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Preparation of Aerogel and Xerogel Nanocomposite Materials

  • M.F. Casula (a1), A. Corrias (a1) and G. Paschina (a1)

Abstract

Sol-gel method was used to prepare nickel oxide-silica and iron oxide-silica nanocomposites materials in form of aerogels and xerogels. The samples were characterized by thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, N2 physisorption and transmission electron microscopy techniques. The variation of the supercritical solvent extraction conditions gives rise to differences in the morphological characteristics of the aerogels. These differences influence the size of the nickel oxide nanoparticles in nickel containing aerogels. On the other hand they do not affect the structure and size of the iron oxide nanoparticles in iron containing aerogels. The differences between the xerogel and aerogel nanocomposites are discussed.

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