Synthesis of the new MAX phase Zr2AlC

T. Lapauw, K. Lambrinou, T. Cabioc'h, J. Halim, J. Lu, A. Pesach, O. Rivin, O. Ozeri, E. N. Caspi, L. Hultman, P. Eklund, J. Rosén, M. W. Barsoum, J. Vleugels

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This study reports on the first experimental evidence of the existence of the Zr2AlC MAX phase, synthesised by means of reactive hot pressing of a ZrH2, Al and C powder mixture. The crystal structure of this compound was investigated by X-ray and neutron diffraction. The lattice parameters were determined and confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The effect of varying the synthesis temperature was investigated, indicating a relatively narrow temperature window for the synthesis of Zr2AlC. ZrC was always present as a secondary phase by hot pressing in the 1475-1575 °C range.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1847-1853
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the European Ceramic Society
Issue number8
Early online date2 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes


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