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Presence of Metallic Fe Nanoclusters in r-(Al,Fe)2O3 Solid Solutions

De Resende, Valdirene Gonzaga and Cordier, Anne and De Grave, Eddy and Laurent, Christophe and Eeckhout, Sigrid G. and Giuli, Gabriele and Peigney, Alain and Da Costa, Geraldo M. and Vandenberghe, Robert E. Presence of Metallic Fe Nanoclusters in r-(Al,Fe)2O3 Solid Solutions. (2008) Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 112 (42). 16256-16263. ISSN 1932-7447

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp8032098


Powders of R-(Al1-xFex)2O3 solid solutions prepared by the calcination in air of the corresponding γ-(Al1- xFex)2O3 powders were studied by several techniques including X-ray diffraction, field-emission-gun scanning electron microscopy, transmission Mössbauer spectroscopy, integral low-energy electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (ILEEMS), and Fe K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) measurements. The asymmetry of the characteristic Mo¨ssbauer doublet representing Fe3+ ions substituting for Al3+ ions in the corundum lattice of R-(Al1-xFex)2O3 solid solutions was resolved and explained for the first time by using two additional subspectra, i.e., a broad second doublet characteristic of a very distorted octahedral site for Fe3+ and a singlet attributable to R-Fe, suggesting the presence of metallic iron nanoclusters consisting of only a few number of atoms within the solid solution grains. ILEEMS studies showed that the Fe nanoclusters are evenly distributed among the surface layers and the cores of the grains. Fe K-edge XANES measurements further confirmed the occurrence of metallic iron. The proportion of Fe nanoclusters increases when the total iron content is decreased, as does the proportion of distorted octahedral site, suggesting that they are located around the iron nanoclusters. The formation of the metallic Fe nanoclusters in the R-(Al1-xFex)2O3 grains is thought to be a consequence of the γ f R phase transition which implies structural rearrangement on both the cationic and anionic sublattices.

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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Other partners > European Synchrotron Radiation Facility - ESRF (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto – UFOP (BRAZIL)
Other partners > Università degli Studi di Camerino - UNICAM (ITALY)
Other partners > Universiteit Gent - UGENT (BELGIUM)
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