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P. B. Amama, S. Lim, D. Ciuparu, L. Pfefferle and G. L. Haller. Hydrothermal synthesis of MCM-41 using different ratios of colloidal and soluble silica. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 81(1-3), pp. 191-200, 2005.

Abstract: The influence of different ratios of colloidal (Cab-O-Sil, HiSil-915 and sodium silicate) and soluble (tetramethylammonium silicate) silica on the physicochemical properties (surface area, porosity, degree of structural order, thermal stability, density of free silanol group) of MCM-41 has been investigated. MCM-41 materials synthesized hydrothermally have been characterized by XRD, N2 physisorption, and IR spectroscopy. The results show that colloidal silica (HiSil-915 or Cab-O-Sil) to soluble silica ratio corresponding to 80:20 favors the formation of MCM-41 material with higher degree of structural order and uniformity of mesopores than those synthesized from the conventional ratios (70:30). Also, a new approach for tailoring the pore diameter within a modest range (20-30A) and controlling the other properties (surface area, porosity, and pore wall thickness) of MCM-41 has been demonstrated in this study. MCM-41 materials synthesized from Cab-O-Sil have thicker pore walls (15-20A) and show better thermal stability than when HiSil-915 is used.

Keywords: MCM-41, Hydrothermal synthesis, Silica source, Physicochemical properties, Structural integrity


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