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Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Adsorbents

United States Patent Application

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The present invention relates generally to hybrid organic-inorganic adsorbents for decontamination of fluids. Bridged poysilsesquioxanes are a family of hybrid organic-inorganic materials prepared by sol-gel processing of monomers that contain a variable organic bridging group and two or more trifunctional silyl groups. Specifically, the present invention relates to dipropylenedisulfide-co-phenylene-bridged polysilsesquioxane compositions, methods of making dipropylenedisulfide-co-phenylene-bridged polysilsesquioxanes, and methods of use of dipropylenedisulfide-co-phenylene-bridged polysilsesquioxanes. The present invention discloses properties of dipropylenedisulfide-co-phenylene-bridged polysilsesquioxanes that include high ligand loading, increased surface area, and increased porosity. These properties make dipropylenedisulfide-co-phenylene-bridged polysilsesquioxanes excellent adsorbents for decontamination of fluids for use in environmental and industrial processes.
Shea, Kenneth J. (Irvine, CA), Hobson, Stephen T. (Gunpowder, MD), Tran, Joseph (San Diego, CA)
The Regents of the University of California
11/ 740,804
April 26, 2007
REFERENCE TO GOVERNMENT [0002] This invention was made with Government support under Grant No. DE-AC04-94AL85000, awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.