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Title: Using machine learning to identify factors that govern amorphization of irradiated pyrochlores

Structure–property relationships are a key materials science concept that enables the design of new materials. In the case of materials for application in radiation environments, correlating radiation tolerance with fundamental structural features of a material enables materials discovery. Here, we use a machine learning model to examine the factors that govern amorphization resistance in the complex oxide pyrochlore (A 2B 2O 7) in a regime in which amorphization occurs as a consequence of defect accumulation. We examine the fidelity of predictions based on cation radii and electronegativities, the oxygen positional parameter, and the energetics of disordering and amorphizing the material. No one factor alone adequately predicts amorphization resistance. We find that when multiple families of pyrochlores (with different B cations) are considered, radii and electronegativities provide the best prediction, but when the machine learning model is restricted to only the B = Ti pyrochlores, the energetics of disordering and amorphization are critical factors. We discuss how these static quantities provide insight into an inherently kinetic property such as amorphization resistance at finite temperature. Lastly, this work provides new insight into the factors that govern the amorphization susceptibility and highlights the ability of machine learning approaches to generate that insight.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Univ. of Liverpool (United Kingdom). School of Engineering
  3. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Fuels Modeling and Simulation Dept.
  4. Imperial College, London (United Kingdom). Dept. of Materials
  5. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0897-4756
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396; EP/L005581/1; EP/L006170/1
Published Article
Journal Name:
Chemistry of Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 29; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 0897-4756
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC). Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1361477