Grain boundary structure and chemical bonding state of superplastic SiO2-doped TZP

Yuichi Ikuhara, Isao Tanaka, Parjaree Thavorniti, Taketo Sakuma

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Superplastic SiO2-doped TZP (tetragonal zirconia polycrystal) was fabricated by sintering at 1300°C in air. The grain boundaries were investigated by high-resolution electron microscopy (HREM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). It was found that no amorphous phase was present between two adjacent grains, but an amorphous pocket was formed at multiple junctions of grain boundaries. An experimental HREM image of Σ17a grain boundary was compared with the computer-simulated image to identify the periodic channel structure along the boundary. EDS analysis revealed that yttrium and silicon were cosegregated in the vicinity of grain boundaries. The bonding state at a grain boundary was measured by EELS to reveal that O-Kedge spectrum was shifted by ~4 eV toward high energy loss side. Electron energy loss near edge structure (ELNES) of O-Kedge was investigated by a first principles molecular-orbital (MO) calculation using the discrete-variational (DV)-Xα method both for ZrO2,Y2O3 and SiO2 model clusters. Comparison between the experimental and theoretical spectra by the present MO calculation found that the bonding state at the grain boundaries was similar to that in SiO2, although no silicious glassy film was present.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-472
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Electron Microscopy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Chemical bonding
  • Electron energy loss spectroscopy
  • Grain boundary
  • High-resolution electron microscopy
  • Molecular orbital calculation
  • Tetragonal zirconia polycrystal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation


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