Organosilica Mesoporous Materials with Double Functionality: Amino Groups and β-Cyclodextrin Synthesis and Properties
Our work concerns the preparation of new organofunctional mesoporous silica gels. The goal of this study is to combine in a unique material –on one hand β-cyclodextrin β-CD), able to form stable inclusion complexes with many organic molecules, – and on the other hand aminogroups (from aminopropylsilane precursor) which are likely to chelate metallic cations. At the same time the formation of a mesoporous silica network would improve and regulate the access to functional sites. In order to tailor the functionalities content of our materials, a preparation in two steps has been chosen. First, a new silica precursor β-CDAPS) has been synthesized from a β-CD derivative and (3-aminopropyl) trimethoxysilane (APS). A detailed characterization of the obtained product has helped to determine the structure of β-CDAPS repeating unit and quantify its functionality. Then this hybrid precursor has been co-condensed with tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) via a sol-gel process involving the use of surfactants by a S-I+ mechanism. Porous and chemical structures of a series of these functional mesoporous silicas were characterized. Finally, preliminary adsorption tests of aqueous model pollutants, carried out on these hybrid materials, have been discussed.
KeywordsMesoporous Silica Hybrid Material Tetraethyl Orthosilicate Hybrid Silica Aminopropyl Group
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