Argonne National Laboratory

When size matters: Yttrium oxide breaking down under pressure

December 1, 2010

A team working at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne has discovered that Y2O3 in nanometer-sized particles undergoes a definite phase transition under pressure that results in characteristics quite different from bulk Y2O3, a finding with important implications for the use of yttrium oxide as a nanomaterial. More ยป