Single crystals of nanoporous 12CaO·7Al2O3 (C12A7) as large as 27 mm in diameter, 120 mm in length, and 207 g in weight have been successfully grown by the Czochralski method. We found that a 2.0% oxygen-containing nitrogen atmosphere and an iridium crucible are the critical factors for success. The crystal ingot exhibited an orange color resulting from the incorporation of Ir4+ ions of ca. 5 × 1017 cm-3, which presumably occupy Ca2+ sites. X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that the ingot obtatined was a single crystal with few domains.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics