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Criteria for Flame-Spray Synthesis of Hollow, Shell-Like, or Inhomogeneous Oxides

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The influence of metal precursor and solvent composition on the morphology of SiO2, Bi2O3, and other oxide particles made by flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) was investigated. Silica precursors with boiling points Tbp=299–548 K dissolved in xylene were used as well as different solvents (Tbp=308–557 K) with tetraethyl-orthosilicate (TEOS) as the silica precursor. For Bi2O3, nonvolatile bismuth nitrate pentahydrate was dissolved in solvents with Tbp=338–468 K. Product powders were characterized by nitrogen adsorption, X-ray diffraction, and scanning and transmission electron microscopy. From these data as well as from the literature of FSP synthesis of Bi2O3, CeO2, MgO, ZnO, Fe2O3, Y2O3, Al2O3, and Mg–Al spinel, it is inferred that hollow/inhomogeneous particles are formed at low combustion enthalpy densities and when the solvent boiling point is comparable or smaller than the precursor melting or decomposition point.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Particle Technology Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, ETH Zurich, CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland

Publication date: June 1, 2005


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