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Re: method for making metal oxide nanoparticles to add to

monomers

From: N.Satyanarayana <nallanis2000@yahoo.com>


Date: August 18, 2005 1:01:07 AM CDT
To: rawls@uthscsa.edu

Received your mail with information of TEM on ZrO2. I could not give a reply immediately, since I was
out of station. Kindly excuse me for my late reply.

I am herewith enclosing the TD/DTA, FTIR, XRD results of ZrO2 Powders prepared with two different
processes (Polyol and combustion), which may help to change the synthesis conditions to obtain
required size of ZrO2nanoparticles. Also, I request you to go through the same.

Myself and my Ph.D. student went through the TEM images and written matter. Regarding our TEM
images, I would like to know the following information

1. Whether our samples had under gone ultrasonic agitation before taking TEM images, if so, how
long?.
2. If not, is it possible to do the ultrasonic agitation for our samples and also to take the TEM images
again.
3. I would like to mention that our sample had obtained after calcining the polymer intermediate (PI) at
600oC. In TG/DTA thermo gram of PI prepared by polyol process, it is clearly understood that there is
no more huge weight loss after 350oC in, which may indicate the formation of ZrO2 phase even at 350oC.
Due to the purity purposes, we have calcined our samples at 600oC, which may lead to the particles
agglomeration.

Will the existence of minor quantity of organic impurity in ZrO2 powder affect the composite
properties?. If not, we can prepare smaller crystallite size of non agglomeration of ZrO2 powder at
350oC.

4. In your comment, you have mentioned that the coating process will reduce the agglomeration. Is it
the meaning of coating of very thin layer of some other Oxides over each ZrO2 particles?. If so, in this
regard, we have already did some work for the surface modification of LiCoO 2 to enhance its
electrochemical performance. One TEM picture of the surface modified LiCoO2 is attached for your
information. If it different and if you are having any literature, please send to us.
5. Since you have mentioned polyol process is ideal for our work, we will do further work on that to
optimize the suitable condition to get the better ZrO2 powders for our requirement. My student has
already started the work.

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