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PREPARATION AND ENHANCING OF MATERIALS USING ULTRASOUND TECHNIQUE:POLYMERS, CATALYSTS AND NANO-STRUCTURE PARTICLES

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Author(s): R. Abedini | S. M. Mousavi

Journal: Petroleum and Coal
ISSN 1337-7027

Volume: 52;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 81;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Ultrasound | Sonochemistry | Cavitation | Polymers | Catalysis | Nanostructure.

ABSTRACT
The chemical effects of ultrasound derive primarily from acoustic cavitation. Bubble collapse in liquids results in an enormous concentration of energy from the conversion of the kinetic energy of the liquid motion into heating of the contents of the bubble. The high local temperatures and pressures, combined with extraordinarily rapid cooling, provide a unique means for driving chemical reactions under extreme conditions. A diverse set of applications of ultrasound to enhance chemical reactivity has been explored with important uses in synthetic materials chemistry. For example, the sonochemical decomposition of volatile organometallic precursors in low-volatility solvents produces nanostructured materials in various forms with high catalytic activities. Nanostructured metals, alloys, oxides, carbides and sulfides, nanometer colloids, and nanostructured supported catalysts can all be prepared by this general route. Another important application of sonochemistry in materials preparation includes the modification of polymers and polymer surfaces.
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