Characterization of Ceramic Microchemistry

Team members Apurva Mehta and Piero Pianetta, co-principal investigator, of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) and Stanford University, respectively, are helping direct efforts to utilize X-ray absorption spectroscopy (in particular X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy [XANES]) to elucidate the structural phases present in iron materials present in the ceramic slips and determine their speciation.

The results of these studies, together with the TEM studies, provide a more complete picture of the chemistry and microstructure of the gloss layers from which the initial chemistry and firing conditions may be inferred.


Last updated: November 2012