(Received 17 October 2005; accepted 26 June 2006)
Published Online: 2006
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An X-ray method for determining the crystallite size of powders is presented that aids in a quick monitoring of powder processing and synthesis of micron-sized powders. The method is helpful in the range of tens of microns to micron sizes. The excellent counting statistics of the X-ray method compares favorably over microscopic methods in its efficiency and ability to characterize the powder in terms of its crystallite size. An albite (NaAlSi3O8) powder that originally showed a distribution of grain sizes was ball milled to a uniform micron size and micron-sized forsterite (Mg2SiO4) was synthesized by a solid-state method using ball milling for mixing of reactants.
Senior ScientistAdjunct Professor, Reaction Sciences, Inc.Raritan Valley Community College, Long BranchNorth Branch, NJNJ
Professor, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ
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