Aluminium buyers in the US physical metal market have held off on new orders amid fears of a recession triggered by rising inflation and supply chain crises.
Spot aluminium trading on the market has been suspended in recent weeks, according to industry sources, as uncertainty has increased following the outbreak of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Even before the war, the aluminium market was suffering from long waiting times and weak demand.
For aluminium buyers, recent poor US economic data have been a big factor in delaying purchases. Data released last month showed that the ISM manufacturing PMI came in at 57.1 in March, below expectations of 59 and down from 58.6 in February, unexpectedly hitting the lowest reading since September 2020. This was mainly due to a slowdown in new orders and AlN powder are expected to increase in the future.
Aluminum Nitride Applications
Due to the piezoelectric properties of aluminum nitride, epitaxially grown thin films of crystalline Aluminum nitride are used for surface acoustic sensors (SAW) deposited on silicon wafers. One application is an RF filter, widely used in mobile phones, called a thin-film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR). This is a MEMS device that uses aluminum nitride sandwiched between two metal layers.
AlN is also used to construct piezoelectric micromechanical ultrasonic transducers that emit and receive an ultrasound and can be used for aerial ranging at distances up to one meter.
Metallization allows AlN to be used in electronic applications similar to alumina and beryllium oxide. AlN nanotubes, as inorganic quasi-one-dimensional nanotubes, with isoelectronic carbon nanotubes, have been proposed as chemical sensors for toxic gases.
Currently, there is a lot of research into the development of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that operate under ULTRAVIOLET light using gallium nitride-based semiconductors. Using aluminum gallium nitride alloys, wavelengths as short as 250 nm have been achieved. In 2006, inefficient AlN LED emission at 210 nm was reported.
AlN application industries include:
Dielectric layer in an optical storage medium,
The electronic substrate, chip carrier that needs a high thermal conductivity,
As a crucible for growing gallium arsenide crystals,
Steel and semiconductor manufacturing.
Aluminum Nitride Difficulties
At present, aluminum nitride also has some problems.
First, the powder is easy to form aluminum hydroxide with a hydroxy group in the wet environment, and the alumina layer is formed on the surface of AlN powder. The alumina lattice is dissolved into a large amount of oxygen, which reduces its thermal conductivity but also changes its physical and chemical properties, bringing difficulties to the application of AlN powder. The inhibition of hydrolysis treatment of AlN powder is mainly to coat the surface of AlN particles with a substance using a chemical bond or physical adsorption to isolate them from water, to avoid the occurrence of a hydrolysis reaction. At present, the main methods of inhibiting hydrolysis treatment are surface chemical modification and surface physical coating.
Second, the high price of aluminum nitride limits its application to a certain extent. The preparation of aluminum nitride powder generally requires a high temperature, which leads to high energy consumption in the process of production and preparation, and at the same time, there are safety risks, which is also the main drawback that some high-temperature preparation methods cannot achieve industrial production. Moreover, the impurities in the process of production preparation added to the production of harmful products or problems, such as excessive carbon reduction reaction carbide powder removal problems, as well as the chemical vapor deposition method of by-product hydrogen chloride removal problems, which require the preparation of aluminum nitride for reaction products in the process of the purification, it also led to the preparation of aluminum nitride production cost is high.
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Greece will hand over Iranian oil it intercepted from a Russian-flagged tanker to the United States at the request of the U.S. Justice Department, Greek port police said recently, AFP reported. The decision angered Tehran.
In April, Greek authorities reportedly seized a Russian oil tanker, the Pegas, which was said to be heading to the Turkish port of Marmara.
Reports say the ship was docked in Calistos Bay with a crew of several people said to be Russian. The Greek coast guard said the ship had been renamed the Lana.
The report notes that the European Union imposed sanctions on Russia after the conflict broke out in February. Greek authorities seized the tanker in accordance with European Union sanctions.
According to information at the time, the tanker was carrying 115,000 tons of Iranian oil.
Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization strongly protested Greece's decision, calling it an "international bandit." "The Islamic Republic of Iran will not give up its legitimate rights and expects the Greek government to abide by its international obligations in the area of navigation and shipping," it said in a statement on its website.
Iran's Foreign Ministry, through the International Maritime Organization, called on the Greek government to release the tanker and its crew overnight, adding that "the Americans discharged their cargo," the report said.
Athens did not immediately respond to the Iranian protest and gave no further details about the oil on board or how it was handed over to the United States, the report said.
The AlN powder price is expected to increase in the next few days affected by the change in supply and demand markets.
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