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Characterization of metallurgical-grade aluminas and their precursors by 27Al NMR and XRD

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  • L.M. Perander
  • Z.D. Zujovic
  • T. Groutso
  • M.M. Hyland
  • M.E. Smith
  • L.A. O'Dell
  • J.B. Metson
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>10/2007
<mark>Journal</mark>Canadian Journal of Chemistry
Issue number10
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)889-897
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The structure of metallurgical- or smelter-grade aluminas (MGAs) is complex and poorly understood. Ultra-high-field solid-state 27Al NMR results on industrial as well as on laboratory-prepared aluminas are discussed in relation to XRD results. It is demonstrated that high-field NMR can effectively be used to quantify the proportion of the thermodynamically stable alpha-alumina phase in these materials. The results demonstrate that 27Al NMR is a vital adjunct to XRD methods to quantify the transition alumina phases that invariably dominate the MGAs. The nature of the disorder in these materials, determined by 27Al NMR, is also compared with literature data, such as XANES and EXAFS studies, on typical laboratory-prepared materials. The utility of 27Al NMR studies to provide new insight into the structural complexity of metallurgical aluminas is shown. © 2007 NRC Canada.