Impact of nano-structuring on metal carbonates and metal titanates
Davidson, Matthew Thomas
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The nanostructuring of reagents can have profound effects on the way chemical reactions proceed and the resulting products. Chapter I focuses on a new synthesis of group II metal carbonates nanoparticles, and describes how these nanoparticles can be used to modify the reaction conditions for subsequent solid state reactions. Additionally chapter I shows how a modification of the synthesis can lead to a never before seen polymorph of SrCO3, accompanied by all relevant characterization to prove its composition and structure. Chapter II looks at how the use of nanosheets, a 2D nanomaterial, can influence reaction conditions and morphologies of the products. Nanosheets of TiO2 used in hydrothermal, solvothermal and melt-flux reactions to produce BaTiO3 and PbTiO3 nanostructures are described.