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Synthesis of Pure NiTiSn by Mechanical Alloying: An Investigation of the Optimal Experimental Conditions Supported by First Principles Calculations

ICGM, CNRS, Université de Montpellier, ENSCM, 34095 Montpellier, France
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Metals 2018, 8(10), 835; https://doi.org/10.3390/met8100835
Received: 14 September 2018 / Revised: 13 October 2018 / Accepted: 15 October 2018 / Published: 17 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Heusler Compounds)
Synthesis of NiTiSn by a mechanical alloying process followed by a high temperature thermal annealing was studied. Experiments were conducted varying parameters like the provided energy, the mechanical alloying reaction time, as well as the annealing temperature and duration. Based on the careful investigation of the phases present in the samples by systematic X-ray diffraction (after mechanical alloying and after annealing) and selected microscopy analyses, a reaction mechanism is proposed supported by theoretical calculations at the DFT (Density Functional Theory) level. An energy window to prepare directly NiTiSn has been evidenced. Highly pure NiTiSn has also been obtained by conversion from a multicomponent precursor obtained by low energy mechanical alloying. View Full-Text
Keywords: mechanical alloying; annealing; thermoelectric compounds; enthalpy of formation; Heusler alloys mechanical alloying; annealing; thermoelectric compounds; enthalpy of formation; Heusler alloys
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Tillard, M.; Berche, A.; Jund, P. Synthesis of Pure NiTiSn by Mechanical Alloying: An Investigation of the Optimal Experimental Conditions Supported by First Principles Calculations. Metals 2018, 8, 835.

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