Controlled stabilisation of silicic acid below pH 9 using poly(1-vinylimidazole)

Annenkov, VV, Danilovtseva, EN, Likhoshway, YV, Patwardhan, SV and Perry, CC ORCID: 0000-0003-1517-468X, 2008. Controlled stabilisation of silicic acid below pH 9 using poly(1-vinylimidazole). Journal of Materials Chemistry, 18 (5), pp. 553-559. ISSN 0959-9428


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We show, for the first time, inhibition of silicic acid condensation over a wide range of pH, especially below 9 using certain molecular mass fractions of poly(1-vinylimidazole) (PVI). This is achieved by stabilisation of molybdate-active Si species, which are crucial to condensation and growth to form silica. The structure of the resulting composites depends on the molecular mass of the PVI chains. Long-chain macromolecules can "encapsulate" Si species giving rise to stable soluble complexes. Short PVI chains stimulate association of silica particles and at neutral pH precipitation occurs. Protonation of imidazole units in acidic pH results in dissolution of the precipitates. We believe that the results presented herein using PVI as a model system will help elucidate the mechanisms underpinning the molecular interactions between (bio)macromolecules and inorganic materials.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Materials Chemistry
Creators: Annenkov, V.V., Danilovtseva, E.N., Likhoshway, Y.V., Patwardhan, S.V. and Perry, C.C.
Date: 2008
Volume: 18
Number: 5
ISSN: 0959-9428
Rights: © Royal Society of Chemistry 2008
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:36
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:34

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