Volume 95 Issue 36 | p. 9 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 11, 2017

Cagey structures add a new dimension to silicophosphates

Adamantane-like molecule could become a favorite porous material for a range of applications
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: Inorganic chemistry, silicophosphate, xerogel, silsesquioxane, adamantane

Silicophosphates are network compounds with Si–O–P linkages that form highly porous materials with enormous surface area. These materials, known as xerogels, are of interest for their possible use in making ion-conducting films for sensors, catalyst supports, biocompatible materials such as dental cement, and storage materials for confining nuclear waste. But because silicophosphates are made from moisture-sensitive starting materials and tend to be moisture sensitive themselves, their reproducible synthesis has been a challenge and only a . . .

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