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SANTOS, P. Souza; SANTOS, H. Souza  and  TOLEDO, S.P.. Standard transition aluminas. Electron microscopy studies. Mat. Res. [online]. 2000, vol.3, n.4, pp.104-114. ISSN 1516-1439.

The aim of this paper is to present the results of characterization of the particle shapes of six standard transition aluminas samples using transmission and scanning electron microscopies; selected area electron diffraction, in parallel with X-ray powder diffraction were used for confirmation of the different transition aluminas types. The transition aluminas - chi; kappa; gamma; theta; delta; and eta were supplied by ALCOA Central Laboratory. The chi-; kappa-;gamma- and delta-Al203 microcrystals are pseudomorphs from their respective precursors gibbsite and boehmite. However, theta-Al203 microcrystals are not pseudomorphs after the standard delta-Al203 sample. Also, eta-Al203 are not pseudomorphs after bayerite somatoids.

Keywords : transition aluminas; alumina precursors; gibbsite; electron microscopies.

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