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Enhanced Sol-Gel Production and Robocasting for Artificial Photosynthesis
preprintsubmitted on 25.07.2019, 01:56 and posted on 26.07.2019, 14:55 by Frank Parsons, Ben Caroway
In this study, a titanium based Sol-Gel solution was derived using a rotary evaporator. By rapidly removing solvents, this tool significantly decreased the time needed to polymerize the solution and drastically accelerated the Sol-Gel process. The original intent of this experiment was to investigate the Sol-Gel's properties as a photocatalyst, however improvements to the materials synthesis took precedence. The properties of this Sol-Gel were also observed in a simple desktop 3D printer. The printers traditional thermoplastic nozzle was modified with a syringe to extrude the highly viscous Sol-Gel into basic shapes and lines.