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Molecules 2018, 23(5), 1178;

Cast-In-Situ, Large-Sized Monolithic Silica Xerogel Prepared in Aqueous System

Shanghai Key Laboratory of Special Artificial Microstructure Materials and Technology & School of Physics Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China
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Received: 21 April 2018 / Revised: 12 May 2018 / Accepted: 12 May 2018 / Published: 15 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sol-Gel Chemistry. From Molecule to Functional Materials)
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This paper reports the preparation of cast-in-situ, large-sized monolithic silica xerogels by a two-step acid–base catalyzed approach under ambient pressure drying. Low-cost industrial silica sol and deionized water were used as the silicon source and the solvent, respectively. Hexadecetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) was used as a modification agent. Different amounts of polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG400) was added as a pore-forming agent. The prepared silica xerogels under ambient pressure drying have a mesoporous structure with a low density of 221 mg·cm−3 and a thermal conductivity of 0.0428 W·m−1·K−1. The low-cost and facile preparation process, as well as the superior performance of the monolithic silica xerogels make it a promising candidate for industrial thermal insulation materials. View Full-Text
Keywords: silica sol; surfactant; binder and pore-forming agent; ambient pressure drying silica sol; surfactant; binder and pore-forming agent; ambient pressure drying

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Ding, W.; Wang, X.; Chen, D.; Li, T.; Shen, J. Cast-In-Situ, Large-Sized Monolithic Silica Xerogel Prepared in Aqueous System. Molecules 2018, 23, 1178.

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