Sunday, May 19, 2013

1305.3331 (Bo Liu et al.)

The study of high pressure structural stability of CeO2 nanoparticles    [PDF]

Bo Liu, Ran Liu, Quan-Jun Li, Ming-Guang Yao, Bo Zou, Tian Cui, Bing-Bing Liu
In situ high pressure XRD diffraction and Raman spectroscopy have been performed on 12 nm CeO2 nanoparticles. Surprisingly, under quasihydrostatic condition, 12 nm CeO2 nanoparticles maintain the fluorite-type structure in the whole pressure range (0-51 GPa) during the experiments, much more stable than the bulk counterpart (PT=31 GPa). In contrast, they experienced phase transition at pressure as low as 26 GPa under non-hydrostatic condition (adopting CsCl as pressure medium). Additionally, 32-36 nm CeO2 nanoparticles exhibit an onset pressure of phase transition at 35GPa under quasihydrostatic condition, and this onset pressure is much lower than our result. Further analysis shows both the experimental condition (i.e., quasihydrostatic or non-hydrostatic) and grain size effect have a significant impact on the high pressure behaviors of CeO2 nanomaterials.
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