The Chemical Educator
ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)
Abstract Volume 9
Issue 3 (2004) pp 155-158
The Fractal Dimension of Sol-Gel Silicates
Ae Ja Woo
Department of Science Education, Ewha Womans University, Seoul 120-750,
Published online: 13 May 2004
Abstract. The sol-gel method has recently become significant in the area of materials chemistry. The importance of undergraduate laboratory experience in the synthesis and characterization of sol-gel silicates has been emphasized in several publications. In this article the introduction of the fractal dimension for the structural characterization of sol-gel silicates is shown to be useful for helping undergraduate students understand the global structure of sol-gel silicates as well as their growth phenomena.
Key Words: In the Classroom; inorganic chemistry; sol-gel silicates; fractal dimension
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Supporting Materials:Details of the experimental work and a sample simulation program are available in a Zip file (13 KB).
Issue date: June