Swelling of a mesostructured zirconium oxide film

M. J. Henderson, A. R. Rennie, A. M. Hawley, J. W. White*

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    The structural changes that cause the change in interlayer spacing of a surfactant-templated zirconium oxide film have been studied using neutron diffractometry. We report that the film after drying on a glass substrate swells slightly through the addition of benzene by up to 4 Å on a lattice parameter of about 36 Å. The (0 0 1) and (0 0 2) diffraction peak widths, positions and areas of a swollen film were monitored as a function of benzene desorption. Disorder of the lamellar mesophase is considered as a cause of the observed effects on the diffraction signals.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)713-715
    Number of pages3
    JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
    Volume385-386 I
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2006


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