Preparation of mesoporous zirconia microspheres as inert matrix

Ting Guo, Chen Wang, Jinlong Lv, Tongxiang Liang

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Mesoporous zirconia microspheres, with a diameter of 900 μm, were prepared as an inert accelerator driven system (ADS) transmutation element matrix by the sol-gel method. The purpose of mesopores is to improve the adsorption capacity of inert matrix fuel (IMF) for minor actinides. The study indicated that the mesoporous zirconia performance was improved after the microspheres were hydrothermally treated at 150 °C, the specific surface area increased from 28.29 m2/g to 61.28 m2/g, and hydrothermal treatment avoided the cracking of the microspheres. Pre-decomposition of the organics during the hydrothermal process stabilized the mesoporous structure. The average pore diameter of mesoporous microsphere was 14.3 nm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-72
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Hydrothermal treatment
  • Mesoporous zirconia microspheres
  • Pluronic F127
  • Sodium dodecyl sulfate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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