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Authors: Jon Binner, Ketharam Annapoorani, Bala Vaidhyanathan
Abstract: The processing of nanocrystalline yttria doped zirconia powder via dry forming routes has been investigated via the granulation of the powder using spray freeze drying (SFD). Free-flowing and crushable powders suitable for either die or isosatic pressing have been achieved via the combination of SFD with additions of up to 2 vol% of Freon 11; the latter reducing the strength of the granules whilst not affecting the powder flowability into the die. The approach has allowed relic-free green bodies of up to 55% of theoretical density to be produced using pressures as low as 250 MPa.
Authors: Yoko Suyama, Tetsuya Yamada, Yosuke Hirano, Kazuo Takamura, Kenjiro Takahashi
Abstract: New synthesis process to prepare nano-particles of lithium niobate, sodium niobate and potassium niobate by thermal decomposition of the constituent double metal alkoxides was developed. Single crystals of such double-metal alkoxides as Na-Nb, Li-Nb and K-Nb ethoxides were newly synthesized from a mixed solution of the constituent metal ethoxides. The doublemetal alkoxides of the Li-Nb, Na-Nb and K-Nb systems decomposed at low temperatures below 673 K to form nano-particles of LiNbO3, NaNbO3 and LiNbO3. The lattice constants and crystallite size of the obtained LiNbO3, NaNbO3 and LiNbO3 particles were elucidated. It was shown that this new synthesis process was useful for preparation of niobate nano-particles at low temperatures.
Authors: Andrzej Deptula, Wiesława Łada, Tadeusz Olczak, Danuta Wawszczak, Marcin Brykala, Fabio Zaza, Kenneth C. Goretta
Abstract: A modified complex sol-gel process was developed to synthesize LiMn2O4 and LiNixCo1-xO2 powders. Sols were prepared from 1.5 M of Mn2+ or 1 M of xNi2+ and (1-x)Co2+ acetates plus ascorbic acid aqueous solutions by alkalizing them with LiOH and NH4OH. Ascorbic acid was added to prevent precipitation in the precursor solutions. When the sols were concentrated to one-third of their initial volume under reduced pressure and then gelled by drying for 10 days, heat treatment to ≥700 °C was accompanied by foaming, violent self-ignition, and formation of carbonates in the Ni-containing species. Significant improvements to the process and resulting powders were gained by modifying the gelation step. When gelation and drying were carried out under reduced total pressure, subsequent heating produced self-ignition, but no foaming, for all heating rates. The resulting products were determined to be nearly phase pure and carbonate free by thermogravimetric, differential thermal, X-ray, and infrared spectroscopy methods.
Authors: Florian Fontaine, René Pailler, Alain Guette
Abstract: In this study, our objective is to deposit an alumina or an aluminum nitride layer on a turbostratic carbon substrate. The coatings are synthesized via a sol-gel route followed by a heat treatment in order to obtain -alumina or hexagonal aluminum nitride by carbothermal nitridation of alumina. The synthesis of such layers on carbon substrates is not reported in literature. Several slurries were elaborated using various solvents and catalysts, and aluminum-tri-sec-butoxide as an aluminum precursor. The coating is obtained by dropping the substrate in the sol. After drying and pyrolysis, the amorphous alumina layer obtained has a thickness ranging from 500 nm to 1 µm. The material is finally heat treated. Several treatment conditions were evaluated. A thermodynamic study of the Al-C-O-N system will be drawn, and the composition of the synthesized sol-gel and heat treatment parameters will be detailed. Then, the layer’s morphology and structure will be characterized thanks to Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Diffraction analyses. The impact of heat treatment parameters will be discussed and experimental results will be compared to the theoretical thermodynamic results.
Authors: Shu Yin, Yoshihiro Minamidate, Tsugio Sato
Abstract: Monodispersed plate-like CeO2 particles were successfully synthesized by a mild solution process followed by calcination in air at 400oC. During the solution processing, monodispersed orthorhombic single-crystal of plate-like Ce2(CO3)3.8H2O was obtained by using Ce(NO3)3.6H2O as cerium source, and NaHCO3 aqueous solution as precipitation reagent and carbon source. The concentration of NaHCO3 solution affects the morphologies and particle size of the cerium carbonate compounds. High concentration of NaHCO3 led to a decrease in the particle size of Ce2(CO3)3.8H2O effectively. The CeO2 particles synthesized by the decomposition of carbonate precursors possessed similar morphologies and slightly smaller particle size. The plate-like ceria particles possessed good UV-shielding properties and low oxidation catalytic activities, indicating the potential application as cosmetics materials
Authors: Pei Lin Zhang, Shu Yin, Tsugio Sato
Abstract: Different valences of metal ions such as Fe3+ and Nb5+ were co-doped with nitrogen ion into titanium dioxide by hydrothermal method using metal chlorides and hexamethylenetetramine as the sources of metal ions and nitrogen ion, respectively. The co-doping of low-content metal ion showed no noticeable influence on the crystalline phases and specific surface area (S.S.A.) of the samples. Doping with Fe ion could significantly enhance the absorption in visible light region, but doping with Nb ion showed almost no effect. The photocatalytic activities of the samples were determined for the oxidative destruction of NO gas under various wavelengths. Co-doping with Nb ion improved the deNOx ability, but co-doping with Fe ion depressed it, indicating that co-doping with higher valence metal ion was effective in reducing the vacancy in the lattice which acts as the recombination center of the photo-induced electrons and holes, and achieving higher photocatalytic activity.
Authors: Luisa Durães, Marta Ochoa, António Portugal, Nelson Duarte, João Paulo Dias, Nuno Rocha, Jessica Hernandez
Abstract: In this work, the sol-gel technology is used to produce silica based xerogels and aerogels suitable for insulation applications in Space. The properties of the obtained materials are tailored varying the precursor – Methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS) or Methyltriethoxysilane (MTES), and the solvent – methanol or ethanol. A two-step acid-base catalyzed synthesis is used, being the obtained gels dried at atmospheric pressure, in the case of xerogels, and in supercritical conditions, for aerogels. Density and thermal conductivity must be made as low as possible for the sought application and only highly porous materials can fulfill this requirement. The obtained xerogels and aerogels, either with MTMS or MTES, show very promising properties for thermal insulation in Space, when methanol is used as solvent. The more suitable materials are obtained with MTMS and exhibit very low density (80-100 kg/m3), very high surface area (~ 400 m2/g) and small pore size (~ 30-40 Å). They also show moderate flexibility and a remarkable hydrophobic character (~ 150º).
Authors: Hiromi Nakano, Yoko Suyama
Abstract: Fabrication of advanced electronic components requires high-quality powders. In this work, nano-powders of Li or Na niobates are synthesized from (Li or Na)-Nb ethoxide by a sol-crystal method. A single crystal of (Li or Na)-Nb ethoxide is decomposed to an amorphous matrix below 473 K. Next, small crystals are grown by heating at the appropriate temperature for each specimen. The sol-crystal method provides homogeneous quality and fine grains by heating at lower temperature. Structural analysis of the powders is performed by a transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray diffraction. As a result, LiNbO3 turns to dense-powders, but NaNbO3 forms nano-porous powders. In order to understand this difference, we try to observe in-situ the crystallization and grain growth processes by high-temperature TEM. We successfully observe in-situ this processing and discuss the structural change and formation mechanism of LiNbO3, comparing these features with those of NaNbO3.

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