Biswas, M and Bandyopadhyay, Siddhartha (2013) Synthesis of nanoscale Nd-doped ceria via urea-formaldehyde combustion method. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A-Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science , 44A (11). pp. 5251-5258. ISSN 1073-5623

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Nanocrystalline neodymium-doped ceria solid solutions with Nd3+ concentrations varying from 4 to 20 mol pct have been synthesized by gel combustion method, using urea-formaldehyde as fuel for Nd doping. The combustion reaction is explained through differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)-differential thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), whereas the synthesized materials are characterized through X-ray diffractometry (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The phase obtained from the exothermic reaction contains Nd-substituted CeO2. The deviation of the lattice parameter from Vegard's law and the decrease in crystallite size with dopant concentration has been explained. The as-synthesized particles are largely nanoporous single crystallites, existing in loosely held spherical-shaped agglomerates. The size of the agglomerates increases with increasing dopant content. High-resolution TEM (HRTEM) reveals the fact that the unit cells are strained.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Engineering Materials
Divisions: Non-Oxide Ceramics & Composites
Depositing User: Bidhan Chaudhuri
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2014 11:40
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2015 12:09

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