Energetics of mesoporous silica: Investigation into pore size and symmetry

Olga Trofymluk, Andrey A. Levchenko, Sarah H. Tolbert, Alexandra Navrotsky

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Two families of calcined highly ordered mesoporous silicas, designed as M41S (MCM-41 and MCM-48) and SBA-n (SB A-15 and SB A-16), are investigated in a wide range of pore sizes from 2.1 to 26.4 nm by high-temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry using lead borate solvent at 974 K. These data are consistent with and extend our earlier studies of zeolite microporous and of mesoporous silicas. The formation enthalpies observed are 19.0-31.4 kJ/mol less exothermic than that of quartz and correlate linearly with pore size for a given structure type. Small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering, nitrogen adsorption (BET), thermogravimetric analysis, and 29Si NMR are employed to give insight into structure and symmetry. The enthalpy differences among samples are discussed in terms of symmetry and structural (point and ring) defects in the materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3772-3783
Number of pages12
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 12 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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