Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 28, Issue 17, pp 4804–4810 | Cite as

Oxygen self-diffusion in rutile under hydrothermal conditions

  • P. F. Dennis
  • R. Freer


Oxygen self-diffusion coefficients have been determined for synthetic and natural rutile single crystals under hydrothermal conditions at 100 MPa total pressure and in the temperature range 873–1373 K. The diffusion coefficients are lower than the results from dry gas exchange studies would predict. Between 973 and 1373 K the results can be characterized by two linear Arrhenius relationships. D=1.14×10−11 exp(−168.8 kJ mol−1/RT) m−2s−1 for the natural rutile, and D=2.41×10−12 exp(−172.5 kJ mol−1/RT) m2s−1 for the synthetic crystal. The results have been interpreted in terms of a defect model involving the dissolution of water in rutile as substitutional hydroxyl defects on oxygen lattice sites, with a solution enthalpy in the range 81–106 kJmol−1.


Enthalpy Rutile Total Pressure Lattice Site Defect Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. F. Dennis
    • 1
  • R. Freer
    • 2
  1. 1.Earth Science Research Group, School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK
  2. 2.Materials Science CentreUniversity of Manchester/UMISTManchesterUK

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