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Physicochemical aspects of novel surfactantless, self-templated mesoporous SnO2 thin films.
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PMID:  16800485     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
A novel method of synthesis consisting of the production of ordered arrangements of tubular pores distributed inside SnO2 annealed thin films, which are prepared from a rotating disk process carried out at 2000-3500 rpm, is herein described. The main novelty is that no surfactant molecules are required in order to create these ordered pore structures; the templating entities are supramolecular assemblies of oligomeric chains formed during the extra-long aging allowed to the sol-gel processing of tin(IV) tetra-tert-amiloxide, Sn(OAm(t))4, chelated with acetylacetone molecules. Low angle X-ray diffraction peaks of SnO2 thin films calcined at 500 degrees C clearly certify the existence of ordered mesostructures when employing the right H2O/Sn(OAm(t))4 molar ratio during the SnO2 sol-gel synthesis. The final SnO2 ordered mesostructures are reminiscent of those linked to MCM-41 and SBA-15 substrates. Pore-size distribution analyses proceeding from N2 sorption isotherms at 76 K on the SnO2 thin films calcined at 500 degrees C unequivocally confirm the presence of tubular mesopores (mode pore sizes ranging from 5 to 7 nm). The thicknesses of the SnO2 films range from 80 to 150 nm after performing a drying process at 100 degrees C and from 70 to 125 nm after calcining in air at 500 degrees C; these film thicknesses show, in general, decreasing trends when either the spinning rate or the H2O/(Sn(OAm(t))4 ratio is increased.
Celso Velasquez; Fernando Rojas; J Marcos Esparza; Armando Ortiz; Antonio Campero
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of physical chemistry. B     Volume:  110     ISSN:  1520-6106     ISO Abbreviation:  J Phys Chem B     Publication Date:  2006 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-27     Completed Date:  2007-07-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101157530     Medline TA:  J Phys Chem B     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  11832-7     Citation Subset:  -    
Departamento de Química, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana--Iztapalapa, P.O. Box 55-534, México, DF 09340, México.
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