Introduction to Interfaces and Diffusion

  • P. Wynblatt
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Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics book series (NAPSB)

This chapter covers selected fundamental topics in Materials Science, with the purpose of introducing certain concepts that will serve as a foundation for other chapters in this volume. The topics addressed include: interfacial Gibbsian thermodynamics, with special emphasis on adsorption (or interfacial segregation) phenomena; statistical thermodynamic treatments of interfacial segregation, with examples of the relationship between interfacial composition and thermodynamic properties of two-component materials, as well as the consequences of variations in interfacial composition on interfacial energy; anisotropy of interfacial energy and the effects of composition thereon; grain boundary structure and energetics; interfacial equilibrium in solid-vapor, solid-liquid and solid-solid systems; and finally a brief overview of diffusion in solid metals which introduces both the mathematical framework as well as atomistic aspects of diffusion mechanisms.


Interfacial thermodynamics adsorption segregation interfacial energy and anisotropy grain boundaries interfacial vector equilibrium diffusion in metals 


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  • P. Wynblatt
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  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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