The atomic-scale structure of network glass-forming materials

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMolecular Dynamics Simulations of Disordered Materials
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Network Glasses to Phase-Change Memory Alloys
EditorsCarlo Massobrio, Jincheng Du, Marco Bernasconi, Philip S. Salmon
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9783319156750
ISBN (Print)9783319156743
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2015

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NameSpringer Series in Materials Science


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