Organometallic compounds as single-source precursors to nanocomposite materials: An overview

Joseph P. Carpenter, C. M. Lukehart*, Stephen B. Milne, S. R. Stock, James E. Wittig, Bobby D. Jones, Robert Glosser, Jane G. Zhu

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Molecularly doped silica xerogels are prepared by adding either main-group or transition metal organometallic compounds containing bifunctional ligands to conventional sol-gel formulations. These bifunctional ligands contain distal (alkoxy or hydroxy)silyl groups, so that the dopant molecules become covalently incorporated into the silica xerogel matrix as it is being formed. Subsequent thermal treatment under reducing or oxidizing-then-reducing conditions leads to the decomposition of molecular precursor and to the formation of a nanoparticulate material with precise stoichiometry highly dispersed throughout the xerogel matrix.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-130
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 20 1998


  • Nanocomposites
  • Nanoparticles
  • Silica xerogels
  • Sol-gel chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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