Low temperature synthesis of spinel powders by mechanical grinding
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Low temperature synthesis of spinel powder via intense mechanical grinding was performed. A dramatic decrease in the synthesis temperatures of ground powders was achieved. We were able to produce partially crystallized spinel at room temperature via a 110 minute grinding. Characterization of the synthesized powders was performed using SEM, XRD and DTA. Each stage of synthesis was analyzed using these techniques. Mixtures of Mg(OH)2 and Al(OH) 3 were used for synthesis. Temperatures as low as 800°C were able to produce bumps in the XRD patterns of ground powders at the 2θ angles for spinel crystals.