Ti3AlC2 is a member of vdW MAX layered material system. Similar to graphite and MoS2, the MAX phases are layered and have the general formula: Mn+1AXn, (MAX) where n = 1 to 3, M is an early transition metal, A is an non-metal elements and X is either carbon and/or nitrogen. In this particular case, M=Ti, A=Al, and X=C with n=3.
World's first electronic and optical grade commercial layered MAXene phase Ti3AlC2 materials: Ti3AlC2 MAX phase has been synthesized at our facilities using large reactor chemical vapor deposition to yield World's highest purity (99.999% or higher guaranteed) and layered MAX phases. The MAX phases are electrically and thermally conductive due to their metallic-like nature of bonding. They are excellent for research quality materials as 2D metals, battery applications, supermetallicity, thermal physics , or as precursors for MXene production. They have been also subject to research for isolating single layer Silicon (silicene) or Al (alumine) owing to isolated Si and Al between layers (see atomistic views).Ti3AlC2 product consists of microsized layered crystals that measure from 1 microns to 100 microns in size (see SEM images below). Each order contains very large volume 5000 mg of high purity and layered Ti3AlC2 MAXenes sealed under inert Ar gas. The product has been perfected in the last years to reach guaranteed 3:1:2 Ti:Al:C ratios and exhibit an extraordinary environmental stability. XRD peaks are rather sharp and SEM images clearly exhibit layered nature of the flakes. Each crystallite can be exfoliated either using conventional tape exfoliation or alternatively liquid phase exfoliation technique.
If you have specific type of new MAXene and MXene phases in mind please contact us. Our research and development team will be happy to design, synthesize, and provide with new types of materials on demand.
X-ray diffraction data collected from Ti3AlC2 crystals and the atomic structure
SEM images from Ti3AlC2