Hollow Amorphous Formation via Oxidation of Al Nanoparticles at Low Temperatures


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Formation of hollow structure through oxidation of Al nanoparticles was studied by applying transmission electron microscopy. Al nanoparticles 6~8 nm in diameter were observed to become hollow particles after having been exposed to air at 295 K for a few minutes. An analysis of the Debye-Sherrer rings in the selected area diffraction patterns before and after oxidation showed that hollow oxide nanoparticles are amorphous. The formation mechanisms of hollow oxide are discussed based on the low-temperature oxidation mechanism of Al and on the comparison with our previous results of hollow ZnO formation via oxidation of Zn nanoparticles.



Materials Science Forum (Volumes 544-545)

Edited by:

Hyungsun Kim, Junichi Hojo and Soo Wohn Lee




R. Nakamura et al., "Hollow Amorphous Formation via Oxidation of Al Nanoparticles at Low Temperatures", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 544-545, pp. 347-350, 2007

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May 2007




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