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Characterizing nanoparticles with a laboratory diffractometer: from small-angle to total X-ray scattering

  • Marco Sommariva (a1), Milen Gateshki (a1), Jan-André Gertenbach (a1), Joerg Bolze (a1), Uwe König (a1), Bogdan Ştefan Vasile (a2) and Vasile-Adrian Surdu (a2)...

X-ray diffraction and scattering on a single multipurpose X-ray platform have been used to probe the structure, composition, and thermal behavior of TiO2 nanoparticles ranging in size from 1 to 10 nm. Ambient and non-ambient Bragg diffraction, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), as well as total scattering and pair-distribution function (PDF) analysis are combined to obtain a comprehensive picture of the samples. At these ultrasmall particle-size dimensions, SAXS and PDF prove powerful in distinguishing the salient features of the materials, in particular the size distribution of the primary particles (SAXS) and the identification of the TiO2 polymorphs (PDF). Structural features determined by X-ray scattering techniques are corroborated by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The elemental make-up of the materials has been measured using X-ray fluorescence spectrometry and energy-dispersive X-ray analysis.

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