Inorganic Materials

, Volume 54, Issue 4, pp 392–400 | Cite as

Formation and Acid–Base Surface Properties of Highly Dispersed η-Al2O3 Nanopowders

  • N. E. Kotlovanova
  • A. N. Matveeva
  • Sh. O. Omarov
  • V. V. Sokolov
  • D. N. Akbaeva
  • V. I. PopkovEmail author


Highly dispersed η-Al2O3-based nanopowders have been prepared via glycine–nitrate combustion followed by heat treatment in air. The resultant materials have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform IR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, simultaneous thermal analysis, and other techniques. We have optimized the glycine-to-nitrate ratio (G/N = 0.2) and found heat treatment conditions for combustion products (isothermal holding at a temperature of 700°C for 6 h) that allow one to obtain single- phase nanocrystalline η-Al2O3 powders with an average particle size of 5 ± 1 nm and specific surface area of 54 ± 5 m2/g. The acid–base surface properties of the η-Al2O3 nanopowder have been analyzed using pyridine sorption–desorption processes as an example. The specific concentrations of weak, intermediate, and strong Lewis acid centers on the surface of the η-Al2O3 nanocrystals have been shown to markedly exceed those on the surface of commercially available γ-Al2O3 (A-64). The synthesized nanopowders can thus be used as effective supports of acid catalysts.


aluminum oxide nanocrystals glycine–nitrate combustion acid centers adsorption 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. E. Kotlovanova
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. N. Matveeva
    • 1
  • Sh. O. Omarov
    • 1
  • V. V. Sokolov
    • 2
  • D. N. Akbaeva
    • 3
  • V. I. Popkov
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.St. Petersburg State Technological Institute (Technical University)St. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Ioffe InstituteSt. PetersburgRussia
  3. 3.Al-Farabi Kazakh National UniversityAlmatyKazakhstan

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