Characterization of phases synthesized close to the boundary of C60 collapse at high temperature high pressure conditions

Dzwilewski, A. and Talyzin, A. and Bromiley, G. and Dub, S. and Dubrovinsky, L. (2007) Characterization of phases synthesized close to the boundary of C60 collapse at high temperature high pressure conditions. Diamond and Related Materials, 16 (8). pp. 1550-1556. DOI 10.1016/j.diamond.2006.12.040

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Abstract

Two sets of samples were synthesized at high pressure high temperature conditions in the P–T region where C60 molecules collapse into a nearly amorphous graphite-like hard carbon phase. For the first set, heating temperature was varied at fixed pressure and preparation time. For the second set, synthesis time was varied at fixed pressure and fixed temperature. Detailed structural characterization of samples was performed using Raman spectroscopy and powder XRD. Mechanical properties of the samples have been studied by nanoindentation method. It has been found that duration of heat treatment under high pressure is an important parameter which influences the temperature of fullerene cage collapse. Both tetragonal and rhombohedral polymeric phases transform into hard carbon phase over a rather narrow temperature interval, but the tetragonal phase shows somewhat increased stability against C60 collapse. Viscoelastic mechanical behavior during nanoindentation was observed for fullerene polymers but not for graphite-like hard carbon phase. Possible mechanism for nucleation of the hard carbon phase in polymeric C60 networks is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: NIl AREP
Subjects: 03 - Mineral Sciences
Divisions: 03 - Mineral Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Diamond and Related Materials
Volume: 16
Page Range: pp. 1550-1556
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.diamond.2006.12.040
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 13:02
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 10:06
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/254

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