Silica gels absorb moisture. I intend to use silica gels as fire retardants. My question is - Is it possible to chemically alter silica gels to release water content when in contact with fire, thus suppressing the fire?
Here's my idea. Since silica gels are essentially silicon dioxides and since they are tetrahedral in nature, replacing some of the silicon atoms with carbon atom will produce carbon dioxide which is useful in putting out fires.