Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

The rules of metastability: detailed transformation mechanisms in chemical elements by means of molecular dynamics techniques

Leoni, Stefano, Boulfelfel, Salah Eddine, Baburin, Igor A. and Selli, Daniele 2014. The rules of metastability: detailed transformation mechanisms in chemical elements by means of molecular dynamics techniques. In: Springborg, Michael and Joswig, Jan-Ole eds. Chemical Modelling : Volume 11, Vol. 11. Royal Society of Chemistry, p. 30. (10.1039/9781782620112-00030)

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

The existence of polymorphs or chemical element allotropes is a fact of nature that remains surprising. On the one hand, it is unevenly distributed, with only some compounds or elements distinguished by a large number of polymorphs or allotropes. On the other hand, many crystal structure are predicted, which can exist in principle. We argue that this imbalance may derive form an imperfect knowledge of transformation mechanisms, which solely determine the formation of a certain product. Especially in a scenario of nucleation and growth, reasoning on the mechanical stability of the final product only may mislead the overall judgement on the accessibility of a particular compound. We illustrate mechanistic analysis of selected reconstructive phase transitions by state of the art accelerated molecular dynamics techniques. We emphasize the role of nucleation in phase selection, and stress the necessary inclusion of details on intermediate steps for a more capable crystal structure prediction activity.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff (ARCCA)
Chemistry
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
ISBN: 9781849739542
ISSN: 14720973
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:55
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/87767

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item