Journal of Materials Research


Effects of addition of ethanol on the infiltration pressure of a mesoporous silica

Xinguo Konga1, Falgun B. Surania1 and Yu Qiaoa1 c1

a1 Department of Civil Engineering, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio 44325-3905


The energy absorption behaviors of mesoporous silica particles immersed in aqueous solutions of ethanol were investigated. Addition of ethanol could significantly lower the infiltration pressure, which has great potential in developing selective protection systems. The ethanol concentration of the confined liquid inside the nanopores was higher than outside.

(Received October 11 2004)

(Accepted January 26 2005)

(Online publication April 2005)

Key Words:

  • Adsorption;
  • Infiltration;
  • Nanoscale


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