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Permeability of silica monoliths containing micro- and nano-pores

Fletcher, Paul D. I.; Haswell, Stephen J.; He, Ping; Kelly, Stephen M.; Mansfield, Andrew


Paul D. I. Fletcher

Stephen J. Haswell

Ping He

Stephen M. Kelly

Andrew Mansfield


For applications as catalyst supports in flow reactors, porous silica monoliths require a combination of connected pores of micron-scale to enable fluid flow plus nm-scale pores to enable high catalyst area and activity. We have synthesised a range porous silica monoliths, characterised their micron and nm-scale pores and measured their permeability coefficients K. K can be controlled over the range 10-10 m, primarily by adjustment of the polymer/silane concentration ratio, whilst maintaining the specific surface area and nm-scale porosity approximately constant. For the majority of the silica monolith samples, the measured permeability coefficient K is 2-5 times smaller than K for a hypothetical reference system consisting of a monolith with uniform cylindrical pores aligned in the flow direction and with the same average pore diameter and volume fraction. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.


Fletcher, P. D. I., Haswell, S. J., He, P., Kelly, S. M., & Mansfield, A. (2011). Permeability of silica monoliths containing micro- and nano-pores. Journal of Porous Materials, 18(4), 501-508.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Aug 1, 2010
Publication Date 2011-08
Journal Journal of Porous Materials
Print ISSN 1380-2224
Electronic ISSN 1573-4854
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 4
Pages 501-508
Keywords Mechanical Engineering; General Materials Science; Mechanics of Materials
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