About this Journal Submit a Manuscript Table of Contents
Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 740625, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/740625
Research Article

Influence of Eu3+-Doped on Phase Transition Kinetics of Pseudoboehmite

School of Material Science and Engineering, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou 730050, China

Received 4 May 2013; Revised 17 August 2013; Accepted 1 September 2013

Academic Editor: Dachamir Hotza

Copyright © 2013 Fuliang Zhu and Yanshuang Meng. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The influence of Eu3+-doped on phase transition kinetics of pseudoboehmite has not been reported in the literature. Through dropping Eu(NO3)3 into pseudoboehmite colloidal solution, pseudoboehmite xerogel was produced using spray pyrolysis. The influence of Eu3+-doped on the mechanism of pseudoboehmite phase transition kinetics has been calculated and analyzed by TG/DSC, XRD, and Kissinger equation. Part of Eu3+ ion formed compound EuAl12O19, which existed between α-Al2O3 grains. Bulk diffusion of Al3+ was prevented from compound EuAl12O19. Therefore, phase transition kinetics rate of θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 was slowed down, causing an increase of phase transition activation energy and elevation of phase transition temperature.

1. Introduction

Pseudoboehmite (γ-AlOOH) is a crystal imperfection boehmite. Pseudoboehmite experienced a variety of intermediate phases in its phase change process, and ultimately formed a stable α-Al2O3 [14]. Phase transitions of Alumina were studied by many researchers [516], and the results were shown in Figure 1. When pseudoboehmite was sintered in the range of 673 K to 973 K, product γ-Al2O3 was widely applied as a catalyst, catalyst carrier, and adsorbent et al. Nano α-Al2O3, which is produced by sintering pseudoboehmite at 1473 K, was proverbially utilized as a paint additive, top-grade ceramic, petrochemical efficient catalyst, submicron/nanoabrasive and polishing materials, cosmetic filling materials, and inorganic membrane materials. Investigation of pseudoboehmite phase transition kinetics on its appliance had a vital significance, therefore it has gotten wide attentions [17, 18].

740625.fig.001
Figure 1: Phase transition process of pseudoboehmite may have happened.

According to reports in the literature [1921], phase transition temperatures of γ-Al2O3 → θ-Al2O3 and θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 can be changed by adding the metal ion salts or metal oxide. Adjunctions of La2O3, B2O3, CaO, and Y2O3 and salts of Ba, Sr, and Ca can increase θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 phase transition temperature. θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 phase transition temperature can be decreased by adding a certain amount of CuO/Cu2O, MgAl2O4, Fe2O3, V2O5, TiO2, γ-Al2O3, and α-Al2O3.

The effect of Eu3+-doped on phase transition kinetics of the pseudoboehmite phase transition process has not been reported in the literature. Firstly, Eu(NO3)3 was dissolved in the pseudoboehmite colloidal solution, where Eu3+ ions are uniformly dispersed. And then, pseudoboehmite sol is dried to obtain the Eu3+ ion doped pseudoboehmite xerogel as a precursor. The effect of Eu3+ ion on phase, phase transition temperature, and phase transition kinetics in the pseudoboehmite phase change process was investigated.

2. Experimental

Pseudoboehmite powder was provided by the Aluminum Corporation of China Limited. All other reagents were analytical grade. Pseudoboehmite powder and redistilled water were mixed in a definite mass ratio, stirring to produce a suspension of solid content of 5%. The suspension was continuously stirred and concentration of 5 mol/L nitric acid solutions was added simultaneously. Pseudoboehmite colloid was obtained under the conditions of and stirring time = 3 h. Pseudoboehmite xerogel drying by SD-06 spray dryer was marked as Sp. Eu(NO3)3 with a molar ratio of Eu(NO3)3 : AlOOH = 0.02 : 1 was joined to pseudoboehmite sol. Eu(NO3)3 was fully dissolved in pseudoboehmite sol for stirring time of 1 h. Eu3+ doped pseudoboehmite xerogel (AlOOH : Eu xerosol) sample drying by spray dryer was denoted as Sp-E. Spay dying conditions were determined as follows: the colloid solution flow of 15 mL/min, the samples outlet temperature of 335 K, and hot air temperature of 423 K. Samples of Sp and Sp-E were calcined at different temperature in GSL1600X type tube furnace under air atmosphere with the heating rate of 10 K/min and holding time of 3 h.

XRD result of the sample was carried out on a D/max-2500/PC type XRD diffractometry (Rigaku, Japan). TG/DSC analysis of the sample was performed on a STA 449C type thermal analysis (Netcsch, Germany). Sample weighed about 15 mg into the platinum crucible under N2 atmosphere with nitrogen flow of 15 mL/min, heating rate of 10 K/min, the detection temperature in the range of 313 K to 1773 K, and the temperature error of ±0.1 K.

3. Results and Discussions

Thermal decomposition curves of Eu3+ doped (Sp-E) and undoped (Sp) pseudoboehmite xerogel samples under optimum conditions from the ambient temperature to 1773 K in nitrogen atmosphere are shown in Figures 2 and 3, respectively. In Figure 2, there was an endothermic peak appeared at 395 K accompanied with 4% weight loss. The reason was that the pseudoboehmite contained part of the interlayer water. When temperature was 395 K, pseudoboehmite xerogel samples (Sp) lost interlayer water by changing of (AlOOH)·nH2O (n = 0.080~0.602) into AlOOH. As can be seen from Figure 2, endothermic effect occurred from 493 K, endothermic peak was existed at 665 K, and endothermic effect was finished at 723 K. Combined with TG curve in Figure 2, 23% weight loss between 493~723 K was considered for decomposition of AlOOH·nH2O, and phase transition of AlOOH → γ-Al2O3 was finished. Phase transition temperature of AlOOH → γ-Al2O3 was about 773 K. Two exothermic peaks at 1155 K and 1497 K were thought to be phase transition temperatures of γ-Al2O3 → θ-Al2O3 and θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3, respectively. Similar results were obtained in the literature [22]. The exothermic peak formed at 1669 K, which owing to the reduction of surface energy, was considered to be the crystal growth of α-Al2O3.

740625.fig.002
Figure 2: TG and DSC curves of Sp.
740625.fig.003
Figure 3: TG and DSC curves of Sp-E.

TGA curve of Eu3+-doped pseudoboehmite Sp-E specimen was shown in Figure 3. Endothermic peak occurred at 395 K was the removal of physically adsorbed water from the sample Sp-E. Endothermic peak at 663 K was the loss of crystal water in Sp-E sample. Eu3+ ion in the form of substitution doping replaced Al3+ ion into the lattices of γ-Al2O3 or θ-Al2O3. Substitution doping of Eu3+ ion was an endothermic reaction. There is no apparent phase transition endothermic peak of AlOOH → γ-Al2O3 in the temperature range of 773 K to 1173 K. Therefore, AlOOH → γ-Al2O3 phase transition temperature of Sp-E sample cannot be confirmed according to the DSC curve in Figure 3. Exothermic peaks appeared at 1327 K and 1510 K were correspondingly considered for the γ-Al2O3 → θ-Al2O3 and θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3  phase transition temperatures, respectively.

XRD results of Pseudoboehmite xerogel Sp samples sintered at different temperature were shown in Figure 4. Figure 4 shows the main phase was cubic structure of γ-Al2O3 (PDF#10-0425) at 873 K. γ-Al2O3 with a small amount of monoclinic structure of θ-Al2O3 (PDF#04-0877) was obtained after calcinations at 1173 K. θ-Al2O3 with a small amount of rhombohedral structure of α-Al2O3  (PDF#10-0173) was gained at 1373 K. After calcination at 1573 K, sample completely converted to α-Al2O3 phase. Simultaneously, Figure 4 further indicated that phase transition temperatures of γ-Al2O3 → θ-Al2O3 and θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 were existed at 1155 K and 1497 K, respectively. Figure 4 also displayed that diffraction peaks of γ-Al2O3 and θ-Al2O3 significantly broadened and diffraction peak of α-Al2O3 sharpened, indicating that both γ-Al2O3 and θ-Al2O3 were nanograins with a lower crystallinity degree and α-Al2O3 has a higher crystallinity degree.

740625.fig.004
Figure 4: XRD patterns of Sp which were heated under different temperature.

XRD results of Eu3+-doped pseudoboehmite Sp-E samples were shown in Figure 5. It indicated that the main phase were cubic structure of γ-Al2O3 (PDF#10-0425) when Sp-E samples were sintered at 873 K and 1173 K. Therefore, γ-Al2O3 and θ-Al2O3 (PDF#04-0877) were obtained when Sp-E was calcined at 1173 K and 1373 K, respectively. It further explained that 1327 K in Figure 3 was γ-Al2O3 → θ-Al2O3 phase transition temperature. The principal phase was rhombohedral structure of α-Al2O3 (PDF#10-0173) with a small amount of EuAl12O19 compound. In the literature [10, 15, 20], formation of six aluminate (BaO·6Al2O3) by doping of BaO can prevent the Al3+ bulk diffusion and make the transition state structure of γ-Al2O3 more stable. Introductions of Ca and Sr can slow down the sintering rate of γ-Al2O3 and phase transformation kinetic rate α-Al2O3, improving the thermal stability of γ-Al2O3. This paper argues that phase transition temperature of θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 was increased by the introduction of Eu3+ ion for two reasons. On one hand, ion diffusion was prevented from formation of EuAl12O19 compound existed between α-Al2O3 grains, resulting in a higher phase transition temperature of θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3. On the other hand, Eu3+ ions partly substitute Al3+ ion into the θ-Al2O3 lattice. This may hinder the ion migration rate in the process of θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 phase transition, elevating the Phase-change resistance. Mohanty and Ram also got the similar results [23].

740625.fig.005
Figure 5: XRD patterns of Sp-E which were heated under different temperature.

Mechanism of Eu3+-doped on θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 phase transition of pseudoboehmite was similar as the literature [10, 15, 20], where Ba2+, Ca2+, and Sr2+ ions can increase θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 phase transition temperature of pseudoboehmite. Eu3+-doped can raise θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 phase transition temperature of pseudoboehmite to 1510 K. γ-Al2O3 → θ-Al2O3 and θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 phase transition temperatures of pseudoboehmite through Eu3+ doping was elevated by 172 K and 13 K, respectively.

Phase transition kinetics parameters can be calculated through many equations [16]. Owing to the simplicity and accuracy of Kissinger equation, it is widely used. Kissinger equation describes the following: where denotes heating rate (K/min), is peak temperature (K), is ideal gas constant [8.314 J/(mol·K)], is phase transition activation energy (kJ/mol), and is preexponential factor (min).

DSC curves of samples at different heating rates were carried out. Peak temperature (K) was acquired. The relation between and was plotted. Putting the slope and intercept of the straight line into (1), reaction activation energy and the nucleation rate can be solved. DSC curves of Sp and Sp-E samples at different heating rates ( K/min, 10 K/min, 15 K/min, 20 K/min) were measured. According to (1), phase transition activation energy and preexponential factor of γ-Al2O3 → θ-Al2O3 and θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 phase transition can be calculated.

DSC curves of θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 phase transition process of pseudoboehmite xerogel Sp samples were shown in Figure 6. Peak temperatures (K) were listed in Table 1. When was plotted against as shown in Figure 7. Fitting experimental data in Figure 7 to a straight line, was gotten. The linear coefficient of was included in Table 1. According to and , phase transition activation energy and pre-exponential factor of θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 were calculated for  kJ/mol and , respectively. The consequences were also listed in Table 1.

tab1
Table 1: Kinetics parameters of the θ-Al2O3 to α-Al2O3 phase transition.
740625.fig.006
Figure 6: DSC curves for the pseudoboehmite xerogel Sp samples at different heating rates.
740625.fig.007
Figure 7: Kissinger plot for pseudoboehmite xerogel Sp samples at heating rates of 5, 10, 15, and 20 K/min.

DSC curves of θ-Al2O3 → -Al2O3 phase transition of Eu3+ doped pseudoboehmite xerogel Sp-E samples were described in Figure 8. The relations between and were plotted as showed in Figure 9. The data in Figure 9 have done a linear fitting, and equation was obtained. Linear coefficient was 0.9990. Phase transition activation energy and pre-exponential factor of θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 were calculated by equations and for  kJ/mol and . All results were listed in Table 1.

740625.fig.008
Figure 8: DSC curves for the Eu3+ doped Pseudoboehmite xerogel Sp-E samples at different heating rates.
740625.fig.009
Figure 9: Kissinger plot for Eu3+ doped pseudoboehmite xerogel Sp samples at heating rates of 5, 10, 15, and 20 K/min.

Using pseudoboehmite xerogel as a precursor in this paper, phase transition activation energy of θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 is 822.0 kJ/mol, which is higher than those of reports in the literature (557–850 kJ/mol) using γ-Al2O3 as a precursor and (522 kJ/mol) using boehmite as a precursor. It indicated that the precursor type had an apparent effect on phase transition activation energy of θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3. θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 phase transition activation energy of Eu3+-doped pseudoboehmite xerogel was 1063.1 kJ/mol, which increased 241.1 kJ/mol than that of Eu3+ undoped pseudoboehmite xerogel (822.0 kJ/mol). Phase transition kinetics rate of θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 was slowed down, resulting in an increase of phase transition activation energy and elevation of phase transition temperature.

4. Conclusions

Utilizing pseudoboehmite sol as a precursor, Eu3+ ion in the form of Eu(NO3)3 was dropped into sol. Eu3+-doped (Sp-E) and undoped (Sp) pseudoboehmite xerogel were prepared by spray drying method. Impact of Eu3+-doped on pseudoboehmite phase transition kinetics and microstructure has been investigated utilizing TG-DSC and XRD. Kissinger equation was proposed to calculate phase transition kinetics parameters of Sp-E and Sp samples. The main conclusions are as follows.(1)Pseudoboehmite xerogel (Sp) experienced γ-Al2O3 → θ-Al2O3 and θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 phase transition at 1155 K and 1497 K, respectively.(2)After doping with Eu3+ ion, phase temperatures of γ-Al2O3 → θ-Al2O3 and θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 of Sp-E sample were 1327 K and 1510 K, respectively. Comparing with the results of Sp samples, phase transition temperatures of γ-Al2O3 → θ-Al2O3 and θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 were increased by 172 K and 13 K, respectively.(3)Phase transition activation energy of θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 for Sp-E and Sp samples was 1063.1 kJ/mol and 822.0 kJ/mol, respectively. Phase transition activation energy of θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 was added by 241.1 kJ/mol as Eu3+ was doped to pseudoboehmite. EuAl12O19 compound occurred between α-Al2O3 grains can hinder diffusion of Al3+ ion. Therefore, θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 phase transition rate was reduced, resulting in an increase of θ-Al2O3 → α-Al2O3 phase transition activation energy and elevation of phase transition temperature.

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant nos. 51364024, 50364002) and Gansu Province Department of Education Fund (Grant no. 2013A-029).

References

  1. Y. C. Chen, X. Al, and C. Z. Huang, “Preparation of alpha alumina coating on carbide tools,” Materials Science and Engineering B, vol. 77, no. 3, pp. 221–228, 2000. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  2. L. D. Hart and E. Lense, Alumina Chemical: Science and Technology Handbook, Wiley-American Ceramic Society, 1990.
  3. B. Lu, K. Z. Wu, and Y. Wei, “Improvement of the preparation of boehmit,” Journal of Hebei University of Science and Technology, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 37–39, 2000.
  4. Y. G. Wang, P. M. Bronsveld, J. T. M. DeHosson, B. Djuričić, D. McGarry, and S. Pickering, “Ordering of octahedral vacancies in transition aluminas,” Journal of the American Ceramic Society, vol. 81, no. 6, pp. 1655–1660, 1998. View at Scopus
  5. K. Suresh, V. Selvarajan, and M. Vijay, “Synthesis of nanophase alumina, and spheroidization of alumina particles, and phase transition studies through DC thermal plasma processing,” Vacuum, vol. 82, no. 8, pp. 814–820, 2008. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  6. R. A. Shelleman, G. L. Messing, and M. Kumagai, “Alpha alumina transformation in seeded boehmite gels,” Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, vol. 82, no. 1–3, pp. 277–285, 1986. View at Scopus
  7. W. A. Yarbrough and R. Roy, “Microstructural evolution in sintering of AlOOH gels,” Journal of Materials Research, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 494–515, 1987. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  8. G. Urretavizcaya and J. P. Lopez, “Thermal transformation of sol-gel alumina into α-phase. Effect of α-Al2O3 seeding,” Materials Research Bulletin, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 375–385, 1992. View at Scopus
  9. E. Prouzet, D. Fargeot, and J. F. Baumard, “Sintering of boehmite-derived transition alumina seeded with corundum,” Journal of Materials Science Letters, vol. 9, no. 7, pp. 779–781, 1990. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  10. Y. Liu, X. Chen, G. Niu, Z. Yang, M. Bian, and A. He, “High temperature thermal stability of γ-Al2O3 modified by strontium,” Chinese Journal of Catalysis, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 121–124, 2000. View at Scopus
  11. K. V. Suryanarayana, R. K. Panda, N. Prabhu, and B. T. Rao, “Effect of simultaneous additions of niobia and magnesia on the sintering and microstructure of seeded boehmite,” Ceramics International, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 173–179, 1995. View at Scopus
  12. C. S. Nordahl and G. L. Messing, “Transformation and densification of nanocrystalline θ-alumina during sinter forging,” Journal of the American Ceramic Society, vol. 79, no. 12, pp. 3149–3154, 1996. View at Scopus
  13. Z. Obrenović, M. Milanović, R. R. Djenadić et al., “The effect of glucose on the formation of the nanocrystalline transition alumina phases,” Ceramics International, vol. 37, no. 8, pp. 3253–3263, 2011. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  14. C. Liu, Y. Liu, Q. Ma, and H. He, “Mesoporous transition alumina with uniform pore structure synthesized by alumisol spray pyrolysis,” Chemical Engineering Journal, vol. 163, no. 1-2, pp. 133–142, 2010. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  15. D. Y. Liu, Y. Z. Fan, Y. L. Zhang, G. X. Wang, D. Wu, and J. Ren, “Surface area stability of Al2O3 modified by alkaline earths,” Acta Physico, vol. 17, no. 11, pp. 1036–1039, 2001. View at Scopus
  16. J. X. Wang, Y. Liu, A. D. He, and X. Y. Chen, “High temperature thermal stability of Al2O3 modified by La2O3 with different preparation method,” Journal of Fudan University, Natural Science, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 450–454, 2000.
  17. A. Boumaza, L. Favaro, J. Lédion et al., “Transition alumina phases induced by heat treatment of boehmite: an X-ray diffraction and infrared spectroscopy study,” Journal of Solid State Chemistry, vol. 182, no. 5, pp. 1171–1176, 2009. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  18. J. H. Kwak, C. H. F. Peden, and J. Szanyi, “Using a surface-sensitive chemical probe and a bulk structure technique to monitor the γ- to θ-Al2O3 phase transformation,” Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 115, no. 25, pp. 12575–12579, 2011. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  19. C. S. Nordahl and G. L. Messing, “Thermal analysis of phase transformation kinetics in α-Al2O3 seeded boehmite and γ-Al2O3,” Thermochimica Acta, vol. 318, no. 1-2, pp. 187–199, 1998. View at Scopus
  20. Y. Liu, X. Y. Chen, and Z. X. Yang, “Temperature thermal stability of Al2O3 modified by BaO,” Journal of Fudan University, Natural Science, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 374–379, 2000.
  21. B. Ersoy and V. Gunay, “Effects of La2O3 addition on the thermal stability of γ-Al2O3 gels,” Ceramics International, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 163–170, 2004. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  22. J. Xiao, Y. Wan, and J. Li, “Fabrication of ultrafine α-Al2O3 powders by thermal decomposition of AACH,” Chinese Journal of Nonferrous Metals, vol. 16, no. 12, pp. 2120–2125, 2006. View at Scopus
  23. P. Mohanty and S. Ram, “Enhanced photoemission in dispersed Eu2O3 nanoparticles in amorphous Al2O3,” Journal of Materials Chemistry, vol. 13, no. 12, pp. 3021–3025, 2003. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus