Three-dimensional observation of macroporous silica gels and the study on structural formation mechanism

Haruko Saito, Kazuyoshi Kanamori, Kazuki Nakanishi, Kazuyuki Hirao, Yukihiro Nishikawa, Hiroshi Jinnai

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Three-dimensional (3D) observation of co-continuous macropore structure was performed using laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM). The obtained LSCM images were reconstructed into 3D images, and further subjected to image analysis. The LSCM observation and the following image analysis provided geometrical parameters of the macropore surfaces, which cannot be obtained by classical techniques for macropore characterization, such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation or mercury intrusion method. Based on the obtained structural parameters, influences of viscoelastic properties on the liquid-phase structural formation mechanism were examined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-252
Number of pages8
JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Issue number1-2 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jun 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Co-continuous macropore
  • Laser scanning confocal microscopy
  • Three-dimensional observation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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