Preparation of alumina-zirconia materials by the sol-gel method from metal alkoxides

Yu Wen Chen, Tzu Ming Yen, Chiuping Li

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This study was carried out to develop a new preparation process for porous alumina-zirconia by the sol-gel method and to examine their porous properties. The gelation of alkoxides by the sol-gel method was for the formation of a precursor composed of an alumina-zirconia network structure. By this process, porous alumina-zirconia with a large surface area (> 300 m2/g), a very small pore size (0.5-0.9 nm) and a small pore size distribution was prepared. The porous properties of these materials were dependent upon the zirconia content. The optimum ratios of raw materials forming the gels are C2H5OH/Al(OC4H9)3 = 100/1, Al(OC4H9)3/H2O = 2/1, Al(OC4H9)3/HNO3 = 20/1, Zr(OC4H9)4/H2O = 4/1 (in moles), which gives a transparent gel and shortest gelation time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-55
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2 May 1995


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