Preparation and characterization of macroporous γ-LiAlO2

Sergey Sokolov, Andreas Stein

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Lithium aluminate powders with three-dimensional, periodic arrays of interconnected macropores (275-325 nm in diameter) were synthesized by poly(methyl methacrylate) latex colloidal crystal templating via wet-chemical process. Calcination removed the polymer template and converted the inorganic precursors into a high surface area (up to 56 m2/g), macroporous skeleton of γ-LiAlO2. Under certain synthesis conditions, lithium-poor LiAl5O8 nanocrystals were also present. Optimized synthesis conditions and structural characterisics of the materials are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3593-3597
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Letters
Issue number22-23
StatePublished - Jul 2003

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Funding Information:
Parts of this research were funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the NSF (DMR-9701507), the MRSEC program of the NSF (DMR-9809364), the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the U.S. Army Research Office (DAAD 19-01-1-0512), and the Office of Naval Research (grant number N00014-01-1-0810, subcontracted from NWU).

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  • Colloidal crystal
  • Composite
  • Lithium aluminate
  • Macroporous
  • Porosity
  • Templating


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