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Investigating the Amorphous–Crystalline Interplay in SiO2/TiO2 Nanocomposites by Total Scattering Methods


  • Partial support by Fondazione Cariplo, Project 2009-2446. Diffraction data of all samples were recorded at the MS4 Powder beamline of the SLS synchrotron, Villigen, CH.


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Come together! A combined real- and reciprocal-space total scattering approach was realized by applying Debye and radial distribution functions to nanocrystalline and amorphous fractions within the same experimental pattern. The method allows for the quantitative description of microstructural features induced by the amorphous–crystalline interplay in silica–titania nanocomposites (see picture).