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Pores in nanostructured TiO2 films. Size distribution and pore permeability
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Physical Chemistry.
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Physical Chemistry.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0231-3970
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Centres, Centre of Molecular Devices, CMD.
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Centres, Centre of Molecular Devices, CMD.
2007 (English)In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 111, no 21, 7605-7611 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Nanoporous films of crystalline anatase with intended application in dye-sensitized photovoltaic cells were investigated by NMR cryoporometry, NMR diffusiometry, electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The nanoparticles from which the films were subsequently sintered were prepared in two ways, one with an acidic and one with a basic aqueous process environment and along different temperature regimes. The average morphology was similar in all films as indicated by the roughly identical < 2 kappa V/S > values where kappa is the mean curvature of the pore surface and S/V denotes the surface-to-volume ratio. Self-diffusion of water in the pores is strongly reduced with respect to that of bulk and is influenced both by micrometer-scale obstructions to molecular displacement and by pore-size effect in pore interconnectivity. The investigated samples exhibit different transport regimes as concerning those phenomena. In this initial study performed on a limited set of samples, we found no linear correlation between particle and pore sizes. Instead, total porosity is controlled by particle-particle jamming which, together with particle size polydispersity, may also dominate the effects that lead to the observed pore size distributions for the different samples. The rich variation of structural effects and transport properties among the few prepared films call for further studies in order to find an optimal film structure.

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2007. Vol. 111, no 21, 7605-7611 p.
Keyword [en]
nuclear-magnetic-resonance, differential scanning calorimetry, nmr diffusion measurements, field gradient, porous-media, nanocrystalline tio2, silica-gels, cryoporometry, probe, liquid
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Physical Chemistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6455DOI: 10.1021/jp070321yISI: 000246695400009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-34250303492OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6455DiVA: diva2:11173
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Uppdaterad från manuskript till artikel: 20100927. Tidigare titel: On the structure of porous TiO2 films. QC 20100927 Available from: 2006-11-29 Created: 2006-11-29 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Phase transitions in porous media studied by NMR
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2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

This Thesis presents studies of phase transitions ocurring in porous media. The investigated phase transitions include melting/crystallization, surface pre-melting and liquid-liquid phase separation of binary mixtures. A combination of NMR techniques, already existing and newly developed and ranging from cryoporometry to elaborate self-diffusion and spin-relaxation experiments, was applied in order to detect and quantify the effect of finite size constraints on those phase transitions. By relating the results to physico-chemical models, the difference in behaviour with respect to that of bulk was exploited and related to pore morphology and surface properties in diverse porous systems.

NMR cryoporometry is based on the detection of the melting/freezing temperature shifts with respect to those in the bulk state to obtain mean pore size and pore size distribution. We extended the size range in which this can be done in porous matrices of both hydrophilic and hydrophobic nature to a 1 μm-600 nm upper limit. This was achieved by introducing two new probe liquids namely octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (OMCTS) and zinc nitrate hexahydrate Zn(NO)3•H2O.

The thickness of the pre-molten surface layer that appears at the interface of frozen octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (OMCTS) to the matrix in controlled porous glasses was quantified and modeled including its temperature and wall-curvature dependence. The results reveal that the layer thickness depends logarithmically on the deviation from the pore melting point, while for the largest pore investigated this turns into a power law with the exponent of –1/2. Diverse NMR techniques were used not only to detect solely the surface layer and the evolution of the surface melting, but also to distinguish the latter from the volume melting transition within the pores.

The morphologies of two nanostructured materials, sintered films of TiO2 nanoparticles and a mesoporous foam obtained by surfactant-templated synthesis, were investigated. These two porous matrices have very different structures but fall into the size range accessible by NMR cryopormetry and their characterization plays an important role in their future applications. They were studied by exploiting the difference between melting and freezing temperature shifts ΔTm and ΔTf, respectively, with respect to that of bulk. NMR cryoporometry was shown to be a suitable alternative and an excellent complement to other porosimetry techniques, namely mercury intrusion and gas sorption porosimetries to analyze the pore structure and pore size distribution because of the unique and model-independent access to information about pore shape. By combining NMR cryoporometry with NMR diffusion experiments holds great potential for accessing information about pore interconnectivity.

By diverse NMR techniques we provided experimental evidence that corroborate that liquid-liquid phase separation of a binary mixture imbibed in porous media actually occurs within the individual pores. The size distribution of the phase-separated domains was measured.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2006. x, 50 p.
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Trita-FYK, 0603
National Category
Physical Chemistry
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4197 (URN)987-91-7178-526-8 (ISBN)
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2006-12-08, Sal D3, KTh, Lindstedtsvägen 5, Stockholm, 13:00
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QC 20100927Available from: 2006-11-29 Created: 2006-11-29 Last updated: 2010-09-27Bibliographically approved

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