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Title: Field-assisted sintering and phase transition of ZnS-CaLa 2S 4 composite ceramics

In the present study, zinc sulfide (ZnS) and calcium lanthanum sulfide (CaLa 2S 4, CLS) composite ceramics were consolidated via field-assisted sintering of 0.5ZnS-0.5CLS (volume ratio) composite powders at 800–1050 °C. Through sintering curve analyses and microstructural observations, it was determined that between 800 and 1000 °C, grain boundary diffusion was the main mechanism controlling grain growth for both the ZnS and CLS phases within the composite ceramics. The consolidated composite ceramics were determined to be composed of sphalerite ZnS, wurtzite ZnS and thorium phosphate CLS. The sphalerite-wurtzite phase transition of ZnS was further demonstrated to be accompanied by the formation of stacking faults and twins in the ceramics. Furthermore, it was also found that the addition of the CLS phase improved the indentation hardness of the ceramics relative to pure ZnS by homogeneous dispersion of ZnS and CLS small grains.
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  1. Alfred Univ., Alfred, NY (United States)
  2. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0955-2219; R&D Project: 16060; 16060; KC0403020
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of the European Ceramic Society
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 37; Journal Issue: 15; Journal ID: ISSN 0955-2219
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; ZnS-CaLa2S4 composites; sintering behavior; phase transition; field-assisted sintering; hardness; Center for Functional Nanomaterials
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