Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Aijie Han

Second Advisor

Dr. Hassan Ahmad

Third Advisor

Dr. Elamin E. Ibrahim


Nanoporous energy absorption system has been developed tremendously as an advanced energy storage system in recent years. This research is to optimize the mesoporous energy absorption matrixes via surface treatment to find out the optimum conditions for higher energy conversion efficiency. Five mesoporous silica matrixes with pore size in a range of 3 to 31.6 nm were investigated. Six alkylchlorosilanes were used as the modification reagents. The results showed that the energy absorption density via pressure-induced infiltration is as high as 8.0 J/g which is 100 times larger than that of conventional energy absorption materials. The controllability of the energy absorption system can be conveniently adjusted by the average pore size of the matrix, the modification reagents, and the liquid phase.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

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Chemistry Commons