Self-assembled network structures in Al/C60 composites

H. J. Choi, J. H. Shin, D. H. Bae

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A method is explored for the development of nano-network structures in aluminum-based composites containing C60-fullerenes by annealing at 500 °C. During annealing, although carbon atoms are decomposed from fullerenes attempting to form carbides, they cannot readily form carbides because C60-fullerenes are individually dispersed and the driving force for long-range diffusion of carbon atoms is not sufficient at 500 °C. Carbon atoms rather occupy the interstices of aluminum, providing a meta-stable supersaturated aluminum phase with distorted crystal structures. The supersaturated aluminum phases grow with a strong anisotropy derived from lattice mismatch, meet neighboring phases, and then self-assemble into network structures. These nano-scale network structures are extremely stable at 500 °C, and offer significant potential for the development of structural aluminum matrix composites with a GPa-level strength.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3700-3707
Number of pages8
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Nov

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We are grateful to Prof. J.W. Park for discussion. This research was supported by the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation Grant (No. 2009-0076532) and the Second Stage of Brain Korea 21 Project in 2009.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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