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Amorphous and crystalline oxides

  1. Feb 7, 2009 #1
    Can anyone explain the difference between amorphous and crystalline oxides.
    I've tried google but can't find anything useful. I'm guessing that crystalline oxides should have a crystalline structure and as such crystalline properties. Would that be right?
     
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  3. Feb 7, 2009 #2

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    That's pretty much it. Crystalline oxides have a regular lattice structure, whereas amorphous have no regular lattice structure, or regularly ordered array of anions and cations. Glasses tend to be amorphous, while ceramics have a crystalline structure.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amorphous_solid
    http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/General/Glass/glass.html

    The Physics of Amorphous Solids By Richard Zallen
     
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