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Chemically enhanced thermal stability of anodized nanostructured zirconia membranes

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Abstract

Anodized nanotubular and nanoporous zirconia membranes are of interest for applications involving elevated temperatures in excess of 400 °C, such as templates for the synthesis of nanostructures, catalyst supports, fuel cells and sensors. Thermal stability is thus an important attribute. The study described in this paper shows that the as-anodized nanoporous membranes can withstand more adverse temperature–time combinations than nanotubular membranes. Chemical treatment of the nanoporous membranes was found to further enhance their thermal stability. The net result is an enhancement in the limiting temperature from 500 °C for nanotubular membranes to 1000 °C for the chemically treated nanoporous membranes. The reasons for membrane degradation on thermal exposure and the mechanism responsible for retarding the same are discussed within the framework of the theory of thermal grooving.

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The article was received on 30 Sep 2011, accepted on 27 Jan 2012 and first published on 28 Feb 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2JM14906K
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 6885-6893
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    Chemically enhanced thermal stability of anodized nanostructured zirconia membranes

    T. H. Choudhury, M. Rajamathi and S. Raghavan, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 6885
    DOI: 10.1039/C2JM14906K

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