The prepared amorphous
γ-ZrP\SiO2 composite had a complicated composition,
since a part of γ-ZrP is converted to α-form during the exfoliation
of it. The γ-ZrP\SiO2 composite have specific surface
area of 421 m2g–1.
The acidic P–OH groups of the lamellae species placed on the surface
(it is ≈1.0 meq g–1), do not destroy until
the temperature of 1030 K. During the thermal treatment the total mass loss
of 7.79% was found. This value corresponds to 0.42 mole of H2O
per molecule unit. The water loss process was found very slow, because of
the placing of bilamellar species in the composite.