Open Access Presidential Scholars Thesis
Utilizing a modified sol-gel process, a series of Mg(OH)2 nanoparticles will be produced. Each series synthesized will utilize six different toluene/methanol solvent ratios to yield six samples of nanoparticles. each with a different surface area. The surface area is expected to increase as the toluene/methanol ratio is increased. After preparation is completed, the nanoparticles will be characterized by BET method nitrogen adsorption measurement, IR spectroscopy and thermal gravimetric analysis. The Mg(OH)2 will then be utilized in a simple photocatalysis experiment to determine its possible use as catalyst for the degradation of toxic substances.
Date of Award
Department of Chemistry
Presidential Scholar Designation
A paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation Presidential Scholar
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©2005 Travis Witte
Witte, Travis, "Synthesis of Nanomaterials: Magnesium Hydroxide Nanoparticles and Applications for the Catalyzed Decomposition of Toxins" (2005). Presidential Scholars Theses (1990 – 2006). 168.