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Zirconia-Based Nanocomposites

  • T. C. MokhenaEmail author
  • M. J. John
  • M. J. Mochane
  • A. Mtibe
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Abstract

Zirconia has recently become topical in the sphere of multifunctional materials for advanced applications. It has been employed in various applications such as structural ceramics, catalytic converters, oxygen sensors, nuclear industry, etc. It features high fracture toughness and high ionic conductivity and is chemically inert and biocompatible. In this chapter, the main focus is to provide insight into understanding the influence of zirconia chemical structure on the properties of its nanocomposites toward various advanced applications. Recent advances on the production of zirconia nanocomposites and properties are also highlighted. We conclude with ongoing challenges and future remarks.

Keywords

Nanocomposites Zirconia Preparation Properties 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors acknowledge National Research Funding (NRF, South Africa) and Department of Science and Technology (DST, South Africa)-Biorefinery Program for funding

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. C. Mokhena
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • M. J. John
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. J. Mochane
    • 3
  • A. Mtibe
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryNelson Mandela UniversityPort ElizabethSouth Africa
  2. 2.CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing, Polymers and CompositesPort ElizabethSouth Africa
  3. 3.Department of Life SciencesCentral University of Technology, Free StateBloemfonteinSouth Africa

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