A mild solvothermal route to nanocrystalline titanium diboride

Yunle Gu, Yitai Qian, Luyang Chen, Fu Zhou

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    Titanium diboride (TiB2) has been synthesized via a benzene-thermal reaction of metallic sodium with amorphous boron powder and titanium tetrachloride at 400°C in an autoclave; the temperature was much lower than that of traditional methods. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern can be indexed with the hexagonal cell of TiB2 and the lattice constants a = 3.027 and c = 3.228 Å. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results show the mole ratio of Ti:B as 1:1.766. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) images indicate that the average particle size is in the range of 15-40 nm in diameter.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)325-327
    Number of pages3
    JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2003 Mar 24


    • Ceramics
    • Chemical synthesis
    • Transition metal compounds
    • X-ray diffraction

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Metals and Alloys
    • Materials Chemistry


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