Size controlled mechanochemical synthesis of ZrSi2
Mechanochemical metathesis reactions were utilized to synthesize nanocrystalline ZrSi2 ranging from 9–30 nm in size. Size was controlled through dilution with CaCl2. A linear relationship was found between diluent concentration and crystallite size. Unlike typical self-propagating metathesis reactions, this reaction did not self-propagate, requiring the input of mechanical energy.