High Energy Chemistry

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 177–182 | Cite as

Atomistic Simulation of Impurities Segregation to Free Surfaces of α-Al2O3

  • V. A. Kislenko
  • M. S. Vlaskin
  • S. A. KislenkoEmail author


Segregation of di- and trivalent impurities to the (00.1), (01.2) and (11.3) surfaces of α-Al2O3 has been investigated using molecular mechanics simulation. In this work, the focus has been on segregation energy calculations depending on impurity size, distance to the surface, and surface coverage. It has been shown the anisotropic segregation of dopants. The segregation energy to the most stable (00.1) surface has the lowest absolute value for all investigated impurities. For trivalent impurities at the (01.2) surface the dependence of the segregation energy on surface coverage has the minimum, which corresponds to the ordered arrangement of dopants. At the (11.3) surface the multilayer segregation has been observed, whereas at the (00.1) and (01.2) surfaces the model of monolayer segregation is acceptable in most studied cases.


segregation corundum impurity atomistic simulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. A. Kislenko
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. S. Vlaskin
    • 1
  • S. A. Kislenko
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Joint Institute for High Temperature, Russian Academy of ScienceMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (National Research University)DolgoprudryRussia

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