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Phase separation by nanoparticle splitting

Srivastava, Chandan (2012) Phase separation by nanoparticle splitting. In: Materials Letters, 70 . pp. 122-124.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.matlet.2011.11.079


The present report illustrates the phenomenon of phase separation leading to the splitting of solid solution structured Ag-Co nanoparticles into pure Ag and pure Co nanoparticles upon isothermal annealing inside a transmission electron microscope. In bulk, Ag-Co system shows negligible mutual solubility into a single phase solid solution structure upto a very high temperature. The Ag-Co nanoparticle splitting revealed that room temperature, solid solution atomic configuration, between bulk immiscible Ag and Co atoms coexisting in a nano-sized particle, is a kinetically frozen atomic arrangement and not a thermodynamically stable structure. The observed phase separation behavior resulting in particle splitting at high temperatures can be used to produce devices for sensor applications. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Miscibility gap;Nanoparticles;Phase transformations; Microstructure
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
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Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2012 08:32
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2012 08:32
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/44256

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