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New flexible aerogels and xerogels derived from methyltrimethoxysilane/dimethyldimethoxysilane co-precursors

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Abstract

We report new flexible “marshmallow-like” aerogels and xerogels with a bendable feature from the methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS) and dimethyldimethoxysilane (DMDMS) co-precursor systems. A 2-step acid/base sol–gel process and surfactant are employed to control the phase separation of the hydrophobic networks, which give porous monolithic gels. The obtained gels become softer and more flexible with increasing DMDMS fractions.

Graphical abstract: New flexible aerogels and xerogels derived from methyltrimethoxysilane/dimethyldimethoxysilane co-precursors

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The article was received on 01 Aug 2011, accepted on 30 Aug 2011 and first published on 30 Sep 2011


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C1JM13664J
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2011,21, 17077-17079
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    New flexible aerogels and xerogels derived from methyltrimethoxysilane/dimethyldimethoxysilane co-precursors

    G. Hayase, K. Kanamori and K. Nakanishi, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 17077
    DOI: 10.1039/C1JM13664J

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