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|MS&T23: Materials Science & Technology
|Grain Boundaries, Interfaces, and Surfaces: Fundamental Structure-Property-Performance Relationships
|Thermo-kinetic Analysis of Zinc Aluminate Nanoparticles Coarsening
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The thermal stability of zinc aluminate nanoparticles is critical for their use as catalyst supports. In this study, we experimentally show that doping with 0.5 mol % Y2O3 improves the stability of zinc aluminate nanoparticles. The dopant spontaneously segregates to the nanoparticle surfaces in a phenomenon correlated with excess energy reduction. We performed a thermo-kinetic analysis to individually separate contributions. Direct measurements of surface thermodynamics confirmed the decreasing trend in surface energy from 0.99 for undoped to 0.85 J/m2 for Y-doped nanoparticles. Diffusion coefficients calculated from coarsening curves for undoped and doped compositions at 850 °C were 4.8 × 10–12 cm2/s and 2.5 × 10–12 cm2/s, respectively, indicating the coarsening inhibition induced by Y3+ results from a combination of a reduced driving force (surface energy) and decreased atomic mobility.