First-principles studies on vacancy-modified interstitial diffusion mechanism of oxygen in nickel, associated with large-scale atomic simulation techniques

H. Z. Fang, Shunli Shang, Yi Wang, Zi-kui Liu, D. Alfonso, D. E. Alman, Yun Kyung Shin, C. Y. Zou, Adri Van Duin, Y. K. Lei, G. F. Wang

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This paper is concerned with the prediction of oxygen diffusivities in fcc nickel from first-principles calculations and large-scale atomic simulations. Considering only the interstitial octahedral to tetrahedral to octahedral minimum energy pathway for oxygen diffusion in fcc lattice, greatly underestimates the migration barrier and overestimates the diffusivities by several orders of magnitude. The results indicate that vacancies in the Ni-lattice significantly impact the migration barrier of oxygen in nickel. Incorporation of the effect of vacancies results in predicted diffusivities consistent with available experimental data. First-principles calculations show that at high temperatures the vacancy concentration is comparable to the oxygen solubility, and there is a strong binding energy and a redistribution of charge density between the oxygen atom and vacancy. Consequently, there is a strong attraction between the oxygen and vacancy in the Ni lattice, which impacts diffusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number043501
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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