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Structural Chemistry of Glasses - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080439587, 9780080518039

Structural Chemistry of Glasses

1st Edition

Author: K.J. Rao
Hardcover ISBN: 9780080439587
eBook ISBN: 9780080518039
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 26th June 2002
Page Count: 584
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Structural Chemistry of Glasses provides detailed coverage of the subject for students and professionals involved in the physical chemistry aspects of glass research. Starting with the historical background and importance of glasses, it follows on with methods of preparation, structural and bonding theories, and criteria for glass formation including new approaches such as the constraint model.

Glass transition is considered, as well as the wide range of theoretical approaches that are used to understand this phenomenon. The author provides a detailed discussion of Boson peaks, FSDP, Polymorphism, fragility, structural techniques, and theoretical modelling methods such as Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics simulation. The book covers ion and electron transport in glasses, mixed-alkali effect, fast ion conduction, power law and scaling behaviour, electron localization, charged defects, photo-structural effects, elastic properties, pressure-induced transitions, switching behaviour, colour, and optical properties of glasses. Special features of a variety of oxide, chalcogenide, halide, oxy-nitride and metallic gasses are discussed.

With over 140 sections, this book captures most of the important and topical aspects of glass science, and will be useful for both newcomers to the subject and the experienced practitioner.


For graduate students and professionals in structural chemistry.

Table of Contents

Selected Papers. The World Of Inorganic Glasses . Natural glasses. Glasses through the centuries: a historical perspective. Glass in modern times. In this book.

The Glassy State. Structural approach to glass formation. Continuous random network model. Random close packing model. Bonding theories.

The Glass Transition Phenomenon. Structural frustration model. Cluster model of glasses and glass transition. Polyamorphism. Fragility and glass forming liquids.

Structural Techniques. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. Vibrational spectroscopy. IR spectroscopy. Raman spectroscopy.

Theoretical Studies. Monte Carlo and Reverse Monte Carlo methods. MD simulation. Quantum chemical calculations.

D.C. Conductivity. Optical basicity and ionic conductivity. Mixed Alkali Effect. Theories of MAE. Mixed ionic effect.

A.C. Conductivity. Alternate formulation of dielectric data. Theoretical models of a.c. conductivity. Jump relaxation model. Diffusion Controlled Relaxation model.

Semiconducting Glasses. Variable Range Hopping. Thermoelectric power. Hall coefficient. Polaronic transport.

Relaxation Phenomena. Thermodynamics in the region of glass transition. Two Level States and relaxation. Enthalpy relaxation. Enthalpy relaxation and a.c. heat capacities.

Elastic Properties And Pressure Effects. Elastic constants. Measurement of elastic moduli. Structure of glasses and elastic constants. Microhardness.

Optical Properties. Colour due to transition metal ions. Fluorescence spectra. Glass lasers. Colour from particle scattering.

Oxide Glasses. Bridging, non-bridging and terminal oxygens. Complex oxide glasses. Glasses with dissolved salts. Glasses containing transition metal oxides.

Chalcogenide Glasses. Chalcogen and inter-chalcogen glasses. Group V chalcogenides. Chemical ordering. Group IV chalcogenides.

Other Glasses. Halide glasses. Heavy metal fluoride glasses. Oxy-halide glasses. Glasses of mixed salts: discrete anion glasses.


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About the Author

K.J. Rao

Affiliations and Expertise

Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 560 012, India


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"Professor Rao has delivered a well-written treatise on the physical chemical aspects of inorganic glasses that should find its place on the shelves of researchers and students of these interesting materials" @source:Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 125

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