Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 42, Issue 16, pp 6779–6786 | Cite as

A study on the synthesis and characterisation of nanocrystalline transition metal oxynitrides

  • Yuhong WangEmail author
  • Edward Lesterb
  • Duncan H. Gregory


A different processing route to bimetallic oxynitrides has been developed using oxide precursors generated from coprecipitation of ethanolic solutions of the relevant metal chlorides. The nitridation of the mixed-metal precursors yields nanocrystalline oxynitrides. Representative group 5–group 6 transition metal oxynitrides, M1−xM′x(O,N) (M = Nb, Ta; M′ = Mo, W) have been prepared and characterised by powder X-ray diffraction (PXD), scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive analysis by X-rays (SEM/EDAX), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with selected area electron diffraction (SAED), BET surface area measurements and SQUID magnetometry. The mixed-metal oxynitrides form rock salt structures (a ∼4.3 Å) with disordered distributions of both cations and anions. The purity, particle size and surface area of materials are significantly dependent on nitridation temperature.


Oxynitrides Oxide Precursor Nitrided Material Nitridation Reaction Transition Metal Nitrides 
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The authors would like to Ms N Bock and Dr FJ Allison for assistance with SEM and TEM measurements. DHG and WY would like to thank the Royal Society for awarding WY a Sino-British Fellowship and for funding this work. DHG would also like to thank the EPSRC for the award of an Advanced Research Fellowship.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuhong Wang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Edward Lesterb
    • 2
  • Duncan H. Gregory
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringShanghai Institute of TechnologyShanghaiP.R. China
  2. 2.School of Chemical, Environmental and Mining EngineeringUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  3. 3.School of ChemistryUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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