• N Venkatathri

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    • An improved process for the synthesis of VPI-5 molecular sieve

      N Venkatathri

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      VPI-5 was synthesized with lesser time duration. The synthesized sample was characterized by XRD, SEM, FT-IR, TG/DTA, 27Al and 31P MASNMR techniques, which shows that the synthesized sample was highly crystalline. Carbon and nitrogen analyses reveal that the sample contains no template molecules, however, TG/DTA analysis shows the presence of physisorbed template molecules. MASNMR results show the presence of three different types of aluminium and phosphorous. Two of them were present as in tetrahedral and the remaining one is present in octahedral environment.

    • Synthesis of silica nanosphere from homogeneous and heterogeneous systems

      N Venkatathri

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      Silica nanosphere was synthesized using homogeneous and heterogeneous systems, respectively. In homogeneous system, silica spheres were synthesized without cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTABr), which gave bimodal particle size and lower yield (77%). To improve the yield, CTABr was added and found that the yield was very high (100%). The particle was in nm range, but the particle sizes are bimodal. To avoid it, reaction in heterogeneous system using CTABr was carried out. Nanosized silica sphere with uniform size (yield, 94%) was observed. Homogeneous system contains a mixture of ethanol, water, aqueous ammonia and tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS). In the case of heterogeneous system, only ethanol was absent.

    • Synthesis of single wall carbon nanotubes from a lamellar type aluminophosphate (AlPO4-L)

      N Venkatathri

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      Single wall carbon nanotubes are synthesized from a lamellar type aluminophosphate, AlPO4-L. The lamellar aluminophosphate was synthesized from hexamethyleneimine template. The latter was calcined at argon atmosphere for 12 h at 600°C. The resulting carbonaceous material was treated with 1 N H2SO4 to remove the aluminophosphate skeleton. Characterization of the resulting carbon revealed to contain single walled nanotubes. These nanotubes are applicable to store more hydrogen.

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