Laser-driven synthesis of nanocrystalline alumina powders from gas-phase precursors

E. Borsella, S. Botti, R. Giorgi, S. Martelli, S. Turtù, G. Zappa

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Carbon dioxide laser synthesis from gaseous precursors has been successfully applied to produce nanosized Al2O3particles. Trimethylaluminum [Al(CH3)3] and nitrous-oxide (N2O) were used as gas phase reactants. Ethylene (C2H4) was added as sensitizer gas. The as-synthesized powder particles showed considerable carbon contamination and an amorphouslike structure. After thermal treatment at 1200-1400°C, the powder transformed to hexagonal α-Al2O3with very low carbon contamination, confirmed by x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and chemical analysis. The thermally treated powder was composed of spherical single-crystal nanoparticles with a mean size 〈D〉 of 15-20 nm, as determined by x-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller specific surface measurements. The laser synthesized Al2O3particles are suitable dispersoids for intermetallic alloy technology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1345 - 1347
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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Borsella, E., Botti, S., Giorgi, R., Martelli, S., Turtù, S., & Zappa, G. (1993). Laser-driven synthesis of nanocrystalline alumina powders from gas-phase precursors. Applied Physics Letters, 63(10), 1345 - 1347.