Amine Dendrimers as Templates for Amorphous Silicas

Gustavo Larsen, Edgar Lotero, Manuel Marquez

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The generation 4.0 PAMAM dendrimer is used as a template for silica gels made from tetraethyl orthosilicate via the sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction and adsorption data show that quasi-spherical dendritic structures can be used as porogens. Used as templates, amine dendrimers are unique in that (I) they have the potential, depending upon dendrimer size, to produce mesopores and micropores with single molecules instead of micelles, and (II) spheroidal pores are the expected pore shape imprinted on inorganic solids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4840-4843
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number20
StatePublished - May 25 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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