Preparation of titania foams

Arnout Imhof, David J. Pine

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Titania foams were prepared by using titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) as the alkoxide. Formide was used as the polar liquid and the triblock copolymer (ethylene glycol)20-(propylene glycol)70-(ethylene glycol)20 served as the surfactant. A solution of 1.75% by weight of the surfactant in FA served as the polar phase. The apolar phase was a mixture of titanium tetraisopropoxide, isooctane and silicon oil in different concentrations. Equal volumes of the two solutions were mixed in N2 atmosphere and agitated until a viscous emulsion formed. The emulsion was later exposed to the atmosphere. Water was supplied to the emulsion using a filter paper moistened with a few drops of water. Overall, this process enabled to produce titania foams that are highly porous and with a microstructure consisting of very thin spherical shells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-314
Number of pages4
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 4 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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