Probing crystallisation of a fluoro-apatite - mullite system using neutron diffraction

Smith, J.M., Martin, R.A., Bowron, D.T., Hannon, A.C. and Newport, R.J. (2016). Probing crystallisation of a fluoro-apatite - mullite system using neutron diffraction. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 451 , 84–88.


Real-time small angle neutron scattering and wide angle neutron scattering studies were undertaken concurrently on a glass ionomer of nominal composition 4.5(SiO2)-3(Al2O3)-1.5(P2O5)-3(CaO)-2(CaF2). Neutron studies were conducted as a function of temperature to investigate the crystallisation process. No amorphous phase separation was observed at room temperature and the onset of crystallisation was found to occur at 650°C, which is 90°C lower than previously reported. The first crystalline phase observed corresponded to fluorapatite; it was only upon further heating was the mullite phase became present. The crystallite size at 650°C was found to be ~115Å and the result was consistent across all measurements.

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Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Electrical, electronic & power engineering
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Polymer and advanced materials research group
Additional Information: © 2016, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Funding: EPSRC (EP/F021011).
Uncontrolled Keywords: apatite,crystallisation,mullite,Condensed Matter Physics,Ceramics and Composites,Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials,Materials Chemistry
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Published Date: 2016-11-01
Authors: Smith, J.M.
Martin, R.A. ( 0000-0002-6013-2334)
Bowron, D.T.
Hannon, A.C.
Newport, R.J.

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