Jianqi Qi, Ying Wang, Xiumin Xie, Yuezhong Wang, Jicheng Zhou, Nian Wei, Jun Wang, Di Wu, Tiecheng Lu
April 12, 2014
Using micro-sized aluminum powder (11 wt.%) and nano-sized Al 2 O 3 powder (89 wt.%) with five different phase compositions, AlON powders were synthesized at different temperatures in flowing-nitrogen atmosphere. Our results suggest that for starting materials with low γ-Al 2 O 3 /total Al 2 O 3 ratio R (0 and 0.15), a calcination temperature of 1 750 °C is required to obtain single-phase AlON. This temperature is about 50 °C higher than for other batches starting with larger R values (0.5, 0.85, and 1.0). The AlON powders fabricated from reactants with a high R value in this work show narrower particle size distribution and better particle homogeneity than those prepared from batches with lower R values.