High-Pressure Structural Integrity and Structural Transformations of glass-derived Nanocomposites: a Review

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A review of our recent and ongoing extensive high-pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction and high-pressure optical spectroscopy studies of nanocrystalline composites is presented. These heterophased, nano-architectured composites consist of amorphous matrices with dispersed nanocrystals or quantum dots. We show how besides compositional variations, additional tuning of these glass-derived nanocomposites can be done by exploiting elevated pressure. We examine stability and pressure-driven phase transitions occurring in nanocrystals as well as structural changes occurring in the glass matrix. Finally, we discuss the influence of the glass matrix of a composite on the structural transformations occurring in the embedded nanocrystals.


Analytical Chemistry | Biological and Chemical Physics | Chemistry | Materials Chemistry | Physical Chemistry


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