In Situ Characterisation of Model UK Nuclear Waste Glasses by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Under Process Conditions


The local co-ordination environment of Zr in a model alkali borosilicate glass, of relevance to nuclear waste immobilisation, was studied by in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy between 25 – 1060°C. Analysis of Zr K-edge XANES spectra, in comparison with those of well characterised standards, demonstrated, for the first time, the reversible transformation of ZrO6 to ZrO7 co-ordination polyhedra at high temperature. This observation was rationalised on the basis of the combined effects of network modifier cation diffusion and thermal expansion.

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Neil, C.H., Andrew, J.C., Martin, C.S. et al. In Situ Characterisation of Model UK Nuclear Waste Glasses by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Under Process Conditions. MRS Online Proceedings Library 1107, 223 (2008).

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