Nanoporous Silica Membranes Fabricated Using Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes
Nanoporous silica membranes were fabricated using 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APS) and acyl chloride-functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). The amine groups of silane reacted with the functional groups (e.g., acid chloride) that were attached to the sidewall of the MWCNTs. The APS that was grafted to the sidewall of the MWCNTs was polymerized in order to coat the MWCNTs wall through heating. The thickness of the silica layer on the surface of the MWCNTs was controlled by adjusting the growth time of the SiO2 layer. Approximately 20 nm-sized pores were formed through the removal of the MWCNTs using a simple thermal process, but some traces of the MWCNTs still remained. The porous properties of the nanoporous silica membrane were analyzed from the nitrogen adsorption–desorption isotherms that were obtained using a surface area and porosimetry analyzer. The structure and composition of the silane-modified MWCNTs were characterized using scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2011-05-01
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