Periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) thin films were synthesized by evaporation-induced self-assembly of 1,2-bis(triethoxysilyl)ethane and an ionic Gemini 16-12-16 surfactant under acidic conditions. The films were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering, ellipsometric porosimetry, impedance measurements, and nanoindentation. The ease of control of the packing parameter in Gemini surfactants makes the PMO film templated by a Gemini an exciting first step towards small pore size PMO films with engineered mesostructures.
- Gemini surfactants
- mesoporous materials
- thin films
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry