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Infrared and Raman spectra of sol-gel prepared methyl-substituted silica
Author(s): Carol A. Cappozzi; Robert A. Condrate; L. David Pye
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Paper Abstract

Sol-gel processes provide techniques to prepare materials which contain silicate and organic groups in a single amorphous phase. Such materials can possibly possess a resultant combination of beneficial physical and chemical properties from silicate glass and organic polymeric materials. Also, silica glasses containing organic components in their network can more readily dissolve organic dyes, and therefore be used in optical fibers to promote optical amplifier capabilities. The properties of such solid materials intimately relate to the structural arrangements in the materials. Infrared and Raman spectroscopy have been applied in this study to obtain valuable information for sol-gel condensates from the tetramethoxysilane (TMOS)/diethoxydimethylsilane (DEDMS)/methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS) system. Compositions in this system can possess methyl-bonded silicon atoms in their structural networks in contrast to silica gels and glasses. The resulting differences that are noted in the distributions of the three-fold (Si-O)3 ring and the four-fold (Si-O)4 ring structures of these materials with respect to silica gels and glasses are discussed on the basis of observed infrared and Raman spectra. Also, structural changes occurring during the heat treatment of gels that were prepared from binary TMOS/DEDMS mixtures were also investigated using infrared spectroscopy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 October 1994
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2287, Properties and Characteristics of Optical Glass III, (21 October 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.190946
Show Author Affiliations
Carol A. Cappozzi, Alfred Univ. (United States)
Robert A. Condrate, Alfred Univ. (United States)
L. David Pye, Alfred Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2287:
Properties and Characteristics of Optical Glass III
Alexander J. Marker, Editor(s)

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