Issue Date: September 11, 2017
Cagey structures add a new dimension to silicophosphates
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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