TEM Study of Lizardite-1T Particles in Toluene Solvent
Micrometer sized particles of lizardite-1T phase are observed in toluene solvent. Phase identification is carried out by selected-area electron diffraction experiment and simulation. TEM study shows that the particles are in flake forms with the (001) preferred orientation. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectra reveal some particles containing Mg and Si, and others containing Al and Si. Structural deterioration of the lizardite-1T phase occurs under relative higher dose of electron beams. The results of this characterization of lizardite-1T particles show the importance of beam-induced deterioration and emphasize the potential importance of such deterioration in the characterization of nano scale systems.
KeywordsCharacterization Electron microscopy Microstructure Lizardite-1T
This work was partially supported by the Army Research Office (W911NF-08-1-0190) and NSF CMMI (0825905). TEM experiments were carried out in the Central Facility of Electron Microscopy at the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, University of Nebraska.
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