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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2017, Article ID 4537039, 8 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/4537039
Research Article

New Hybrid Materials Synthesized with Different Dyes by Sol-Gel Method

1Faculty of Chemistry, Biology, Geography, West University of Timisoara, 4 Bv. Vasile Parvan, 300223 Timisoara, Romania
2Institute of Chemistry Timisoara of the Romanian Academy, 24 Mihai Viteazul Bvd., 300223 Timisoara, Romania
3Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia, 16 Av. Paisos Catalans, 43007 Tarragona, Spain

Correspondence should be addressed to Vasile Simulescu; moc.oohay@ucselumisinaig and Gheorghe Ilia; moc.oohay@ailiehg

Received 18 May 2017; Accepted 27 July 2017; Published 28 August 2017

Academic Editor: Renal Backov

Copyright © 2017 Ramona Gheonea et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

One well-known method for hybrids synthesis with incorporated organic dyes is sol-gel method, which is based on the concept of molecular manipulation to design ceramics, glasses, and composites. The low-temperature process allows for the incorporation of guest organic molecules within the inorganic matrix, as well as for the synthesis of hybrid networks in which the organic and inorganic phases are interpenetrating. The aim of the work presented in this paper was the preparation of the gels with three different dyes, at different molar ratios by using the hydrolytic sol-gel process. The interaction of the dye and the oxide was examined by UV-vis spectroscopy and FT-IR. The thermal stability of the hybrid organic-inorganic xerogel formed here was studied by thermal analysis. The micrographs obtained by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed the high density of the films. Such characteristics indicate the possible application of these films in solar cells.