Submicron silicon powder production in an aerosol reactor

Jin Jwang Wu, California Institute of Technology
Richard C. Flagan, California Institute of Technology
Otto J. Gregory, University of Rhode Island


Powder synthesis by thermally induced vapor phase reactions is described. The powder generated by this technique consists of spherical, nonagglomerated particles of high purity. The particles are uniform in size, in the 0.1-0.2 μm size range. Most of the particles are crystalline spheres. A small fraction of the spheres are amorphous. Chain agglomerates account for less than 1% of the spherules.