Kinetics of growth and lateral spreading of a spinel layer around NiO particles on Al2O3 substrate

I. Beszeda, D. L. Beke, Yu Kaganovskii

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The kinetics of thickening and lateral spreading of a thin layer of NiAl2O4 spinel around individual NiO particles, located on single crystalline Al2O3 substrate, have been analyzed theoretically and studied experimentally by SEM and AFM in the temperature range 1000-1100 °C. It was assumed that, due to small thickness of the forming layer, the kinetics of thickening is limited by the reaction rate at the spinel-substrate interface, whereas the lateral propagation of the layer is controlled by surface diffusion of NiO molecules. The reaction rate control at the spreading front of the growing compound layer was also taken into account. By comparison the rates of lateral spreading with relations derived, the diffusion coefficients of NiO on the NiAl2O4 spinel surface and the surface diffusion activation energy have been estimated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-11
Number of pages7
JournalSurface Science
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2004


  • Growth
  • Models of surface kinetics
  • Nickel oxides
  • Surface diffusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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