TITLE

Analytical evidence of amorphous microdomains within nitridosilicate and nitridoaluminosilicate single crystals

AUTHOR(S)
Ottinger, Frank; Kroslakova, Ivana; Hametner, Kathrin; Reusser, Eric; Nesper, Reinhard; Günther, Detlef
PUB. DATE
October 2005
SOURCE
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Oct2005, Vol. 383 Issue 3, p489
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Single crystals of new nitridosilicates and nitridoaluminosilicates with excellent R values in X-ray investigations were analysed quantitatively using 30 to 60 μm single-spot LA-ICP-MS. Significant discrepancies between expected and measured chemical composition could not be explained by the crystallographic data. High spatial resolution analysis using electron probe microanalysis (EPMA, 10 μm) leads to the discovery of inhomogeneities in the crystalline material. The application of standard single-spot LA-ICP-MS with a spatial resolution of 30 to 60 μm is not suitable for the analysis of these crystals as the existing inhomogeneities dominate and alter the determined concentrations. However, owing to the better detection capabilities, a scanning LA-ICP-MS procedure enables a more representative analysis of single crystals of Ca5Si2Al2N8 than single-spot LA-ICP-MS as a result of a larger sampling volume. It is highly likely that these impurities consist of amorphous, vitreous phases as powder diffraction X-ray data indicates the existence of a significant fraction of an X-ray amorphous material besides crystalline silicates. These microdomains contain less aluminium, silicon and calcium or are nearly free of aluminium, which explains the detected discrepancies in the chemical composition.
ACCESSION #
18591367

 

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