Spectroscopic ellipsometry study of thickness and porosity of the alteration layer formed on international simple glass surface in aqueous corrosion conditions

Dien Ngo, Hongshen Liu, Nisha Sheth, Raymond Lopez-Hallman, Nikolas J. Podraza, Marie Collin, Stéphane Gin, Seong H. Kim

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

38 Scopus citations

Abstract

The porosity and pore-size distribution in the glass play an important role in glass corrosion; however, such information is difficult to be obtained non-destructively. Here we report the use of spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) under controlled humidity environments to determine those structural parameters in the alteration layers formed on international simple glass (ISG), a model nuclear waste glass, in aqueous corrosion conditions. The SE results show that the ISG sample corroded for nearly 4.5 years develops pores larger than 2 nm in diameter, while the alteration layers formed initially in less than 1 month do not have such large pores. The development of larger pores over a long period of corrosion time, while the overall thickness remains relatively constant, implies structural rearrangements of the silicate network occurring within the alteration layer, which could eventually affect the transport of reactants and products as well as the structural stability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number20
Journalnpj Materials Degradation
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Spectroscopic ellipsometry study of thickness and porosity of the alteration layer formed on international simple glass surface in aqueous corrosion conditions'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this