Crystal growth -- Research, Aluminum oxide
Phase transitions of amorphous alumina (a-alumina) nanotubes grown by atomic layer deposition and templated by carbon nanotubes were investigated with thermal annealing, transmitted Kikuchi electron diffraction, electron-irradiation-induced crystallization, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The resulting, engineered alumina nanotube arrays demonstrate a large range of tunable phases that are vital for understanding how alumina nanotube arrays can be applied for uses within biotechnology, catalysis, and other academic and industrial uses.
Lampert, L. F., Barnum, A., Smith, S. W., Conley, J. F., & Jiao, J. (2015). Phase transitions and in situ dynamics of crystal grain formation of alumina nanotubes templated by vertically aligned carbon nanotubes. RSC Advances, 5(83), 68251-68259.