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Dehydration and dehydroxylation of C-S-H phases synthesized on silicon wafers

Dehydration and dehydroxylation of C-S-H phases synthesized on silicon wafers

Giraudo, N. / Bergdolt, S. / Laye, F. / Krolla, P. / Lahann, J. / Thissen, P. (2018) 


Applied Surface Science, 2018, 433, 589-595 

Date: Oktober 2017


In this work, the synthesis of specific ultrathin Calcium-Silicate-Hydrate (C-S-H) phases on silicon wafers and their transformation into C-S phases is achieved. Specific mineral phases are identified, and the synthesis is successful controlled. Samples are investigated by means of Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and the results are analyzed based on first-principles calculations. When C-S-H phases are transformed into C-S phases, only a few reflexes are detected on XRD, and the coherent scattering domains decrease with the increment of the temperature and time of exposure. This behavior is explained by the Ca/Si changes, which are identified by changes in the FTIR spectra. A thermodynamic analysis is performed with the help of first-principles calculations to underline the influence of the calcium-to-silicon (Ca/Si) ratio in the process of dehydroxylation. To increase the Ca/Si ratio water is partially substituted by methanol at the synthesis. This is observed in the FTIR spectra and is confirmed by lower temperatures of dehydroxylation. The catalytic nature of calcium towards the dehydroxylation is confirmed. The core of this work lies in the preparation of a model, which perfection makes possible to model reactivity, stability and mechanical properties using first-principles calculations, and is the starting point for the synthesis of many others.