Synthesis of nanocrystalline tetragonal zirconia by inorganic metathesis reaction

Fengxi Chen*, Lin Huang, Ziyi Zhong, Geok Joo Gan, Sin Man Kwan, Fethi Kooli

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Nanocrystalline t-ZrO2 particles (plate-like morphology with crystallite size of ca. 13 nm) have been prepared by a metathesis reaction between ZrO(NO3)2 and NaOH at 150 °C. A reaction scheme comprising hydroxylation and condensation of the zirconium center was proposed to explain the observation. Fine and uniform t-ZrO2 particulates with smaller crystallite size (ca. 11 nm) can be produced by carrying out the same reaction in molten 1,12-diaminododecane.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-166
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Chemistry and Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 10 May 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Metathesis
  • Modified sol-gel reaction
  • Organic melts
  • Tetragonal zirconia


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