Highly dispersed α-Al2O3 microplatelets of various sizes and aspect ratios were prepared by additive-assisted molten salt synthesis. The effects of SiO2 and SiO2 + CaO additions on phase formation and morphology development of α-Al2O3 particles were investigated. Introducing additives are very effective in controlling α-Al2O3 morphology. SiO2 additive significantly enhances shape anisotropy of α-Al2O3 platelets, where a particle aspect ratio ∼23.8 was achieved, about 2.7–6.0 times higher than those of the platelets prepared without additives. When using SiO2 + CaO mixture, low concentration additive facilitates the growth of large platelets (∼9.8 µm), while increasing its content dramatically reduces the platelet size to ∼3.7 µm. These findings provide a new insight for the design and synthesis of novel advanced anisotropic microcrystals with improved quality.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering