An X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of the NiK edge in NiO-SiO2 nanocomposite materials prepared by the sol-gel method

Corrias, Anna and Mountjoy, Gavin and Piccaluga, G. and Solinas, S. (1999) An X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of the NiK edge in NiO-SiO2 nanocomposite materials prepared by the sol-gel method. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 103 (46). pp. 10081-10086. ISSN 1089-5647. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

EXAFS (extended X-ray absorption fine structure) and XANES (X-ray absorption near edge structure) techniques have been used to study the structural evolution of nanocomposites constituted of nickel oxide nanoparticles embedded into an amorphous silica matrix during their sol-gel preparation. EXAFS data show that no interaction between the metal oxide nanoparticles and the silica network develops since the spectra of all the samples have a structure very similar to that of crystalline NiO. Quantitative information obtained from the fitting of the data using a full multiple scattering calculation shows that the reduction of the EXAFS oscillations in the nanocomposite samples is mainly related to an increase of disorder of the superficial sites while there was no evidence of a significant reduction of coordination numbers due to the size of the crystallites. XANES results support the conclusion that the structure of the nanocomposites is very similar to that of crystalline NiO.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: M. Nasiriavanaki
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2009 07:40
Last Modified: 15 May 2014 13:11
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/17247 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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