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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, Korea,
Received February 2, 2004. Accepted March 31, 2004.

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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Issue date: June 1, 2004

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