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Title: Indirect synthesis of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}via radiation- or photochemical formation of its hydrated precursors

Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} precursors were produced by UV/e-beam irradiation of aqueous solutions. • Depending on the aluminium salt (Cl{sup −} or NO{sub 3}{sup −}), either γ-AlOOH or Al(OH){sub 3} is formed. • The mechanism involved strongly depends on the presence of formate anion. • Prepared mesoporous solid phase has high specific surface area (<190 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}). • Calcination of the precursor leads to the formation of γ-/η-, θ- and α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. - Abstract: γ-, θ- and α-modifications of aluminium oxide (alumina) were successfully prepared by calcination of precursor solid phase obtained by irradiation of clear aqueous solutions by UV light or electron beam. For the precipitate to form, formate anion must be present in the solution in sufficient concentration. According to X-ray diffraction, the precipitate was found to consist of γ-AlOOH or a mixture of γ- and α-Al(OH){sub 3}, when aluminium chloride or aluminium nitrate was used, respectively. The addition of hydrogen peroxide as a ·OH radical source and sensitizer markedly improved the efficiency of the preparation. Some hints for the apparently very complex mechanism involved were listed and discussed. Calcination of the dried precipitate at 500–800 °C produced highly porous γ-aluminamore » with high specific surface area (ca. 150 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}). Mixture of γ- and θ-transition aluminas was obtained at 1000 °C and pure, stable corundum α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} formed at 1200 °C. Samples were further investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy and specific surface area or porosity measurement. According to N{sub 2} adsorption isotherm, the precipitate contains mostly mesopores with average pore size 7 nm with specific surface area of ca. 100 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}. Possible applications of the material as sorbent or catalyst as well as a pure matrix for thermoluminescence dosimetry were briefly contemplated. Strong light-induced thermoluminescence was observed in both γ- and α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples at 300–400 °C, whereas in the absence of light, only an inexpressive glow peak at 179 °C was observed.« less
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OSTI Identifier:
22341871
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Research Bulletin; Journal Volume: 49; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ADSORPTION ISOTHERMS; ALUMINIUM; ALUMINIUM NITRATES; ALUMINIUM OXIDES; ANIONS; AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS; CALCINATION; EFFICIENCY; ELECTRON BEAMS; IRRADIATION; NANOSTRUCTURES; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; SOLIDS; SYNTHESIS; THERMAL GRAVIMETRIC ANALYSIS; THERMOLUMINESCENCE; X-RAY DIFFRACTION