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Room-Temperature Degradation of t-Zr(Pr)O2 in an Aqueous Suspension Revealed by Perturbed Angular Correlations

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This paper deals with the phase stability of an aqueous suspension of tetragonal Zr0.9Pr0.1O2 (20 wt%/vol%) at room temperature as a function of the aging time. The suspension is investigated in situ using the highly localized Perturbed Angular Correlations technique. The results indicate that an almost fully reversible degradation process toward monoclinic zirconia takes place through a first-order reaction of rate constant k=0.7 day−1. Two successive diffusion mechanisms are observed that are interpreted as OH ions' migration in the grain surface and then, as proton defects' diffusion into the bulk.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Departamento de Física, IFLP, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, 1900 La Plata, Argentina 2: Dipartimento di Ingegneria dei Materiali e dell' Ambiente, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, 41100 Modena, Italy

Publication date: 2008-07-01

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