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A prerequisite for understanding the physico-chemical properties of network glass-forming materials is knowledge about their atomic-scale structure. The desired information is not, however, easy to obtain because structural disorder in a liquid or glass leads to complexity. It is therefore important to design experiments to give site-specific information on the structure of a given material in order to test the validity of different molecular dynamics models. In turn, once a molecular dynamics scheme contains the correct theoretical ingredients, it can be used both to enrich the information obtained from experiment and to predict the composition and temperature/pressure dependence of a material’s properties, a first step in using the principles of rational design to prepare glasses with novel functional properties. In this chapter the symbiotic relationship between experiment and simulation is explored by focussing on the structures of liquid and glassy ZnCl2 and GeSe2, and on the structure of glassy GeO2 under pressure. Issues to be addressed include extended range ordering on a nanometre scale, the formation of homopolar (like-atom) bonds, and the density-driven mechanisms of network collapse.
|Title of host publication||Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Disordered Materials|
|Subtitle of host publication||From Network Glasses to Phase-Change Memory Alloys|
|Editors||Carlo Massobrio, Jincheng Du, Marco Bernasconi, Philip S. Salmon|
|Number of pages||31|
|Publication status||Published - 23 Apr 2015|
|Name||Springer Series in Materials Science|