Preferential dissolution along misoriented boundaries in heterogenite

R. L. Penn, A. T. Stone, D. R. Veblen

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High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) results show a strong crystal-chemical and defect dependence on the mode of dissolution of synthetic heterogenite (CoOOH) particles. As-synthesized heterogenite particles are micron-size plates (aspect ratio ∼ 1/30) constructed of crystallographically oriented ∼ 3-nm primary particles or are single ∼ 21-nm unattached heterogenite platelets (aspect ratio ∼ 1/7). Reductive dissolution, using hydroquinone, was examined in order to evaluate morphology evolution as a function of reductant concentration. Two end-member modes of dissolution were observed: 1) non-specific dissolution of macroparticles and 2) preferential dissolution along misoriented boundaries. In the case of non-specific dissolution, average macrocrystal size and morphology are not altered as building block crystals are consumed. The result is web-like particles with similar breadth and shape as undissolved particles. Preferential dissolution involves the formation of channels or holes along boundaries of angular misorientation. Such boundaries involve only a few degrees of tilt, but dissolution occurs almost exclusively at such sites. Energy-Filtered TEM thickness maps show that the thickness of surrounding material is not significantly different from that of undissolved particles. Finally, natural heterogenite from Goodsprings, Nevada, shows morphology and microstructure similar to those of this synthetic heterogenite.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)M5.7.1-M5.7.6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 2000
EventMorphology and Dynamics of Crystal Surfaces in Complex Molecular Systems - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 23 2000Apr 27 2000

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Funding Information:
The authors wish to gratefully acknowledge funding from the National Science Foundation (EAR 9418090) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Center for Environmental Research and Quality Assurance (R82-6376). We also wish to thank the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for providing a sample of naturally occuring heterogenite from Good-springs, Nevada (NMNH # 94423-5).


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