Initial stages of sintering of TiO2 nanoparticles: Variable-charge molecular dynamics simulations

S. Ogata, H. Iyetomi, K. Tsuruta, F. Shimojo, A. Nakano, P. Vashishta, R. K. Kalia, C. K. Loong

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Variable-charge molecular dynamics simulation of 32 TiO2-nanoparticles with diameter 60Å is performed for 40 ps at 1 GPa and 1,400 K for both rutile and anatase phases, to investigate their phase-dependent sintering mechanisms. In the rutile case, the nanoparticles rotate around their centers during the first 20 ps. Varying degrees of neck formation between neighboring rutile-nanoparticles are found at ∼ 40 ps. In the anatase case, the nanoparticles maintain their original orientations. Similar degrees of neck formation are observed at contacting regions of the anatase nanoparticles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)B7.6.1-B7.6.6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes
EventStructure and Mechanical Properties of Nanophase Materials- Theory and Computer Si,ulation v.s Experiment - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Nov 28 2000Nov 30 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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