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Synthesis and characterisation of ambient pressure dried composites of silica aerogel matrix and embedded nickel nanoparticles

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Xiao Han, Gaurav Bhaduri, Professor Lidija Siller



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A method for the synthesis of silica aerogel composites with embedded nickel nanoparticles employing ambient pressure drying is successfully developed. Nickel nanoparticles (NiNPs) are introduced into the sol-gel processing of a tetraethoxysilane precursor to produce the immobilised nickel nanoparticles. The microstructures of the aerogel products are studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). Specific surface area of the aerogels was characterised with nitrogen gas adsorption and analysed by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method. X-ray diffraction and STEM-based energy-dispersive X-ray mapping determined chemical composition. The catalytic activity of the NiNPs-silica aerogel composites for hydration reaction of carbon dioxide in water is verified.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Han X, Williamson F, Bhaduri GA, Harvey A, Siller L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Supercritical Fluids

Year: 2015

Volume: 106

Pages: 140-144

Print publication date: 01/11/2015

Online publication date: 22/06/2015

Acceptance date: 19/06/2015

Date deposited: 19/06/2015

ISSN (print): 0896-8446

ISSN (electronic): 1872-8162

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.supflu.2015.06.017


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