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Metals 2016, 6(9), 195;

Synthesis and Structural Analysis of Copper-Zirconium Oxide

EDISON S.p.A.-Research and Development Division, Via Foro Buonaparte 31, Milano 20121, Italy
CNR-IENI—Institute for Energetic and Interphases, Promessi Sposi 29, Lecco 23900, Italy
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Academic Editor: Sherif D. El Wakil
Received: 2 March 2016 / Revised: 5 August 2016 / Accepted: 16 August 2016 / Published: 23 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Powder Metallurgy)
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A new copper–zirconium oxide was synthesized at ambient pressure in air during a thermal treatment. Its crystal structure was analyzed using X-ray Powder Diffraction, and the atomic ratio between copper and zirconium was found performing a Rietveld analysis. An accurate analysis, also comparing this new compound with others present in the literature and which present a similar structure, enables us to characterize the new mixed oxide well. Scanning electron microscopy and thermogravimetric analyses were also performed in order to completely characterize this new material, which is interesting both from an academic point of view for its crystal structure and from an industrial one due to the formation of copper–zirconium-based shape memory alloys during thermal treatment. View Full-Text
Keywords: X-ray Powder Diffraction; differential thermal analysis; Rietveld refinement; shape memory alloys X-ray Powder Diffraction; differential thermal analysis; Rietveld refinement; shape memory alloys

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Figini Albisetti, A.; Biffi, C.A.; Tuissi, A. Synthesis and Structural Analysis of Copper-Zirconium Oxide. Metals 2016, 6, 195.

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