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Sol-Gel Processing and Characterization of Nanostructured Materials

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
1.04.02  Natural sciences and mathematics  Chemistry  Structural chemistry 

Code Science Field
P351  Natural sciences and mathematics  Structure chemistry 
P260  Natural sciences and mathematics  Condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic and optical properties, supraconductors, magnetic resonance, relaxation, spectroscopy 
P352  Natural sciences and mathematics  Surface and boundary layery chemistry 
P360  Natural sciences and mathematics  Inorganic chemistry 
P265  Natural sciences and mathematics  Semiconductory physics 
T151  Technological sciences  Optical materials 
T152  Technological sciences  Composite materials 
sol-gel, mesoporous silica, nanocomposites, chiral information, polysiloxanes, protonic conductors, organic semiconductors, films, electrooptic and electrochemical devices
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Researchers (6)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  15462  ALEN BATAGELJ  Physics  Researcher  2002 - 2004 
2.  06617  PhD Gvido Bratina  Physics  Researcher  2002 - 2004  216 
3.  20657  PhD Robert Hudej  Oncology  Researcher  2002 - 2004  90 
4.  11873  PhD Urška Lavrenčič Štangar  Chemistry  Head  2002 - 2004  559 
5.  17271  Helena Spreizer    Researcher  2002 - 2004  35 
6.  14121  PhD Angelja Kjara Surca  Chemistry  Researcher  2002 - 2004  401 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0104  National Institute of Chemistry  Ljubljana  5051592000  20,968 
2.  1540  University of Nova Gorica  Nova Gorica  5920884000  14,067 
The aim of the proposed project is the synthesis and characterization of novel nanostructured materials of two types: (A) mesoporous silica films bearing a stereochemical information and other porous inorganic oxide films; (B) hybrid organic-inorganic gels and films with iono-optic or semiconducting properties. All the materials will be prepared by the conventional or template mediated sol-gel processing. The silica films of type A have a significant potential for applications in stereospecific molecular separation or in chemical sensing. The chiral information will be imprinted into the silicate network by sol-gel processing of silicon precursors (alkoxysilanes) with simultaneous self-assembly of chiral amphiphilic template molecules. The proposed surfactant (template) molecules consist of a hydrophilic glycoside head group and a hydrophobic alkyl or polysiloxane chain. The synthesized polysiloxanes will be used also for the preparation of sulfonated proton conducting membranes belonging to type B of nanocomposite materials. We will continue our studies on the membranes based on hybrid silica/polyether nanocomposite gels as well, with the aim to achieve higher hydrophobicity combined with good protonic or ionic (iodide/triiodide) conductivity to be used as semi-solid electrolytes in electrochemical devices (fuel cells, dye sensitized solar cells). One of the main goals will be also to entrap various organic semiconductors (OS) within modified silica matrix or another appropriate sol-gel host to produce thin layers with electrooptic properties. Throughout the project, great emphasis will be given to the assessment of the materials properties with regard to their potential application, especially in the light of transient phenomena of the electric current conduction in OS layers.
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