Date of Award

6-1943

Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Chemistry

Language

English

Abstract

Silica gels have been the object of extensive research. Titania gels have been the object of limited research, but they have been reported as made successfully. The most commonly used silicate solutions are basic and the titanium solutions are acidic. Acids are used to control the gelation of silicon, and bases are used to control the gelation of titania. The imagination is taxed only slightly in assuming as plausible the use of the acid titanate solution to control the gelation of silica and the basic silicate solution to control the gelation of titania, and thereby produce a mixed gel. If the pH regions of gelation overlap, the above theory should be true in practice. The goal of this research was to make a gel containing both silica and titania, and, if possible, study some of its properties and characteristics.

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