[en] Pure crystalline BaZrO3 powders can be produced by precipitation in highly basic aqueous solution. The influence of several synthesis parameters is studied. At high OH- concentration ([NaOH] = 20 mol/l), it is possible to obtain the well-crystallized stoichiometric perovskite phase at relatively low temperature (similar to 80 degrees C), after a short reaction time (15 min) and without requiring any precaution to avoid the presence of CO2. This synthesis method yields spherical particles, whose size can be controlled by changing the concentration of the Ba + Zr solution. No calcination treatment is necessary since the precipitate is crystalline. Suitable choice of the synthesis parameters ([NaOH] = 20 mol/l, [Ba + Zr] = 1 mol/l, reaction time= 15 min) yields a sub-micron precipitate with excellent densification behaviour. Corrosion tests in BaO-CuO melt show that similar to 98% dense BaZrO3 obtained by sintering at 1650 degrees C for 13 h could be used for crucibles in the synthesis of YBa2Cu3O7 superconducting single crystals. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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