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Publisher: IoP Publishing Ltd
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: Q
We present combined x-ray and neutron diffraction, and extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) results on a single set of (ZrO2)(x)(SiO2)(1-x) xerogel samples. In these samples, there is improved homogeneity of Zr compared to our previous study, due to greater dilution of the precursor Zr n-propoxide in propan-1-ol. Structural parameters obtained from model fitting of the diffraction and EXAFS data are compared with those in reference compounds. A qualitative comparison df XANES spectra is also made. The results show that for x greater than or equal to 0.3 there is phase separation of ZrO2 and the Zr environment is similar to that in monoclinic ZrO2 and Zr hydroxide. For x less than or equal to 0.2 there is no phase separation, the SiO2 network is distorted and the Zr coordination is similar to that in Zr n-propoxide, with some Zr-Zr clustering.

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