Thermally induced structural modifications and O2 trapping in highly porous silica nanoparticles

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Abstract

In this work we investigate by Raman spectroscopy the effect of isochronal (2 h) thermal treatments in air in the temperature range 200-1000 C of amorphous silicon dioxide porous nanoparticles with diametersranging from 5 up to 15 nm and specific surface 590e690 m2/g. Our results indicate that theamorphous structure changes similarly to other porous systems previously investigated, in fact superficialSiOH groups are removed, Si-O-Si linkages are created and the ring statistic is modified,furthermore these data evidence that the three membered rings do not contribute significantly to theRaman signal detected at about 495 cm 1. In addition, after annealing at 900 and 1000 C we noted theappearance of the O2 emission at 1272 nm, absent in the not treated samples. The measure of the O2emission has been combined with electron paramagnetic resonance measurements of the gamma irradiationinduced HO 2 radicals to investigate the O2 content per mass unit of thin layers of silica. Our data revealthat the porous nanoparticles have a much lower ability to trap O2 molecules per mass units thannonporous silica supporting a model by which O2 trapping inside a surface layer of about 1 nm of silica isalways limited.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)956-963
Numero di pagine8
RivistaMaterials Chemistry and Physics
Volume148
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2014

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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