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Tunable structure of zirconia nanoparticles by biopolymer gelation: Design, synthesis and characterization

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Author(s)

  • Hugo Ronald Ramananarivo
  • Karima Abdelouahdi
  • Walid Amer
  • Mohamed Zahouily
  • James Clark
  • Abderrahim Solhy

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JournalEUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
DatePublished - 1 Nov 2012
Issue number33
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)5465-5469
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Zirconia nanoparticles (NPs) with a pure tetragonal phase, stable at high temperatures and with hierarchical pore networks, are synthesized from gelling alginate by complexation of zirconium ions within a fibrous cross-linked biopolymer. The concentration of precursor significantly affected the structural stability, crystal size, and crystal phase of the final material. The zirconia NPs were characterized by thermogravimetric analyses, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The method developed herein is straightforward as well as flexible and can pave the way to a host of hierarchical materials for current nanotechnologies.

    Research areas

  • Biopolymers, Mesoporous materials, Nanoparticles, Zirconium

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