Transformation of layered docosyltrimethyl- and docosyltriethylammonium silicates derived from kanemite into precursors for ordered mesoporous silicas

Tatsuo Kimura, Daigo Itoh, Tetsuro Shigeno, Kazuyuki Kuroda

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The transformation of layered silicate-surfactant materials derived from a layered polysilicate kanemite into precursors for ordered mesoporous silicas was investigated. When kanemite was allowed to react with docosyltrimethylammonium (C22TMA) and docosyltriethylammonium (C22TEA) surfactants, layered C22-TMA- and C22TEA-silicate materials were formed. The 29Si MAS NMR spectra of the layered intermediates clearly indicated that fragmented silicate sheets were present in the silicate-surfactant materials. These layered materials can be transformed by acid treatment into mesostructured precursors with three-dimensional (3-d) silicate networks that afford uniform mesopores after the removal of the surfactants. Ordered mesoporous silica with a 2-d hexagonal structure (FSM-16) can be obtained by using C22TEA with a larger headgroup. The results here successfully support the proposed formation mechanism of FSM-16, which consists of assembling of fragmented layered silicate sheets with surfactants and the subsequent structural transformation to the 2-d hexagonal mesophase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9574-9577
Number of pages4
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Nov 26


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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