Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 13, Issue 8, pp 3149–3156

Deep metastable eutectic nanometer-scale particles in the MgO–Al2O3–SiO2 system

Research paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11051-010-0210-1

Cite this article as:
Rietmeijer, F.J.M. & Nuth, J.A. J Nanopart Res (2011) 13: 3149. doi:10.1007/s11051-010-0210-1


Laboratory vapor phase condensation experiments systematically yield amorphous, homogeneous, nanoparticles with unique deep metastable eutectic compositions. They formed during the nucleation stage in rapidly cooling vapor systems. These nanoparticles evidence the complexity of the nucleation stage. Similar complex behavior may occur during the nucleation stage in quenched-melt laboratory experiments. Because of the bulk size of the quenched system many of such deep metastable eutectic nanodomains will anneal and adjust to local equilibrium but some will persist metastably depending on the time–temperature regime and melt/glass transformation.


Nanoparticles Chemical composition Vapor phase condensation Laboratory experiments Deep metastable eutectics Cordierite Aerosols Nanocomposite synthesis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, MSC 03-20401-University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.Astrochemistry Laboratory, Solar System Exploration Division, Code 691NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA