Structure and dynamics of silica and acrylamide gels

Youngjun Song, Seung Soon Im, Yang Kyoo Han, Daewon Sohn

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The structure and dynamics of silica and acrylamide gels were studied using a probe diffusion technique of dynamic light scattering (DLS). Latex particles, diameter = 0.05 μm, embedded in the gel network serve as a probe through their diffusion behavior within the network. A quantitative analysis of the homogeneity of the gel is introduced based on a shift of the correlation function of the dynamic light scattering. The lag time of the particles' correlation function in a completed inorganic silica gel is increased by increasing the contents of the gel network; but the particles' diffusion coefficient in a viscoelastic (acrylamide) gel lowers the f(A)(max), the maximum value of the y-axis in the correlation function. The silica gel makes a more homogeneous and compact structure than that of a PAA gel, which has partial heterodyning, by increasing the solid contents of the network density.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2379-2383
Number of pages5
JournalBulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Oct 1


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