skip to main content
OSTI.GOV title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: Pressure Induced Liquid-to-Liquid Transition in Zr-based Supercooled Melts and Pressure Quenched Glasses

Abstract

Through high-energy x-ray diffraction and atomic pair density function analysis we find that Zr-based metallic alloy, heated to the supercooled liquid state under hydrostatic pressure and then quenched to room temperature, exhibits a distinct glassy structure. The PDF indicates that the Zr-Zr distances in this glass are significantly reduced compared to those quenched without pressure. Annealing at the glass transition temperature at ambient pressure reverses structural changes and the initial glassy state is recovered. This result suggests that pressure causes a liquid-to-liquid phase transition in this metallic alloy supercooled melt. Such a pressure induced transition is known for covalent liquids, but has not been observed for metallic liquids. The High Pressure Quenched glasses are stable in ambient conditions after decompression.

Authors:
; ; ; ; ;
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1394136
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Scientific Reports
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 7; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2045-2322
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

Citation Formats

Dmowski, W., Gierlotka, S., Wang, Z., Yokoyama, Y., Palosz, B., and Egami, T. Pressure Induced Liquid-to-Liquid Transition in Zr-based Supercooled Melts and Pressure Quenched Glasses. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-06890-w.
Dmowski, W., Gierlotka, S., Wang, Z., Yokoyama, Y., Palosz, B., & Egami, T. Pressure Induced Liquid-to-Liquid Transition in Zr-based Supercooled Melts and Pressure Quenched Glasses. United States. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-06890-w.
Dmowski, W., Gierlotka, S., Wang, Z., Yokoyama, Y., Palosz, B., and Egami, T. Wed . "Pressure Induced Liquid-to-Liquid Transition in Zr-based Supercooled Melts and Pressure Quenched Glasses". United States. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-06890-w.
@article{osti_1394136,
title = {Pressure Induced Liquid-to-Liquid Transition in Zr-based Supercooled Melts and Pressure Quenched Glasses},
author = {Dmowski, W. and Gierlotka, S. and Wang, Z. and Yokoyama, Y. and Palosz, B. and Egami, T.},
abstractNote = {Through high-energy x-ray diffraction and atomic pair density function analysis we find that Zr-based metallic alloy, heated to the supercooled liquid state under hydrostatic pressure and then quenched to room temperature, exhibits a distinct glassy structure. The PDF indicates that the Zr-Zr distances in this glass are significantly reduced compared to those quenched without pressure. Annealing at the glass transition temperature at ambient pressure reverses structural changes and the initial glassy state is recovered. This result suggests that pressure causes a liquid-to-liquid phase transition in this metallic alloy supercooled melt. Such a pressure induced transition is known for covalent liquids, but has not been observed for metallic liquids. The High Pressure Quenched glasses are stable in ambient conditions after decompression.},
doi = {10.1038/s41598-017-06890-w},
journal = {Scientific Reports},
issn = {2045-2322},
number = 1,
volume = 7,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {7}
}

Works referenced in this record:

Five-fold symmetry as indicator of dynamic arrest in metallic glass-forming liquids
journal, September 2015

  • Hu, Y. C.; Li, F. X.; Li, M. Z.
  • Nature Communications, Vol. 6, Issue 1
  • DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9310

Pressure-induced amorphization and polyamorphism: Inorganic and biochemical systems
journal, April 2014


Crystallization of Zr41Ti14Cu12.5Ni10Be22.5 bulk metallic glass under high pressure examined by in situ synchrotron radiation x-ray diffraction
journal, January 2006

  • Yang, C.; Wang, W. K.; Liu, R. P.
  • Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 99, Issue 2
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.2164541

Structural relaxation in amorphous Fe40Ni40P14 B6 studied by energy dispersive X-ray diffraction
journal, December 1978


Calculation of electron states in Cu x Zr 1 x glasses by the orthogonalized linear combination of atomic orbitals method
journal, July 1984


A density-driven phase transition between semiconducting and metallic polyamorphs of silicon
journal, August 2005

  • McMillan, Paul F.; Wilson, Mark; Daisenberger, Dominik
  • Nature Materials, Vol. 4, Issue 9
  • DOI: 10.1038/nmat1458

A first-order liquid–liquid phase transition in phosphorus
journal, January 2000

  • Katayama, Yoshinori; Mizutani, Takeshi; Utsumi, Wataru
  • Nature, Vol. 403, Issue 6766
  • DOI: 10.1038/35003143

Atomic Level Structure in Multicomponent Bulk Metallic Glass
journal, June 2009


Polyamorphism in a metallic glass
journal, February 2007

  • Sheng, H. W.; Liu, H. Z.; Cheng, Y. Q.
  • Nature Materials, Vol. 6, Issue 3
  • DOI: 10.1038/nmat1839

Pseudo Float Melting State in Ladle Arc-Melt-Type Furnace for Preparing Crystalline Inclusion-Free Bulk Amorphous Alloy
journal, January 2002


PDFgetX2: a GUI-driven program to obtain the pair distribution function from X-ray powder diffraction data
journal, July 2004

  • Qiu, Xiangyun; Thompson, Jeroen W.; Billinge, Simon J. L.
  • Journal of Applied Crystallography, Vol. 37, Issue 4, p. 678-678
  • DOI: 10.1107/S0021889804011744

An apparently first-order transition between two amorphous phases of ice induced by pressure
journal, March 1985

  • Mishima, O.; Calvert, L. D.; Whalley, E.
  • Nature, Vol. 314, Issue 6006
  • DOI: 10.1038/314076a0

Polymorphic Phase Transitions in Liquids and Glasses
journal, January 1997


VORO++ : A three-dimensional Voronoi cell library in C++
journal, December 2009

  • Rycroft, Chris H.
  • Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, Vol. 19, Issue 4
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.3215722

Polyamorphic transitions in Ce-based metallic glasses by synchrotron radiation
journal, December 2011


Liquid–liquid transition without macroscopic phase separation in a water–glycerol mixture
journal, March 2012

  • Murata, Ken-ichiro; Tanaka, Hajime
  • Nature Materials, Vol. 11, Issue 5
  • DOI: 10.1038/nmat3271

Accuracy of pair distribution function analysis applied to crystalline and non-crystalline materials
journal, May 1992

  • Toby, B. H.; Egami, T.
  • Acta Crystallographica Section A Foundations of Crystallography, Vol. 48, Issue 3
  • DOI: 10.1107/S0108767391011327