Synthesis of the new MAX phase Zr2AlC

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  • Thomas Lapauw
  • Konstantza Lambrinou
  • Thierry Cabioc'h
  • Joseph Halim
  • Jun Lu
  • A. Pesach
  • Oleg Rivin
  • Offir Ozeri
  • El'ad N. Caspi
  • Lars Hultman
  • Per Eklund
  • Johanna Rosen
  • Michel W. Barsoum
  • Jozef Vleugels

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  • Université de Poitiers
  • Drexel University
  • Li.U - Linköping University
  • NNRC - Negev Nuclear Research Center - Israel
  • SNRC - Soreq nuclear research center
  • KUL - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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This study reports on the first experimental evidence of the existence of the Zr2AlC MAX phase, synthesised by means of reactive hot pressing of a ZrH2, Al and C powder mixture. The crystal structure of thiscompound was investigated by X-ray and neutron diffraction. The lattice parameters were determinedand confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The effect of varying the synthesistemperature was investigated, indicating a relatively narrow temperature window for the synthesis of Zr2AlC. ZrC was always present as a secondary phase by hot pressing in the 1475–1575ºC range.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1847-1853
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the European Ceramic Society
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2016


  • MAX phase ceramics, diffraction analysis, Reactive hot pressing

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