Modifications in the correlation function in poly(vinyl alcohol)/silica hybrid wet gels

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Vollet, Dimas R. [UNESP]
Donatti, Dario A. [UNESP]
Ruiz, Alberto Ibanez [UNESP]

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Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc


Small-angle X-ray scattering was used to study structural modifications in tetraethoxysilane-derived poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/silica hybrids. The basic structure of the wet gels can be described as a mass-fractal structure with fractal dimension D equal to 2 and characteristic length xi, which increases with addition of PVA. Wet gels with high PVA content exhibit a positive deviation from the mass- fractal power-law scattering at low q; this deviation is associated with additional scattering due to a second large correlation distance zeta, reinforced by the addition of PVA. The fraction of both contributions to the total correlation function was estimated; this is the first time that such a study has been carried out for mass- fractal structures.



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Journal of Applied Crystallography. Malden: Wiley-blackwell Publishing, Inc, v. 42, p. 10-14, 2009.