The 1,2-diphenylethylenediamine-based neutral or cationic organogelator-templates, currently employed in the production of silica nanomaterials, were initially evaluated for their versatile gelation ability and found to be gelled in the majority of organic solvents tested. Scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope, images of neutral organogels made from different solvents revealed that they assembled into a plate-shaped, or rod-shaped morphology, respectively in ethanol or butan-1-ol and in acetonitrile or tetrahydrofurane. Similarly, a 1 : 1 mixture (mass) of neutral and cationic gelators formed different morphologies in the solvents tested. Sol-gel polycondensation of tetraethoxy silane using either individual gels (neutral or cation) or a 1 : 1 mixture of gels was explored. The experimental results and the scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy images revealed that silica nanotubes with an inner diameter of 82 nm and an outer diameter of 620 nm were obtained from the 1 : 1 mixture of neutral and cationic gelator in ethanol, whereas silica nanoparticles were obtained using gels made in the other solvents tested.
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- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
- Materials Chemistry