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How grinding evolves

An experimental set-up has been devised to monitor mechanochemical processes in situ, yielding direct insights into mechanistic and kinetic aspects of solid-state reactions that are promoted by grinding, such as the synthesis of metal–organic frameworks.

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Figure 1: In situ powder XRD studies to monitor the evolution of the reaction that occurs on milling ZnO and HEtIm together under ILAG conditions (using dimethyl formamide as the liquid and NH4NO3 as the salt additive).


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