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Formation of [gamma]-LiAlO2 nano-network in an Al-based metal matrix composite

Li, T. K. and Ng, Dickon H. L. (2007) Formation of [gamma]-LiAlO2 nano-network in an Al-based metal matrix composite. Materials Letters, 61 (4-5). 1109 - 1113.

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We report the synthesis of a nanostructured γ-LiAlO2 network in an Al-based metal matrix composite (MMC) by arc-melting a powder compact of Al–15 wt.%Li2O. During synthesis, chemical reactions between Al and Li2O occurred, and a two-phase Al-γ-LiAlO2 MMC was produced. The γ-LiAlO2 was in the form of nano-network extended evenly in the Al matrix. The apparent density and Vickers' hardness number of the MMC were determined to be 2.31 gcm− 3 and 143, respectively, and having a relative density of 0.87. The MMC was made nano-porous by etching away Al with a 2 M NaOH solution. The sizes of pores were about 150 nm and the width of the branches in the γ-LiAlO2 network was about 90 nm. Atomic force microscopy revealed that the branches were composed of fine grains of 50 nm in diameter. Microstructure of the network was not altered even after prolonged etching, and this suggested that γ-LiAlO2 was chemically inert to NaOH corrosion. Specific surface area of the γ-LiAlO2 nano-network was measured to be 79 m2/g, and its porosity was determined to be 43.7%.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Composite materials; Microstructure; Nanomaterials
Subjects:Material Science > Nanofabrication processes and tools
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
ID Code:6752
Deposited By:SPI
Deposited On:09 Feb 2010 09:31
Last Modified:09 Feb 2010 09:31

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