Chemical Industry and Chemical Engineering Quarterly 2006 Volume 12, Issue 2, Pages: 137-140
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Synthesis of calcium aluminates through the polymeric precursor route

Gaki A., Chrysafi R., Perraki Th., Kakali G.

The Pechini method is a polymeric precursor route for the synthesis of polycrystalline ceramics of high purity. The conventional solid state synthesis of calcium aluminate compounds requires long-term lasting sintering at high temperatures. In this study, the Pechini method was applied for the preparation of pure CaO.Al2O3 and 3CaO.Al2O3. Solid state synthesis was also used in order to compare the final products obtained by the two methods. The intermediate and final products obtained were characterized by XRD and FTIR spectroscopy. It was concluded that the Pechini method can be successfully applied for the preparation of high purity CaO.Al2O3 and 3CaO.Al2O3. The formation of 3CaO.Al2O3 and CaO.Al2O3 requires three-hour sintering at 1000°C and 900°C, respectively. The main intermediate product was 5CaO.3Al2O3 in the case of 3CaO.Al2O3, while in the case of CaO.Al2O3 there were no other crystalline intermediate products. The samples prepared through solid state synthesis, contain a considerable amount of secondary phases, even after sintering at 1350-1400°C for more than 15 hours.

Keywords: Pechini method, calcium aluminates, XRD, FTIR

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