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Leaching of Lead and Connectivity of Plumbate Networks in Lead Silicate Glasses

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The formation of a plumbate network in binary lead silicate glasses was examined based on the leaching behavior of Pb2+ in lead silicate glasses over a wide composition region. The effective diffusion coefficient of Pb2+ at 40°C was on the order of 10−17 m2/s for PbO<35 mol% glasses, and increased three orders of magnitude for 35–50 mol% PbO contents. Such a steep composition dependence is considered to be because of changes in the medium or longer range structure. That is, it is proposed that the plumbate network forms a percolative 3D network in the composition region to form diffusion paths for the lead ions. In addition, the present results indicate that the lead ion exists as a network former over the entire glass forming composition range of the binary silicate glasses.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University, Kyoto 611-0011, Japan

Publication date: 2005-10-01

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