Russian Metallurgy (Metally)

, Volume 2018, Issue 8, pp 728–732 | Cite as

Mechanochemical Synthesis of Intermetallic Compounds in the Gallium–Iridium System

  • E. A. PavlovEmail author
  • I. V. Chuprov
  • M. V. Nikulin
  • E. V. Mal’tsev
  • A. A. PshenichnayaEmail author
  • T. F. GrigorevaEmail author
  • E. A. Pastukhov
  • A. P. Skuratov
  • N. Z. Lyakhov


The interaction between a solid inert metal (Ir) and an active liquid metal (Ga) during mechanical activation in a high-energy planetary mill is studied by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy with EDS-apparatus for high-resolution energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis. The influence of mechanical activation conditions on the formation of GaxIry intermetallic compounds and GaxIry/Ir composites and on their solubility in various acids is investigated. Being a surfactant for iridium, gallium propagates along the grain boundaries of polycrystalline iridium particles during mechanical activaiton and, hence, sharply decreases their strength. As a result of strong mechanical deformation during activation, the contact surface area between the solid and liquid metals, where the intermetallic compounds form intensely, increases sharply. As a result of treatment of the products of mechanical activaiton by a mixture of concentrated hydrochloric and nitric acids, iridium (>30%) from passes into an acid solution and forms HxIrCly complex compounds, which can interact with bases to form soluble complex salts.


mechanochemical synthesis intermetallic compounds gallium iridium complex compounds of iridium 



This work was performed in terms of project no. 1622/17 of the Krasnoyarsk Plant of Nonferrous Metals and the Institute of Solid State Chemistry and Mechanochemistry.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. A. Pavlov
    • 1
    Email author
  • I. V. Chuprov
    • 1
  • M. V. Nikulin
    • 1
  • E. V. Mal’tsev
    • 1
  • A. A. Pshenichnaya
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • T. F. Grigoreva
    • 3
    Email author
  • E. A. Pastukhov
    • 4
  • A. P. Skuratov
    • 5
  • N. Z. Lyakhov
    • 3
  1. 1.OAO Krasnoyarsk Plant of Nonferrous Metals Named after V. N. GulidovKrasnoyarskRussia
  2. 2.Kirensky Institute of Physics, Federal Research Center, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of SciencesKrasnoyarskRussia
  3. 3.Institute of Solid State Chemistry and Mechanochemistry, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia
  4. 4.Institute of Metallurgy, Ural Branch, Russian Academy of SciencesYekaterinburgRussia
  5. 5.Siberian Federal UniversityKrasnoyarskRussia

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