Epitaxial growth of ε-Fe2O3 on mullite found through studies on a traditional Japanese stoneware

Yoshihiro Kusano, Tatsuo Fujii, Jun Takada, Minoru Fukuhara, Akira Doi, Yasunori Ikeda, Mikio Takano

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In the course of our study on a Japanese traditional stoneware called "Bizen", we have found that ε-Fe2O3, which has been classically known but recently limelighted for its magnetic potentiality, crystallizes epitaxially on needlelike crystals of mullite, 3(Al,Fe)2O3·2SiO2. This interesting reaction occurred when a pellet of Bizen clay powder was covered with rice straw and then heated to 1250 °C in a stream of nitrogen containing 1-2 vol % of oxygen. It is known that mullite forms from the clay on heating and that the rice straw provides potassium to induce partial melting in the pellet surface to a depth of ∼50/im. The ε-Fe2O3-on-mullite particles formed in this molten region, changing their morphology with the oxygen partial pressure. Square-columnar single-crystalline particles with prismatic ends grew to ∼0.1 × 0.1 × 0.5 μm3 at N2/O2 = 99/1, while dendritic finlike crystals of ∼0.3 × 0.1 × 0.8 μm3, which was then the biggest size ever reported, grew at N2/O2 = 98/2, The relative ε-Fe2O3-to-mullite orientation also changed with the oxygen partial pressure. This discovery suggests morphological controllability of this metastable but magnetically interesting iron oxide as a function of the oxygen partial pressure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-156
Number of pages6
JournalChemistry of Materials
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 8 2008

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Mullite
Epitaxial growth
Partial pressure
Oxygen
Straw
Clay
Crystals
Controllability
Iron oxides
Powders
Potassium
Molten materials
Melting
Nitrogen
Crystalline materials
Heating
aluminosilicate
clay

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Epitaxial growth of ε-Fe2O3 on mullite found through studies on a traditional Japanese stoneware. / Kusano, Yoshihiro; Fujii, Tatsuo; Takada, Jun; Fukuhara, Minoru; Doi, Akira; Ikeda, Yasunori; Takano, Mikio.

In: Chemistry of Materials, Vol. 20, No. 1, 08.01.2008, p. 151-156.

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Kusano, Yoshihiro ; Fujii, Tatsuo ; Takada, Jun ; Fukuhara, Minoru ; Doi, Akira ; Ikeda, Yasunori ; Takano, Mikio. / Epitaxial growth of ε-Fe2O3 on mullite found through studies on a traditional Japanese stoneware. In: Chemistry of Materials. 2008 ; Vol. 20, No. 1. pp. 151-156.
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