Measurement of O and Ti atom displacements in TiO2 during flash sintering experiments

Bola Yoon, Devinder Yadav, Rishi Raj, Emanuele P. Sortino, Sanjit Ghose, Pankaj Sarin, Daniel Shoemaker

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In-situ flash experiments on rutile TiO2 were performed at the synchrotron at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. Pair distribution function analysis of total X-ray scattering measurements yielded mean-square atomic displacements of oxygen and titanium atoms during the progression of the 3 stages of flash. The displacements are measured to be far greater for oxygen atoms than for titanium atoms. These large displacements may signal an “elastic softening” of the lattice, which, recently, has been predicted as a precursor to the onset of flash.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1811-1817
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2018


  • X-ray methods
  • sinter/sintering
  • spark plasma sintering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry

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