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Silica gel

high-purity grade (Merck Grade 10180), pore size 40 Å, 70-230 mesh particle size



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grade   high-purity grade (Merck Grade 10180)
mfr. no.   Merck
particle size   63-200 μm
  70-230 mesh
pore size   ~0.68 cm3/g pore volume
  40 Å
surface area   750 m2/g
bp   2230 °C
mp   >1600 °C


Features and Benefits

Small pore size and high surface area provide maximum capacity for small molecules


1 kg in poly bottle

100 g in poly bottle

5 kg in fiber drum


Silica gel was used to compare MCM-41 type mesoporous adsorbents.1

General description

Silica gel is a rigid 3D network of colloidal silica.2 It is exclusively used as a support material for the active titanium(III) centers in Ziegler-Natta catalysts. Silica gel allows a controlled fragmentation resulting in the formation of uniform polymer particles with narrow particle size distribution and high bulk density.3 Silica gel is classified as below:
a. Aquagel - pores are filled with water
b. Xerogel - by the process of evaporation, aqueous phase in the pores are removed
c. Aerogel - solvent removed by supercritical extraction2

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Safety & Documentation

Safety Information

WGK Germany 
Protocols & Articles


Silica Gel Adsorbents

Silica gels are used as an adsorbent in numerous applications, including chromatographic separations and removal of impurities through adsorption. In chromatography or column chromatography, the stat...
Shyam Verma
Market Segment Manager, Reagents & Chemicals shyam.verma@sial.comAnalytix, Volume 9 Article 3
Keywords: Adsorption, Chromatography, Column chromatography, Flash chromatography, Indicators, Organic synthesis, Purification, Reversed-phase chromatography

Peer-Reviewed Papers


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1. Dissipative water intrusion in hydrophobic MCM-41 type materials. Martin T, Lefevre B, Brunel D, et al. Chem. Commun. (Camb.) (1), 24-5, (2002)


2. A simple method for production of pure silica from rice hull ash Kalapathy, U., A. Proctor, and J. Shultz. Bioresour. Technol. 73, 257-262, (2000)

3. Silica gel supported zirconocene dichloride/methylalumoxane catalysts for ethylene polymerization: Effects of heterogenation on activity, polymer microstructure and product morphology. Janiak, Christoph, and Bernhard Rieger. Angew. Makromol. Chem. 215, 47-57, (1994)

Fieser 9,410 / Fieser 10,346 / Fieser 11,466 / Fieser 12,431

Aldrich MSDS 1, 1601:A / Corp MSDS 1 (2), 3090:A / RegBook 1 (3), 3535:C

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