Aging of MCM41, MSU-H and MSU-F mesoporous systems investigated through theRaman spectroscopy

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Here we report an experimental investigation, based on the Raman spectroscopy, on the aging of somemesoporous silica based systems. In details, we studied the aging in air of the MCM41, the MSU-H and the MSU-Fmaterials by acquiring the Raman spectra of as received and of mechanically pressed, at 0.2 and 0.45 GPa, powders. Ourdata evidenced that the starting powders of the MCM41 and of the MSU-H undergo structural modification when theyare exposed to the ambient atmosphere, such modification consisting in the decrease of the D2 Raman band (originatedby the three member rings). At variance the powders of the MSU-F appear to be stable. Furthermore, by pressing thestarting powders to produce tablets we evidenced in all the materials a pressure related variation of the Si-O-Si angledistribution. Simultaneously, in the MCM41 and in the MSU-H, we detected the decrease of the D2 band and the Si-O-Sihydrolysis, these latter two processes being absent or much less efficient in the MSU-F. Monitoring the Raman spectra ofthe tablets as a function of the time we found that the MSU-F material is stable, whereas the MCM41 and the MSU-Hchange. In particular, we measured a clear decrease of the D2 band and a small, but systematic, increase of the SiOHgroups, this finding suggesting that probably a part of the Si-O-Si hydrolysis is still acting.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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