Atomistic study of defect, metastable and 'amorphous' structures of MgAl204 Academic Article uri icon


  • We have studied the defect and metastable structures of MgAl204 using a Born-like description of an ionic lattice and the shell model to represent the polarization of ions. The calculated normal spinel structure of MgAl204 has a lower energy than other metastable structures. We have simulated an amorphous phase of MgAl204 and found that the volume ofthe amorphous state is larger and the Young modulus is smaller than those of the normal spinel MgAl204. This agrees with experimental observations. In agreement with other studies of spinel materials, the most energetically accessible mode of disorder is via the exchange of cations. The energy necessary for this disorder reaction is far lower than for either the Frenkel or the Schottky reactions. Possible phases intermediate between the normal and amorphous are also considered.

published proceedings

  • Philosophical Magazine Letters

author list (cited authors)

  • Chen, S. P., Yan, M., Gale, J. D., Grimes, R. W., Devanathan, R., Sickafus, K. E., Yu, N., & Nastasi, M.

citation count

  • 38

complete list of authors

  • Chen, SP||Yan, M||Gale, JD||Grimes, RW||Devanathan, R||Sickafus, KE||Yu, N||Nastasi, M

publication date

  • February 1996