Exogenously-added LiCl has been shown to slightly accelerate the corrosion rate of a boroaluminosilicate glass called International Simple Glass (ISG) in aqueous solutions over forward- and residual-rate regimes, while KCl and CsCl impede. To understand the effect of exogenously added electrolytes on resulting hydrous species and the network structure of alteration layers, infrared spectroscopy was implemented. It was found that the fraction of molecular water relative to the surface-bound hydroxyl species is lower in the KCl and CsCl conditions compared to the LiCl and pure water conditions. An approximation for the spectral features of the thin surface films from an experimentally-obtained specular-reflectance infrared (SR-IR) spectrum was proposed; results indicate no significant difference in the Si-O bonding network of the alteration layers formed in the presence of exogenously added LiCl, KCl and CsCl. The observed change in corrosion rates might be linked to the relative abundance of molecular water species in the porous network, rather than the silicate bonding structure.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Ceramics and Composites
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Chemistry