Daniel F. Shantz

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Reverse w/o microemulsions composed of methyl methacrylate (MMA) forming the oil phase, nonionic surfactants, and water are used for the synthesis of transparent SiO2/PMMA nanocomposites. An inorganic precursor, tetraethoxysilane (Si(OEt)(4), TEOS), is hydrolyzed in the reverse micelles containing aqueous ammonia. During the hydrolysis of TEOS,(More)
In situ small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) is used to investigate the influence of alcohol identity and content on silicalite-1 growth from clear solutions at 368 K. Several tetraalkyl orthosilicates (Si(OR)4, R = Me, Pr, and Bu) are used to synthesize silicalite-1 from clear solution mixtures comparable to those previously investigated (i.e. 1:0.36:20(More)
Utilizing polypeptide secondary structure as a means for controlling oxide pore architectures is explored. Poly-L-lysine is used as a model polypeptide as its folding behavior is well understood and compatible with the sol-gel chemistry of silica. Here, we show that silicas synthesized with poly-L-lysine in a alpha-helix conformation possess cylindrical(More)
MCM-22(P), the precursor to zeolite MCM-22, consists of stacks of layers that can be swollen and exfoliated to produce catalytically active materials. However, the current swelling procedures result in significant degradation of crystal morphology along with partial loss of crystallinity and dissolution of the crystalline phase. Fabrication of polymer(More)
The synthesis and characterization of organic-inorganic hybrid materials that selectively capture sugars from model biomass hydrolysis mixtures are reported. 3-Aminophenylboronic acid (PBA) groups that can reversibly form cyclic esters with 1,2-diols, and 1,3-diols including sugars are attached to mesoporous SBA-15 via different synthetic protocols. In the(More)
The synthesis, characterization, and growth of Ge-silicalite-1 from optically clear solutions are reported. Ge-silicalite-1 is readily formed from optically clear solutions of TEOS, TPAOH, water, and a germanium source at 368 K. X-ray fluorescence (XRF) is used to determine the Si/Ge ratio and indicates that germanium inclusion is typically 30-50% of that(More)
The synthesis and characterization of alumina-mesoporous silica (alumina-MS) hybrid membranes are reported. The hybrids are formed using a variation of the evaporative-induced self-assembly (EISA) process reported by Hayward et al. (Langmuir 2004, 20, 5998) based on dip coating of an Anopore 200 nm membrane with a Brij-56/TEOS/HCl/H2O solution. Numerous(More)
Tetramethylammonium (TMA)- and tetrapropylammonium (TPA)-silica mixtures containing monovalent salts were studied to determine how salt impacts nanoparticle stability and organocation-silica interactions. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) results show that salt concentrations as low as 5 mM can induce nanoparticle aggregation. The extent of aggregation(More)