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Title: Reprobing the mechanism of negative thermal expansion in siliceous faujasite

A combination of Rietveld refinement and PDF analysis of total neutron scattering data are used to provide further insight into the negative thermal expansion mechanism of siliceous faujasite. The negative thermal expansion mechanism of siliceous faujasite is attributed to the transverse vibrations of bridging oxygen atoms resulting in the coupled librations of the SiO 4 tetrahedra. The constituent SiO 4 tetrahedra are revealed to expand in size with temperature which is a behaviour that has not been determined directly previously and they are also shown to undergo some distortion as temperature is increased. However, these distortions are not distinct enough in any geometric manner for the average behaviour of the SiO 4 tetrahedra not to be considered as that of a rigid units. The work further displays the benefits of using total scattering experiments to unveil the finer details of dynamic thermomechanical processes within crystalline materials.
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  1. Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom). Centre for Nanoporous Materials, School of Chemistry
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Chemical and Engineering Materials Division
  3. Univ. of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham (United Kingdom). School of Chemistry
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Journal Name:
RSC Advances
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 6; Journal Issue: 24; Journal ID: ISSN 2046-2069
Royal Society of Chemistry
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Spallation Neutron Source (SNS)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States