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Electrochemical phase formation involving multicomponents: hemispherical overlap models for varied nucleation and growth conditions

Bhattacharjee, B and Rangarajan, SK (1994) Electrochemical phase formation involving multicomponents: hemispherical overlap models for varied nucleation and growth conditions. In: Journal of electroanalytical chemistry, 336 (1-2). 271 -286 .

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0022-0728(93)02934-A

Abstract

The phenomenological theory of hemispherical growth in the context of phase formation with more than one component is presented. The model discusses in a unified manner both instantaneous and progressive nucleation (at the substrate) as well as arbitrary growth rates (e.g. constant and diffusion controlled growth rates). A generalized version of Avrami ansatz (a mean field description) is used to tackle the ''overlap'' aspects arising from the growing multicentres of the many components involved, observing that the nucleation is confined to the substrate plane only. The time evolution of the total extent of macrogrowth as well as those of the individual components are discussed explicitly for the case of two phases. The asymptotic expressions for macrogrowth are derived. Such analysis depicts a saturation limit (i.e. the maximum extent of growth possible) for the slower growing component and its dependence on the kinetic parameters which, in the electrochemical context, can be controlled through potential. The significance of this model in the context of multicomponent alloy deposition and possible future directions for further development are pointed out.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Date Deposited: 31 May 2011 09:57
Last Modified: 31 May 2011 09:57
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/36440

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