Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 134, Issue 3, pp 1775–1784 | Cite as

The use of hydrophobicity and pozzolanic reactivity of the PMHS/nanosilica hybrid composites on the water absorption of cement mortar

  • Pengkun HouEmail author
  • Ran Li
  • Haoting Li
  • Ning Xie
  • Xin ChengEmail author
  • L. P. Singh


The durability of cement-based materials can be significantly improved by surface treatment with organic or inorganic silica-based treatment agents. In this paper, silica-based organic and inorganic hybrid composites (polymethylhydrosiloxane/nanosilica, PMHS/NS) were synthesized for surface treatment and their performances on hardened cement-based material were determined by measurements of the water absorption rate, water contact angle, and resistance to detachment by rain-washing. The thermogravimetric analysis results showed that 88.33, 65.38, 77.68, and 79.78% of PMHS are physically attached to NS in mixtures at PMHS/NS mass ratios of 1.2, 0.95, 0.7, and 0.6. Moreover, through calorimetric measurement and thermogravimetric analysis, the reaction of the hybrid material with hardened cement-based material was simulated and evaluated by its reaction with Ca(OH)2, i.e., the pozzolanic reaction. Results showed that hydrophobicity has been introduced to the surface of cement-based material after surface treatment and the water absorption rate can be reduced by over 80%. Moreover, the involving of NS could make the hybrid material more rain resistance: hybrid material with PMHS-to-NS mass ratio of 0.6 showed a superior water proofing effect (introduced by its in situ pozzolanic reaction) after simulated rain-washing. This work demonstrated the potential of taking advantages of the hydrophobicity and pozzolanic reactivity of the silica-based hybrid material synergistically in endowing an improved durability of cement-based materials.


Hybrid materials Cement-based materials Surface treatment Hydrophobicity Pozzolanic reactivity Synergistic effect 



Supports from National High Technology Research and Development Program (“863 Program,” 2015AA034701), National Key R&D Plan (2016YFE0206100), Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51672107 and 51761145023), and the 111 Project of International Corporation on Advanced Cement-based Materials (No. D17001) are greatly appreciated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Shandong Provincial Key Lab for Preparation and Measurement of Building MaterialsUniversity of JinanJinanChina
  2. 2.School of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of JinanJinanChina
  3. 3.CSIR – Central Building Research InstituteRoorkeeIndia

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