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Structural studies of Bi2O3-Nb2O5-TeO2 glasses

Wilding, MC; Delaizir, G; Benmore, CJ; Gueguen, Y; Dolhen, M; Duclère, JR; Chenu, S; ... McMillan, PF; + view all (2016) Structural studies of Bi2O3-Nb2O5-TeO2 glasses. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids , 451 pp. 68-76. 10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2016.07.004. Green open access

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Bi2O3-Nb2O5-TeO2 glasses show unusual annealing behavior with appearance of spherulites within the matrix glass structure for the Bi0.5Nb0.5Te3O8 composition. The textures resemble those found previously among polyamorphic Al2O3-Y2O3 glasses containing metastably co-existing high- and low-density phases produced during quenching. However the spherulites produced within the Bi2O3-Nb2O5-TeO2 glass are crystalline and can be identified as an “anti-glass” phase related to β-Bi2Te4O11. We used high energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction data to study structures of binary and ternary glasses quenched from liquids within the Bi2O3-Nb2O5-TeO2 system. These reveal a glassy network based on interconnected TeO4 and TeO3 units that is related to TeO2 crystalline materials but with larger Te…Te separations due to the presence of TeO3 groups and non-bridging oxygens linked to modifier (Bi3 +, Nb5 +) cations. Analysis of the viscosity-temperature relations indicates that the glass-forming liquids are “fragile” and there is no evidence for a LLPT occurring in the supercooled liquid. The glasses obtained by quenching likely correspond to a high-density amorphous (HDA) state. Subsequent annealing above Tg shows mainly evidence for direct crystallization of the “anti-glass” tellurite phase. However, some evidence may exist for simultaneous formation of nanoscale amorphous spherulites that could correspond to the LDA polyamorph. The quenching and annealing behavior of Bi2O3-Nb2O5-TeO2 supercooled liquids and glasses is compared with similar materials in the Al2O3-Y2O3 system.

Type: Article
Title: Structural studies of Bi2O3-Nb2O5-TeO2 glasses
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2016.07.004
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2016.07.004
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016. This manuscript version is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This licence allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. Further details about CC BY licences are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0. Access may be initially restricted by the publisher.
Keywords: Tellurite glass; Polyamorphism; Fragility; High energy X-ray diffraction
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1512727
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