Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 163–168 | Cite as

Synthesis and formation mechanism of submicrometre spherical cordierite powders by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis

  • S ZEC


Cordierite powders containing very pure submicrometre spherical particles have been synthesized by the ultrasonic spray pyrolysis. Aqueous solutions of silicic acid, Al(NO3)3·9H2O and MgCl2·6H2O were used as precursors. Scanning electron micrographs have shown that particle surfaces were smooth and the mean particle diameter was 0.834 μm. For the estimation of chemical and phase composition and phase transformation temperatures, differential thermal analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive spectroscopy and infrared analysis have been applied. It was found that during spray pyrolysis, the condensation of silicic acid mostly occurred while aluminium and magnesium ion remained incorported between Si–O–Si chains. By subsequent heating to over 800°C, Si–O–M bonds (M=Al, Mg) were formed. The synthesis of cordierite occurred by the crystallization of μ-cordierite from the amorphous phase at 900°C followed by the phase transformation of μ- into α-cordierite in the temperature range 1100–1200°C.


Crystallization Pyrolysis Thermal Analysis Phase Transformation Thermogravimetric Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

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  1. 1.Faculty of Technology and MetallurgyBelgradeYugoslavia
  2. 2.Institute for Technology of Nuclear and Other Raw MaterialsBelgradeYugoslavia
  3. 3.Institute of Nuclear SciencesVinca BelgradeYugoslavia
  4. 4.Institute of Technical Sciences of the Serbian Academy of SciencesBelgradeYugoslavia

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