinity, surface area and pore volume. Batch adsorption studies were perf...

  13. Sol-gel derived ? thin films on GaAs

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    Arscott, S.; Smith, N.; Kurchania, R.; Milne, S. J.; Miles, R. E.

    1998-02-01

    Sol-gel derived thin films of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) have been fabricated on a platinized GaAs substrate using a propane-1,3-diol based sol-gel route. PZT can be used as the piezoelectric component in bulk acoustic wave devices for monolithic microwave integrated circuit applications. A 100 nm silicon nitride buffer layer was deposited onto the GaAs by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition in order to prevent gallium and arsenic outdiffusion during film fabrication. Rapid thermal processing (RTP) techniques were employed to decompose thermally the sol-gel layer to PZT in a further effort to minimize problems of gallium and arsenic outdiffusion. Adhesion between the bottom electrode and substrate was found to improve when an intermediate titanium layer deposited between the platinum and silicon nitride was oxidized prior to deposition of the platinum electrode. A crystalline PZT film was produced on the 0268-1242/13/2/016/img9 substrate configuration by firing the sol-gel coating at 0268-1242/13/2/016/img10C for 10 s using RTP. A single deposition of sol resulted in a film having a thickness of 0268-1242/13/2/016/img11. Ferroelectric hysteresis measurements yielded average values of remanant polarization and coercive field of 0268-1242/13/2/016/img12 and 0268-1242/13/2/016/img13 respectively.

  14. Sol-Gel Matrices For Direct Colorimetric Detection Of Analytes

    DOEpatents

    Charych, Deborah H.; Sasaki, Darryl; Yamanaka, Stacey

    2002-11-26

    The present invention relates to methods and compositions for the direct detection of analytes using color changes that occur in immobilized biopolymeric material in response to selective binding of analytes to their surface. In particular, the present invention provides methods and compositions related to the encapsulation of biopolymeric material into metal oxide glass using the sol-gel method.

  15. Sol-gel matrices for direct colorimetric detection of analytes

    DOEpatents

    Charych, Deborah H.; Sasaki, Darryl; Yamanaka, Stacey

    2000-01-01

    The present invention relates to methods and compositions for the direct detection of analytes using color changes that occur in immobilized biopolymeric material in response to selective binding of analytes to their surface. In particular, the present invention provides methods and compositions related to the encapsulation of biopolymeric material into metal oxide glass using the sol-gel method.

  16. : comparison between magnetron sputtering and sol-gel synthesis

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    Cosentino, S.; Knebel, S.; Mirabella, S.; Gibilisco, S.; Simone, F.; Bracht, H.; Wilde, G.; Terrasi, A.

    2014-07-01

    SiGeO films have been produced by a sol-gel derived approach and by magnetron sputtering deposition. Post-thermal annealing of SiGeO films in forming gas or nitrogen atmosphere between 600 and 900 °C ensured the phase separation of the SiGeO films and synthesis and growth of Ge nanoclusters (NCs) embedded in SiO2. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry analysis evidenced a similar Ge concentration (~12 %), but a different Ge out-diffusion after annealing between the two types of techniques with the formation of a pure SiO2 surface layer (~30 nm thick) in sol-gel samples. The thermal evolution of Ge NCs has been followed by transmission electron microscopy and Raman analysis. In both samples, Ge NCs form with similar size increase (from ~3 up to ~7 nm) and with a concomitant amorphous to crystalline transition in the 600-800 °C temperature range. Despite a similar Ge concentration, a significant lower NCs density is observed in sol-gel samples attributed to an incomplete precipitation of Ge, which probably remains still dispersed in the matrix. The optical absorption of Ge NCs has been measured by spectrophotometry analyses. Ge NCs produced by the sol-gel method evidence an optical band gap of around 2 eV, larger than that of NCs produced by sputtering (~1.5 eV). These data are presented and discussed also considering the promising implications of a low-cost sol-gel based technique towards the fabrication of light harvesting devices based on Ge nanostructures.

  17. New insights into uranium (VI) sol-gel processing

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    King, C.M.; Thompson, M.C.; Buchanan, B.R. ); King, R.B. . Dept. of Chemistry); Garber, A.R. . Dept. of Chemistry)

    1990-01-01

    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) investigations on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory process for sol-gel synthesis of microspherical nuclear fuel (UO{sub 2}), has been extremely useful in sorting out the chemical mechanism in the sol-gel steps. {sup 13}C, {sup 15}N, and {sup 1}H NMR studies on the HMTA gelation agent (Hexamethylene tetramine, C{sub 6}H{sub 12}N{sub 4}) has revealed near quantitative stability of this adamantane-like compound in the sol-gel process, contrary to its historical role as an ammonia source for gelation from the worldwide technical literature. {sup 17}O NMR of uranyl (UO{sub 2}{sup ++}) hydrolysis fragments produced in colloidal sols has revealed the selective formation of a uranyl trimer, ((UO{sub 2}){sub 3}({mu}{sub 3}-O)({mu}{sub 2}-OH){sub 3}){sup +}, induced by basic hydrolysis with the HMTA gelation agent. Spectroscopic results will be presented to illustrate that trimer condensation occurs during sol-gel processing leading to layered polyanionic hydrous uranium oxides in which HMTAH{sup +} is occluded as an intercalation'' cation. Subsequent sol-gel processing of microspheres by ammonia washing results in in-situ exchange and formation of a layered hydrous ammonium uranate with a proposed structural formula of (NH{sub 4}){sub 2} ((UO{sub 2}){sub 8} O{sub 4} (OH){sub 10}) {center dot} 8H{sub 2}O. This compound is the precursor to sintered UO{sub 2} ceramic fuel. 23 refs., 10 figs.

  18. Nanostructured energetic materials using sol-gel methodologies

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    Tillotson, T M; Simpson, R L; Hrubesh, L W; Gash, A E; Thomas, I M; Poco, J F

    2000-09-27

    The fundamental differences between energetic composites and energetic materials made from a monomolecular approach are the energy density attainable and the energy release rates. For the past 4 years, we have been exploiting sol-gel chemistry as a route to process energetic materials on a microstructural scale. At the last ISA conference, we described four specific sol-gel approaches to fabricating energetic materials and presented our early work and results on two methods - solution crystallization and powder addition. Here, we detail our work on a third approach, energetic nanocomposites. Synthesis of thermitic types of energetic nanocomposites are presented using transition and main group metal-oxide skeletons. Results on characterization of structure and performance will also be given.

  19. Tunable Optical Properties of Metal Nanoparticle Sol-Gel Composites

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    Smith, David D.; Snow, Lanee A.; Sibille, Laurent; Ignont, Erica

    2001-01-01

    We demonstrate that the linear and non-linear optical properties of sol-gels containing metal nanoparticles are highly tunable with porosity. Moreover, we extend the technique of immersion spectroscopy to inhomogeneous hosts, such as aerogels, and determine rigorous bounds for the average fractional composition of each component, i.e., the porosity of the aerogel, or equivalently, for these materials, the catalytic dispersion. Sol-gels containing noble metal nanoparticles were fabricated and a significant blue-shift in the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) was observed upon formation of an aerogel, as a result of the decrease in the dielectric constant of the matrix upon supercritical extraction of the solvent. However, as a result of chemical interface damping and aggregation this blue-shift does not strictly obey standard effective medium theories. Mitigation of these complications is achieved by avoiding the use of alcohol and by annealing the samples in a reducing atmosphere.

  20. Sol-gel synthesis of monolithic materials with hierarchical porosity.

    PubMed

    Feinle, A; Elsaesser, M S; Hüsing, N

    2016-06-13

    The development of synthetic routes to hierarchically organized porous materials containing multiple, discrete sets of pores having disparate length scales is of high interest for a wide range of applications. One possible route towards the formation of multilevel porous architectures relies on the processing of condensable, network forming precursors (sol-gel processes) in the presence of molecular porogens, lyotropic mesophases, supramolecular architectures, emulsions, organic polymers, or ice. In this review the focus is on sol-gel processing of inorganic and organic precursors with concurrently occurring microscopic and/or macroscopic phase separation for the formation of self-supporting monoliths. The potential and the limitations of the solution-based approaches is presented with special emphasis to recent examples of hierarchically organized silica, metal oxides and phosphates as well as carbon monoliths. PMID:26563577

  1. Optical detection of parasitic protozoa in sol-gel matrices

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    Livage, Jacques; Barreau, J. Y.; Da Costa, J. M.; Desportes, I.

    1994-10-01

    Whole cell parasitic protozoa have been entrapped within sol-gel porous silica matrices. Stationary phase promastigote cells of Leishmania donovani infantum are mixed with a silica sol before gelation occurs. They remain trapped within the growing oxide network and their cellular organization appears to be well preserved. Moreover protozoa retain their antigenic properties in the porous gel. They are still able to detect parasite specific antibodies in serum samples from infected patients via an enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Antigen- antibody associations occurring in the gel are optically detected via the reactions of a peroxidase conjugate with ortho-phenylenediamine leading to the formation of a yellow coloration. A clear-cut difference in optical density is measured between positive and negative sera. Such an entrapment of antigenic species into porous sol-gel matrices avoids the main problems due to non specific binding and could be advantageously used in diagnostic kits.

  2. AOTF-based remote sensor with sol-gel probe

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    Volkan, M.; Lee, Y.; Vo-Dinh, T.

    1999-11-01

    The authors report the development and application of a sensor using acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) and sol-gel probe technology. A pH-sensitive probe is used as a model sensing system with dextran derivatives of pH sensitive dyes doped into sol-gel thin films. They used a unique combination of pH-sensitive and pH-insensitive dual-label dye system. For optimization studies, the performance of these films as a pH sensing probe was evaluated using synchronous fluorescence detection. The performance of the prototype AOTF-based monitor using a low-power argon laser as an ion excitation source was evaluated.

  3. Nanostructured Energetci Matreials with sol-gel Chemistry

    SciTech Connect

    Gash, A; Satcher, J; Simpson, R; Clapsaddle, B

    2003-11-18

    The utilization of nanomaterials in the synthesis and processing of energetic materials (i.e., pyrotechnics, explosives, and propellants) is a relatively new area of science and technology. Previous energetic nanomaterials have displayed new and potentially beneficial properties, relative to their conventional analogs. Unfortunately some of the energetic nanomaterials are difficult and or expensive to produce. At LLNL we are studying the application of sol-gel chemical methodology to the synthesis of energetic nanomaterials components and their formulation into energetic nanocomposites. Here sol-gel synthesis and formulation techniques are used to prepare Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al pyrotechnic nanocomposites. The preliminary characterization of their thermal properties and the degree of mixing between fuel and oxidizer phases is contrasted with that of a conventional pyrotechnic mixture.

  4. Inhomogeneous distribution of organic molecules adsorbed in sol gel glasses

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    Meneses-Nava, M. A.; Chávez-Cerda, S.; Sánchez-Villicaña, V.; Sánchez-Mondragón, J. J.; King, T. A.

    1999-09-01

    The effects of the porous matrix upon the radiative characteristics of quinine sulphate doped sol-gel glasses are investigated. The broadenings of the absorption and fluorescence spectra are explained by the attachment of the molecules on distorted sites or in a non-planar fashion, creating an inhomogeneous distribution of adsorbed molecules. For this reason, each emitting center relaxes with its own characteristics. This inhomogeneous distribution is also supported by the non-exponential and the wavelength dependence of the fluorescence decay.

  5. Sol-Gel Thin Films for Plasmonic Gas Sensors

    PubMed Central

    Della Gaspera, Enrico; Martucci, Alessandro

    2015-01-01

    Plasmonic gas sensors are optical sensors that use localized surface plasmons or extended surface plasmons as transducing platform. Surface plasmons are very sensitive to dielectric variations of the environment or to electron exchange, and these effects have been exploited for the realization of sensitive gas sensors. In this paper, we review our research work of the last few years on the synthesis and the gas sensing properties of sol-gel based nanomaterials for plasmonic sensors. PMID:26184216

  6. New developments for sol-gel film and fiber processing

    SciTech Connect

    Hurd, A.J.

    1995-03-01

    New insights into the development of microstructure in sol-gel films have recently been revealed by several diagnostic techniques, including imaging ellipsometry, {open_quotes}chemical imaging{close_quotes} by fluorescent tracers, light scattering from capillary waves, and finite-element modeling. The evolution of porosity during the continuous transition from dilute sol to porous solid in restricted geometries such as films and fibers is becoming clearer through fundamental understanding of evaporation dynamics and capillarity.

  7. Synthesis of zirconium oxide nanoparticle by sol-gel technique

    SciTech Connect

    Lim, H. S.; Ahmad, A.; Hamzah, H.

    2013-11-27

    Zirconium oxide nanoparticle is synthesized using sol-gel technique. Various mole ratio of ammonia solution and nitric acid relative to zirconium propoxide is added in the reaction to study the effect on the crystallinity and particle size on zirconium oxide particle. Zirconium oxide synthesized with nitric acid have the smallest particle size under FESEM image and show the increasing formation of crystalline tetragonal phase under XRD diffractogram.

  8. Piezoelectric Sol-Gel Composite Film Fabrication by Stencil Printing.

    PubMed

    Kaneko, Tsukasa; Iwata, Kazuki; Kobayashi, Makiko

    2015-09-01

    Piezoelectric films using sol-gel composites could be useful as ultrasonic transducers in various industrial fields. For sol-gel composite film fabrication, the spray coating technique has been used often because of its adaptability for various substrates. However, the spray technique requires multiple spray coating processes and heating processes and this is an issue of concern, especially for on-site fabrication in controlled areas. Stencil printing has been developed to solve this issue because this method can be used to fabricate thick sol-gel composite films with one coating process. In this study, PbTiO3 (PT)/Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) films, PZT/PZT films, and Bi4Ti3O12 (BiT)/PZT films were fabricated by stencil printing, and PT/ PZT films were also fabricated using the spray technique. After fabrication, a thermal cycle test was performed for the samples to compare their ultrasonic performance. The sensitivity and signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) of the ultrasonic response of PT/PZT fabricated by stencil printing were equivalent to those of PT/PZT fabricated by the spray technique, and better than those of other samples between room temperature and 300°C. Therefore, PT/PZT films fabricated by stencil printing could be a good candidate for nondestructive testing (NDT) ultrasonic transducers from room temperature to 300°C. PMID:26688872

  9. Sol-gel Technology and Advanced Electrochemical Energy Storage Materials

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    Chu, Chung-tse; Zheng, Haixing

    1996-01-01

    Advanced materials play an important role in the development of electrochemical energy devices such as batteries, fuel cells, and electrochemical capacitors. The sol-gel process is a versatile solution for use in the fabrication of ceramic materials with tailored stoichiometry, microstructure, and properties. This processing technique is particularly useful in producing porous materials with high surface area and low density, two of the most desirable characteristics for electrode materials. In addition,the porous surface of gels can be modified chemically to create tailored surface properties, and inorganic/organic micro-composites can be prepared for improved material performance device fabrication. Applications of several sol-gel derived electrode materials in different energy storage devices are illustrated in this paper. V2O5 gels are shown to be a promising cathode material for solid state lithium batteries. Carbon aerogels, amorphous RuO2 gels and sol-gel derived hafnium compounds have been studied as electrode materials for high energy density and high power density electrochemical capacitors.

  10. Sol-gel-derived thick-film amperometric immunosensors.

    PubMed

    Wang, J; Pamidi, P V; Rogers, K R

    1998-03-15

    Sol-gel processing is used for the first time for the preparation of electrochemical immunosensors. One-step sensor fabrication, based on the coupling of sol-gel and screen-printing technologies, is employed. A low-temperature cured ink is prepared by dispersion of rabbit immunoglobulin G (RIgG), graphite powder, and a binder in the sol-gel solution. The enzyme-labeled antibody can readily diffuse toward the encapsulated antigen, which retains its binding properties, and the association reaction is easily detected at the dispersed graphite surface. Use of anti-RIgG labeled with alkaline phosphatase, naphthyl phosphate as the substrate, and amperometric detection at +400 mV (vs Ag/AgCl) results in a low detection limit of 5 ng/mL (32 pM) for the solution antigen. Tailoring the porosity of the ceramic-carbon matrix can be used for tuning the assay performance. The high sensitivity, low cost, durability, and simplicity of the new single-use immunosensors make them well suited for various on-site applications. PMID:9530007

  11. The Influence of Microgravity on Silica Sol-Gel Formation

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    Sibille, L.; Smith, D. D.; Cronise, R.; Hunt, A. J.; Wolfe, D. B.; Snow, L. A.; Oldenberg, S.; Halas, N.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    We discuss space-flight experiments involving the growth of silica particles and gels. The effect of microgravity on the growth of silica particles via the sol-gel route is profound. In four different recipes spanning a large range of the parameter space that typically produces silica nanoparticles in unit-gravity, low-density gel structures were instead formed in microgravity. The particles that did form were generally smaller and more polydisperse than those grown on the ground. These observations suggest that microgravity reduces the particle growth rate, allowing unincorporated species to form aggregates and ultimately gel. Hence microgravity favors the formation of more rarefied structures, providing a bias towards diffusion-limited cluster-cluster aggregation. These results further suggest that in unit gravity, fluid flows and sedimentation can significantly perturb sol-gel substructures prior to gelation and these deleterious perturbations may be "frozen" into the resulting microstructure. Hence, sol-gel pores may be expected to be smaller, more uniform, and less rough when formed in microgravity.

  12. Sol-gel thin films for photonic application

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    Jasieniak, Jacek J.; Martucci, Alessandro

    2012-06-01

    For the fabrication of photonic devices the sol-gel technique is a potentially lucrative alternative to methods such as physical vapor or chemical vapor deposition because of its solution-processability, low cost and relative ease of production. In this work we harness this potential by developing based photonic devices which incorporate highly luminescent CdSe@ZnS core-shell semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) doped within inorganic (TiO2, ZrO2) or hybrid organic-inorganic sol-gel films. As a pre-requisite to the formation of such devices, luminescent waveguides emitting between green and red have been obtained and their optical properties have been characterized. The photochemical stability of these waveguides was found to highly dependent on the exact sol-gel material used. QDs:Titania based composites were found to be inherently photo-unstable due to photoelectron injection into the bulk matrix and subsequent nanocrystal oxidation. In comparison, zirconia composites were significantly more robust with high photoluminescence retained up to annealing temperatures of 300 °C. Despite this difference in photo-chemical stability, both titania and zirconia composite waveguides exhibited amplified stimulated emission (ASE) with one-photon and two-photon optical pumping, however only zirconia based waveguides exhibited long term photostability. This Zirconia based films have been used for the realization of distributed feedback lasers and Bragg micro-cavities.

  13. Sol-gel processes. January 1970-September 1989 (Citations from the NTIS data base). Report for January 1970-September 1989

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    1989-09-01

    This bibliography contains citations concerning the development and utilization of sol-gel processes and techniques. Topics include antireflective coatings, studies of sol-gel transitions, sol-gel synthesis and polymerization, sol-gel derived thin films and glasses, and sol-gel production of microspheres. Applications in nuclear waste management, nuclear-fuel manufacturing, glass optical waveguide development, and solar-energy collection are presented. (This updated bibliography contains 179 citations, 39 of which are new entries to the previous edition.)

  14. Sol-gel processes. January 1970-September 1988 (Citations from the NTIS database). Report for January 1970-September 1988

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    Not Available

    1988-09-01

    This bibliography contains citations concerning the development and utilization of sol-gel processes and techniques. Topics include antireflective coatings, studies of sol-gel transitions, sol-gel synthesis and polymerization, sol-gel derived thin films and glasses, and sol-gel production of microspheres. Applications in nuclear waste management, nuclear fuel manufacturing, glass optical waveguide development, and solar energy collection are presented. (This updated bibliography contains 140 citations, 28 of which are new entries to the previous edition.)

  15. Synthesis of phthalocyanine doped sol-gel materials

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    Dunn, Bruce

    1993-01-01

    The synthesis of sol-gel silica materials doped with three different types of metallophthalocyanines has been studied. Homogeneous materials of good optical quality were prepared and the first optical limiting measurements of dyes in sol-gel hosts were carried out. The properties of these solid state limiters are similar to limiters based on phthalocyanine (Pc) in solution. Sol-gel silica materials containing copper, tin and germanium phthalocyanines were investigated. The initial step in all cases was to prepare silica sols by the sonogel method using tetramethoxy silane (TMOS), HCl and distilled water. Thereafter, the synthesis depended upon the specific Pc and its solubility characteristics. Copper phthalocyanine tetrasulfonic acid tetra sodium salt (CuPc4S) is soluble in water and various doping levels (1 x 10 (exp -4) M to 1 x 10 (exp -5) M) were added to the sol. The group IV Pc's, SnPc(OSi(n-hexyl)3)2 and GePc(OSi(n-hexyl)3)2, are insoluble in water and the process was changed accordingly. In these cases, the compounds were dissolved in THF and then added to the sol. The Pc concentration in the sol was 2 x 10(exp -5)M. The samples were then aged and dried in the standard method of making xerogel monoliths. Comparative nanosecond optical limiting experiments were performed on silica xerogels that were doped with the different metallophthalocyanines. The ratio of the net excited state absorption cross section (sigma(sub e)) to the ground state cross section (sigma(sub g)) is an important figure of merit that is used to characterize these materials. By this standard the SnPc sample exhibits the best limiting for the Pc doped sol-gel materials. Its cross section ratio of 19 compares favorably with the value of 22 that was measured in toluene. The GePc materials appear to not be as useful as those containing SnPc. The GePc doped solids exhibit a higher onset energy (2.5 mj and lower cross section ratio, 7. The CuPc4S sol-gel material has a still lower cross

  16. Sol-gel kinetics: /sup 29/SI NMR and a statistical reaction model

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    Assink, R.A.; Kay, B.D.

    1988-01-01

    Sol-gel processes allow one to prepare novel materials at low processing temperatures. A detailed understanding of the chemical kinetics of such systems is important to fully exploit the unique features of sol-gel processing. This paper describes a systematic approach to the study of sol-gel kinetics which employs /sup 29/Si NMR spectroscopy and kinetic modelling techniques. 2 figs., 1 tab.

  17. Uncooled microbolometer IR FPA based on sol-gel VOx

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    Ovsyuk, V. N.; Shashkin, V. V.; Dem'yanenko, M. A.; Fomin, B. I.; Vasil'ieva, L. L.; Soloviev, A. P.

    2005-06-01

    The technology of high-quality uncooled focal plane arrays (FPA) fabrication has been developed. Simple and cheap sol-gel technology of thermosensitive vanadium oxide layers preparation is underlain in its basis. Uncooled 160x120 and 320x240 FPA for 8-14 microns spectral range have been fabricated. The noise equivalent temperature difference less than 8OmK has been achieved at frame rate 60 Hz for 160x120 FPA and at use of optics with 1/1 relative aperture.

  18. Guided wave measurements for characterization of sol-gel layers

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    Piombini, Hervé; Dieudonne, Xavier; Wood, Thomas; Flory, François

    2013-09-01

    Sol-gel applications require very thick layers with a good understanding of the interfaces. To address this problem, we have installed at CEA Le Ripault a characterization bench using guided waves with assistance from the IM2NP lab in Marseille. This bench allows us to measure the thickness and the refractive index and determine the extinction coefficient of a thin layer. We can distinguish losses at interfaces from those in the bulk according to the chosen propagation mode. This allows us to know if we can stack elementary layers to make thick layers without incurring problems.

  19. Modified sol-gel coatings for biotechnological applications

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    Beganskiene, A.; Raudonis, R.; Zemljic Jokhadar, S.; Batista, U.; Kareiva, A.

    2007-12-01

    The modified sol-gel derived silica coatings were prepared and characterized. The amino and methyl groups were introduced onto the colloidal silica. The silica coatings with different wettability properties: coloidal silica (water contact angle 17°), polysiloxane (61°), methyl-modified (158° and 46°) coatings samples were tested for CaCo-2 cells proliferation. Methyl-modified coating (46°) proved to be the best substrate for cell proliferation. CaCo-2 cell proliferation two days post seeding was significantly faster on almost laminine, fibronectin and collagen-1 coated samples compared to corresponding controls.

  20. Sol Gel-Derived SBA-16 Mesoporous Material

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    Rivera-Muñoz, Eric M.; Huirache-Acuña, Rafael

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this article is to review current knowledge related to the synthesis and characterization of sol gel-derived SBA-16 mesoporous silicas, as well as a review of the state of the art in this issue, to take stock of knowledge about current and future applications. The ease of the method of preparation, the orderly structure, size and shape of their pores and control, all these achievable through simple changes in the method of synthesis, makes SBA-16 a very versatile material, potentially applicable in many areas of science and molecular engineering of materials. PMID:20957080

  1. Durable hydrophobic sol-gel finishing for textiles

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    Vihodceva, S.; Kukle, S.; Bitenieks, J.

    2015-03-01

    The surface of cotton textile was modified to create a water-repellent finishing by depositing a modifying coatings using the sol-gel technique. Treated textiles evaluated using scanning electron microscopy, X-Ray powder diffraction (XRD). The wettability of treated fabrics was characterized by water contact angle and drop test. The results showed that the cotton textile treated with 7.5 wt.% zinc acetate dihydrate sol showed excellent hydrophobic properties, water contact angle could reach 145°C without decreasing after 50 hydrothermal treatment cycles.

  2. Nanostructured energetic materials derived from sol-gel chemistry

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    Simpson, R L; Tillotson, T M; Hrubesh, L W; Gash, A E

    2000-03-15

    Initiation and detonation properties are dramatically affected by an energetic material's microstructural properties. Sol-gel chemistry allows intimacy of mixing to be controlled and dramatically improved over existing methodologies. One material goal is to create very high power energetic materials which also have high energy densities. Using sol-gel chemistry we have made a nanostructured composite energetic material. Here a solid skeleton of fuel, based on resorcinol-formaldehyde, has nanocrystalline ammonium perchlorate, the oxidizer, trapped within its pores. At optimum stoichiometry it has approximately the energy density of HMX. Transmission electron microscopy indicated no ammonium perchlorate crystallites larger than 20 nm while near-edge soft x-ray absorption microscopy showed that nitrogen was uniformly distributed, at least on the scale of less than 80 nm. Small-angle neutron scattering studies were conducted on the material. Those results were consistent with historical ones for this class of nanostructured materials. The average skeletal primary particle size was on the order of 2.7 nm, while the nanocomposite showed the growth of small 1 nm size crystals of ammonium perchlorate with some clustering to form particles greater than 10 nm.

  3. Sol - Gel synthesis and characterization of magnesium peroxide nanoparticles

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    Jaison, J.; Ashok raja, C.; Balakumar, S.; Chan, Y. S.

    2015-04-01

    Magnesium peroxide is an excellent source of oxygen in agriculture applications, for instance it is used in waste management as a material for soil bioremediation to remove contaminants from polluted underground water, biological wastes treatment to break down hydrocarbon, etc. In the present study, sol-gel synthesis of magnesium peroxide (MgO2) nanoparticles is reported. Magnesium peroxide is odourless; fine peroxide which releases oxygen when reacts with water. During the sol-gel synthesis, the magnesium malonate intermediate is formed which was then calcinated to obtain MgO2 nanoparticles. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized using Thermo gravimetric -Differential Thermal Analysis (TG- DTA), X-Ray Diffraction studies (XRD) and High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (HRTEM). Our study provides a clear insight that the formation of magnesium malonate during the synthesis was due to the reaction between magnesium acetate, oxalic acid and ethanol. In our study, we can conclude that the calcination temperature has a strong influence on particle size, morphology, monodispersity and the chemistry of the particles.

  4. Sol-gel-fluorination synthesis of amorphous magnesium fluoride

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    Krishna Murthy, J.; Gross, Udo; Ruediger, Stephan; Kemnitz, Erhard . E-mail: erhard.kemnitz@chemie.hu-berlin.de; Winfield, John M.

    2006-03-15

    The sol-gel fluorination process is discussed for the reaction of magnesium alkoxides with HF in non-aqueous solvents to give X-ray amorphous nano-sized magnesium fluoride with high surface areas in the range of 150-350 m{sup 2}/g (HS-MgF{sub 2}). The H2 type hysteresis of nitrogen adsorption-desorption BET-isotherms is indicative for mesoporous solids. A highly distorted structure causes quite high Lewis acidity, shown by NH{sub 3} temperature-programmed desorption (NH{sub 3}-TPD) and catalytic test reactions. XPS data of amorphous and conventionally crystalline MgF{sub 2} are compared, both show octahedral coordination at the metal site. Thermal analysis, F-MAS NMR- and IR-spectroscopy give information on composition and structure of the precursor intermediate as well as of the final metal fluoride. The preparation of complex fluorides, M{sup +}MgF{sub 3} {sup -}, by the sol-gel route is reported. From the magnesium fluoride gel of the above process thin films for optical application are obtained by, e.g., spin coating.

  5. Nanospherical silica as luminescent markers obtained by sol-gel.

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    Azevedo, Caroline B; Batista, TúlioM; de Faria, Emerson H; Rocha, Lucas A; Ciuffi, Katia J; Nassar, Eduardo J

    2015-03-01

    Hybrid nanosilicas constitute a broad study field. They find application as catalysts, pigments, drug delivery systems, and biomaterials, among others, and it is possible to obtain them via the sol-gel methodology. Lanthanide ions present special properties like light emission. Their incorporation into a silica matrix can enhance their luminescent properties, which enables their application as luminescent markers. This work reports on (i) the preparation of luminescent spherical hybrid silica nanoparticles by the hydrolytic sol-gel methodology, (ii) doping of the resulting matrix with the europium(III) ion or its complex with 1,10-phenanthroline, and (iii) characterization of the final powders by scanning electron microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and europium(III) ion photoluminescence. The synthesized materials consisted of hybrid, amorphous, polydispersed nonspherical silicas with average size of 180 nm. Photoluminescence confirmed incorporation of the europium(III) ion and its complex into the silica matrix-the ligand-metal charge transfer band emerged in the excitation spectra. The emission spectra presented the bands corresponding to the transition of the excited state (5)D0 level to (7)FJ (J = 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4). The main emission occurred in the red region; the lifetime was long. These characteristics indicated that the prepared nanospherical hybrid silicas could act as luminescent markers. PMID:25686772

  6. Nanostructured Energetic Materials with Sol-Gel Methods

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    Gash, A; Satcher, J; Simpson, R; Clapsaddle, B

    2003-11-25

    The utilization of sol-gel chemical methodology to prepare nanostructured energetic materials as well as the concepts of nanoenergetics is described. The preparation and characterization of two totally different compositions is detailed. In one example, nanostructured aerogel and xerogel composites of sol-gel iron (III) oxide and ultra fine grained aluminum (UFG Al) are prepared, characterized, and compared to a conventional micron-sized Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al thermite. The exquisite degree of mixing and intimate nanostructuring of this material is illustrated using transmission and scanning electron microscopies (TEM and SEM). The nanocomposite material has markedly different energy release (burn rate) and thermal properties compared to the conventional composite, results of which will be discussed. Small-scale safety characterization was performed aerogels and xerogels of the nanostructured thermite. The second nanostructured energetic material consists of a nanostructured hydrocarbon resin fuel network with fine ammonium perchlorate (NH{sub 4}ClO{sub 4}) oxidizer present.

  7. Sol-gel hydroxyapatite coatings on stainless steel substrates.

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    Liu, Dean-Mo; Yang, Quanzu; Troczynski, Tom

    2002-02-01

    Thin film hydroxyapatite deposits onto sandblasted 316L stainless steel substrates were prepared using water-based sol-gel technique recently developed in our lab. The coatings were annealed in air at 375 degrees C, 400 degrees C, and 500 degrees C. Phase formation, surface morphology, interfacial microstructure, and interfacial bonding strength of the coatings were investigated. Apatitic structure developed within the coatings while annealing at temperatures > or = 400 degrees C, while those heat-treated at 375 degrees C showed poor crystallinity. The coatings were dense and firmly attached to the underlying substrates, reaching an average bonding strength (as determined through the pull-out test) of 44 MPa. Nano-porous structure was found for the coatings annealed at 500 degrees C, believed to result from grain growth, and causing a slight decrease in the bonding strength. Surface microcracking, although not extensive, occurred after annealing at temperatures > or = 400 degrees C, and was linked to non-uniform thickness of the coating due to roughness of the substrate. A contraction of the coatings as a result of sintering, and phase transition from amorphous (or poor crystalline) to reasonably good crystalline apatite, may be responsible for the loss of structural integrity of the thicker sections of the coatings. It seems quite promising that a dense and adhesive apatite coating can be achieved through water-based sol gel technology after short-term annealing at around 400 degrees C in air. PMID:11771689

  8. Study of silica sol-gel materials for sensor development

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    Lei, Qiong

    Silica sol-gel is a transparent, highly porous silicon oxide glass made at room temperature by sol-gel process. The name of silica sol-gel comes from the observable physical phase transition from liquid sol to solid gel during its preparation. Silica sol-gel is chemically inert, thermally stable, and photostable, it can be fabricated into different desired shapes during or after gelation, and its porous structure allows encapsulation of guest molecules either before or after gelation while still retaining their functions and sensitivities to surrounding environments. All those distinctive features make silica sol-gel ideal for sensor development. Study of guest-host interactions in silica sol-gel is important for silica-based sensor development, because it helps to tailor local environments inside sol-gel matrix so that higher guest loading, longer shelf-life, higher sensitivity and faster response of silica gel based sensors could be achieved. We focused on pore surface modification of two different types of silica sol-gel by post-grafting method, and construction of stable silica hydrogel-like thin films for sensor development. By monitoring the mobility and photostability of rhodamine 6G (R6G) molecules in silica alcogel thin films through single molecule spectroscopy (SMS), the guest-host interactions altered by post-synthesis grafting were examined. While physical confinement remains the major factor that controls mobility in modified alcogels, both R6G mobility and photostability register discernable changes after surface charges are respectively reversed and neutralized by aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTS) and methyltriethoxysilane (MTES) grafting. The change in R6G photostability was found to be more sensitive to surface grafting than that of mobility. In addition, silica film modification by 0.4% APTS is as efficient as that by pure MTES in lowering R6G photostability, which suggests that surface charge reversal is more effective than charge neutralization

  9. Novel thermochromism in silica sol-gel materials

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    Gardener, Martin; Perry, Carole C.

    2000-05-01

    In this contribution we provide evidence for thermochromic color changes unique to silica based materials formed at low temperatures by the sol-gel process. The materials formed have potential application as temperature sensitive light filters, visual temperature indicators, self-diagnostic labels for electronic devices and IR recording media. The dopants, diamine complexes of copper(II)/nickel(II) chloride, change from purple to green following heating to 100 degrees C and revert to purple on cooling in the atmosphere. This color change has been explained by the substitution of water molecules by chloride ions in the first coordination sphere of the metal ions. When the same compounds are incorporated into a silica sol-gel matrix under acidic conditions the gel-glasses may be pale green, dark green, yellow, olive-yellow, blue or brown depending on the metal ion chosen and the extent of thermal treatment. Studies on the complexes themselves and on granular silicas doped with some of the complexes are assisting us in understanding the molecular mechanisms that give rise to these color changes.

  10. Titanium (IV) sol-gel chemistry in varied gravity environments

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    Hales, Matthew; Martens, Wayde; Steinberg, Theodore

    Sol-gel synthesis in reduced gravity is a relatively new topic in the literature and further inves-tigation is essential to realise its potential and application to other sol-gel systems. The sol-gel technique has been successfully applied to the synthesis of silica systems of varying porosity for many diverse applications [1-5]. It is proposed that current methods for the synthesis of silica sol-gels in reduced gravity may be applied to titanium sol-gel processing in order to enhance desirable physical and chemical characteristics of the final materials. The physical and chemical formation mechanisms for titanium alkoxide based sol-gels, to date, is not fully understood. However, various authors [6-9] have described potential methods to control the hydrolysis and condensation reactions of titanium alkoxides through the use of chemical inhibitors. A preliminary study of the reaction kinetics of titanium alkoxide sol-gel reaction in normal gravity was undertaken in order to determine reactant mixtures suitable for further testing under varied gravity conditions of limited duration. Through the use of 1H Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy (NMR) for structural analysis of precursor materials, Ultra-Violet-Visible spectroscopy (UV-VIS) and viscosity measurements, it was demonstrated that not only could the rate of the chemical reaction could be controlled, but directed linear chain growth within the resulting gel structure was achievable through the use of increased inhibitor concentrations. Two unique test systems have been fabricated to study the effects of varied gravity (reduced, normal, high) on the formation of titanium sol-gels. Whilst the first system is to be used in conjunction with the recently commissioned drop tower facility at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia to produce reduced gravity conditions. The second system is a centrifuge capable of providing high gravity environments of up to 70 G's for extended periods of time

  11. Ultrafast Sol-Gel Synthesis of Graphene Aerogel Materials

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    Lim, Mathew; Hu, Matthew; Manandhar, Sandeep; Sakshaug, Avery; Strong, Adam; Riley, Leah; Pauzauskie, Peter J.

    2015-12-01

    Graphene aerogels derived from graphene-oxide (GO) starting materials recently have been shown to exhibit a combination of high electrical conductivity, chemical stability, and low cost that has enabled a range of electrochemical applications. Standard synthesis protocols for manufacturing graphene aerogels require the use of sol-gel chemical reactions that are maintained at high temperatures for long periods of time ranging from 12 hours to several days. Here we report an ultrafast, acid-catalyzed sol-gel formation process in acetonitrile in which wet GO-loaded gels are realized within 2 hours at temperatures below 45°C. Spectroscopic and electrochemical analysis following supercritical drying and pyrolysis confirms the reduction of the GO in the aerogels to sp2 carbon crystallites with no residual carbon–nitrogen bonds from the acetonitrile or its derivatives. This rapid synthesis enhances the prospects for large-scale manufacturing of graphene aerogels for use in numerous applications including sorbents for environmental toxins, support materials for electrocatalysis, and high-performance electrodes for electrochemical capacitors and solar cells.

  12. Sol-gel derived ceramic electrolyte films on porous substrates

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    Kueper, T.W.

    1992-05-01

    A process for the deposition of sol-gel derived thin films on porous substrates has been developed; such films should be useful for solid oxide fuel cells and related applications. Yttria-stabilized zirconia films have been formed from metal alkoxide starting solutions. Dense films have been deposited on metal substrates and ceramic substrates, both dense and porous, through dip-coating and spin-coating techniques, followed by a heat treatment in air. X-ray diffraction has been used to determine the crystalline phases formed and the extent of reactions with various substrates which may be encountered in gas/gas devices. Surface coatings have been successfully applied to porous substrates through the control of substrate pore size and deposition parameters. Wetting of the substrate pores by the coating solution is discussed, and conditions are defined for which films can be deposited over the pores without filling the interiors of the pores. Shrinkage cracking was encountered in films thicker than a critical value, which depended on the sol-gel process parameters and on the substrate characteristics. Local discontinuities were also observed in films which were thinner than a critical value which depended on the substrate pore size. A theoretical discussion of cracking mechanisms is presented for both types of cracking, and the conditions necessary for successful thin formation are defined. The applicability of these film gas/gas devices is discussed.

  13. Granulation of sol-gel-derived nanostructured alumina

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    Deng, S.G.; Lin, Y.S.

    1997-02-01

    A sol-gel granulation process was developed to prepare porous nanostructured {gamma}-alumina granules as supports for catalysts and adsorbents. The process, which starts with an aqueous sol of gelatinous boehmite, involves droplet formation, gelation in paraffin oil, conditioning in ammonia solution, and drying and calcination in air under controlled conditions. The {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} granules prepared are 1--3 mm-dia. spherical particles with large surface area (380 m{sup 2}/g) and pore volume (0.5 cm{sup 3}/g), uniform pore-size distribution (20--60 {angstrom}), and controllable average pore size (35 {angstrom}). These sol-gel-derived granules have excellent mechanical properties with crush strength (>100 N per granule) and attrition resistance (<0.01 wt.%/h), much better than the commercial alumina and zeolite granules. Supported CuO sorbents were prepared on these granules for SO{sub 2} removal applications. The alumina-supported CuO sorbents contain higher loading of well-dispersed CuO and better sulfation properties than similar sorbents reported in the literature.

  14. Development of sol-gel formulations for slow release of phermones

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    A new type of dispenser for slow-release of semiochemicals and sex pheromones was developed based on sol-gel polymers that can be useful in monitoring, mass trapping, and mating disruption in integrated pest management (IPM). Sol-gel matrices exhibit glass characteristics and allow control of the de...

  15. Radiation hardening in sol-gel derived Er{sup 3+}-doped silica glasses

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    Hari Babu, B. E-mail: matthieu.lancry@u-psud.fr; León Pichel, Mónica; Ollier, Nadège; El Hamzaoui, Hicham; Bigot, Laurent; Savelii, Inna; Bouazaoui, Mohamed; Poumellec, Bertrand; Lancry, Matthieu E-mail: matthieu.lancry@u-psud.fr; Ibarra, Angel

    2015-09-28

    The aim of the present paper is to report the effect of radiation on the Er{sup 3+}-doped sol-gel silica glasses. A possible application of these sol-gel glasses could be their use in harsh radiation environments. The sol-gel glasses are fabricated by densification of erbium salt-soaked nanoporous silica xerogels through polymeric sol-gel technique. The radiation-induced attenuation of Er{sup 3+}-doped sol-gel silica is found to increase with erbium content. Electron paramagnetic resonance studies reveal the presence of E′{sub δ} point defects. This happens in the sol-gel aluminum-silica glass after an exposure to γ-rays (kGy) and in sol-gel silica glass after an exposure to electrons (MGy). The concentration levels of these point defects are much lower in γ-ray irradiated sol-gel silica glasses. When the samples are co-doped with Al, the exposure to γ-ray radiation causes a possible reduction of the erbium valence from Er{sup 3+} to Er{sup 2+} ions. This process occurs in association with the formation of aluminum oxygen hole centers and different intrinsic point defects.

  16. Sol-gel based oxidation catalyst and coating system using same

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    Watkins, Anthony N. (Inventor); Leighty, Bradley D. (Inventor); Oglesby, Donald M. (Inventor); Patry, JoAnne L. (Inventor); Schryer, Jacqueline L. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    An oxidation catalyst system is formed by particles of an oxidation catalyst dispersed in a porous sol-gel binder. The oxidation catalyst system can be applied by brush or spray painting while the sol-gel binder is in its sol state.

  17. Fabrication of advanced electrochemical energy materials using sol-gel processing techniques

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    Chu, C. T.; Chu, Jay; Zheng, Haixing

    1995-01-01

    Advanced materials play an important role in electrochemical energy devices such as batteries, fuel cells, and electrochemical capacitors. They are being used as both electrodes and electrolytes. Sol-gel processing is a versatile solution technique used in fabrication of ceramic materials with tailored stoichiometry, microstructure, and properties. The application of sol-gel processing in the fabrication of advanced electrochemical energy materials will be presented. The potentials of sol-gel derived materials for electrochemical energy applications will be discussed along with some examples of successful applications. Sol-gel derived metal oxide electrode materials such as V2O5 cathodes have been demonstrated in solid-slate thin film batteries; solid electrolytes materials such as beta-alumina for advanced secondary batteries had been prepared by the sol-gel technique long time ago; and high surface area transition metal compounds for capacitive energy storage applications can also be synthesized with this method.

  18. Optical fiber sensor having a sol-gel fiber core and a method of making

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    Tao, Shiquan; Jindal, Rajeev; Winstead, Christopher; Singh, Jagdish P.

    2006-06-06

    A simple, economic wet chemical procedure is described for making sol-gel fibers. The sol-gel fibers made from this process are transparent to ultraviolet, visible and near infrared light. Light can be guided in these fibers by using an organic polymer as a fiber cladding. Alternatively, air can be used as a low refractive index medium. The sol-gel fibers have a micro pore structure which allows molecules to diffuse into the fiber core from the surrounding environment. Chemical and biochemical reagents can be doped into the fiber core. The sol-gel fiber can be used as a transducer for constructing an optical fiber sensor. The optical fiber sensor having an active sol-gel fiber core is more sensitive than conventional evanescent wave absorption based optical fiber sensors.

  19. Sol-gel multilayers applied by a meniscus coating process

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    Britten, J.A.; Thomas, I.M.

    1992-03-19

    We describe a meniscus coating method to produce high-laser damage threshold, silica/alumina sol-gel multilayer reflectors on 30 {plus} cm substrates for laser-fusion applications. This process involves forcing a small suspension flow through a porous applicator tube, forming a falling film on the tube. A substrate contacts this film to form a meniscus. Motion of the substrate relative to the applicator entrains a thin film on the substrate, which leaves behind a porous, optical quality film upon solvent evaporation. We develop a solution for the entrained film thickness as a function of geometry, flow and fluid properties by an analysis similar to that of the classical dip-coating problem. This solution is compared with experimental measurements. Also, preliminary results of multilayer coating experiments with a prototype coater are presented, which focus on coating uniformity and laser damage threshold (LDT).

  20. Photosensitivity in a silica-based sol-gel glass

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    Korwin, D.M.; Pye, L.D.

    1996-12-31

    Photosensitivity in glasses containing Au and Ce was first reported by Dalton in 1943 and later reaffirmed by Stookey. The photothermal reduction of Au ions to form metallic colloids was determined to be responsible for the {open_quotes}ruby{close_quotes} color produced in these glasses. In this work, the photosensitive effect has been confirmed for the first time in a silica sol-gel glass containing Au and Ce. Two methods of producing Au colloids in this glass were investigated, one involved a short ultraviolet (UV) exposure followed by a thermal treatment, the other a simultaneous UV irradiation and thermal treatment. Colloid formation was studied using optical absorption spectroscopy, whereas the role of Ce in the photosensitive process was elucidated using optical absorption and fluorescence spectroscopic techniques.

  1. Nanoparticle metrology in sol-gels using multiphoton excited fluorescence

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    Karolin, J.; Geddes, C. D.; Wynne, K.; Birch, D. J. S.

    2002-01-01

    We have developed a method of measuring the growth of nanoparticles during sol-gel glass formation based on labelling the particle with a fluorescent dye and determining the multiphoton excited decay of fluorescence anisotropy due to Brownian rotation. Multiphoton excitation is shown to give a higher dynamic range of measurement than one-photon excitation. We illustrate the sub-nanometre resolution and stability of our approach by detecting a 0.8-1.1 nm silica particle hydrodynamic mean radius increase in a tetramethylorthosilicate sol at pH 2.3 labelled with rhodamine 6G and observed over ≈4 weeks and also with a stable silica colloid of radius 6 nm, pH 8.9, labelled with a 6-methoxyquinoline-type dye.

  2. Substituent effects on the sol-gel chemistry of organotrialkoxysilanes

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    LOY, DOUGLAS A.; BAUGHER, BRIGITTA M.; BAUGHER, COLLEEN R.; SCHNEIDER, DUANE A.; RAHIMIAN, KAMYAR

    2000-05-09

    Silsesquioxanes have been the subject of intensive study in the past and are becoming important again as a vehicle for introducing organic functionalities into hybrid organic-inorganic materials through sol-gel processing. Depending on the application, the target hybrid material may be required to be a highly cross-linked, insoluble gel or a soluble polymer that can be cast as a thin film or coating. The former has applications such as catalyst supports and separations media; the latter is an economically important method for surface modification or compatiblization for applying adhesives or introducing fillers. Polysilsesquioxanes are readily prepared through the hydrolysis and condensation of organotrialkoxysilanes, though organotriaminosilane and organotrihalosilane monomers can also be used. This paper explores the kinetics of the preparation route.

  3. Operation of electrochromic devices prepared by sol-gel methods

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    Tulloch, Gavin; Skryabin, Igor L.; Evans, Graeme; Bell, John M.

    1997-10-01

    The manufacturing and operation of window size (30 cm by 90 cm) electrochromic devices is described. Both the electrochromic electrode (WO3) and the counter electrode (V2O5) were deposited by sol-gel method. Electrochromic measurements were performed on both electrodes and the complete device to correlate device performance to fabrication conditions. The paper describes the affects of temperature on the switching characteristics of electrochromic window. The devices were tested in the temperature range between 10 degrees Celsius and 50 degrees Celsius. The switching algorithm described in this paper ensures identical optical performance of electrochromic device in the wide range of temperatures. The algorithm is based on the charge control and does not require monitoring of device transmittance.

  4. Polymer sol-gel composite inverse opal structures.

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    Zhang, Xiaoran; Blanchard, G J

    2015-03-25

    We report on the formation of composite inverse opal structures where the matrix used to form the inverse opal contains both silica, formed using sol-gel chemistry, and poly(ethylene glycol), PEG. We find that the morphology of the inverse opal structure depends on both the amount of PEG incorporated into the matrix and its molecular weight. The extent of organization in the inverse opal structure, which is characterized by scanning electron microscopy and optical reflectance data, is mediated by the chemical bonding interactions between the silica and PEG constituents in the hybrid matrix. Both polymer chain terminus Si-O-C bonding and hydrogen bonding between the polymer backbone oxygens and silanol functionalities can contribute, with the polymer mediating the extent to which Si-O-Si bonds can form within the silica regions of the matrix due to hydrogen-bonding interactions. PMID:25734614

  5. Manufacture of Regularly Shaped Sol-Gel Pellets

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    Leventis, Nicholas; Johnston, James C.; Kinder, James D.

    2006-01-01

    An extrusion batch process for manufacturing regularly shaped sol-gel pellets has been devised as an improved alternative to a spray process that yields irregularly shaped pellets. The aspect ratio of regularly shaped pellets can be controlled more easily, while regularly shaped pellets pack more efficiently. In the extrusion process, a wet gel is pushed out of a mold and chopped repetitively into short, cylindrical pieces as it emerges from the mold. The pieces are collected and can be either (1) dried at ambient pressure to xerogel, (2) solvent exchanged and dried under ambient pressure to ambigels, or (3) supercritically dried to aerogel. Advantageously, the extruded pellets can be dropped directly in a cross-linking bath, where they develop a conformal polymer coating around the skeletal framework of the wet gel via reaction with the cross linker. These pellets can be dried to mechanically robust X-Aerogel.

  6. Sol-gel synthesis and characterization of mesoporous manganese oxide

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    Hong Xinlin; Zhang Gaoyong; Zhu Yinyan; Yang Hengquan

    2003-10-30

    Mesoporous manganese oxide (MPMO) from reduction of KMnO{sub 4} with maleic acid, was obtained and characterized in detail. The characterization of the material was confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray powder diffractometry (XRD) and N{sub 2} sorptometry. The results showed that MPMO is a pseudo-crystalline material with complex network pore structure, of which BET specific surface area is 297 m{sup 2}/g and pore size distribution is approximately in the range of 0.7-6.0 nm. The MPMO material turns to cryptomelane when the calcinating temperature rises to 400 deg. C. The optimum sol-gel reaction conditions are KMnO{sub 4}/C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 4} molar ratio=3, pH=7 and gelation time>6 h.

  7. Sol-Gel Glass Holographic Light-Shaping Diffusers

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    Yu, Kevin; Lee, Kang; Savant, Gajendra; Yin, Khin Swe (Lillian)

    2005-01-01

    Holographic glass light-shaping diffusers (GLSDs) are optical components for use in special-purpose illumination systems (see figure). When properly positioned with respect to lamps and areas to be illuminated, holographic GLSDs efficiently channel light from the lamps onto specified areas with specified distributions of illumination for example, uniform or nearly uniform irradiance can be concentrated with intensity confined to a peak a few degrees wide about normal incidence, over a circular or elliptical area. Holographic light diffusers were developed during the 1990s. The development of the present holographic GLSDs extends the prior development to incorporate sol-gel optical glass. To fabricate a holographic GLSD, one records a hologram on a sol-gel silica film formulated specially for this purpose. The hologram is a quasi-random, micro-sculpted pattern of smoothly varying changes in the index of refraction of the glass. The structures in this pattern act as an array of numerous miniature lenses that refract light passing through the GLSD, such that the transmitted light beam exhibits a precisely tailored energy distribution. In comparison with other light diffusers, holographic GLSDs function with remarkably high efficiency: they typically transmit 90 percent or more of the incident lamp light onto the designated areas. In addition, they can withstand temperatures in excess of 1,000 C. These characteristics make holographic GLSDs attractive for use in diverse lighting applications that involve high temperatures and/or requirements for high transmission efficiency for ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared light. Examples include projectors, automobile headlights, aircraft landing lights, high-power laser illuminators, and industrial and scientific illuminators.

  8. Composite sol-gel process for photocatalytic titanium dioxide

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    Keshmiri, Mehrdad

    Photocatalytic TiO2 decomposes organic and inorganic pollutants upon irradiation with UV light. TiO2 thin films and powder suspensions are used for purification treatments, but small surface area of TiO2 films, and difficult filtration of powders are the two major drawbacks in application of photocatalytic TiO2. The major objective of this work was to develop a novel process to combine the thin film coatings and the fine (sub-micron) powder anatase TiO2 to provide high photocatalytic efficiency thick films and self-supported membranes. The microstructural properties and photocatalytic efficiency of the developed materials were characterized and compared with that of the conventional TiO2 coatings and powders. Photocatalytic activity of CSG TiO 2 was measured through the ability to decompose organic compounds (trichloroethane, dioxane, toluene), as well as to destroy bacteria. The major achievement of this work is the development of a process wherein structurally sound, thick films and membranes of CSG anatase photocatalytic TiO2 can be produced in reproducible way. A novel method for the synthesis of monodispersed anatase TiO2 microspheres through colloidal precipitation has also been established. The microspheres were used as filler TiO2 in the composite microstructure, bonded with sot-gel derived TiO2, to produce the composite sol-gel (CSG) TiO2. A sol-gel-assisted sintering model for the CSG thick films and self-supported membranes was established and validated by experimental data. The model has the ability to predict the sintering behavior of the CSG-TiO2, in terms of the reduction of specific surface area versus the time of heating, particularly at the initial and intermediate stages of the sintering.

  9. Mayenite Synthesized Using the Citrate Sol-Gel Method

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    Ude, Sabina N; Rawn, Claudia J; Meisner, Roberta A; Kirkham, Melanie J; Jones, Gregory L.; Payzant, E Andrew

    2014-01-01

    A citrate sol-gel method has been used to synthesize mayenite (Ca12Al14O33). X-ray powder diffraction data show that the samples synthesized using the citrate sol-gel method contained CaAl2O4 and CaCO3 along with mayenite when fired ex-situ in air at 800 C but were single phase when fired at 900 C and above. Using high temperature x-ray diffraction, data collected in-situ in air at temperatures of 600 C and below showed only amorphous content; however, data collected at higher temperatures indicated the first phase to crystallize is CaCO3. High temperature x-ray diffraction data collected in 4% H2/96% N2 does not show the presence of CaCO3, and Ca12Al14O33 starts to form around 850 C. In comparison, x-ray powder diffraction data collected ex-situ on samples synthesized using traditional solid-state synthesis shows that single phase was not reached until samples were fired at 1350 C. DTA/TGA data collected either in a nitrogen environment or air on samples synthesized using the citrate gel method suggest the complete decomposition of metastable phases and the formation of mayenite at 900 C, although the phase evolution is very different depending on the environment. Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) measurements showed a slightly higher surface area of 7.4 0.1 m2/g in the citrate gel synthesized samples compared to solid-state synthesized sample with a surface area of 1.61 0.02 m2/g. SEM images show a larger particle size for samples synthesized using the solid-state method compared to those synthesized using the citrate gel method.

  10. Sol-Gel processing of silica nanoparticles and their applications.

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    Singh, Lok P; Bhattacharyya, Sriman K; Kumar, Rahul; Mishra, Geetika; Sharma, Usha; Singh, Garima; Ahalawat, Saurabh

    2014-11-01

    Recently, silica nanoparticles (SNPs) have drawn widespread attention due to their applications in many emerging areas because of their tailorable morphology. During the last decade, remarkable efforts have been made on the investigations for novel processing methodologies to prepare SNPs, resulting in better control of the size, shape, porosity and significant improvements in the physio-chemical properties. A number of techniques available for preparing SNPs namely, flame spray pyrolysis, chemical vapour deposition, micro-emulsion, ball milling, sol-gel etc. have resulted, a number of publications. Among these, preparation by sol-gel has been the focus of research as the synthesis is straightforward, scalable and controllable. Therefore, this review focuses on the recent progress in the field of synthesis of SNPs exhibiting ordered mesoporous structure, their distribution pattern, morphological attributes and applications. The mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNPs) with good dispersion, varying morphology, narrow size distribution and homogeneous porous structure have been successfully prepared using organic and inorganic templates. The soft template assisted synthesis using surfactants for obtaining desirable shapes, pores, morphology and mechanisms proposed has been reviewed. Apart from single template, double and mixed surfactants, electrolytes, polymers etc. as templates have also been intensively discussed. The influence of reaction conditions such as temperature, pH, concentration of reagents, drying techniques, solvents, precursor, aging time etc. have also been deliberated. These MSNPs are suitable for a variety of applications viz., in the drug delivery systems, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), biosensors, cosmetics as well as construction materials. The applications of these SNPs have also been briefly summarized. PMID:25466691

  11. Synthesis and characterization of nitric oxide-releasing sol-gel microarrays.

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    Robbins, Mary E; Hopper, Erin D; Schoenfisch, Mark H

    2004-11-01

    Diazeniumdiolate-modified sol-gel microarrays capable of releasing low levels of nitric oxide are reported as a viable means for improving the blood compatibility of a surface without fully modifying the underlying substrate. Several parameters are characterized including: (1) NO surface flux as a function of sol-gel composition and microarray geometry; (2) microstructure dimensions and spacing for optimal blood compatibility; and (3) the effect of sol-gel surface modification on analyte accessibility to platinum electrodes. The sol-gel microarrays release biologically relevant levels of NO under physiological conditions for >24 h. In vitro platelet adhesion assays indicate that a NO surface flux of 2.2 pmol cm(-2) s(-1) effectively reduces platelet adhesion to glass substrates modified with sol-gel microstructures separated by 50 microm. The blood compatibility observed for these micropatterned surfaces is comparable to NO-releasing sol-gel films. When the separation between NO-releasing microstructures is reduced to 10 microm, the NO surface flux required to reduce platelet adhesion is lowered to 0.4 pmol cm(-2) s(-1). Finally, the oxygen response of platinum electrodes modified with NO-releasing sol-gel microarrays indicates that selective modification via micropatterning enhances analyte accessibility to the sensor surface. PMID:15518528

  12. A silica sol-gel design strategy for nanostructured metallic materials

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    Warren, Scott C.; Perkins, Matthew R.; Adams, Ashley M.; Kamperman, Marleen; Burns, Andrew A.; Arora, Hitesh; Herz, Erik; Suteewong, Teeraporn; Sai, Hiroaki; Li, Zihui; Werner, Jörg; Song, Juho; Werner-Zwanziger, Ulrike; Zwanziger, Josef W.; Grätzel, Michael; Disalvo, Francis J.; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2012-05-01

    Batteries, fuel cells and solar cells, among many other high-current-density devices, could benefit from the precise meso- to macroscopic structure control afforded by the silica sol-gel process. The porous materials made by silica sol-gel chemistry are typically insulators, however, which has restricted their application. Here we present a simple, yet highly versatile silica sol-gel process built around a multifunctional sol-gel precursor that is derived from the following: amino acids, hydroxy acids or peptides; a silicon alkoxide; and a metal acetate. This approach allows a wide range of biological functionalities and metals—including noble metals—to be combined into a library of sol-gel materials with a high degree of control over composition and structure. We demonstrate that the sol-gel process based on these precursors is compatible with block-copolymer self-assembly, colloidal crystal templating and the Stöber process. As a result of the exceptionally high metal content, these materials can be thermally processed to make porous nanocomposites with metallic percolation networks that have an electrical conductivity of over 1,000 S cm-1. This improves the electrical conductivity of porous silica sol-gel nanocomposites by three orders of magnitude over existing approaches, opening applications to high-current-density devices.

  13. Sol-gel processes and materials. (Latest citations from the US Patent bibliographic file with exemplary claims). Published Search

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    1995-12-01

    The bibliography contains citations of selected patents concerning sol-gel processes and sol-gel derived materials and products. Selected patents include sol-gel compositions, ceramic and refractory materials, fabrication of silica glass, sol-gel thin films and coatings, transparent inorganic oxide glass, luminescent quartz glass, catalysts and catalyst supports, nuclear fuels preparation, abrasives for grinding wheels, sol-gel production of microspheres, alumina composites, photographic materials, and dental materials. (Contains 50-250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.) (Copyright NERAC, Inc. 1995)

  14. Mediated patterning of sol-gel thin layers: Shrinkage, decohesion, and lift-off

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    Mikalsen, Erik Arthur

    This thesis explores the unique de-cohesion and lift-off processes that occur during mediated patterning of integrated sol-gel thin films of functional materials. Mediated deposition, an additive patterning approach, was introduced by Jeon et al. (J. Mater. Res., 10[12]: 2996--9 (1995)), where microcontact printing (mu-CP) facilitated the selective transfer of a molecular 'ink' (e.g., octadecyltrichlorosilane, ODTS) to the substrate, and de-cohesion of sol-gel films occurred exclusively above the printed ink regions after heat treatment (<150°C). Patterned sol-gel films of uniform thickness were revealed after facile lift-off of cracked fragments, without the use of etchants. In this thesis, the origin and mechanics of de-cohesion and lift-off were determined through direct observations and measurements. The disparate mechanical behaviors of sol-gel films on functionalized and unmodified surfaces were determined, with emphasis on interfacial strength, in-plane biaxial stress, thin film mechanics, and crack propagation for sol-gel layers on silicon, glass and fused silica substrates. In addition, direct patterning of sol-gel layers was demonstrated for the first time on curved glassy surfaces using mu-CP and mediated patterning methods. The shrinkage and densification of sol-gel layers were determined by in-situ and ex-situ measurements, where a ˜30% decrease in thickness (t) was typical during drying of sol-gel layers (T < 300°C). Constrained shrinkage, resulting from adhesion to the supporting silicon substrate, led to a coherent (crack-free) film with biaxial stresses of ˜200 MPa (t ˜ 50 nm). For ODTS-mediated sol-gel films, however, precise in-situ wafer curvature measurements determined that film stresses never exceeded 75 MPa. Additionally, interfacial adhesive strength between the substrate and the sol-gel film were evaluated for the first time using a unique pulsed-laser stress-wave technique. An adhesive strength threshold of 15 MPa was determined for

  15. Examination of light distribution from sol-gel based applicators for interstitial laser therapy

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    Hołowacz, I.; Ulatowska-Jarża, A.; Podbielska, H.; Garbaczewska, I.

    2006-02-01

    We describe here the construction of sol-gel based applicators for interstitial thermotheraphy. The silica sol-gel coatings were prepared from silicate precursor TEOS (tetraethylorthosilicate) mixed with ethyl alcohol in acid catalyzed hydrolysis. The matrices were produced with various ratios R=5, 10, 20, 32, 50, whereas R denotes the number of solvent molds (here ethanol) to the number of TEOS moles. The spatial light intensity distribution was examined in order to find out the influence of R factor on the light distribution shape. It was shows that the most homogeneous patterns are observed for sol-gel coatings with R factors equal 10 and 20.

  16. Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes Using Sol Gel Route

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    Abdel-Fattah, Tarek

    2002-12-01

    Since 1990, carbon nanotubes were discovered and they have been the object of intense scientific study ever since. A carbon nanotube is a honeycomb lattice rolled into a cylinder. The diameter of a carbon nanotube is of nanometer size and the length is in the range of micrometer. Many of the extraordinary properties attributed to nanotubes, such as tensile strength and thermal stability, have inspired predictions of microscopic robots, dent-resistant car bodies and earthquake-resistant buildings. The first products to use nanotubes were electrical. Some General Motors cars already include plastic parts to which nanotubes were added; such plastic can be electrified during painting so that the paint will stick more readily. Two nanotube-based lighting and display products are well on their way to market. In the long term, perhaps the most valuable applications will take further advantage of nanotubes' unique electronic properties. Carbon nanotubes can in principle play the same role as silicon does in electronic circuits, but at a molecular scale where silicon and other standard semiconductors cease to work. There are several routes to synthesize carbon nanotubes; laser vaporization, carbon arc and vapor growth. We have applied a different route using sol gel chemistry to obtain carbon nanotubes. This work is patent-pending.

  17. Sol-gel template synthesis of semiconductor nanostructures

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    Lakshmi, B.B.; Dorhout, P.K.; Martin, C.R.

    1997-03-01

    The template method for preparing nanostructures entails synthesis of the desired material within the pores of a nanoporous membrane or other solid. A nonofibril or tubule of the desired material is obtained within each pore. Methods used previously to deposit materials within the pores of such membranes include electrochemical and electroless deposition and in situ polymerization. This paper describes the first use of sol-gel chemistry to prepare semiconductor nanofibrils and tubules within the pores of an alumina template membrane. TiO{sub 2}, WO{sub 3}, and ZnO nanostructures have been prepared. TiO{sub 2} nanofibrils with diameters of 22 nm were found to be single crystals of anatase with the c-axis oriented along the fibril axis. Bundles of these fibrils were also found to be single crystalline, suggesting that the individual fibrils are arranged in a highly organized fashion within the bundle. Finally, 200 nm diameter TiO{sub 2} fibrils were used as photocatalysts for the decomposition of salicylic acid. 30 refs., 8 figs.

  18. Sol gel growth of titania from electrospun polyacrylonitrile nanofibres

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    Hong, Youliang; Li, Domgmei; Zheng, Jian; Zou, Guangtian

    2006-04-01

    In this paper we report on the development of TiO2 surface-residing electrospun nanofibres with controllable density of TiO2 on the support fibre surface by means of an electrospinning technique and a sol-gel process. The TiO2 precursor/PAN composite nanofibres were synthesized by electrospinning a polyacrylonitrile (PAN) solution containing TiO2 precursors. Subsequently, an immersion of the electrospun composite nanofibres in deionized water led to the hydrolysis of the TiO2 precursors. SEM, TEM and XRD pattern analyses demonstrated that TiO2 was formed and resided on the nanofibre surface. On further calcining the hydrolysed nanofibres in air at 300 °C, TiO2 could be conveniently converted into anatase without essentially changing the morphology of the hydrolysed nanofibres. Furthermore, surface photovoltage spectroscopy (SPS) confirmed that the TiO2 surface-residing nanofibre nonwovens had a strong SPS response. It can be attributed that the surface residence of TiO2 permits the transfer of the photogenerated electron originating from TiO2 to ITO electrodes. Potential applications of the TiO2 surface-residing nanofibres include filters, catalysis films and environmental pollution remediation films.

  19. /dopamine films prepared by sol-gel method

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    Valverde-Aguilar, G.; Prado-Prone, G.; Vergara-Aragón, P.; Garcia-Macedo, J.; Santiago, Patricia; Rendón, Luis

    2014-09-01

    Dopamine was encapsulated into nanoporous amorphous TiO2 matrix by sol-gel method under atmospheric conditions. A second sample was obtained by the addition of the crown-ether 15C5 in this previous sample. Thin films were spin-coated on glass wafers. No heat treatment was employed in both films. All films were characterized using infrared spectroscopy, high resolution transmission electronic microscopy, X-ray diffraction, optical absorption and scanning electronic microscopy. Despite the films prepared with 15C5 were no calcined, a partial crystallization was identified. Anatase and rutile nanoparticles with sizes of 4-5 nm were obtained. Photoconductivity technique was used to determine the charge transport mechanism on these films. Experimental data were fitted with straight lines at darkness and under illumination wavelengths at 320, 400, and 515 nm. It indicates an ohmic behavior. Photovoltaic and photoconductivity parameters were determined from the current density vs. the applied-electrical-field results. Amorphous film has bigger photovoltaic and photoconductive parameters than the partially crystalline film. Results observed in the present investigation prove that the nanoporous TiO2 matrix can protect the dopamine inhibiting its chemical instability. This fact modifies the optical, physical and electrical properties of the film, and is intensified when 15C5 is added.

  20. Sol-gel-derived waterproof coating for laser glass

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    Jiang, Zhonghong; Hu, Lili; Song, Xiuyu

    1997-12-01

    A two layer coating was deposited by sol-gel dip-coating method on phosphate laser glass. First silica film was coated from SiO2 colloidal suspension derived from ammonia catalyzed hydrolysis of tetraethoxysilane in ethanol. Then a methyl containing silicate film was covered. It was fabricated from a solution prepared by the hydrolysis of methyltriethoxysilane in the presence of hydrogen chloride catalyst. A 130 degree(s)C, 16h heat-treatment was done after coating process. It is confirmed by optical microscope that the two layer coating improves obviously the chemical durability of phosphate laser glass. The laser damage threshold of this coating is measured to be 31 J/cm2 at 1060 nm wavelength of 10 ns pulse duration. It is found that silica film contributes to the improvement on both film adhesion to phosphate glass substrate and laser damage threshold of film. The methyl containing silicate single film has only 18 J/cm2 laser damage threshold and can be easily dissolved in ethanol solution when it was coated on the phosphate laser glass substrate.

  1. Characterization of titanium and zirconium valerate sol-gel films

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    Severin, K.G.; Ledford, J.S.; Torgerson, B.A.; Berglund, K.A. )

    1994-07-01

    FTIR and XPS have been used to characterize titanium and zirconium valerate thin films prepared using sol-gel techniques. Films were prepared by hydrolysis of titanium(IV) isopropoxide or zirconium(IV) n-propoxide in excess valeric acid at room temperature. Film solution chemistry, from precursors to cast films, was followed with FTIR. The structure and chemical composition of films spin cast from fresh and day-old solutions were determined. Results of these studies suggest that all films consist of a metal-oxygen polymer backbone coordinated with bidentate valerate ligands. No evidence for the presence of alkoxide ligands has been found. A small amount of water is present in all cast films. While solution aging experiments indicate that the zirconium film structure does not change with solution reaction time, carboxylate ligand concentrations are higher in titanium films made from aged solutions. Titanium films made from aged solutions contain slightly less than 1.5 valerate ligands/titanium atom. Zirconium films are more highly carboxylated with almost two valerate groups per metal center. 57 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  2. Porous alumina scaffold produced by sol-gel combined polymeric sponge method

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    Hasmaliza, M.; Fazliah, M. N.; Shafinaz, R. J.

    2012-09-01

    Sol gel is a novel method used to produce high purity alumina with nanometric scale. In this study, three-dimensional porous alumina scaffold was produced using sol-gel polymeric sponge method. Briefly, sol gel alumina was prepared by evaporation and polymeric sponge cut to designated sizes were immersed in the sol gel followed by sintering at 1250 and 1550°C. In order to study the cell interaction, the porous alumina scaffold was sterilized using autoclave prior to Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells (HMSCs) seeding on the scaffold and the cell proliferation was assessed by alamarBlue® assay. SEM results showed that during the 21 day period, HMSCs were able to attach on the scaffold surface and the interconnecting pores while maintaining its proliferation. These findings suggested the potential use of the porous alumina produced as a scaffold for implantation procedure.

  3. Fabrication of ceramic microspheres by diffusion-induced sol-gel reaction in double emulsions.

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    Zhang, Lei; Hao, Shaochang; Liu, Bing; Shum, Ho Cheung; Li, Jiang; Chen, Haosheng

    2013-11-27

    We demonstrate an approach to prepare zirconium dioxide (ZrO2) microspheres by carrying out a diffusion-induced sol-gel reaction inside double emulsion droplets. A glass capillary microfluidic device is introduced to generate monodisperse water-in-oil-in-water (W/O/W) double emulsions with a zirconium precursor as the inner phase. By adding ammonia to the continuous aqueous phase, the zirconium precursor solution is triggered to gel inside the emulsions. The double emulsion structure enhances the uniformity in the rate of the sol-gel reaction, resulting in sol-gel microspheres with improved size uniformity and sphericity. ZrO2 ceramic microspheres are formed following subsequent drying and sintering steps. Our approach, which combines double-emulsion-templating and sol-gel synthesis, has great potential for fabricating versatile ceramic microspheres for applications under high temperature and pressure. PMID:23865771

  4. Preparation of oxide glasses from metal alkoxides by sol-gel method

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    Kamiya, K.; Yoko, T.; Sakka, S.

    1987-01-01

    An investigation is carried out on the types of siloxane polymers produced in the course of the hydrolysis of silicon tetraethoxide, as well as the preparation of oxide glasses from metal alkoxides by the sol-gel method.

  5. Molecular receptors in metal oxide sol-gel materials prepared via molecular imprinting

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    Sasaki, Darryl Y.; Brinker, C. Jeffrey; Ashley, Carol S.; Daitch, Charles E.; Shea, Kenneth J.; Rush, Daniel J.

    2000-01-01

    A method is provided for molecularly imprinting the surface of a sol-gel material, by forming a solution comprised of a sol-gel material, a solvent, an imprinting molecule, and a functionalizing siloxane monomer of the form Si(OR).sub.3-n X.sub.n, wherein n is an integer between zero and three and X is a functional group capable of reacting with the imprinting molecule, evaporating the solvent, and removing the imprinting molecule to form the molecularly imprinted metal oxide sol-gel material. The use of metal oxide sol-gels allows the material porosity, pore size, density, surface area, hardness, electrostatic charge, polarity, optical density, and surface hydrophobicity to be tailored and be employed as sensors and in catalytic and separations operations.

  6. Enhanced piezoelectric performance of composite sol-gel thick films evaluated using piezoresponse force microscopy.

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    Liu, Yuanming; Lam, Kwok Ho; Kirk Shung, K; Li, Jiangyu; Zhou, Qifa

    2013-05-14

    Conventional composite sol-gel method has been modified to enhance the piezoelectric performance of ceramic thick films. Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) thick films were fabricated using the modified sol-gel method for ultrasonic transducer applications. In this work, piezoresponse force microscopy was employed to evaluate the piezoelectric characteristics of PZT and PMN-PT composite sol-gel thick films. The images of the piezoelectric response and the strain-electric field hysteresis loop behavior were measured. The effective piezoelectric coefficient (d33,eff) of the films was determined from the measured loop data. It was found that the effective local piezoelectric coefficient of both PZT and PMN-PT composite films is comparable to that of their bulk ceramics. The promising results suggest that the modified composite sol-gel method is a promising way to prepare the high-quality, crack-free ceramic thick films. PMID:23798771

  7. All optical controlled photonic integrated circuits using azo dye functionized sol-gel material

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    Ke, Xianjun

    The main focus of this dissertation is development and characterization of all-optical controllable azo dye functionized sol gel material, demonstrating a PIC fabrication technique on glass substrate using such material, and exploration and feasibility demonstration of three PIC functional devices namely optical variable attenuator, optical switches, and optical tunable filters using the material. The realization of all the devices in this dissertation are based on one material: dye functionalized sol-gel material. A photochromic sol-gel material functionalized with azo dye was synthesized and characterized. It possesses a photochromic characteristic under the control of green laser beam illumination. The material characteristics suggest the possibility of a new promising material platform candidate for the fabrication of alloptical controlled photonic integrated circuits. As the first potential application of the dye functionalized sol-gel material, an alloptical variable attenuator was designed and demonstrated. The optical variable attenuation is achieved in Mach-Zehnder interferometric configuration through all-optical modulation of sol-gel waveguide phase shifters. A 2 x 2 optical switch based on multimode interference (MMI) waveguide structure is proposed in the dissertation. The schematic configuration of the optical switch consists of a cascade of two identical MMIs with two all-optical controlled phase shifters realized by using the photochromic sol-gel material. The cross or bar switch state of the optical switch is determined by the phase difference between the two sol-gel waveguide phase shifters. An all-optical tunable filter is designed and its feasibility demonstrated by using the sol-gel photochromic material. Except for the phase change demonstrated on sol-gel waveguide phase shifters, dynamic gratings were observed on sol-gel film when exposed to two interference beams. This reveals the possibility of realizing Bragg grating-based tunable filters

  8. Strength of interactions between immobilized dye molecules and sol-gel matrices.

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    Ismail, Fanya; Schoenleber, Monika; Mansour, Rolan; Bastani, Behnam; Fielden, Peter; Goddard, Nicholas J

    2011-02-21

    In this paper we present a new theory to re-examine the immobilization technique of dye doped sol-gel films, define the strength and types of possible bonds between the immobilized molecule and sol-gel glass, and show that the immobilized molecule is not free inside the pores as was previously thought. Immobilizing three different pH sensitive dyes with different size and functional groups inside the same sol-gel films revealed important information about the nature of the interaction between the doped molecule and the sol-gel matrix. The samples were characterized by means of ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer (UV-VIS), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), mercury porosimetry (MP), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((29)Si NMR) and field-emission environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM-FEG). It was found that the doped molecule itself has a great effect on the strength and types of the bonds. A number of factors were identified, such as number and types of the functional groups, overall charge, size, pK(a) and number of the silanol groups which surround the immobilized molecule. These results were confirmed by the successful immobilization of bromocresol green (BCG) after a completely polymerized sol-gel was made. The sol-gel consisted of 50% tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and 50% methyltriethoxysilane (MTEOS) (w/w). Moreover, the effect of the immobilized molecule on the structure of the sol-gel was studied by means of a leaky waveguide (LW) mode for doped films made before and after polymerization of the sol-gel. PMID:21120245

  9. Making MgO/SiO2 Glasses By The Sol-Gel Process

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    Bansal, Narottam P.

    1989-01-01

    Silicon dioxide glasses containing 15 mole percent magnesium oxide prepared by sol-gel process. Not made by conventional melting because ingredients immiscible liquids. Synthesis of MgO/SiO2 glass starts with mixing of magnesium nitrate hexahydrate with silicon tetraethoxide, both in alcohol. Water added, and transparent gel forms. Subsequent processing converts gel into glass. Besides producing glasses of new composition at lower processing temperatures, sol-gel method leads to improved homogeneity and higher purity.

  10. Solid-state tunable lasers based on dye-doped sol-gel materials

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    Dunn, B.; Mackenzie, J.D.; Zink, J.I.; Stafsudd, O.M.

    1992-03-01

    The sol-gel process is a solution synthesis technique which provides a low temperature chemical route for the preparation of rigid transparent matrix materials. The luminescent organic dye molecules, rhodamine 6G and coumarin 540A have been incorporated, via the sol-gel method, into aluminosilicate and organically modified silicate host matrices. Synthesis, laser oscillation and photostability for these systems are reported. The improved photostability of these materials with respect to comparable polymeric host materials is discussed.

  11. Preparation and characterization of conductive and transparent ruthenium dioxide sol-gel films.

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    Allhusen, John S; Conboy, John C

    2013-11-27

    RuO2 conductive thin films were synthesized using the sol-gel method and deposited onto transparent insulating substrates. The optical transmission, film thickness, surface morphology and composition, resistivity, and spectroelectrochemical performance have been characterized. The optical transmission values of these films ranged from 70 to 89% in the visible region and from 56 to 88% in the infrared region. Resistivity values of the RuO2 sol-gel films varied from 1.02 × 10(-3) to 1.13 Ω cm and are highly dependent on the initial solution concentration of RuO2 in the sol-gel. The RuO2 sol-gel films were used as electrodes for the electrochemical oxidation and reduction of ferrocenemethanol. The electrochemical behavior of our novel RuO2 sol-gel films was compared to that of a standard platinum disk electrode and showed no appreciable differences in the half-wave potential (E1/2). The mechanical and chemical stability of the coatings was tested by physical abrasion and exposure to highly acidic, oxidizing Piranha solution. Repeated exposure to these extreme conditions did not result in any appreciable decline in electrochemical performance. Finally, the use of the novel RuO2 sol-gel conductive and transparent films was demonstrated in a spectroelectrochemistry experiment in which the oxidation and reduction of ferrocenemethanol was monitored via UV-vis spectroscopy as the applied potential was cycled. PMID:24221640

  12. One-step sol-gel imprint lithography for guided-mode resonance structures

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    Huang, Yin; Liu, Longju; Johnson, Michael; Hillier, Andrew C.; Lu, Meng

    2016-03-01

    Guided-mode resonance (GMR) structures consisting of sub-wavelength periodic gratings are capable of producing narrow-linewidth optical resonances. This paper describes a sol-gel-based imprint lithography method for the fabrication of submicron 1D and 2D GMR structures. This method utilizes a patterned polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) mold to fabricate the grating coupler and waveguide for a GMR device using a sol-gel thin film in a single step. An organic-inorganic hybrid sol-gel film was selected as the imprint material because of its relatively high refractive index. The optical responses of several sol-gel GMR devices were characterized, and the experimental results were in good agreement with the results of electromagnetic simulations. The influence of processing parameters was investigated in order to determine how finely the spectral response and resonant wavelength of the GMR devices could be tuned. As an example potential application, refractometric sensing experiments were performed using a 1D sol-gel device. The results demonstrated a refractive index sensitivity of 50 nm/refractive index unit. This one-step fabrication process offers a simple, rapid, and low-cost means of fabricating GMR structures. We anticipate that this method can be valuable in the development of various GMR-based devices as it can readily enable the fabrication of complex shapes and allow the doping of optically active materials into sol-gel thin film.

  13. Sol-gel processes and materials. January 1970-August 1988 (Citations from the US Patent data base). Report for January 1970-August 1988

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    Not Available

    1988-08-01

    This bibliography contains citations of selected patents concerning Sol-Gel processes and Sol-Gel derived materials and products. Selected patents include Sol-Gel compositions, ceramic and refractory materials, fabrication of silica glass, cataylsts and catalyst supports, nuclear fuels preparation, abrasives for grinding wheels, Sol-Gel production of microspheres, Sol-Gel thin films and coatings, photographic materials, and dental materials. (Contains 71 citations fully indexed and including a title list.)

  14. Development of electrochromic smart windows by sol-gel techniques

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    Munro, Brian; Kraemer, S.; Zapp, P.; Krug, Herbert; Schmidt, Helmut K.

    1997-10-01

    A novel nanocomposite lithium ion-conducting electrolyte has been developed, based on organically modified silanes, which is suitable for application in a sol-gel electrochromic system. The system developed consists of FTO-coated (fluorine doped tin oxide) glass coated with tungsten oxide, WO3, at one side of the device as the electrochromic layer, with a cerium oxide-titanium oxide layer, CeO2-TiO2, acting as ion-storage layer or counter electrode. The adhesive properties of the electrolyte enabled the manufacture of electrochromic devices in a laminated structure: glassFTOWO3nanocomp.elect.CeO2-TiO2FTOglass. The conductivity of the nanocomposite electrolyte system varies between 10-4 and 10-5 Scm-1 at 25 degrees Celsius depending on the exact composition. The temperature dependence of the conductivity exhibits typical Vogel-Tamman-Fulcher (VTF) behavior. The thickness of the electrolyte between the two halves of the device could be adjusted by the use of a spacer technique in the range 10 - 150 micrometer. Optoelectrochemical measurements were conducted on electrochromic devices to study the kinetics of coloration and bleaching as a function of the number of switching cycles. At present, cells are constructed in two formats: 10 multiplied by 15 cm2 and 35 multiplied by 35 cm2. Switching times under one minute were achieved for the smaller format with a corresponding optical modulation between 75% to 20% (at lambda equals 0.633 micrometer). In the case of the larger format the switching time increases to several minutes due to the increase in geometric area.

  15. Characterization of Hafnia Powder Prepared from an Oxychloride Sol Gel

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    McGilvery, Catriona M.; De Gendt, S; Payzant, E Andrew; MacKenzie, M; Craven, A J; McComb, D W

    2011-01-01

    Hafnium containing compounds are of great importance to the semiconductor industry as a replacement for Si(O,N) with a high- gate dielectric. Whilst Hf is already being incorporated into working devices1, much is still to be understood about it. Here we investigate the crystallisation processes and chemistry of bulk HfO2 powders which will aid in interpretation of reactions and crystallisation events occurring in thin films used as gate dielectrics. Amorphous HfO2 powder was prepared via a sol-gel route using hafnium oxychloride (HfOCl2 xH2O) as a precursor. The powders were subjected to various heat treatments and analysed using x-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermal analysis techniques. It was found that a large change in the crystallisation pathway occurred when the sample was heated in an inert environment compared with in air. Instead of the expected monoclinic phase (m-HfO2), tetragonal HfO2 (t-HfO2) also formed under these conditions and was observed up to temperatures of ~760 C. The t-HfO2 particles, which are less than 30nm in size, eventually transform into m-HfO2 on further heating. Possible mechanisms for the crystallisation of t-HfO2 are discussed. It is proposed that within this temperature range t-HfO2 is stabilised due to the presence of oxygen vacancies in the inert environment, forming by the reduction of HfIV to HfIII. As the crystal grows in size as the temperature increases there are too few oxygen vacancies left in the structure to continue stabilising the t-HfO2 phase and so transformation to m-HfO2 occurs.

  16. Entrapment of subtilisin in ceramic sol-gel coating for antifouling applications.

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    Regina, Viduthalai Rasheedkhan; Søhoel, Helmer; Lokanathan, Arcot Raghupathi; Bischoff, Claus; Kingshott, Peter; Revsbech, Niels Peter; Meyer, Rikke Louise

    2012-11-01

    Enzymes with antifouling properties are of great interest in developing nontoxic antifouling coatings. A bottleneck in developing enzyme-based antifouling coatings is to immobilize the enzyme in a suitable coating matrix without compromising its activity and stability. Entrapment of enzymes in ceramics using the sol-gel method is known to have several advantages over other immobilization methods. The sol-gel method can be used to make robust coatings, and the aim of this study was to explore if sol-gel technology can be used to develop robust coatings harboring active enzymes for antifouling applications. We successfully entrapped a protease, subtilisin (Savinase, Novozymes), in a ceramic coating using a sol-gel method. The sol-gel formulation, when coated on a stainless steel surface, adhered strongly and cured at room temperature in less than 8 h. The resultant coating was smoother and less hydrophobic than stainless steel. Changes in the coating's surface structure, thickness and chemistry indicate that the coating undergoes gradual erosion in aqueous medium, which results in release of subtilisin. Subtilisin activity in the coating increased initially, and then gradually decreased. After 9 months, 13% of the initial enzyme activity remained. Compared to stainless steel, the sol-gel-coated surfaces with active subtilisin were able to reduce bacterial attachment of both Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria by 2 orders of magnitude. Together, our results demonstrate that the sol-gel method is a promising coating technology for entrapping active enzymes, presenting an interesting avenue for enzyme-based antifouling solutions. PMID:23020255

  17. Sol-gel-based molecularly imprinted xerogel for capillary microextraction.

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    Bagheri, Habib; Piri-Moghadam, Hamed

    2012-09-01

    A novel molecularly imprinted xerogel (MIX) based on organically modified silica (ORMOSIL) was successfully prepared for on-line capillary microextraction (CME) coupled with high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The sol-gel-based xerogel was prepared using only one precursor and exhibited extensive selectivity towards triazines along with significant thermal and chemical stability. Atrazine was selected as a model template molecule and 3-(trimethoxysilyl)propylmethacrylate (TMSPMA) as a precursor in which the propylmethacrylate moiety was responsible for van der Waals, dipole-dipole, and hydrogen-bond interactions with the template. This moiety plays a key role in creation of selective sites while methoxysilyl groups in TMSPMA acted as crosslinkers between the template and the propylmethacrylate moiety. Moreover, a non-imprinted xerogel (NIX) was also prepared in the absence of the template for evaluating the extraction efficiency of the prepared MIX. Then, the prepared imprinted and non-imprinted xerogels were used for extraction of three selected analytes of triazines class including atrazine, ametryn, and terbutryn, which have rather similar structures. The extraction efficiency of the prepared xerogel for atrazine, the template molecule, was found to be ten times greater than the efficiency achieved by the non-imprinted one. In the meantime, the extraction efficiency ratio of MIX to NIX for ametryn and terbutryn was also rather significant (eight times). Moreover, other compounds from different classes including dicamba, mecoprop, and estriol were also analyzed to evaluate the selectivity of the prepared MIX towards triazines. The ratio of enrichment factors (EF) of MIX to NIX for atrazine, ametryn, terbutryn, dicamba, mecoprop, and estriol were about 10, 8, 8, 2, 2, and 3, respectively. The linearity for the analytes was in the range of 5-700 μg L(-1). Limit of detection was in the range of 1-5 μg L(-1) and the RSD% values (n = 5) were all below 6

  18. Non-hydrolytic Sol-gel Synthesis of Tin Sulfides

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    Kaur, Rajvinder

    The non-hydrolytic sol-gel (NHSG) process is an effective low temperature route well known for preparing homogeneous metal oxides. Thermodynamically as well as kinetically favored products, which cannot be prepared with the traditional solid-state routes, can be produced using NHSG. This project is focused on the exploration of NHSG synthesis of binary tin sulfides. In the past few years, metal sulfides have been the subject of significant interest. Much effort has been devoted to understand these materials because of their potential applications in electronic, optical, and superconductor devices.4 Among these materials, tin sulfides are materials of technological importance, which are being explored as semiconductors, anode materials for Li ion batteries, photoconductors, photocatalysts and absorber layer materials in photovoltaic solar cell devices. All of these applications depend upon features like homogeneity, oxidation state, high surface area and purity of the materials. These properties can be difficult to achieve by employing traditional synthetic routes, which require high temperatures due to slow diffusion, limiting the products to thermodynamically stable phases and prohibiting control over properties like particle size and surface area. A variety of low temperature methods are being explored due to the increased demand for such advanced materials. This project is focused on exploring the NHSG approach to synthesize binary tin sulfides, with the main goal of establishing conditions for the targeted synthesis of different tin sulfide polymorphs with controlled particle size. Being non-oxide materials, tin sulfides can be air sensitive, which requires special attention in handling. All reactions were carried out in absence of oxygen. This project explores the reaction of tin halides with thioethers in a dry solvent medium, leading to the formation of tin sulfides. There are a number of synthetic parameters that can be varied for the NHSG approach. A

  19. From inulin to fructose syrups using sol-gel immobilized inulinase.

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    Santa, Gonçalo L M; Bernardino, Susana M S A; Magalhães, Salomé; Mendes, Vanessa; Marques, Marco P C; Fonseca, Luís P; Fernandes, Pedro

    2011-09-01

    The present work aims to provide the basic characterization of sol-gel immobilized inulinase, a biocatalyst configuration yet unexploited, using as model system the hydrolysis of inulin to fructose. Porous xerogel particles with dimensions in slight excess of 10 μm were obtained, yielding an immobilization efficiency of roughly 80%. The temperature- and pH-activity profiles displayed a broader bell-shaped pattern as a result of immobilization. In the latter case, a shift of the optimal pH of 0.5 pH units was observed towards a less acidic environment. The kinetic parameters estimated from the typical Michaelis-Menten kinetics suggest that immobilization in sol-gel did not tamper with the native enzyme conformation, but on the other hand, entrapment brought along mass transfer limitations. The sol-gel biocatalyst displayed a promising operational stability, since it was used in more than 20 consecutive 24-hour batch runs without noticeable decay in product yield. The performance of sol-gel biocatalyst particles doped with magnetite roughly matched the performance of simple sol-gel particles in a single batch run. However, the operational stability of the former proved poorer, since activity decay was evident after four consecutive 24-hour batch runs. PMID:21445597

  20. Roughness evolution of sol-gel optical coatings by ion beam sputtering

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    Gailly, P.; Dubreuil, O.; Fleury-Frenette, K.

    2015-12-01

    The surface roughness evolution of two silica-based sol-gel materials under 650 eV argon ion beam sputtering has been investigated. The liquid sol-gel solutions were applied on silicon substrates using the dip coating technique and thermally cured to obtain thin solid films and their thicknesses were then controlled over the samples surface using spectroscopic ellipsometry. The surface roughness of the sol-gel films was measured using both interferometric profilometry and atomic force microscopy depending on the obtained sputtering depths. We observed a significant increase of the roughness according to the sputtering depth, faster in the case of sol-gel layers than with bulk fused silica. Interestingly, the sputtering rates of the sol-gel layers were found much higher than the rate obtained on bulk fused silica. The development of micron scale holes with relatively stable interstices is supposed to rule the surface roughness evolution. AFM measurements revealed a regular submicron scale lateral structure which nanometric amplitude is amplified within sputtering.

  1. Screen-printable sol-gel enzyme-containing carbon inks.

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    Wang, J; Pamidi, P V; Park, D S

    1996-08-01

    Enzymes usually cannot withstand the high-temperature curing associated with the thick-film fabrication process and require a separate immobilization step in connection with the production of single-use biosensors. We report on the development of sol-gel-derived enzyme-containing carbon inks that display compatibility with the screen-printing process. Such coupling of sol-gel and thick-film technologies offers a one-step fabrication of disposable enzyme electrodes, as it obviates the need for thermal curing. The enzyme-containing sol-gel carbon ink, prepared by dispersing the biocatalyst, along with the graphite powder and a binder, within the sol-gel precursors, is cured very rapidly (10 min) at low temperature (4 °C). The influence of the ink preparation conditions is explored, and the sensor performance is evaluated in connection with the incorporation of glucose oxidase or horseradish peroxidase. The resulting strips are stable for at least 3 months. Such sol-gel-derived carbon inks should serve as hosts for other heat-sensitive biomaterials in connection with the microfabrication of various thick-film biosensors. PMID:21619216

  2. Mechanical compatibility of sol-gel annealing with titanium for orthopaedic prostheses.

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    Greer, Andrew I M; Lim, Teoh S; Brydone, Alistair S; Gadegaard, Nikolaj

    2016-01-01

    Sol-gel processing is an attractive method for large-scale surface coating due to its facile and inexpensive preparation, even with the inclusion of precision nanotopographies. These are desirable traits for metal orthopaedic prostheses where ceramic coatings are known to be osteoinductive and the effects may be amplified through nanotexturing. However there are a few concerns associated with the application of sol-gel technology to orthopaedics. Primarily, the annealing stage required to transform the sol-gel into a ceramic may compromise the physical integrity of the underlying metal. Secondly, loose particles on medical implants can be carcinogenic and cause inflammation so the coating needs to be strongly bonded to the implant. These concerns are addressed in this paper. Titanium, the dominant material for orthopaedics at present, is examined before and after sol-gel processing for changes in hardness and flexural modulus. Wear resistance, bending and pull tests are also performed to evaluate the ceramic coating. The findings suggest that sol-gel coatings will be compatible with titanium implants for an optimum temperature of 500 °C. PMID:26691162

  3. Sol-gel prepared glass for micro-optical elements and arrays

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    Haruvy, Yair; Gilath, Irith; Maniewictz, M.; Eisenberg, Naftali P.

    1997-09-01

    Sol-gel processes of metal alkoxides involve hydrolysis of the alkoxy groups and condensation to a 3-D oxide glass network. Volume reduction of the drying gel typically results in cracking, unless sufficient relaxation is allowed to take place. Further, the common shrinkage by a factor of 2.5 and higher imposes great difficulty to obtain dimensional accuracy in thus prepared micro-optical elements. The new fast sol-gel method enables facile preparation of siloxane-based glassy materials in which polymerization is completed within minutes and curing within a few hours. The optical quality of thin films obtained by the fast sol-gel method and the ease of preparation makes this method technologically and economically attractive for micro-lenses and micro-optical arrays by replication. Micro-optical arrays are highly patterned, including sharp curvatures of small radii. This necessitates to study primarily two aspects of the sol-gel replication process: (1) the chemical constitution of the sol-gel and the reaction pathway that ensures prompt adhesion to the template during the process. (2) the surface chemical adaptation of the template that allows timing of adhesion and release of the produced elements. The adaptation of this process to the desired replication is described. Thence, the results of preliminary fabrication of micro-optical elements and arrays by this method are shown and their features discussed.

  4. Spectroscopic and electrochemical characterization of cytochrome c encapsulated in a bio sol-gel matrix.

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    Deriu, Daniela; Pagnotta, Sara Emanuela; Santucci, Roberto; Rosato, Nicola

    2008-08-01

    Sol-gel technique represents a remarkably versatile method for protein encapsulation. To enhance sol-gel biocompatibility, systems envisaging the presence of calcium and phosphates in the sol-gel composition were recently prepared and investigated. Unfortunately, the low pH at which solutions were prepared (pH < 2.5) dramatically limited their application to proteins, because the acidic environment induces protein denaturation. In this paper we apply a new protocol based on the introduction of calcium nitrate to the inorganic phase, with formation of a binary bioactive system. In this case protein encapsulation results versatile and secure, being achieved at a pH close to neutrality (pH 6.0); also, the presence of calcium is expected to enhance system biocompatibility. To determine the properties of the salt-doped sol-gel and the influence exerted on entrapped biosystems, the structural and functional properties of embedded cytochrome c have been investigated. Data obtained indicate that the salt-doped sol-gel induces no significant change in the structure and the redox properties of the embedded protein; also, the matrix increases protein stability. Interestingly, the presence of calcium nitrate appears determinant for refolding of the acid-denatured protein. This is of interest in the perspective of future applications in biosensoristic area. PMID:18163198

  5. Thin film porous membranes based on sol-gel chemistry for catalytic sensors

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    Hughes, R.C.; Patel, S.V.; Jenkins, M.W.; Boyle, T.J.; Gardner, T.J.; Brinker, C.J.

    1998-05-01

    Nanoporous sol-gel based films are finding a wide variety of uses including gas separations and supports for heterogeneous catalysts. The films can be formed by spin or dip coating, followed by relatively low temperature annealing. The authors used several types of these films as coatings on the Pd alloy thin film sensors they had previously fabricated and studied. The sol-gel films have little effect on the sensing response to H{sub 2} alone. However, in the presence of other gases, the nanoporous film modifies the sensor behavior in several beneficial ways. (1) They have shown that the sol-gel coated sensors were only slightly poisoned by high concentrations of H{sub 2}S while uncoated sensors showed moderate to severe poisoning effects. (2) For a given partial pressure of H{sub 2}, the signal from the sensor is modified by the presence of O{sub 2} and other oxidizing gases.

  6. Photochromic organic-inorganic composite materials prepared by sol-gel processing: Properties and potentials

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    Hou, L. |; Mennig, M.; Schmidt, H.

    1994-12-31

    The sol-gel method which features a low-temperature wet-chemical process opens vast possibilities to incorporating organic dyes into solid matrices for various optical applications. In this paper the authors present their experimental results on the sol-gel derived photochromic organic-inorganic composite (Ormocer) materials following an introductory description of the sol-gel process and a brief review on the state of the art of the photochromic solids prepared using this method. Their photochromic spirooxazine-Ormocer gels and coatings possess better photochromic response and color-change speed than the corresponding photochromic polymer coatings and similar photochemical stability to the latter. Further developments are proposed as to tackle the temperature dependence problem and further tap the potentialities of the photochromic dye-Ormocer material for practical applications.

  7. Ultrapure glass optical waveguide development in microgravity by the sol-gel process

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    Mukherjee, S. P.; Holman, R. A.

    1981-01-01

    Multicomponent, homogeneous, noncrystalline oxide gels can be prepared by the sol-gel process and these gels are promising starting materials for melting glasses in the space environment. The sol-gel process referred to here is based on the polymerization reaction of alkoxysilane with other metal alkoxy compounds or suitable metal salts. Many of the alkoxysilanes or other metal alkoxides are liquids and thus can be purified by distillation. The use of gels offers several advantages such as high purity and lower melting times and temperatures. The sol-gel process is studied for utilization in the preparation of multicomponent ultrapure glass batches for subsequent containerless melting of the batches in space to prepare glass blanks for optical waveguides.

  8. Laser-assisted sol-gel growth and characteristics of ZnO thin films

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    Kim, Min Su; Kim, Soaram; Leem, Jae-Young

    2012-06-18

    ZnO thin films were grown on Si(100) substrates by a sol-gel method assisted by laser beam irradiation with a 325 nm He-Cd laser. In contrast to conventional sol-gel ZnO thin films, the surface morphology of the laser-assisted sol-gel thin films was much smoother, and the residual stress in the films was relaxed by laser irradiation. The luminescent properties of the films were also enhanced by laser irradiation, especially, by irradiation during the deposition and post-heat treatment stages. The incident laser beam is thought to play several roles, such as annihilating defects by accelerating crystallization during heat treatment, enhancing the surface migration of atoms and molecules, and relaxing the ZnO matrix structure during crystallization.

  9. Preliminary fabrication of small Li{sub 2}O spheres by sol-gel method

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    Tsuchiya, K.; Kawamura, H.; Oyamada, R.; Nishimura, K.; Yoshimuta, H.; Watarumi, K.

    1995-12-31

    Lithium oxide (Li{sub 2}O) is one of the best tritium breeding materials. And as the shape of Li{sub 2}O, a small sphere is proposed in Japanese design of fusion blanket. Recently, reprocessing technology development on irradiated ceramic tritium breeders is conducted from the view point of effective use of resources and decrease of radioactive waste. The sol-gel method is most advantageous for fabricating small Li{sub 2}O spheres from the reprocessing solution with lithium. And the fabrication cost will be decreased by this method. In the present work, preliminary fabrication tests of small Li{sub 2}O spheres is carried out by the sol-gel method, and there are bright prospects for fabrication of small Li{sub 2}O spheres by sol-gel method.

  10. Hydroxyapatite coating on Ti6Al4V alloy by a sol-gel method.

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    Wang, Diangang; Chen, Chuanzhong; He, Ting; Lei, Tingquan

    2008-06-01

    Using trimethyl phosphate and calcium nitrate tetrahydrate as the calcium and phosphorus precursors, respectively, HA films were prepared layer by layer by a sol-gel method. The phase constitution, microstructure and calcium/phosphorus (Ca/P) molar ratio of the sol-gel films were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electronic probe microanalysis (EPMA). The results show that the sol-gel films have high crystallinity and are composed of HA and CaO phases, and the Ca/P ratio is slightly higher than the theoretical value in HA because of the loss of phosphorous element. Two typical cauliflower-like and lamellar structures were observed in the films. Cauliflower-like structure, which increases the biological reactivity of the implant surface towards natural bone, formed mainly at low drying temperature and high calcining temperature, while the lamellar structure formed when the drying temperature is high (500 degrees C or above). PMID:18071873

  11. Tantalum-Tungsten Oxide Thermite Composite Prepared by Sol-Gel Synthesis and Spark Plasma Sintering

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    Cervantes, O; Kuntz, J; Gash, A; Munir, Z

    2009-02-13

    Energetic composite powders consisting of sol-gel derived nanostructured tungsten oxide were produced with various amounts of micrometer-scale tantalum fuel metal. Such energetic composite powders were ignition tested and results show that the powders are not sensitive to friction, spark and/or impact ignition. Initial consolidation experiments, using the High Pressure Spark Plasma Sintering (HPSPS) technique, on the sol-gel derived nanostructured tungsten oxide produced samples with higher relative density than can be achieved with commercially available tungsten oxide. The sol-gel derived nanostructured tungsten oxide with immobilized tantalum fuel metal (Ta - WO{sub 3}) energetic composite was consolidated to a density of 9.17 g.cm{sup -3} or 93% relative density. In addition those parts were consolidated without significant pre-reaction of the constituents, thus the sample retained its stored chemical energy.

  12. Optical activation of Si nanowires using Er-doped, sol-gel derived silica

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    Suh, Kiseok; Shin, Jung H.; Park, Oun-Ho; Bae, Byeong-Soo; Lee, Jung-Chul; Choi, Heon-Jin

    2005-01-31

    Optical activation of Si nanowires (Si-NWs) using sol-gel derived Er-doped silica is investigated. Si-NWs of about 100 nm diameter were grown on Si substrates by the vapor-liquid-solid method using Au catalysts and H{sub 2} diluted SiCl{sub 4}. Afterwards, Er-doped silica sol-gel solution was spin-coated, and annealed at 950 deg. C in flowing N{sub 2}/O{sub 2} environment. Such Er-doped silica/Si-NWs nanocomposite is found to combine the advantages of crystalline Si and silica to simultaneously achieve both high carrier-mediated excitation efficiency and high Er{sup 3+} luminescence efficiency while at the same time providing high areal density of Er{sup 3+} and easy current injection, indicating the possibility of developing sol-gel activated Si-NWs as a material platform for Si-based photonics.

  13. High-energy-density sol-gel thin film based on neat 2-cyanoethyltrimethoxysilane.

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    Kim, Yunsang; Kathaperumal, Mohanalingam; Smith, O'Neil L; Pan, Ming-Jen; Cai, Ye; Sandhage, Kenneth H; Perry, Joseph W

    2013-03-13

    Hybrid organic-inorganic sol-gel dielectric thin films from a neat 2-cyanoethyltrimethoxysilane (CNETMS) precursor have been fabricated and their permittivity, dielectric strength, and energy density characterized. CNETMS sol-gel films possess compact, polar cyanoethyl groups and exhibit a relative permittivity of 20 at 1 kHz and breakdown strengths ranging from 650 V/μm to 250 V/μm for film thicknesses of 1.3 to 3.5 μm. Capacitors based on CNETMS films exhibit extractable energy densities of 7 J/cm(3) at 300 V/μm, as determined by charge-discharge and polarization-electric field measurements, as well as an energy extraction efficiency of ~91%. The large extractable energy resulting from the linear dielectric polarization behavior suggests that CNETMS films are promising sol-gel materials for pulsed power applications. PMID:23427818

  14. Influence of pyrogenic particles on the micromechanical behavior of thin sol-gel layers.

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    Schönstedt, B; Garnweitner, G; Barth, N; Mühlmeister, A; Kwade, A

    2011-07-01

    Coatings based on sol-gel technology with different types of nanoparticles embedded into the sol-gel matrix were fabricated, and the resulting properties were investigated. Pyrogenic silica nanoparticles were added to the sol before coating. The silica particles varied in primary particle size and agglomerate size, and in their surface modification. The particles were wetted in ethanol and dispersed to certain finenesses. The difference in agglomerate size was partly caused by varying particle types, but also by the dispersing processes that were applied to the particles. The resulting coatings were examined by visual appearance and SEM microscopy. Furthermore, their micromechanical properties were determined by nanoindentation. The results show an important influence from the added nanoparticles and their properties on the visual appearance as well as the micromechanical behavior of the sol-gel coatings. It is shown that, in fact, the particle size distribution can have a major impact on the coating properties as well as the surface modification. PMID:21630652

  15. Development and characterization of molecularly imprinted sol-gel materials for the selective detection of DDT.

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    Graham, Amy L; Carlson, Catherine A; Edmiston, Paul L

    2002-01-15

    Molecularly imprinting sol-gel materials for DDT using both a noncovalent and a covalent approach was examined. A nonpolar porous sol-gel network was created through the use of the bridged polysilsesquioxane, bis-(trimethoxysilylethyl)benzene (BTEB), as the principal sol-gel component. Noncovalent molecular imprinting was deemed unsuccessful, presumably because of the lack of strong intermolecular interactions that can be established between the DDT and the sol-gel precursor. A covalent imprinting strategy was employed by generating a sacrificial spacer through the reaction of two 3-isocyanatopropyltriethoxysilanes with one of two different template molecules: 4,4'-ethylenedianiline (EDA) or 4,4'-ethylidenebisphenol (EBP). After formation of the sol-gel, the bonds linking the spacer template to the matrix were cleaved in a manner that generated a pocket of the appropriate size bordered by amine groups that could aid in the binding of DDT through weak hydrogen bonding interactions. Experiments indicated that DDT could be bound selectively by such an approch. To generate a sensor, an environmentally sensitive fluorescent probe, 7-nitrobenz-2-oxa-1,3-diazole, (NBD) located adjacent to the DDT binding site was used to transduce the binding of analyte. EDA-imprinted sol-gels, deposited as films on glass microscope slides, were shown to quantitatively detect DDT in water to a limit-of-detection of 50 ppt with a response time of <60 s. Repeat measurements could be made with the same sensing films after rinsing with acetone between each measurement. The EDA sensing material was selective for DDT and other structurally similar molecules. However, the sensing film design was limited by the relatively minor changes in fluorescence intensity upon binding DDT. This situation may be remedied by an alternative methodology that can facilitate attachment of the NBD fluorophore in an optimal position proximal to the binding pocket. PMID:11811423

  16. Effect of calcium source on structure and properties of sol-gel derived bioactive glasses.

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    Yu, Bobo; Turdean-Ionescu, Claudia A; Martin, Richard A; Newport, Robert J; Hanna, John V; Smith, Mark E; Jones, Julian R

    2012-12-18

    The aim was to determine the most effective calcium precursor for synthesis of sol-gel hybrids and for improving homogeneity of sol-gel bioactive glasses. Sol-gel derived bioactive calcium silicate glasses are one of the most promising materials for bone regeneration. Inorganic/organic hybrid materials, which are synthesized by incorporating a polymer into the sol-gel process, have also recently been produced to improve toughness. Calcium nitrate is conventionally used as the calcium source, but it has several disadvantages. Calcium nitrate causes inhomogeneity by forming calcium-rich regions, and it requires high temperature treatment (>400 °C) for calcium to be incorporated into the silicate network. Nitrates are also toxic and need to be burnt off. Calcium nitrate therefore cannot be used in the synthesis of hybrids as the highest temperature used in the process is typically 40-60 °C. Therefore, a different precursor is needed that can incorporate calcium into the silica network and enhance the homogeneity of the glasses at low (room) temperature. In this work, calcium methoxyethoxide (CME) was used to synthesize sol-gel bioactive glasses with a range of final processing temperatures from 60 to 800 °C. Comparison is made between the use of CME and calcium chloride and calcium nitrate. Using advanced probe techniques, the temperature at which Ca is incorporated into the network was identified for 70S30C (70 mol % SiO(2), 30 mol % CaO) for each of the calcium precursors. When CaCl(2) was used, the Ca did not seem to enter the network at any of the temperatures used. In contrast, Ca from CME entered the silica network at room temperature, as confirmed by X-ray diffraction, (29)Si magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and dissolution studies. CME should be used in preference to calcium salts for hybrid synthesis and may improve homogeneity of sol-gel glasses. PMID:23171477

  17. Sol-gel deposited electrochromic films for electrochromic smart window glass

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    Oezer, N.; Lampert, C.M.; Rubin, M.

    1996-08-01

    Electrochromic windows offer the ability to dynamically change the transmittance of a glazing. With the appropriate sensor and controls, this smart window can be used for energy regulation and glare control for a variety of glazing applications. The most promising are building and automotive applications. This work covers the use of sol-gel deposition processes to make active films for these windows. The sol-gel process offers a low-capital investment for the deposition of these active films. Sol-gel serves as an alternative to more expensive vacuum deposition processes. The sol-gel process utilizes solution coating followed by a hydrolysis and condensation. In this investigation the authors report on tungsten oxide and nickel oxide films made by the sol-gel process for electrochromic windows. The properties of the sol-gel films compare favorably to those of films made by other techniques. A typical laminated electrochromic window consists of two glass sheets coated with transparent conductors, which are coated with the active films. The two sheets are laminated together with an ionically conductive polymer. The range of visible transmission modulation of the tungsten oxide was 60% and for the nickel oxide was 20%. The authors used the device configuration of glass/SnO{sub 2}:F/W0{sub 3}/polymer/Li{sub Z}NiO{sub x}H{sub y}/SnO{sub 2}:F glass to test the films. The nickel oxide layer had a low level of lithiation and possibly contained a small amount of water. Lithiated oxymethylene-linked poly(ethylene oxide) was used as the laminating polymer. Commercially available SnO{sub 2}:F/glass (LOF-Tec glass) was used as the transparent conducting glass. The authors found reasonable device switching characteristics which could be used for devices.

  18. Development of novel Sol-Gel Indicators (SGI's) for in-situ environmental measurements: Part 1, Program and a new pH Sol-Gel Indicator

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    Livingston, R.R.; Baylor, L.; Wicks, G.G.

    1992-11-03

    The feasibility of incorporating analytical indicators into a sol-gel glassy matrix and then coating substrates with this composite material has bee demonstrated. Substrates coated include paper, wood, glass, and the lens of an analytical probe. The first SRTC sol-gel indicator, comprising bromophenol blue dispersed in a silica matrix, was fabricated and successfully used to measure solution pH in the range of pH 3.0 to 7.5. material exhibited a quick response time, as measured by color changes both qualitatively and quantitatively, and the measuring device was reversible or reusable. Additional indicators with responses over other ranges as well as indicators sensitive to the presence of elements of interest, are also under development. The new SGI composites possess promising properties and an excellent potential for performing a variety important in-situ environmental measurements and area discussed in this report.

  19. Fabrication of CO sensing film by sol-gel method for application to microsensor

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    Wan-Young Chung; Duk-Dong Lee; Tamaki, Jun; Miura, Norio; Yamazoe, Noboru

    1996-12-31

    The most commonly used methods for the preparation of sensing film of micro-gas sensors are physical methods such as r.f. sputtering, thermal evaporation, spary pyrolysis and CVD. Though it is somewhat difficult to be compatible with microelectronic processes, the chemical preparation method such as sol-gel method has many advantages over the physical ones like additive incorporation and surface control. In this experiment, the authors have prepared tin oxide thin film by sol-gel method combined with spin-coating. The compatibility of the film process to the microelectronic process and CO gas sensing characteristics of the fabricated film have been investigated.

  20. Sol-gel silica films embedding NIR- emitting Yb-quinolinolate complexes

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    Figus, Cristiana Quochi, Francesco Piana, Giacomo; Saba, Michele; Mura, Andrea; Bongiovanni, Giovanni; Artizzu, Flavia; Mercuri, Maria Laura; Serpe, Angela; Deplano, Paola

    2014-10-21

    Sol-gel silica thin films embedding an ytterbium quinolinolato complex (YbClQ{sub 4}) have been obtained using different alkoxides. Homogeneous, crack- and defect-free thin films of optical quality have been successfully deposited on glass substrate by dip-coating. The silica thin films have been characterized by time-resolved photoluminescence. The luminescence properties of the YbClQ{sub 4} are preserved in silica films prepared through an optimized sol-gel approach. The excited state lifetime of the lanthanide is comparable to those observed in bulk and longer than the corresponding ones in solution.

  1. Transparent poly(vinyl acetate)-silica gels by a sol-gel process

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    Wojcik, Anna B.; Klein, Lisa C.

    1993-12-01

    Rod shaped silica-poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) gels have been prepared by a sol gel process. In situ polymerization of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) was accomplished in the presence of low molecular weight PVAc by dissolving various amounts of PVAc in a mixture of TEOS, ethanol, water and hydrochloric acid (HCl). Gelation of this mixture was carried out between room temperature and slightly above. Silica-PVAc rods recovered from cylindrical molds were homogeneous and transparent. Gels with weight percents of PVAc ranging from 2% to 50% were prepared. Silica-PVAc gels have higher flexure strengths, less brittle character and improved water durability in comparison with pure sol- gel silica.

  2. Porous Silica Sol-Gel Glasses Containing Reactive V2O5 Groups

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    Stiegman, Albert E.

    1995-01-01

    Porous silica sol-gel glasses into which reactive vanadium oxide functional groups incorporated exhibit number of unique characteristics. Because they bind molecules of some species both reversibly and selectively, useful as chemical sensors or indicators or as scrubbers to remove toxic or hazardous contaminants. Materials also oxidize methane gas photochemically: suggests they're useful as catalysts for conversion of methane to alcohol and for oxidation of hydrocarbons in general. By incorporating various amounts of other metals into silica sol-gel glasses, possible to synthesize new materials with broad range of new characteristics.

  3. THERMALLY STABLE NANOCRYSTALLINE TIO2 PHOTOCATALYSTS SYNTHESIZED VIA SOL-GEL METHODS MODIFIED WITH IONIC LIQUID AND SURFACTANT MOLECULES

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    Recently, sol-gel methods employing ionic liquids (ILs) have shown significant implications for the synthesis of well-defined nanostructured inorganic materials. Herein, we synthesized nanocrystalline TiO2 particles via an alkoxide sol-gel method employing a water-immi...

  4. Electrochemical and In Vitro Behavior of Nanostructure Sol-Gel Coated 316L Stainless Steel Incorporated with Rosemary Extract

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    Motalebi, Abolfazl; Nasr-Esfahani, Mojtaba

    2013-06-01

    The corrosion resistance of AISI 316L stainless steel for biomedical applications, was significantly enhanced by means of hybrid organic-inorganic sol-gel thin films deposited by spin-coating. Thin films of less than 100 nm with different hybrid characters were obtained by incorporating rosemary extract as green corrosion inhibitor. The morphology, composition, and adhesion of hybrid sol-gel coatings have been examined by SEM, EDX, and pull-off test, respectively. Addition of high additive concentrations (0.1%) did not disorganize the sol-gel network. Direct pull-off test recorded a mean coating-substrate bonding strength larger than 21.2 MPa for the hybrid sol-gel coating. The effect of rosemary extract, with various added concentrations from 0.012 to 0.1%, on the anticorrosion properties of sol-gel films have been characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and potentiodynamic polarization tests in simulated body fluid (SBF) solution and has been compared to the bare metal. Rosemary extract additions (0.05%) have significantly increased the corrosion protection of the sol-gel thin film to higher than 90%. The in vitro bioactivity of prepared films indicates that hydroxyapatite nuclei can form and grow on the surface of the doped sol-gel thin films. The present study shows that due to their excellent anticorrosion properties, bioactivity and bonding strength to substrate, doped sol-gel thin films are practical hybrid films in biomedical applications.

  5. Environmentally benign sol-gel antifouling and foul-releasing coatings.

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    Detty, Michael R; Ciriminna, Rosaria; Bright, Frank V; Pagliaro, Mario

    2014-02-18

    Biofouling on ships and boats, characterized by aquatic bacteria and small organisms attaching to the hull, is an important global issue, since over 80000 tons of antifouling paint is used annually. This biofilm, which can form in as little as 48 hours depending on water temperature, increases drag on watercraft, which greatly reduces their fuel efficiency. In addition, biofouling can lead to microbially induced corrosion (MIC) due to H2S formed by the bacteria, especially sulfate-reducing bacteria. When the International Maritime Organization (IMO) international convention banned the use of effective but environmentally damaging coatings containing tributyl tin in 2008, the development of clean and effective antifouling systems became more important than ever. New nonbiocidal coatings are now in high demand. Scientists have developed new polymers, materials, and biocides, including new elastomeric coatings that they have obtained by improving the original silicone (polydimethylsiloxane) formulation patented in 1975. However, the high cost of silicones, especially of fluoropolymer-modified silicones, has generally prevented their large-scale diffusion. In 2009, traditional antifouling coatings using cuprous oxide formulated in copolymer paints still represented 95% of the global market volume of anti-fouling paints. The sol-gel nanochemistry approach to functional materials has emerged as an attractive candidate for creating low fouling surfaces due to the unique structure and properties of silica-based coatings and of hybrid inorganic-organic silicas in particular. Sol-gel formulations easily bind to all types of surfaces, such as steel, fiberglass, aluminum, and wood. In addition, they can cure at room temperature and form thin glassy coatings that are markedly different from thick silicone elastomeric foul-releasing coatings. Good to excellent performance against biofouling, low cure temperatures, enhanced and prolonged chemical and physical stability, ease of

  6. Selectivity differences between sol-gel coated and immobilized liquid film open-tubular columns for gas chromatography.

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    Kiridena, Waruna; Poole, Colin F; Koziol, Wiadyslaw W

    2002-12-01

    The solvation parameter model is used to determine the system constants for two sol-gel coated open-tubular columns at five equally spaced temperatures in the range 60-140 degrees C. Differences in the system constants as a function of temperature are used to determine the affect of sol-gel structure on the selectivity of SolGel-l and SolGel-Wax columns compared with conventionally coated and immobilized poly(dimethylsiloxane) and poly(ethylene glycol) stationary phases. The sol-gel columns should be suitable for similar separations to those presently performed on conventional immobilized liquid film columns of the same type but selectivity differences for polar compounds, which depend on temperature, should be anticipated. PMID:12537368

  7. Effectiveness of silica based sol-gel microencapsulation method for odorants and flavors leading to sustainable environment

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    Ashraf, Muhammad Aqeel; Khan, Aysha Masood; Ahmad, Mushtaq; Sarfraz, Maliha

    2015-01-01

    Microencapsulation has become a hot topic in chemical research. Technology mainly used for control release and protection purposes. The sol-gel micro encapsulation approach for fragrance and aroma in porous silica-based materials leads to sustainable odorant and flavored materials with novel and unique beneficial properties. Sol-gel encapsulation of silica based micro particles considered economically cheap as capital investment in manufacturing is very low and environmentally friendly. Amorphous sol-gel SiO2 is non-toxic and safe, whereas the sol-gel entrapment of delicate chemicals in its inner pores results in pronounced chemical and physical stabilization of the entrapped active agents, thereby broadening the practical utilization of chemically unstable essential oils (EOs). Reviewing progress in the fabrication of diverse odorant and flavored sol-gels, shows us how different synthetic strategies are appropriate for practical application with important health and environmental benefits. PMID:26322304

  8. Effectiveness of silica based Sol-gel microencapsulation Method for odorants and flavours leading to sustainable Environment

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    Ashraf, Muhammad Aqeel; Khan, Ayesha Masood; Sarfraz, Maliha; Ahmad, Mushtaq

    2015-08-01

    Microencapsulation has become a hot topic in chemical research. Technology mainly used for control release and protection purposes. The sol-gel micro encapsulation approach for fragrance and aroma in porous silica-based materials leads to sustainable odorant and flavored materials with novel and unique beneficial properties. Sol-gel encapsulation of silica based micro particles considered economically cheap as capital investment in manufacturing is very low and environmentally friendly. Amorphous sol-gel SiO2 is non-toxic and safe, whereas the sol-gel entrapment of delicate chemicals in its inner pores results in pronounced chemical and physical stabilization of the entrapped actives, thereby broadening the practical utilization of chemically unstable essential oils. Reviewing progress in the fabrication of diverse odorant and flavoured sol-gels, shows us how different synthetic strategies are appropriate for practical application with important health and environmental benefits.

  9. Effectiveness of silica based sol-gel microencapsulation method for odorants and flavors leading to sustainable environment.

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    Ashraf, Muhammad Aqeel; Khan, Aysha Masood; Ahmad, Mushtaq; Sarfraz, Maliha

    2015-01-01

    Microencapsulation has become a hot topic in chemical research. Technology mainly used for control release and protection purposes. The sol-gel micro encapsulation approach for fragrance and aroma in porous silica-based materials leads to sustainable odorant and flavored materials with novel and unique beneficial properties. Sol-gel encapsulation of silica based micro particles considered economically cheap as capital investment in manufacturing is very low and environmentally friendly. Amorphous sol-gel SiO2 is non-toxic and safe, whereas the sol-gel entrapment of delicate chemicals in its inner pores results in pronounced chemical and physical stabilization of the entrapped active agents, thereby broadening the practical utilization of chemically unstable essential oils (EOs). Reviewing progress in the fabrication of diverse odorant and flavored sol-gels, shows us how different synthetic strategies are appropriate for practical application with important health and environmental benefits. PMID:26322304

  10. Investigation of optical properties of anthocyanin doped into sol-gel based matrix

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    Hashim, Hasrina; Abdul Aziz, Nik Mohd Azmi Nik; Isnin, Aishah

    2012-06-01

    Anthocyanin dye was extracted from petal of Hibiscus rosasinensis (Bunga Raya) and doped into sol-gel based matrix to investigate an effect of pH change on its optical properties. Sol-gel matrix based on Vinyl triethoxysilene (VTES) as a precursor was prepared through Sol-gel process at pH 7. The sol was doped with 0.1% of Anthocyanin and the same amount of dye was also dissolved in ethanol as a comparative sample. Hydrochloric Acid, HCl and Tetramethylammonium Hydroxide, TMAH were used to change the pH value by adding them at various concentrations into each sample. The emission spectra and chemical structures of the samples were measured by Spectrofluorometer and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) respectively. When excited at 410 nm, two emission peaks at about 492 and 574 nm were observed for Anthocyanin in acidic environment both in ethanol and VTES sol. In base environment however, only Anthocyanin dissolved in ethanol produced emission peak with a single peak at about 539 nm. The sensitivity of Anthocyanin dye toward pH changes in VTES open a possibility to use it as sensing element in which sol-gel based matrix are known to have higher mechanical strength and thermal stability.

  11. Optical characterization of anti reflective sol-gel coatings fabricated using dip coating method

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    Melninkaitis, A.; Juškevičius, K.; Maciulevičius, M.; Sirutkaitis, V.; Beganskienė, A.; Kazadojev, I.; Kareiva, A.; Perednis, D.

    2007-01-01

    In recent years, there has been a growing interest in further development of sol-gel method which can produce ceramics and glasses using chemical precursors at relative low-temperatures. The applications for sol-gel derived products are numerous. Department of General and Inorganic Chemistry with Laser Research Center of Vilnius University and Institute of Physics continues an ongoing research effort on the synthesis, deposition and characterization of porous solgel. Our target is highly optically resistant anti-reflective (AR) coatings for general optics and nonlinear optical crystals. In order to produce AR coatings a silica (SiO II) sol-gel has been dip coated on the set of fused silica substrates. The optical properties and structure of AR-coatings deposited from hydrolysed tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) sol were characterized in detail in this study. The influence of different parameters on the formation of colloidal silica antireflective coatings by dip-coating technique has been investigated. All samples were characterized performing, transmission electron microscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, ellipsometric, total scattering and laser-induced damage threshold measurements. Herewith we present our recent results on synthesis of sol-gel solvents, coating fabrication and characterization of their optical properties.

  12. Low-density nanoporous iron foams synthesized by sol-gel autocombustion

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    2012-01-01

    Nanoporous iron metal foams were synthesized by an improved sol-gel autocombustion method in this report. It has been confirmed to be pure phase iron by X-ray diffraction measurements. The nanoporous characteristics were illustrated through scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope images. Very low density and quite large saturation magnetization has been performed in the synthesized samples. PMID:22333555

  13. Ternary Phase-Separation Investigation of Sol-Gel Derived Silica from Ethyl Silicate 40.

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    Wang, Shengnan; Wang, David K; Smart, Simon; da Costa, João C Diniz

    2015-01-01

    A ternary phase-separation investigation of the ethyl silicate 40 (ES40) sol-gel process was conducted using ethanol and water as the solvent and hydrolysing agent, respectively. This oligomeric silica precursor underwent various degrees of phase separation behaviour in solution during the sol-gel reactions as a function of temperature and H2O/Si ratios. The solution composition within the immiscible region of the ES40 phase-separated system shows that the hydrolysis and condensation reactions decreased with decreasing reaction temperature. A mesoporous structure was obtained at low temperature due to weak drying forces from slow solvent evaporation on one hand and formation of unreacted ES40 cages in the other, which reduced network shrinkage and produced larger pores. This was attributed to the concentration of the reactive sites around the phase-separated interface, which enhanced the condensation and crosslinking. Contrary to dense silica structures obtained from sol-gel reactions in the miscible region, higher microporosity was produced via a phase-separated sol-gel system by using high H2O/Si ratios. This tailoring process facilitated further condensation reactions and crosslinking of silica chains, which coupled with stiffening of the network, made it more resistant to compression and densification. PMID:26411484

  14. Copper loaded on sol-gel-derived alumina adsorbents for phosphine removal.

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    Hsu, Jung-Nan; Bai, Hsunling; Li, Shou-Nan; Tsai, Chuen-Jinn

    2010-05-01

    The hydride gas of phosphine (PH3) is commonly used for semiconductor and optoelectronic industries. The local scrubbers must immediately abate it because of its high toxicity. In this study, copper (Cu) loaded on the sol-gel-derived gamma-alumina (Al2O3) adsorbents are prepared and tested to investigate the possibility of PH3 removal and sorbent regeneration. Test results showed that during the breakthrough time of over 99% PH3 removal efficiency, the maximum adsorption capacity of Cu loaded on the sol-gel-derived gamma-Al2O3 adsorbent is 18 mg-PH3/g-adsorbent. This is much higher than that of Cu loaded on the commercial gamma-Al2O3 adsorbent--8.6 mg-PH3/g-adsorbent. The high specific surface area, narrow pore size distribution, and well dispersion of Cu loaded on the sol-gel-derived gamma-Al2O3 could be the reasons for its high PH3 adsorption capacity. The regeneration test shows that Cu loaded on the sol-gel-derived gamma-Al2O3 adsorbent can be regenerated after a simple air purging procedure. The cumulative adsorption capacity for five regeneration cycles is 65 mg-PH3/g-adsorbent, which is approximately double that of the Cu/zeolite adsorbent demonstrated in the literature. PMID:20480862

  15. Improving the temperature performance of low-density ceramic heatshields through sol-gel processing

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    Bull, Jeffrey; Leiser, Daniel; Sommers, Jeneen; Esfahani, Lili

    1991-01-01

    The performance of rigid insulations for use as thermal protection materials on reentry vehicles can be characterized by their resistance to dimensional and morphological change when exposed to an isothermal environment equivalent to that generated in entry. Improvements in these material characteristics for alumina-enhanced thermal barrier insulation by compositional modification through sol-gel processing are reported.

  16. Nanopore yttria doped zirconia membranes prepared by sol-gel method

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    Gopalan, R.; Chang, C.H.; Lin, Y.S.

    1994-12-31

    Yttria doped zirconia membranes were prepared by the sol-gel method. A solution-sol mixing method was employed to dope yttria on the grain surface of zirconia particles in the sol. These nano-structured yttria doped zirconia membranes have potential application as a support for dense oxide ceramic membranes, fuel cells and oxygen sensors.

  17. Preparation and complex characterization of silica holmium sol-gel monoliths.

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    Cacaina, D; Areva, S; Laaksonen, H; Simon, S; Ylänen, H

    2011-01-01

    Amorphous, sol-gel derived SiO(2) are known to biocompatible and bioresorbable materials. Biodegradable and inert materials containing radioactive isotopes have potential application as delivery vehicles of the beta radiation to the cancer tumors inside the body. Incorporation of holmium in the sol-gel derived SiO(2) could lead to the formation of a biodegradable material which could be used as carrier biomaterial for the radiation of radioactive holmium to the various cancer sites. The homogeneity of the prepared sol-gel silica holmium monoliths was investigated by Back Scattered Electron Imaging of Scanning Electron Microscope equipped with Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis, X-ray Induced Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. The biodegradation of the monoliths was investigated in Simulated Body Fluid and TRIS (Trizma pre-set Crystals) solution. The results show that by suitable tailoring of the sol-gel processing parameters holmium can be homogeneously incorporated in the silica matrix with a controlled biodegradation rate. PMID:21132520

  18. A micron-size sol-gel-derived fiber-optic based chemical sensor

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    Ingersoll, C.M.; Narang, U.; Bright, F.V.

    1995-12-31

    The development of new chemical and biosensing schemes has been a topic of great interest. In our laboratory, a portion of our work has centered on the use of sol-gels doped with fluorescent dyes as materials for forming small optical fibers used for sensing. We are currently working with pyrene-doped fibers for oxygen sensing and fluorescein-doped fibers to detect changes in pH. These schemes have shown great promise, however, several factors (e.g., cost, size, rigidity, response time, sensitivity) are associated with building practical sensors. It is also critical to understand the actual sol-gel composite gelation process in order to quantitatively determine the appropriate conditions for forming microsensor tips from these sol-gel materials. This presentation will focus on the construction of an inexpensive, micron-size fiber-optic sensor as well as a small flow-cell apparatus for the detection of various analytes. Also, the actual preparation of these sol-gel derived optical fibers will be discussed.

  19. Ternary Phase-Separation Investigation of Sol-Gel Derived Silica from Ethyl Silicate 40

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    Wang, Shengnan; Wang, David K.; Smart, Simon; Diniz da Costa, João C.

    2015-01-01

    A ternary phase-separation investigation of the ethyl silicate 40 (ES40) sol-gel process was conducted using ethanol and water as the solvent and hydrolysing agent, respectively. This oligomeric silica precursor underwent various degrees of phase separation behaviour in solution during the sol-gel reactions as a function of temperature and H2O/Si ratios. The solution composition within the immiscible region of the ES40 phase-separated system shows that the hydrolysis and condensation reactions decreased with decreasing reaction temperature. A mesoporous structure was obtained at low temperature due to weak drying forces from slow solvent evaporation on one hand and formation of unreacted ES40 cages in the other, which reduced network shrinkage and produced larger pores. This was attributed to the concentration of the reactive sites around the phase-separated interface, which enhanced the condensation and crosslinking. Contrary to dense silica structures obtained from sol-gel reactions in the miscible region, higher microporosity was produced via a phase-separated sol-gel system by using high H2O/Si ratios. This tailoring process facilitated further condensation reactions and crosslinking of silica chains, which coupled with stiffening of the network, made it more resistant to compression and densification. PMID:26411484

  20. Foldable and Cytocompatible Sol-gel TiO2 Photonics

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    Li, Lan; Zhang, Ping; Wang, Wei-Ming; Lin, Hongtao; Zerdoum, Aidan B.; Geiger, Sarah J.; Liu, Yangchen; Xiao, Nicholas; Zou, Yi; Ogbuu, Okechukwu; Du, Qingyang; Jia, Xinqiao; Li, Jingjing; Hu, Juejun

    2015-09-01

    Integrated photonics provides a miniaturized and potentially implantable platform to manipulate and enhance the interactions between light and biological molecules or tissues in in-vitro and in-vivo settings, and is thus being increasingly adopted in a wide cross-section of biomedical applications ranging from disease diagnosis to optogenetic neuromodulation. However, the mechanical rigidity of substrates traditionally used for photonic integration is fundamentally incompatible with soft biological tissues. Cytotoxicity of materials and chemicals used in photonic device processing imposes another constraint towards these biophotonic applications. Here we present thin film TiO2 as a viable material for biocompatible and flexible integrated photonics. Amorphous TiO2 films were deposited using a low temperature (<250 °C) sol-gel process fully compatible with monolithic integration on plastic substrates. High-index-contrast flexible optical waveguides and resonators were fabricated using the sol-gel TiO2 material, and resonator quality factors up to 20,000 were measured. Following a multi-neutral-axis mechanical design, these devices exhibit remarkable mechanical flexibility, and can sustain repeated folding without compromising their optical performance. Finally, we validated the low cytotoxicity of the sol-gel TiO2 devices through in-vitro cell culture tests. These results demonstrate the potential of sol-gel TiO2 as a promising material platform for novel biophotonic devices.

  1. Foldable and Cytocompatible Sol-gel TiO2 Photonics

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    Li, Lan; Zhang, Ping; Wang, Wei-Ming; Lin, Hongtao; Zerdoum, Aidan B.; Geiger, Sarah J.; Liu, Yangchen; Xiao, Nicholas; Zou, Yi; Ogbuu, Okechukwu; Du, Qingyang; Jia, Xinqiao; Li, Jingjing; Hu, Juejun

    2015-01-01

    Integrated photonics provides a miniaturized and potentially implantable platform to manipulate and enhance the interactions between light and biological molecules or tissues in in-vitro and in-vivo settings, and is thus being increasingly adopted in a wide cross-section of biomedical applications ranging from disease diagnosis to optogenetic neuromodulation. However, the mechanical rigidity of substrates traditionally used for photonic integration is fundamentally incompatible with soft biological tissues. Cytotoxicity of materials and chemicals used in photonic device processing imposes another constraint towards these biophotonic applications. Here we present thin film TiO2 as a viable material for biocompatible and flexible integrated photonics. Amorphous TiO2 films were deposited using a low temperature (<250 °C) sol-gel process fully compatible with monolithic integration on plastic substrates. High-index-contrast flexible optical waveguides and resonators were fabricated using the sol-gel TiO2 material, and resonator quality factors up to 20,000 were measured. Following a multi-neutral-axis mechanical design, these devices exhibit remarkable mechanical flexibility, and can sustain repeated folding without compromising their optical performance. Finally, we validated the low cytotoxicity of the sol-gel TiO2 devices through in-vitro cell culture tests. These results demonstrate the potential of sol-gel TiO2 as a promising material platform for novel biophotonic devices. PMID:26344823

  2. The influence of surfactants on the roughness of titania sol-gel films

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    Medina-Valtierra, Jorge . E-mail: jormeval@yahoo.com; Frausto-Reyes, Claudio . E-mail: cfraus@cio.mx; Calixto, Sergio . E-mail: scalixto@cio.mx; Bosch, Pedro . E-mail: lacv@xanum.uam.mx

    2007-03-15

    Substrate dipping in a composite sol-gel solution was used to prepare both smooth and rough thin films of titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) on commercial fiberglass. The deposition of a composite film was done in a beaker using a solution of titanium (IV) isopropoxide as the sol-gel precursor and cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide as the surfactant. In order to establish a correlation between experimental conditions and the titanium oxide produced, as well as the film quality, the calcined samples were characterized using Raman spectroscopy, UV-vis spectrophotometry, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. One of the most important results is that a 61-nm TiO{sub 2} film was obtained with a short immersion of fiberglass into the sol-gel without surfactant. In other cases, the deposited film consisted of a titanium precursor gel encapsulating micelles of surfactant. The gel films were converted to only the anatase phase by calcining them at 500 deg. C. The resulting films were crystalline and exhibited a uniform surface topography. In the present paper, it was found that the TiO{sub 2} films prepared from the sol-gel with a surfactant showed a granular microstructure, and are composed of irregular particles between 1.5 and 3 {mu}m. Smooth TiO{sub 2} films could have useful optical and corrosion-protective properties and, on other hand, roughness on the TiO{sub 2} films can enhance the inherent photocatalytic activity.

  3. Two substrate-confined sol-gel coassembled ordered macroporous silica structures with an open surface.

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    Guo, Wenhua; Wang, Ming; Xia, Wei; Dai, Lihua

    2013-05-21

    A sol-gel cooperative assembly method was demonstrated for the fabrication of inverse opal films with an open surface. In this method, a sol-gel silicate precursor was cooperatively assembled into the interstitial spaces of microspheres at the same time when polystyrene templates formed in between two desired substrates. Silica inverse opals with a three-dimensional ordered macroporous (3DOM) structure were obtained after selective removing the colloidal templates by calcination. The open surfaces with a high degree of interconnected porosity and extremely uniform pore size were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM). Optical transmission spectra reveals the existence of considerable deep band gaps of up to 70% and steep band edges of up to 6%/nm in the [111] directions of the 3DOM silica samples. A little shrinkage confirmed by transmission spectra is not larger than 3%, in consistent with the results measured by SEM, which revealing the sufficient and compact infiltration into the interstitial spaces by our confined sol-gel coassembly method. With different incidence angles, the positions of pseudogaps can be easily tuned in the wide range from 720 nm to 887 nm, agreed well with the calculated values by the Bragg law. All the results prove that the sol-gel coassembly method with two substrates confinement is a simple, low cost, convenient and versatile method for the fabrication of silica inverse opals without overlayers in large domains. PMID:23614663

  4. Sol-gel deposition of buffer layers on biaxially textured metal substances

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    Shoup, Shara S.; Paranthamam, Mariappan; Beach, David B.; Kroeger, Donald M.; Goyal, Amit

    2000-01-01

    A method is disclosed for forming a biaxially textured buffer layer on a biaxially oriented metal substrate by using a sol-gel coating technique followed by pyrolyzing/annealing in a reducing atmosphere. This method is advantageous for providing substrates for depositing electronically active materials thereon.

  5. Sol-gel-derived silicate nano-hybrids for biomedical applications.

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    Tsuru, Kanji; Shirosaki, Yuki; Hayakawa, Satoshi; Osaka, Akiyoshi

    2013-01-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrids of poly(dimethyl siloxane), gelatin, and chitosan with such silanes as tetraethoxysilane and 3-glycidoxytriethoxysilane are derived via the sol-gel routes. Their biomedical applications are discussed from biomimetic deposition of bone-like apatite, cell culture, and in vivo behavior. PMID:24189412

  6. Thin-film silica sol-gel coatings for neural microelectrodes.

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    Pierce, Andrew L; Sommakia, Salah; Rickus, Jenna L; Otto, Kevin J

    2009-05-30

    The reactive tissue response of the brain to chronically implanted materials remains a formidable obstacle to stable recording from implanted microelectrodes. One approach to mitigate this response is to apply a bioactive coating in the form of an ultra-porous silica sol-gel, which can be engineered to improve biocompatibility and to enable local drug delivery. The first step in establishing the feasibility of such a coating is to investigate the effects of the coating on electrode properties. In this paper, we describe a method to apply a thin-film silica sol-gel coating to silicon-based microelectrodes, and discuss the resultant changes in the electrode properties. Fluorescently labeled coatings were used to confirm coating adherence to the electrode. Cyclic voltammetry and impedance spectroscopy were used to evaluate electrical property changes. The silica sol-gel was found to successfully adhere to the electrodes as a thin coating. The voltammograms revealed a slight increase in charge carrying capacity of the electrodes following coating. Impedance spectrograms showed a mild increase in impedance at high frequencies but a more pronounced decrease in impedance at mid to low frequencies. These results demonstrate the feasibility of applying silica sol-gel coatings to silicon-based microelectrodes and are encouraging for the continued investigation of their use in mitigating the reactive tissue response. PMID:19427536

  7. Ternary Phase-Separation Investigation of Sol-Gel Derived Silica from Ethyl Silicate 40

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    Wang, Shengnan; Wang, David K.; Smart, Simon; Diniz da Costa, João C.

    2015-09-01

    A ternary phase-separation investigation of the ethyl silicate 40 (ES40) sol-gel process was conducted using ethanol and water as the solvent and hydrolysing agent, respectively. This oligomeric silica precursor underwent various degrees of phase separation behaviour in solution during the sol-gel reactions as a function of temperature and H2O/Si ratios. The solution composition within the immiscible region of the ES40 phase-separated system shows that the hydrolysis and condensation reactions decreased with decreasing reaction temperature. A mesoporous structure was obtained at low temperature due to weak drying forces from slow solvent evaporation on one hand and formation of unreacted ES40 cages in the other, which reduced network shrinkage and produced larger pores. This was attributed to the concentration of the reactive sites around the phase-separated interface, which enhanced the condensation and crosslinking. Contrary to dense silica structures obtained from sol-gel reactions in the miscible region, higher microporosity was produced via a phase-separated sol-gel system by using high H2O/Si ratios. This tailoring process facilitated further condensation reactions and crosslinking of silica chains, which coupled with stiffening of the network, made it more resistant to compression and densification.

  8. A Sol-Gel-Modified Poly(methyl methacrylate) Electrophoresis Microchip with a Hydrophilic Channel Wall

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    Chen, Gang; Xu, Xuejiao; Lin, Yuehe; Wang, Joseph

    2007-07-27

    A sol-gel method was employed to fabricate a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) electrophoresis microchip that contains a hydrophilic channel wall. To fabricate such a device, tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) was injected into the PMMA channel and was allowed to diffuse into the surface layer for 24 h. After removing the excess TEOS, the channel was filled with an acidic solution for 3 h. Subsequently, the channel was flushed with water and was pretreated in an oven to obtain a sol-gel-modified PMMA microchip. The water contact angle for the sol-gel-modified PMMA was 27.4° compared with 66.3° for the pure PMMA. In addition, the electro-osmotic flow increased from 2.13×10-4 cm2 V-1 s-1 for the native-PMMA channel to 4.86×10-4 cm2 V-1 s-1 for the modified one. The analytical performance of the sol-gel-modified PMMA microchip was demonstrated for the electrophoretic separation of several purines, coupled with amperometric detection. The separation efficiency of uric acid increased to 74 882.3 m-1 compared with 14 730.5 m-1 for native-PMMA microchips. The result of this simple modification is a significant improvement in the performance of PMMA for microchip electrophoresis and microfluidic applications.

  9. [Sol-gel preparation of ultrathin nano-hydroxyapatite coating and its characterization].

    PubMed

    Yang, Jianhua; Guo, Linghong; Li, Hui

    2006-10-01

    Present study used dip-coating techniques to fabricate ultrathin nano-HA coating on titanium in organic sol-gel of Ca (NO3)2. 4H2O and PO(CH3)3 and inorganic sol-gel of Ca (NO3)2. 4H2O and (NH4)2HPO4. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to observe the morphology and distribution of crystallite size (D) and lattice strain (epsilon) of ultrathin nano-HA coating. After heated at 400 degrees C, the apatite structure of coatings on titanium began to appear. At heating temperature of 400 degrees C-600 degrees C, the effect of heating temperature on D and epsilon of both coatings was obvious. Precursor types significantly affected the particle diameters of nano-HA coatings, which were 25-40 nm for organic sol-gel and about 100 nm for inorganic sol. The thickness of ultrathin nano-HA coatings was 2.5 microm for organic sol-gel and 5 microm for inorganic sol and morphology of interfaces between coating and titanium was intact and homogenous. PMID:17121358

  10. Beta zeolite supported sol-gel TiO2 materials for gas phase photocatalytic applications.

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    Lafjah, Mama; Djafri, Fatiha; Bengueddach, Abdelkader; Keller, Nicolas; Keller, Valérie

    2011-02-28

    Beta zeolite supported sol-gel TiO(2) photocatalytic materials were prepared according to a sol-gel route in which high specific surface area Beta zeolite powder was incorporated into the titanium isopropoxide sol during the course of the sol-gel process. This led to an intimate contact between the zeolite surface and the TiO(2) precursors, and resulted in the anchorage of large amounts of dispersed TiO(2) nanoparticles and in the stabilization of TiO(2) in its anatase form, even for high TiO(2) wt. contents and high calcination temperatures. Taking the UV-A photocatalytic oxidation of methanol as gas phase target reaction, high methanol conversions were obtained on the Beta zeolite supported TiO(2) photocatalysts when compared to bulk sol-gel TiO(2), despite lower amounts of TiO(2) within the photoactive materials. The methanol conversion was optimum for about 40 wt.% TiO(2) loading and calcination temperatures of 500-600°C. PMID:21177024

  11. Optical properties of metallophthalocyanines in solution and in a sol-gel matrix

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    Acosta, Agnes; Sarkisov, Sergey S.; Wilkosz, Aaron; Leyderman, Alexander; Venkateswarlu, Putcha

    1997-10-01

    The sol-gel method is convenient for preparing amorphous transparent oxides with a wide range of optical properties including laser action, optical gain, phosphorescence, SHG and other non-linear effects. The sol-gel method was used to produce sol-gel samples using metallophthalocyanines. From metallophthalocyanines we used Cu (II) phthalocyanine (beta) - form, Ni (II) phthalocyaninetetrasulfonic acid, tetrasodium salt, Cu (II) 3,10,17,24-tetra-tert-butyl-1,8,15,22-tetrakis (dimethylamino)-29H, 31H-phthalocyanine, Zn 1,4,8,11,15,18,22,25-octabutoxy- 29H,31H-phthalocyanine Ni (II) 5,9,14,18,23,27,32,36-octabutoxy- 2,3-napthalocyanine and Cu (II) 5,9,14,18,23,27,32,36-octabutoxy-2,3-napthalocyanine. In our paper we report and discuss the results obtained from the measurements of the index of refraction using the prism coupling technique, absorption spectra and non-linear transmission measurements using picosecond laser pulses. The absorption spectras of Cu, Zn and Ni phthalocyanines in solution and sol-gel matrix showed decomposition. We found optical limiting after 0.2 J/cm2 in Ni (II) phthalocyaninetetrasulfonic acid, tetrasodium salt solution; glass samples showed no optical limiting. The mean of the index of refraction measured for all the (beta) -Cu phthalocyanine samples was 1.42. No birefringency was found.

  12. OPTIMIZATION OF ALKYL ESTER PRODUCTION FROM GREASE USING A PHYLLOSILICATE SOL-GEL IMMOBILIZED LIPASE

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Simple alkyl ester derivatives of restaurant grease were prepared using a lipase from Pseudomonas cepacia immobilized within a phyllosilicate sol-gel matrix as biocatalyst. Alcoholysis reactions of grease were carried out in solvent-free media using a one step addition of alcohol to reaction mixtur...

  13. Investigations of the small-scale thermal behavior of sol-gel thermites.

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    Warren, Mial E.; Farrow, Matthew; Tappan, Alexander Smith

    2009-02-01

    Sol-gel thermites, formulated from nanoporous oxides and dispersed fuel particles, may provide materials useful for small-scale, intense thermal sources, but understanding the factors affecting performance is critical prior to use. Work was conducted on understanding the synthesis conditions, thermal treatments, and additives that lead to different performance characteristics in iron oxide sol-gel thermites. Additionally, the safety properties of sol-gel thermites were investigated, especially those related to air sensitivity. Sol-gel thermites were synthesized using a variety of different techniques and there appear to be many viable routes to relatively equivalent thermites. These thermites were subjected to several different thermal treatments under argon in a differential scanning calorimeter, and it was shown that a 65 C hold for up to 200 minutes was effective for the removal of residual solvent, thus preventing boiling during the final thermal activation step. Vacuum-drying prior to this heating was shown to be even more effective at removing residual solvent. The addition of aluminum and molybdenum trioxide (MoO{sub 3}) reduced the total heat release per unit mass upon exposure to air, probably due to a decrease in the amount of reduced iron oxide species in the thermite. For the thermal activation step of heat treatment, three different temperatures were investigated. Thermal activation at 200 C resulted in increased ignition sensitivity over thermal activation at 232 C, and thermal activation at 300 C resulted in non-ignitable material. Non-sol-gel iron oxide did not exhibit any of the air-sensitivity observed in sol-gel iron oxide. In the DSC experiments, no bulk ignition of sol-gel thermites was observed upon exposure to air after thermal activation in argon; however ignition did occur when the material was heated in air after thermal treatment. In larger-scale experiments, up to a few hundred milligrams, no ignition was observed upon exposure to air

  14. Er3+-activated photonic structures fabricated by sol-gel and rf-sputtering techniques

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    Ferrari, M.; Alombert-Goget, G.; Armellini, C.; Berneschi, S.; Bhaktha, S. N. B.; Boulard, B.; Brenci, M.; Chiappini, A.; Chiasera, A.; Duverger-Arfuso, C.; Féron, P.; Gonçalves, R. R.; Jestin, Y.; Minati, L.; Moser, E.; Nunzi Conti, G.; Pelli, S.; Rao, D. N.; Retoux, R.; Righini, G. C.; Speranza, G.

    2009-05-01

    The realization of photonic structures operating at visible and near infrared frequencies is a highly attractive scientific and technological challenge. Since optical fiber innovation, a huge of activity has been performed leading to interesting results, such as optical waveguides and planar lightwave circuits, microphotonic devices, optical microcavities, nanowires, plasmonic structures, and photonic crystals. These systems have opened new possibilities in the field of both basic and applied physics, in a large area covering Information Communication Technologies, Health and Biology, Structural Engineering, and Environment Monitoring Systems. Several materials and techniques are employed to successfully fabricate photonic structures. Concerning materials, Er3+-activated silica-based glasses still play an important role, although recently interesting results have been published about fluoride glass-ceramic waveguides. As far as regards the fabrication methods sol-gel route and rf sputtering have proved to be versatile and reliable techniques. In this article we will present a review of some Er3+-activated photonic structures fabricated by sol gel route and rf sputtering deposition. In the discussion on the sol-gel approach we focus our attention on the silica-hafnia binary system presenting an overview concerning fabrication protocols and structural, optical and spectroscopic assessment of SiO2-HfO2 waveguides activated by Er3+ ions. In order to put in evidence the reliability and versatility of the sol-gel route for photonics applications four different confined structures are briefly presented: amorphous waveguides, coated microspheres, monolithic waveguide laser, and core-shell nanospheres. As examples of rf sputtering technique, we will discuss Er3+-activated silica-hafnia and silica-germania waveguides, the latter system allowing fabrication of integrated optics structures by UV photo-imprinting. Finally, two examples of photonic crystal structures, one

  15. Magnetic resonance as a structural probe of a uranium (VI) sol-gel process

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    King, C.M.; Thompson, M.C.; Buchanan, B.R.; King, R.B.; Garber, A.R.

    1989-12-31

    NMR investigations on the ORNL process for sol-gel synthesis of microspherical nuclear fuel (UO{sub 2}), has been useful in sorting out the chemical mechanism in the sol-gel steps. {sup 13}C, {sup 15}N, and {sup 1}H NMR studies on the HMTA gelation agent (Hexamethylene tetramine, C{sub 6}H{sub l2}N{sub 4}) has revealed near quantitative stability of this adamantane-like compound in the sol-Gel process, contrary to its historical role as an ammonia source for gelation from the worldwide technical literature. {sub 17}0 NMR of uranyl (UO{sub 2}{sup ++}) hydrolysis fragments produced in colloidal sols has revealed the selective formation of a uranyl trimer, [(UO{sub 2}){sub 3}({mu}{sub 3}-O)({mu}{sub 2}-OH){sub 3}]{sup +}, induced by basic hydrolysis with the HMTA gelation agent. Spectroscopic results show that trimer condensation occurs during sol-gel processing leading to layered polyanionic hydrous uranium oxides in which HMTAH{sup +} is occluded as an ``intercalation`` cation. Subsequent sol-gel processing of microspheres by ammonia washing results in in-situ ion exchange and formation of a layered hydrous ammonium uranate with a proposed structural formula of (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}[(UO{sub 2}){sub 8}O{sub 4}(OH){sub 10}] {center_dot} 8H{sub 2}0. This compound is the precursor to sintered U0{sub 2} ceramic fuel.

  16. Magnetic resonance as a structural probe of a uranium (VI) sol-gel process

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    King, C.M.; Thompson, M.C.; Buchanan, B.R. ); King, R.B. . Dept. of Chemistry); Garber, A.R. . Dept. of Chemistry)

    1989-01-01

    NMR investigations on the ORNL process for sol-gel synthesis of microspherical nuclear fuel (UO{sub 2}), has been useful in sorting out the chemical mechanism in the sol-gel steps. {sup 13}C, {sup 15}N, and {sup 1}H NMR studies on the HMTA gelation agent (Hexamethylene tetramine, C{sub 6}H{sub l2}N{sub 4}) has revealed near quantitative stability of this adamantane-like compound in the sol-Gel process, contrary to its historical role as an ammonia source for gelation from the worldwide technical literature. {sub 17}0 NMR of uranyl (UO{sub 2}{sup ++}) hydrolysis fragments produced in colloidal sols has revealed the selective formation of a uranyl trimer, ((UO{sub 2}){sub 3}({mu}{sub 3}-O)({mu}{sub 2}-OH){sub 3}){sup +}, induced by basic hydrolysis with the HMTA gelation agent. Spectroscopic results show that trimer condensation occurs during sol-gel processing leading to layered polyanionic hydrous uranium oxides in which HMTAH{sup +} is occluded as an intercalation'' cation. Subsequent sol-gel processing of microspheres by ammonia washing results in in-situ ion exchange and formation of a layered hydrous ammonium uranate with a proposed structural formula of (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}((UO{sub 2}){sub 8}O{sub 4}(OH){sub 10}) {center dot} 8H{sub 2}0. This compound is the precursor to sintered U0{sub 2} ceramic fuel.

  17. Sol-gel processes and materials. November 1971-October 1989 (Citations from the US Patent data base). Report for November 1971-October 1989

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    Not Available

    1990-01-01

    This bibliography contains citations of selected patents concerning sol-gel processes and sol-gel derived materials and products. Selected patents include sol-gel compositions, ceramic and refractory materials, fabrication of silica glass, sol-gel thin films and coatings, transparent inorganic oxide glass, luminescent quartz glass, cataylsts and catalyst supports, nuclear fuels preparation, abrasives for grinding wheels, sol-gel production of microspheres, alumina composites, photographic materials, and dental materials. (This updated bibliography contains 120 citations, 12 of which are new entries to the previous edition.)

  18. Sol-gel processes and materials. January 1970-August 1989 (Citations from the US Patent data base). Report for January 1970-August 1989

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    Not Available

    1989-09-01

    This bibliography contains citations of selected patents concerning Sol-Gel processes and Sol-Gel derived materials and products. Selected patents include Sol-Gel compositions, ceramic and refractory materials, fabrication of silica glass, Sol-Gel thin films and coatings, transparent inorganic oxide glass, luminescent quartz glass, cataylsts and catalyst supports, nuclear fuels preparation, abrasives for grinding wheels, Sol-Gel production of microspheres, alumina composites, photographic materials, and dental materials. (This updated bibliography contains 108 citations, 37 of which are new entries to the previous edition.)

  19. Effect of PMMA impregnation on the fluorescence quantum yield of sol-gel glasses doped with quinine sulfate

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    Meneses-Nava, M. A.; Barbosa-García, O.; Díaz-Torres, L. A.; Chávez-Cerda, S.; Torres-Cisneros, M.; King, T. A.

    2001-08-01

    The fluorescence quantum yield of quinine sulfate in sol-gel and PMMA impregnated glasses is measured. The observed quantum yield improvement in the sol-gel matrix, compared to ethanol, is interpreted as a reduction of non-radiative relaxation channels by isolation of the molecules by the cage of the glass. PMMA impregnated sol-gel glasses show an extra improvement of the fluorescence yield, which is interpreted as a reduction of the free space and the rigid fixation of the molecules to the matrix.

  20. Fiber-optic chemical sensors using sol-gel membranes and photocatalysts

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    Nivens, Delana Amber Gajdosik

    Fiber-optic sensors have been developed that incorporate multi-layer organo-silica sol-gel membranes. Multilayer sol-gel sensors have been designed to offer improved stability over other sol-gel membranes and to measure COsb2 and the unreactive analytes trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene. Single layer pH sensors were fabricated using a base-catalyzed organo-silica sol-gel containing organosilane coupling agents. A base catalyst was found to be better suited for complete incorporation of the aminopropyltriethoxysilane used to attach dye molecules. This allows the production of optically transparent gels that respond to pH in less than 15 seconds. Dual layer COsb2 sensors use the pH sol-gel layer overcoated with a hydrophobic ORganically MOdified SIlica sol-gel membrane (ORMOSIL). The ORMOSIL reduces much of the pH cross sensitivity found in gas sensors and allows fast, reversible diffusion of COsb2. The sensors respond to COsb2 gas within 10 seconds and dissolved COsb2 in 2 minutes. COsb2 sensors have been found to be stable and reproducible for 12 months when stored dry and at least 6 months when stored in buffer. Many volatile organochloride compounds (VOC's) have been difficult to measure using current fiber-optic sensor transduction schemes. The three-layer optical sensor described here incorporates a TiOsb2/SiOsb2 membrane to degrade VOC's into smaller, detectable products, Hsp+, Clsp- and COsb2. Upon exposure to UV light, TiOsb2, a semiconductor with a bandgap of 3.2 eV, produces highly reactive electron-hole pairs that photodegrade organic compounds. The products produced on the TiOsb2 surface diffuse into the nearby indicator membrane where they are detected. Carbon dioxide and protons produced are detected by the pH sensitive indicator layer described above. Preliminary data for the measurement of VOC's indicates that the detection limit for PCE is less than 1.65 ppm in the headspace (10 ppm in solution). Photocatalysis is also used to measure uranyl

  1. Synthesis and characterization of sol-gel-derived nanomaterials and nanocrystalline electroless metal coatings

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    Shukla, Satyajit Vishnu

    CuS (minimum size of 2.5 nm), Ag2S (minimum and average size of 2.5 nm and 26 nm respectively), and Au (with minimum size of <10 nm) nanoparticles dispersed within the sol-gel derived hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC)-silica films are synthesized using the gas diffusion technique. The effectiveness of HPC polymer, as a 'compatibilizer', to synthesize semiconductor and metal nanoparticles distributed uniformly within the silica film is demonstrated. The sol-gel derived HPC-silica films containing dispersed nanoparticles are characterized using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to understand the mechanism of formation of nanoparticles within the film. The XPS core-level binding energies (B.E.) for the nanoparticles are observed to be sensitive to the variation in the chemical composition at the surface and their size. The 'cluster size effect' is shown to be useful in predicting the average nanoparticle size. Nanocrystalline ZrO2 particles are successfully synthesized using sol-gel technique utilizing HPC polymer as a 'steric barrier'. The use of HPC polymer is demonstrated to synthesize submicron-sized, non-agglomerated, and spherical as well as nanocrystalline ZrO2 particles by adjusting the sol-gel synthesis parameters. The effect of sol-gel synthesis parameters on ZrO2 nanocrystallite size, its distribution, and the phase evolution behavior of ZrO2 is studied. The optimum sol-gel synthesis parameters for synthesizing nanocrystalline ZrO2 with 100% tetragonal phase are identified. Cu/CuO-ZrO2 composite powder is synthesized using the electroless metal deposition technique. The mechanism of electroless deposition of Cu over ZrO2 particle surface is investigated using XPS. On the basis of 'cluster size effect', it is suggested that, the electroless metal deposition process activates the non-catalytic ceramic substrate surface by depositing metallic Pd0 clusters and not by the accepted Pd-Sn alloy catalyst. Fly ash cenosphere particle surface is also activated by

  2. Fabrication and Characterization of Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) Thin Films by Sol-Gel Technique

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    Rahman, M. F.; Miglioli, L.

    2016-02-01

    In this work, thin lead zirconate titanate, Pb[Zr0.52Ti0.48]O3 (PZT) films have been developed from a novel sol-gel route. The sol-gel films were deposited by spin coating method. Isopropanol-based solution was used for its less toxic property. Gold (Au), platinum (Pt) and indium tin oxide (ITO) were used as substrates. Homogeneous polycrystalline films with (110) preferred orientation were obtained from all the films. The films behaved as ferroelectric material where dielectric constant at 0V for the films obtained from Au, Pt and ITO substrates were 484, 770 and 655, respectively. The coercive field values were around 10-15KV/cm which revealed that the films were soft ferroelectric.

  3. Transparent ultralow-density silica aerogels prepared by a two-step sol-gel process

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    Tillotson, T.M.; Hrubesh, L.W.

    1991-09-01

    Conventional silica sol-gel chemistry is limited for the production of transparent ultralow-density aerogels because (1) gelation is either slow or unachievable, and (2) even when gelation is achieved, the large pore sizes result in loss of transparency for aerogels <.020 g/cc. We have developed a two-step sol-gel process that circumvents the limitations of the conventional process and allows the formation of ultralow-density gels in a matter of hours. we have found that the gel time is dependent on the catalyst concentration. After supercritical extraction, the aerogels are transparent, uncracked tiles with densities as low as .003 g/cc. 6 figs., 11 refs.

  4. A Review of Photocatalysts Prepared by Sol-Gel Method for VOCs Removal

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    Tseng, Ting Ke; Lin, Yi Shing; Chen, Yi Ju; Chu, Hsin

    2010-01-01

    The sol-gel process is a wet-chemical technique (chemical solution deposition), which has been widely used in the fields of materials science, ceramic engineering, and especially in the preparation of photocatalysts. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are prevalent components of indoor air pollution. Among the approaches to remove VOCs from indoor air, photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) is regarded as a promising method. This paper is a review of the status of research on the sol-gel method for photocatalyst preparation and for the PCO purification of VOCs. The review and discussion will focus on the preparation and coating of various photocatalysts, operational parameters, and will provide an overview of general PCO models described in the literature. PMID:20640156

  5. Glucose microbiosensor based on alumina sol-gel matrix/electropolymerized composite membrane.

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    Chen, Xiaohong; Hu, Yibai; Wilson, George S

    2002-12-01

    A procedure is described that provides co-immobilization of enzyme and bovine serum albumin (BSA) within an alumina sol-gel matrix and a polyphenol layer permselective for endogenous electroactive species. BSA has first been employed for the immobilization of glucose oxidase (GOx) on a Pt electrode in a sol-gel to produce a uniform, thin and compact film with enhanced enzyme activity. Electropolymerization of phenol was then employed to form an anti-interference and protective polyphenol film within the enzyme layer. In addition, a stability-reinforcing membrane derived from (3-aminopropyl)-trimethoxysilane was constructed by electrochemically-assisted crosslinking. This hybrid film outside the enzyme layer contributed both to the improved stability and to permselectivity. The resulting glucose sensor was characterized by a short response time (<10 s), high sensitivity (10.4 nA/mM mm(2)), low interference from endogenous electroactive species, and a working lifetime of at least 60 days. PMID:12392950

  6. Sol gel based fiber optic sensor for blook pH measurement

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    Grant, S. A.; Glass, R. S.

    1996-12-19

    This paper describes a fiber-optic pH sensor based upon sol-gel encapsulation of a self-referencing dye, seminaphthorhodamine-1 carboxylate (SNARF-1C). The simple sol-gel fabrication procedure and low coating leachability are ideal for encapsulation and immobilization of dye molecules onto the end of an optical fiber. A miniature bench-top fluorimeter system was developed for use with the optical fiber to obtain pH measurements. Linear and reproducible responses were obtained in human blood in the pH range 6.8 to 8.0, which encompasses the clinically-relevant range. Therefore, this sensor can be considered for in vivo use.

  7. Surface aspects of sol-gel derived hematite films for the photoelectrochemical oxidation of water.

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    Herrmann-Geppert, Iris; Bogdanoff, Peter; Radnik, Jörg; Fengler, Steffen; Dittrich, Thomas; Fiechter, Sebastian

    2013-02-01

    α-Fe(2)O(3) (hematite) photoanodes for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) were prepared by a cost-efficient sol-gel procedure. Due to low active photoelectrochemical properties observed, it is assumed that the sol-gel procedure leads to hematite films with defects and surface states on which generated charge carriers are recombined or immobilized in trap processes. Electrochemical activation was proven to diminish unfavourable surface groups to some extent. More efficiently, a plasma treatment improves significantly the photoelectrochemical properties of the OER. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis reveals an oxygen enriched surface layer with new oxygen species which may be responsible for the improved electrochemical activity. Due to surface photovoltage an increased fraction of transferred charge carriers from these newly produced surface defects are identified. PMID:23247669

  8. Solid-state NMR study of geopolymer prepared by sol-gel chemistry

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    Tsai, Yi-Ling; Hanna, John V.; Lee, Yuan-Ling; Smith, Mark E.; Chan, Jerry C.C.

    2010-12-15

    Geopolymers are a new class of materials formed by the condensation of aluminosilicates and silicates obtained from natural minerals or industrial wastes. In this work, the sol-gel method is used to synthesize precursor materials for the preparation of geopolymers. The geopolymer samples prepared by our synthetic route have been characterized by a series of physical techniques, including Fourier-transform infrared, X-ray diffraction, and multinuclear solid-state NMR. The results are very similar to those obtained for the geopolymers prepared from natural kaolinite. We believe that our synthetic approach can offer a good opportunity for the medical applications of geopolymer. -- Graphical abstract: Geopolymer prepared by the sol-gel route has the same spectroscopic properties as the sample prepared from the natural kaolinite. Display Omitted

  9. The porosity of sol-gel silica thin films for optrode applications

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    Harris, T.M.; Knobbe, E.T.

    1995-12-01

    Porous silica thin films produced by sol-gel processing are being considered for use in optical sensor (optrode) applications. In this study, thin films were produced by dip-coating onto glass slides. The porosity was then measured indirectly, by determining the amount of methylene blue adsorption on each slide. Using this technique, it has been determined that the {open_quotes}two-step{close_quotes} sol-gel process provides a greater surface area than the acid-catalyzed process. With the two-step process, increasing the amount of solvent (ethanol) and decreasing the rate of slide withdrawal from the sol provided increased surface area when normalized to the mass of the deposit.

  10. Effect of sol-gel modifications on formation and morphology of nanocrystalline lanthanum aluminate

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    Koc, S. Naci . E-mail: nacik@istanbul.edu.tr; Oksuzomer, Faruk; Yasar, Erdem; Akturk, Selcuk; Gurkaynak, M. Ali

    2006-12-14

    LaAlO{sub 3} powders are prepared by sol-gel method. The effect of preparation conditions on morphological properties and crystal formations are investigated. iso-Propanol/tert-butanol and ethyl acetoacetate/ethylene glycol monomethylether are used solvents and complexing agents, respectively. Samples are dried with conventional and freeze-drying methods and calcined between 600 and 1000 deg. C. TGA, DTA, XRD, SEM and TEM methods are used for characterization. It is observed that freeze-dried sample prepared with tert-butanol has the lowest LaAlO{sub 3} formation temperature and uniform rhombohedral crystals. But conventionally dried sample, prepared with iso-propanol has smallest agglomerates at 1000 deg. C and does not show clear crystallization temperature in DTA analysis. The XRD peaks of LaAlO{sub 3} crystal are observed at 600 deg. C for all samples prepared by various sol-gel conditions.

  11. Synthesis and enhanced thermal stability of albumins@alumina: towards injectable sol-gel materials.

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    Rutenberg, Avi; Vinogradov, Vladimir V; Avnir, David

    2013-06-25

    A major obstacle to the introduction of bioactively-doped sol-gel based materials for medical applications has been the fact that silica - the most widely studied sol-gel material - despite being a GRAS material, which is widely used as an additive in foods and drug formulations, is still not approved by regulatory agencies for intramuscular injections. Here we point to a potential solution to this problem by shifting the weight to alumina, which is approved for injections as the most common immunization adjuvant. Towards the achievement of this goal we describe the development of protein entrapment methods tailored to alumina, and show high thermal stability of protein-dopants, using a newly developed DSC methodology for this purpose. PMID:23682354

  12. The role of temperature in forming sol-gel biocomposites containing polydopamine.

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    Dyke, Jason Christopher; Hu, Huamin; Lee, Dong Joon; Ko, Ching-Chang; You, Wei

    2014-11-28

    To further improve the physical strength and biomedical applicability of bioceramicsbuilt on hydroxyapatite-gelatin (HAp-Gel) and siloxane sol-gel reactions, we incorporated mussel adhesive inspired polydopamine (PD) into our original composite based on HAp-Gel cross-linked with siloxane. Surprisingly, with the addition of PD, we observed that the processing conditions and temperatures play an important role in the structure and performance of these materials. A systematic study to investigate this temperature dependence behavior discloses that the rate of crosslinking of silane during the sol-gel process is significantly influenced by the temperature, whereas the polymerization of the dopamine only shows minor temperature dependence. With this discovery, we report an innovative thermal process for the design and application of these biocomposites. PMID:25485111

  13. The role of temperature in forming sol-gel biocomposites containing polydopamine

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    Dyke, Jason Christopher; Hu, Huamin; Lee, Dong Joon; Ko, Ching-Chang; You, Wei

    2014-01-01

    To further improve the physical strength and biomedical applicability of bioceramicsbuilt on hydroxyapatite-gelatin (HAp-Gel) and siloxane sol-gel reactions, we incorporated mussel adhesive inspired polydopamine (PD) into our original composite based on HAp-Gel cross-linked with siloxane. Surprisingly, with the addition of PD, we observed that the processing conditions and temperatures play an important role in the structure and performance of these materials. A systematic study to investigate this temperature dependence behavior discloses that the rate of crosslinking of silane during the sol-gel process is significantly influenced by the temperature, whereas the polymerization of the dopamine only shows minor temperature dependence. With this discovery, we report an innovative thermal process for the design and application of these biocomposites. PMID:25485111

  14. Sol-gel coatings for high power laser optics-past, present and future

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    Thomas, I.M.

    1993-12-21

    An investigation into the preparation of sol-gel coatings for high power lasers was started at LLNL in 1983 and AR coatings were successfully developed for use in the Nova laser in 1984. Several other large lasers now use these coatings. Subsequent work on HR coatings resulted in AlOOH/SiO{sub 2} and later ZrO{sub 2} or HfO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2} systems of good optical performance. The use of organic polymer binders gave increased damage threshold and enhanced optical performance. We are in the process of scaling up HR fabrication for substrates approximately 38 cm square. Concurrently we are developing sol-gel random phase plates for laser beam smoothing. These have a patterned surface design of silica which induces phase shifts in the beam by variation in the optical path length. Plates of this type on 80 cm diameter substrates have been used successfully on the Nova.

  15. Moisture sensor based on evanescent wave light scattering by porous sol-gel silica coating

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    Tao, Shiquan; Singh, Jagdish P.; Winstead, Christopher B.

    2006-05-02

    An optical fiber moisture sensor that can be used to sense moisture present in gas phase in a wide range of concentrations is provided, as well techniques for making the same. The present invention includes a method that utilizes the light scattering phenomenon which occurs in a porous sol-gel silica by coating an optical fiber core with such silica. Thus, a porous sol-gel silica polymer coated on an optical fiber core forms the transducer of an optical fiber moisture sensor according to an embodiment. The resulting optical fiber sensor of the present invention can be used in various applications, including to sense moisture content in indoor/outdoor air, soil, concrete, and low/high temperature gas streams.

  16. Regioselective hydroaminomethylation of vinylarenes by a sol-gel immobilized rhodium catalyst.

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    Nairoukh, Zackaria; Blum, Jochanan

    2014-03-21

    In the course of our studies toward the development of new heterogeneous conditions for better controlling regioselectivity in organic reactions, we investigated the application of sol-gel immobilized organometallic catalyst for regioselective hydroaminomethylation of vinylarenes with aniline or nitroarene derivatives in an aqueous microemulsion. By immobilization of 6 mol % [Rh(cod)Cl]2 within a hydrophobic silica sol-gel matrix we were able to perform efficient hydroaminomethylation under mild conditions and isolate 2-arylpropylamines with high regioselectivity. The regioselectivity of the reaction was found to be mainly dependent on the hydrophobicity of the catalyst support. It is also significantly affected by the electronic nature of the substrates, by the reaction temperature, and by syngas pressure. The heterogenized catalyst can be reused for several times. PMID:24528141

  17. Multi-level diffractive optical elements produced by excimer laser ablation of sol-gel.

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    Neiss, Estelle; Flury, Manuel; Mager, Loïc; Rehspringer, Jean-Luc; Fort, Alain; Montgomery, Paul; Gérard, Philippe; Fontaine, Joël; Robert, Stéphane

    2008-09-01

    Material ablation by excimer laser micromachining is a promising approach for structuring sol-gel materials as we demonstrate in the present study. Using the well-known direct etching technique, the behaviour of different hybrid organic/inorganic self-made sol-gel materials is examined with a KrF* laser. Ablated depths ranging from 0.1 to 1.5 microm are obtained with a few laser pulses at low fluence (< 1 J/cm(2)). The aim is to rapidly transfer surface relief multi-level diffractive patterns in such a substrate, without intermediate steps. The combination with the 3D profilometry technique of coherence probe microscopy permits to analyse the etching process with the aim of producing multi-level Diffractive Optical Elements (DOE). Examples of four-level DOEs with 10 microm square elementary cells are presented, as well as their laser reconstructions in the infrared. PMID:18773015

  18. The Physics of Evaporation-Induced Assembly of Sol-Gel Materials

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    HURD,ALAN J.; STEINBERG,LEV

    2000-07-24

    Remarkable materials ordered at the nanoscale emerge when a sol-gel solution becomes co-organized with a surfactant. At sufficiently high concentration, the surfactant forms crystalline or liquid-crystalline arrays of micelles in the presence of the sol-gel, and as gelation proceeds the arrays become locked into the gel. Recent experiments demonstrate that the degree of order in the resulting mesoporous ceramic phase can be enhanced and controlled by continuous dip coating in which the solution, initially dilute, evolves through the critical micelle concentration by steady-state evaporation. The long-range order and microstructural orientation in these films suggest that the propagation of a critical-micelle-concentration transition front, with large physico-chemical gradients, promotes oriented self assembly of surfactant aggregates. This steep-gradient view is supported by results from unsteady evaporation of aerosols of similar solutions, in which internally well-ordered but complex particles are formed.

  19. Sol-gel co-assembly of hollow cylindrical inverse opals and inverse opal columns.

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    Haibin, Ni; Ming, Wang; Wei, Chen

    2011-12-19

    A facile approach of fabricating hollow cylindrical inverse opals and inverse opal columns by sol-gel co-assembly method was proposed. Polystyrene (PS) colloidal suspension added with hydrolyzed silicate precursor solution was used to self-assemble composite colloidal crystals which consist of PS colloidal crystal template and infiltrated silica gel in the interstitial of microspheres. Continuous hollow cylindrical composite colloidal crystal films have been produced on capillaries' outside and internal surface. Composite colloidal crystal columns which filling up the interior of a capillary were fabricated by pressure assisted sol-gel co-assembly method. Hollow cylindrical inverse opals and inverse opal columns were obtained after removing PS colloidal crystal from the composite colloidal crystal. Optical properties of the silica hollow cylindrical inverse opals were characterized by transmission spectrum and a stop band was observed. Structure and optical properties of the inverse opal columns were investigated. PMID:22274178

  20. Wet powder processing of sol-gel derived mesoporous silica-hydroxyapatite hybrid powders.

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    Andersson, Jenny; Johannessen, Espen; Areva, Sami; Järn, Mikael; Lindén, Mika

    2006-08-01

    This paper describes a method by which a porous silica coating layer can be obtained on different apatite particles through a simple sol-gel synthesis route. Sol-gel derived powders of hydroxyapatite (HAP) and beta tricalciumphosphate (beta-TCP) were coated with a mesoporous silica using C16TAB (hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide) as a template in order to induce mesophase formation. Further calcination of the material removes the template from the mesophase and leaves a highly ordered hexagonal arranged mesoporous silica structure with a core of HAP/beta-TCP. The phase purity of the SiO2/apatite composites has been thoroughly investigated by the means of FT-IR, XRD, and solid state 31P MAS NMR. The phase purity of these materials is shown to be dependent on the solubility properties of the used apatites. The hybrid materials are suitable as a multifunctional biomaterial where osteoconductive properties can be combined with drug delivery. PMID:17037853

  1. Preparation and electrochemical characterization of lithium cobalt oxide nanoparticles by modified sol-gel method

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    Khomane, Ramdas B.; Agrawal, Amit C.; Kulkarni, B.D. Gopukumar, S. Sivashanmugam, A.

    2008-08-04

    Uniformly distributed nanoparticles of LiCoO{sub 2} have been synthesized through the simple sol-gel method in presence of neutral surfactant (Tween-80). The powders were characterized by X-ray diffractometry, transmission electron microscopy and electrochemical method including charge-discharge cycling performance. The powder calcined at a temperature of 900 deg. C for 5 h shows pure phase layered LiCoO{sub 2}. The results show that the particle size is reduced in presence of surfactant as compared to normal sol-gel method. Also, the sample prepared in presence of surfactant and calcined at 900 deg. C for 5 h shows the highest initial discharge capacity (106 mAh g{sup -1}) with good cycling stability as compared to the sample prepared without surfactant which shows the specific discharge capacity of 50 mAh g{sup -1}.

  2. 3D Printed PEG-Based Hybrid Nanocomposites Obtained by Sol-Gel Technique.

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    Chiappone, Annalisa; Fantino, Erika; Roppolo, Ignazio; Lorusso, Massimo; Manfredi, Diego; Fino, Paolo; Pirri, Candido Fabrizio; Calignano, Flaviana

    2016-03-01

    In this work, three-dimensional (3D) structured hybrid materials were fabricated combining 3D printing technology with in situ generation of inorganic nanoparticles by sol-gel technique. Those materials, consisting of silica nanodomains covalently interconnected with organic polymers, were 3D printed in complex multilayered architectures, incorporating liquid silica precursors into a photocurable oligomer in the presence of suitable photoinitiators and exposing them to a digital light system. A post sol-gel treatment in acidic vapors allowed the in situ generation of the inorganic phase in a dedicated step. This method allows to build hybrid structures operating with a full liquid formulation without meeting the drawbacks of incorporating inorganic powders into 3D printable formulations. The influence of the generated silica nanoparticle on the printed objects was deeply investigated at macro- and nanoscale; the resulting light hybrid structures show improved mechanical properties and, thus, have a huge potential for applications in a variety of advanced technologies. PMID:26871993

  3. Optical and electrochromic properties of sol-gel-deposited tungsten oxide films

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    Ozkan, Esra; Lee, Se-Hee; Liu, Ping; Tracy, C. Ed; Tepehan, Fatma Z.; Pitts, J. Roland; Deb, Satyen K.

    2001-11-01

    The electrochromic properties of sol-gel and mesoporous tungsten oxide thin films were investigated. Tungsten oxide films were prepared by a spin coating technique from an ethanolic solution of tungsten hexachloride. A block copolymer (BASF Pluronic p123, (p1) was employed as a template to generate the mesoporous structure. The electrochromic and optical properties of such films are described and compared to standard sol-gel tungsten oxide films. A novel ultraviolet (UV) illumination method was developed to remove the polymer templates and was found to improve the coloration efficiency of tungsten oxide in general. All types of films were analyzed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), x- ray diffractometry and cyclic voltammetry.

  4. Low birefringent magneto-optical waveguides fabricated via organic-inorganic sol-gel process

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    Choueikani, F.; Royer, F.; Douadi, S.; Skora, A.; Jamon, D.; Blanc, D.; Siblini, A.

    2009-09-01

    This paper is devoted to the study and the characterization of novel magneto-optical waveguides prepared via organic-inorganic sol-gel process. Thin silica/zirconia films doped with magnetic nanoparticles were coated on glass substrate using dip-coating technique. After annealing, samples were UV-treated. Two different techniques were used to measure their properties: m-lines spectroscopy and free space ellipsometry. Results evidence low refractive index waveguides that combine a low modal birefringence (2×10-4) with a Faraday rotation around 15 °/cm (φ = 0.1%). The low birefringence is obtained with a soft UV treatment and a graded intrinsic anisotropy is evidenced for films thicker than 5 μm. Therefore, we prove that the organic-inorganic sol-gel approach is very promising to realize magneto-optical waveguides with a non-reciprocal functionality such as TE-TM mode conversion.

  5. Ultrapure glass optical waveguide development in microgravity by the sol-gel process

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    1982-01-01

    Containerless melting of glasses in space for the preparation of ultrapure homogeneous glass for optical waveguides is discussed. The homogenization of the glass using conventional raw materials is normally achieved on Earth either by the gravity induced convection currents or by the mechanical stirring of the melt. Because of the absence of gravity induced convection currents, the homogenization of glass using convectional raw materials is difficult in the space environment. Multicomponent, homogeneous, noncrystalline oxide gels can be prepared by the sol-gel process and these gels are promising starting materials for melting glasses in the space environment. The sol-gel process is based on the polymerization reaction of alkoxysilane with other metal alkoxy compounds or suitable metal salts. Many of the alkoxysilanes or other metal alkoxides are liquids and thus can be purified by distillation.

  6. Enhanced optical band-gap of ZnO thin films by sol-gel technique

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    Raghu, P.; Naveen, C. S.; Shailaja, J.; Mahesh, H. M.

    2016-05-01

    Transparent ZnO thin films were prepared using different molar concentration (0.1 M, 0.2 M & 0.8 M) of zinc acetate on soda lime glass substrates by the sol-gel spin coating technique. The optical properties revealed that the transmittance found to decrease with increase in molar concentration. Absorption edge showed that the higher concentration film has increasingly red shifted. An increased band gap energy of the thin films was found to be direct allowed transition of ˜3.9 eV exhibiting their relevance for photovoltaic applications. The extinction coefficient analysis revealed maximum transmittance with negligible absorption coefficient in the respective wavelengths. The results of ZnO thin film prepared by sol-gel technique reveal its suitability for optoelectronics and as a window layer in solar cell applications.

  7. A sol-gel based surface treatment for preparation of water repellent antistatic textiles

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    Textor, Torsten; Mahltig, Boris

    2010-01-01

    In this paper a surface treatment is described for preparation of hydrophobic sol-gel coatings that simultaneously offer antistatic properties for an appropriate finishing of textiles and refinement of polymer foils. Sol-gel based formulations are modified with both hydrophilic and hydrophobic components simultaneously. Hydrophobic components are, e.g., alkoxysilanes modified with alkyl chains while the hydrophilic ones are amino-functionalized alkoxysilanes. The basic idea is that due to an enrichment of hydrophobic groups at the solid/air interface the surface of the as prepared coatings will be hydrophobic while the deeper region will be more hydrophilic. Textiles finished with these coatings exhibit sufficient water repellence and simultaneously absorb sufficient amounts of humidity in the deeper areas of the coating guaranteeing antistatic properties. This concept offers interesting approaches for the preparation of multifunctional surface coatings not only focussing on combining water repellence with antistatic properties for textile materials.

  8. Treatments of paper surfaces with sol-gel coatings for laminated plywood

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    Wang, Shaoxia; Jämsä, Saila; Mahlberg, Riitta; Ihalainen, Petri; Nikkola, Juha; Mannila, Juha; Ritschkoff, Anne-Christine; Peltonen, Jouko

    2014-01-01

    Two silane-based hybrid coatings were developed for surface modification of paper samples with an attempt to improve the hydrophobic properties of the paper surfaces. A phenolic resin was used along with the sol-gel coatings to impregnate the paper samples before they were pressed on to plywood surfaces. The surface characteristics of the sol-gel-coated paper were investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). The surface chemical properties and water absorption of the laminated plywood was also evaluated. It was observed that the hybrid coatings had clearly different effect on the surface properties of the base paper compared to the industrially impregnated paper. The water absorption of the laminated plywood was decreased the most effectively by mixing the phenolic resin with the coating having an octyl group attached to the silane backbone.

  9. Synthetic implant surfaces. 1. The formation and characterization of sol-gel titania films.

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    Haddow, D B; Kothari, S; James, P F; Short, R D; Hatton, P V; van Noort, R

    1996-03-01

    Sol-gel has been used to prepare thin titania films. We have investigated the effects of dip rate, sintering temperature and time on the chemical composition of the films, their physical structure and thickness, and adherence to a silica substrate. Our aim has been to produce films that mimic as closely as possible the natural oxide layer that is found on titanium. These films are to be used as substrates in an in vitro model of osseointegration. PMID:8991481

  10. Volume Changes of a Thixotropic, Sodium Bentonite Suspension during Sol-Gel-Sol Transition.

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    Anderson, D M; Leaming, G F; Sposito, G

    1963-09-13

    Dilatometric measurements during the sol-gel-sol transition of an air-free, thixotropic, sodium bentonite suspension revealed a reversible change in volume of about 2.4 X 10(-4) percent. The volume of the suspension increased during gelation and decreased when the gel was subsequently liquified. This is taken as evidence of a progressive building up, during gelation, of a water structure less dense than normal. PMID:17739493

  11. Production and characterization of spodumene dosimetric pellets prepared by a sol-gel route

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    Lima, H. R. B. R.; Nascimento, D. S.; Bispo, G. F. C.; Teixeira, V. C.; Valério, M. E. G.; Souza, S. O.

    2014-11-01

    Spodumene is an aluminosilicate that has shown good results for high-dose TL dosimetry for beta or gamma rays. Due to its chemical composition (LiAlSi2O6) it has potential to be used as a neutron dosimeter. The synthetic spodumene is usually produced by solid state reaction and conventional sol-gel, whose shortcomings arise from the need to employ high temperatures and high cost reagents, respectively. Proteic sol-gel method is promising, because it can reduce production costs and the possibility of environmental contamination. This work reports the production of the spodumene by the proteic sol-gel method using edible unflavored gelatin as a precursor. The product is characterized physically and morphologically, and investigated its applicability as a TL dosimeter. Two sets of samples were prepared using different sources of silicon, one with TEOS (Si(OC3H5)4) and one with SILICA (SiO2). The materials produced were characterized by X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis and thermogravimetry in order to evaluate the structural properties, as well as possible changes in physical or chemical properties depending on the temperature. The production of spodumene was successful, with generation of the crystals in the β-phase with tetragonal structure. Sintered pellets produced from these crystals were irradiated with a 90Sr-90Y source and their TL glow curves were evaluated. Although the samples prepared by the proteic sol-gel method with TEOS presented a lower forming temperature, the samples produced with SILICA showed higher sensitivity to radiation.

  12. Electrostatic influence on rotational mobilities of sol-gel-encapsulated solutes by NMR and EPR spectroscopies.

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    Wheeler, Korin E; Lees, Nicholas S; Gurbiel, Ryszard J; Hatch, Shelby L; Nocek, Judith M; Hoffman, Brian M

    2004-10-20

    The rotational mobilities of small solute molecules encapsulated in tetramethyl orthosilicate (TMOS) sol-gels have been investigated by EPR spectroscopy of encapsulated nitroxide probes and by high-resolution NMR spectroscopic measurements of transferred NOE's (trNOE's), of T(1)'s, and of T(1)'s in the rotating frame (T(1)rho). The two spectroscopic methods are sensitive to motions on different time scales and hence, are nicely complementary. Suites of neutral, positively, and negatively charged nitroxide probes (EPR) and of simple diamagnetic small molecules (NMR) were selected to disclose influences of electrostatic interactions with the sol-gel walls and to probe the presence of multiple populations of molecules in distinct regions of the sol-gel pores. For neutral and negatively charged solute probes, both techniques disclose a single population with a significantly increased average rotational correlation time, which we interpret at least in part as resulting from exchange between free-volume and transiently immobilized surface populations. The electrostatic attraction between cationic probes and the negatively charged sol-gel walls causes the positively charged probes to be more effectively immobilized and/or causes a greater percentage of probes to undergo this transient immobilization. The EPR spectra directly disclose a population of cationic probes which are immobilized on the X-band EPR time scale: tau(c) greater than or approximately equal 10(-7) s. However, NMR measurements of trNOE's and of T(1)rho demonstrate that this population does exchange with the free-volume probes on the slower time scale of NMR. This approach is equally applicable to the study of solutes within other types of confined spaces, as well. PMID:15479102

  13. Chemical sensing of copper phthalocyanine sol-gel glass through organic vapors

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    Ridhi, R.; Gawri, Isha; Abbas, Saeed J.; Saini, G. S. S.; Tripathi, S. K.

    2015-05-15

    The sensitivities of metallophthalocyanine to vapor phase electron donors has gained significance in many areas and disciplines due to their sensing properties and ease of operation. In the present study the interaction mechanism of organic vapors in Copper Phthalocyanine (CuPc) sol-gel glass has been studied. The interaction mechanism is affected by many factors like morphology, electrical or optical properties of film. CuPc sol-gel glass has been synthesized using chemical route sol-gel method. Its structural characterization was conducted using XRD and the amorphous nature of the silicate glass was observed with characteristic α polymorph phase of CuPc at around 6.64° with 13.30Å interplanar spacing. The size of the particle as determined using Debbye Scherre’s formula comes out around 15.5 nm. The presence of α phase of CuPc was confirmed using FTIR with the appearance of crystal parameter marker band at 787 cm-1. Apart from this A2u and Eu symmetry bands of CuPc have also been observed. The UV absorption spectrum of CuPc exhibits absorption peaks owing to π→ π* and n→ π* transitions. A blue shift in the prepared CuPc glass has been observed as compared to the dopant CuPc salt indicating increase of band gap. A split in B (Soret) band and Q band appears as observed with the help of Lorentzian fitting. CuPc sol gel glass has been exposed with chemical vapors of Methanol, Benzene and Bromine individually and the electrical measurements have been carried out. These measurements show the variation in conductivity and the interaction mechanism has been analyzed.

  14. Chemical sensing of copper phthalocyanine sol-gel glass through organic vapors

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    Ridhi, R.; Gawri, Isha; Abbas, Saeed J.; Saini, G. S. S.; Tripathi, S. K.

    2015-05-01

    The sensitivities of metallophthalocyanine to vapor phase electron donors has gained significance in many areas and disciplines due to their sensing properties and ease of operation. In the present study the interaction mechanism of organic vapors in Copper Phthalocyanine (CuPc) sol-gel glass has been studied. The interaction mechanism is affected by many factors like morphology, electrical or optical properties of film. CuPc sol-gel glass has been synthesized using chemical route sol-gel method. Its structural characterization was conducted using XRD and the amorphous nature of the silicate glass was observed with characteristic α polymorph phase of CuPc at around 6.64˚ with 13.30Å interplanar spacing. The size of the particle as determined using Debbye Scherre's formula comes out around 15.5 nm. The presence of α phase of CuPc was confirmed using FTIR with the appearance of crystal parameter marker band at 787 cm-1. Apart from this A2u and Eu symmetry bands of CuPc have also been observed. The UV absorption spectrum of CuPc exhibits absorption peaks owing to π→ π* and n→ π* transitions. A blue shift in the prepared CuPc glass has been observed as compared to the dopant CuPc salt indicating increase of band gap. A split in B (Soret) band and Q band appears as observed with the help of Lorentzian fitting. CuPc sol gel glass has been exposed with chemical vapors of Methanol, Benzene and Bromine individually and the electrical measurements have been carried out. These measurements show the variation in conductivity and the interaction mechanism has been analyzed.

  15. Optical chemical sensors based on hybrid organic-inorganic sol-gel nanoreactors.

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    Tran-Thi, Thu-Hoa; Dagnelie, Romain; Crunaire, Sabine; Nicole, Lionel

    2011-02-01

    Sol-gel porous materials with tailored or nanostructured cavities have been increasingly used as nanoreactors for the enhancement of reactions between entrapped chemical reactants. The domains of applications issued from these designs and engineering are extremely wide. This tutorial review will focus on one of these domains, in particular on optical chemical sensors, which are the subject of extensive research and development in environment, industry and health. PMID:21180764

  16. Ultrapure glass optical waveguide: Development in microgravity by the sol gel process

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    Mukherjee, S. P.; Debsikdar, J. C.; Beam, T.

    1983-01-01

    The sol-gel process for the preparation of homogeneous gels in three binary oxide systems was investigated. The glass forming ability of certain compositions in the selected oxide systems (SiO-GeO2, GeO2-PbO, and SiO2-TiO2) were studied based on their potential importance in the design of optical waveguide at longer wavelengths.

  17. Characterization of Sol-gel Encapsulated Proteins using Small-angle Neutron Scattering

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    Luo, Guangming; Zhang, Qiu; Del Castillo, Alexis Rae; Urban, Volker S; O'Neill, Hugh Michael

    2009-01-01

    Entrapment of biomolecules in silica-derived sol-gels has grown into a vibrant area of research since it was originally demonstrated. However, accessing the consequences of entrapment on biomolecules and the gel structure remains a major challenge in characterizing these biohybrid materials. We present the first demonstration that it is possible with small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) to study the conformation of dilute proteins that are entrapped in transparent and dense sol-gels. Using deuterium-labeled green fluorescent protein (GFP) and SANS with contrast variation, we demonstrate that the scattering signatures of the sol-gel and the protein can be separated. Analysis of the scattering curves of the sol-gels using a mass-fractal model shows that the size of the colloidal silica particles and the fractal dimensions of the gels were similar in the absence and presence of protein, demonstrating that GFP did not influence the reaction pathway for the formation of the gel. The major structural difference in the gels was that the pore size was increased 2-fold in the presence of the protein. At the contrast match point for silica, the scattering signal from GFP inside the gel became distinguishable over a wide q range. Simulated scattering curves representing a monomer, end-to-end dimer, and parallel dimer of the protein were calculated and compared to the experimental data. Our results show that the most likely structure of GFP is that of an end-to-end dimer. This approach can be readily applied and holds great potential for the structural characterization of complex biohybrid and other materials.

  18. Sol-gel kinetics for the preparation of inorganic/organic siloxane copolymers

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    Rankin, S.E.; Macosko, C.W.; McCormick, A.V.

    1996-12-31

    A model is described which incorporates hydrolysis pseudo-equilibrium to quantify the evolution of silicon site distributions in sol-gel polymerization up to higher conversions than previously possible. {sup 29}Si nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy data are used (1) to provide a means of recognizing hydrolysis pseudo-equilibrium and (2) to provide examples where different substitution effects on condensation rate coefficients caused by branching are observed. Extension of the model to copolymerization is discussed.

  19. Design of hybrid sol gel films for direct x-ray and electron beam nanopatterning

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    Brusatin, Giovanna; Della Giustina, Gioia; Romanato, Filippo; Guglielmi, Massimo

    2008-04-01

    New epoxy based sol-gel organic inorganic materials, showing lithographic resist-like properties without the addition of any photocatalysts, are presented. To obtain a material sensitive to radiation, specific sol-gel syntheses based on an organically modified alkoxide containing an epoxy ring, 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GPTMS), have been developed. The synthesis and the patternability of hybrid materials have been obtained controlling the inorganic crosslinking degree and with an almost total absence of organic polymerization. Two examples of directly patternable hybrid films, called GB and GGe, have been synthesized using acidic (GGe) and basic (GB) conditions and obtaining different compositions. After electron beam lithography (EBL) or x-ray synchrotron radiation lithography (XRL) the polymerization of the organic component of the sol-gel film occurs, generating a hardening of the structure after post-exposure baking. The exposed polymerized material becomes insoluble, determining a negative resist-like behaviour of the film: the lithographic process of nanopatterning results from the dissolution of the unexposed areas in proper solvents (developers). Spatial resolution of the order of 200 nm is reported and a contrast of 2.2 is achieved. The novelty of this work is that epoxy based materials, which have enhanced thermomechanical stability with respect to the more usual acrylic based resins, are directly nanopatterned for the first time by electron beam (EB) and/or x-ray beam radiation exposure without the aid of catalysts for polymerization. In contrast to common resists that are sacrificial layers of the fabrication process, direct patternable sol-gel hybrids constitute the final material of the devices. In fact, an example of doping with a light emitting dye is reported together with the achievement of directly patterned structures by EBL and XRL.

  20. Development of novel sol-gel indicators (SGI`s) for in-situ environmental measurements

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    Livingston, R.R.; Wicks, G.G.; Baylor, L.C.; Whitaker, M.J.

    1993-10-01

    Organic indicator molecules have been incorporated in a porous sol- gel matrix coated on the end of a fiber-optic lens assembly to create sensors for in situ environmental measurements. Probes have been made that are sensitive to pH and uranyl concentration. The use of fiber optics allows the probe to be lowered into a well or bore hole, while support equipment such as a spectrophotometer and computer may be situated hundreds of meters away.

  1. Li+ ions diffusion into sol-gel V2O5 thin films: electrochromic properties

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    Benmoussa, M.; Outzourhit, A.; Bennouna, A.; Ihlal, A.

    2009-10-01

    V{2}O{5} thin films were prepared by the sol-gel spin coating process. The Li+ ions insertion effect on optical and electrochromic properties of those films was studied. The diffusion coefficient was calculated using both cyclic voltammograms and chronoamperometric curves. The amount x of Li+ ions in LixV{2}O{5} was also calculated. Finally, the electrochromic performance evolution characteristics such as the reversibility, coloration efficiency, coloration memory stability and response time were studied.

  2. The detection of hexavalent chromium by organically doped sol-gels

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    Wong, P.W.; Mackenzie, J.D.

    1994-12-31

    The sol-gel process can be used to produce porous inorganic matrices that are doped with organic molecules. These doped gels can be used as a quantitative method for the spectrophotometric determination of trace concentrations of metallic ions. For the detection of hexavalent chromium, malachite green was used as the dopant. Preliminary results indicate concentrations on the order of 5 ppb are detectable using this method.

  3. Photoresist-Free Fully Self-Patterned Transparent Amorphous Oxide Thin-Film Transistors Obtained by Sol-Gel Process

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    Lim, Hyun Soo; Rim, You Seung; Kim, Hyun Jae

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrated self-patterned solution-processed amorphous oxide semiconductor thin-film transistors (TFTs) using photosensitive sol-gels. The photosensitive sol-gels were synthesized by adding β-diketone compounds, i.e., benzoylacetone and acetylacetone, to sol-gels. The chemically modified photosensitive sol-gels showed a high optical absorption at specific wavelengths due to the formation of metal chelate bonds. Photoreactions of the modified solutions enabled a photoresist-free process. Moreover, Zn–Sn–O with a high Sn ratio, which is hard to wet-etch using conventional photolithography due to its chemical durability, was easily patterned via the self-patterning process. Finally, we fabricated a solution-processed oxide TFT that included fully self-patterned electrodes and an active layer. PMID:24686314

  4. Increasing the activity and enantioselectivity of lipases by sol-gel immobilization: further advancements of practical interest

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    Tielmann, Patrick; Kierkels, Hans; Zonta, Albin; Ilie, Adriana; Reetz, Manfred T.

    2014-05-01

    The entrapment of lipases in hydrophobic silicate matrices formed by sol-gel mediated hydrolysis of RSi(OCH3)3/Si(OCH3)4 as originally reported in 1996 has been improved over the years by a number of modifications. In the production of second-generation sol-gel lipase immobilizates, a variety of additives during the sol-gel process leads to increased activity and enhanced stereoselectivity in esterifying kinetic resolution. Recent advances in this type of lipase immobilization are reviewed here, in addition to new results regarding the sol-gel entrapment of the lipase from Burkholderia cepacia. It constitutes an excellent heterogeneous biocatalyst in the acylating kinetic resolution of two synthetically and industrially important chiral alcohols, rac-sulcatol and rac-trans-2-methoxycyclohexanol. The observation that the catalyst can be used 10 times in recycling experiments without losing its significant activity or enantioselectivity demonstrates the practical viability of the sol-gel approach.The entrapment of lipases in hydrophobic silicate matrices formed by sol-gel mediated hydrolysis of RSi(OCH3)3/Si(OCH3)4 as originally reported in 1996 has been improved over the years by a number of modifications. In the production of second-generation sol-gel lipase immobilizates, a variety of additives during the sol-gel process leads to increased activity and enhanced stereoselectivity in esterifying kinetic resolution. Recent advances in this type of lipase immobilization are reviewed here, in addition to new results regarding the sol-gel entrapment of the lipase from Burkholderia cepacia. It constitutes an excellent heterogeneous biocatalyst in the acylating kinetic resolution of two synthetically and industrially important chiral alcohols, rac-sulcatol and rac-trans-2-methoxycyclohexanol. The observation that the catalyst can be used 10 times in recycling experiments without losing its significant activity or enantioselectivity demonstrates the practical viability of

  5. Optical characterization of sol-gel ZnO:Al thin films

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    Ivanova, T.; Harizanova, A.; Koutzarova, T.; Vertruyen, B.

    2015-09-01

    This work presents a sol-gel approach for ZnO:Al films deposition. The effect of Al component and annealing treatments (from 500 to 800 °C) on the film structural and optical properties has been studied. Sol-gel ZnO and Al2O3 films are used for comparative analyses. Structural evolution as a function of annealing temperatures is investigated by using X-ray diffraction (XRD). XRD analysis of ZnO:Al films revealed that the predominant crystal phase is a wurtzite ZnO. It can be seen that the addition of Al leads to decaying of the film crystallinity. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and UV-VIS spectrophotometry are applied for characterization of the vibrational and optical properties. The Al component influences the shapes of the absorption bands. The optical properties of the sol-gel ZnO, ZnO:Al and Al2O3 films reveal very interesting features. Increasing Al component results in significantly higher film transparency.

  6. Enzyme renaturation to higher activity driven by the sol-gel transition: Carbonic anhydrase

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    Vinogradov, Vladimir V.; Avnir, David

    2015-09-01

    We describe a so-far unknown route for renaturing denatured enzymes, namely subjecting the denatured enzyme to an oxide sol-gel transition. The phenomenon was revealed in a detailed study of denatured carbonic anhydrase which was subjected to an alumina sol-gel transition, up to the thermally stabilizing entrapment in the final xerogel. Remarkably, not only that the killed enzyme regained its activity during the sol-gel process, but its activity increased to 180% of the native enzyme. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of enhanced activity following by renaturing (a “Phoenix effect”). Kinetic study which revealed a five-orders of magnitude (!) increase in the Arrhenius prefactor upon entrapment compared to solution. Circular dichroism analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, zeta potential analyses as well as synchronous fluorescence measurements, all of which were used to characterize the phenomenon, are consistent with a proposed mechanism which is based on the specific orienting interactions of the active site of the enzyme with respect to the alumina interface and its pores network.

  7. Sealing of pores in sol-gel-derived tritium permeation barrier coating by electrochemical technique

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    Zhang, Kun; Hatano, Yuji

    2011-10-01

    An electrolytic deposition technique was applied to seal open pores in sol-gel derived ZrO 2 coating and to improve barrier effects against permeation of hydrogen isotopes. Disk-type specimens of type 430 ferritic stainless steel were first covered by thin ZrO 2 films (50 nm) with a conventional sol-gel technique. Then, pores in the ZrO 2 film was sealed with ZrO 2 or Al 2O 3 by cathodic processes in ethanol solution of Zr or Al nitrate and subsequent heat treatments in air. The permeation rate of hydrogen was measured at 300-600 °C. The sol-gel derived ZrO 2 coatings showed only limited barrier effects; the permeation reduction factor (PRF) was about 6-800. Nevertheless, the treatments by electrolytic deposition technique resulted in considerable improvement in the barrier effects, especially at high temperature region (>500 °C), and the PRF increased to 100-1000.

  8. MOS solar cells with oxides deposited by sol-gel spin-coating techniques

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    Huang, Chia-Hong; Chang, Chung-Cheng; Tsai, Jung-Hui

    2013-06-15

    The metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) solar cells with sol-gel derived silicon dioxides (SiO{sub 2}) deposited by spin coating are proposed in this study. The sol-gel derived SiO{sub 2} layer is prepared at low temperature of 450 Degree-Sign C. Such processes are simple and low-cost. These techniques are, therefore, useful for largescale and large-amount manufacturing in MOS solar cells. It is observed that the short-circuit current (I{sub sc}) of 2.48 mA, the open-circuit voltage (V{sub os}) of 0.44 V, the fill factor (FF) of 0.46 and the conversion efficiency ({eta}%) of 2.01% were obtained by means of the current-voltage (I-V) measurements under AM 1.5 (100 mW/cm{sup 2}) irradiance at 25 Degree-Sign C in the MOS solar cell with sol-gel derived SiO{sub 2}.

  9. Optical sensors based on sol-gel derived, laminate planar waveguide structures

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    Yang, Lin; Armstrong, N.R.; Dunphy, D.R.; Saavedra, S.S.

    1995-12-31

    A new optical sensing platform based on a combination of planar and sol-gel processing technologies is described. The sensing element is a planar integrated optical waveguide (IOW) composed of two, submicron thick glass layers coated on glass substrate; both layers are fabricated via the sol-gel method. The lower layer is a densified titania-silica composite. The upper layer is an undensified silica doped with an optical indicator that is physically entrapped yet sterically accessible to dissolved analytes that can diffuse into the pore network. Formation of an analyte-indicator complex is detected via attenuated total reflection (ATR) of light guided in the IOW. The sensor response is both sensitive and rapid, features that are difficult to achieve simultaneously in monolithic sol-gel glass sensors. In the IOW-ATR geometry, these features are realized simultaneously because the primary axes of light propagation and analyte diffusion are orthogonal. The overall approach is technically simple, inexpensive, and applicable to a wide variety of indicator chemistries.

  10. Chemical sensing using sol-gel derived planar waveguides and indicator phases

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    Yang, L.; Saavedra, S.S.

    1995-04-15

    A new optical sensing platform based on a combination of planar waveguiding and sol-gel processing technologies is described. The sensing element consists of two, submicrometer thick glass layers supported on an optically thick glass substrate; both layers were fabricated using a sol-gel coating method. The lower layer is a densified glass that functions as a planar integrated optical waveguide (IOW). The upper layer is an undensified glass of lower index doped with an optical indicator that is immobilized, yet remains sterically accessible to analytes that diffuse into the pore network. Formation of a complex between the analyte and indicator is detected via attenuated total reflection (ATR) of light guided in the IOW. Feasibility was evaluated by constructing IOW-ATR sensors for Pb{sup 2+} and pH, based on immobilized xylenol orange and bromocresol purple, respectively. The response of both sensors was sensitive and rapid, features that are difficult to achieve simultaneously in monolithic sol-gel glass sensors. In the IOW-ATR geometry, these features are realized simultaneously because the primary axes of light propagation and analyte diffusion are orthogonal. The overall approach is technically simple, inexpensive, and applicable to a wide variety of indicator chemistries. 48 refs., 8 figs.