MSA  Vol.11 No.11 , November 2020
Comparison of Surface Characteristics of Mesoporous Titania Prepared in Matrix-Free Solutions and Using Triton X Reverse Micelles
Abstract: Titania nanoparticles have been prepared from the precursor compound Ti(OiPr)4 using Triton X reverse micelles with varying surfactant tail, in a matrix-free aqueous (pH 2) and in non-aqueous phase (benzyl alcohol and glacial acetic acid, solvothermal method). The importance of this work lies in the further elucidation in the synthetic methodology of preparing well-characterized nanoporous solids. Comparison of the texture characteristics and surface properties of the samples prepared from each technique, was carried out using physicochemical techniques: pXRD, ΒΕΤ/DFT/BJH, FTIR, DRUV-Vis and SEM. The results show that the use of Triton X reverse micelles with varying surfactant size results in TiO2 solids with adjustable surface characteristics in contrast to matrix-free. Specifically, samples of the latter methods present higher surface area values at lower calcination temperatures but present reduced thermal stability and control of their surface properties.
Cite this paper: Paschalidou, P. and Theocharis, C. (2020) Comparison of Surface Characteristics of Mesoporous Titania Prepared in Matrix-Free Solutions and Using Triton X Reverse Micelles. Materials Sciences and Applications, 11, 715-732. doi: 10.4236/msa.2020.1111048.

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