Raman and 11B Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Studies of Alkaline-Earth Lanthanoborate Glasses


Glasses from the RO·La2O3·B2O3 (R = Mg, Ca, and Ba) systems have been examined. Glass formation is centered along the metaborate tie line, from La(BO2)3 to R(BO2)2. Glasses generally have transition temperatures >600°C and expansion coefficients between 60 × 10-7/°C and 100 × 10-7/°C. Raman and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopies reveal changes in the metaborate network that depend on both the [R]:[La] ratio and the type of alkaline-earth ion. The fraction of tetrahedral sites is generally reduced in alkaline-earth-rich glasses, with magnesium glasses possessing the lowest concentration of B[4]. Raman spectra indicate that, with increasing [R]:[La] ratio, the preferred metaborate anion changes from a double-chain structure associated with crystalline La(BO2)3 to the single-chain and ring metaborate anions found in crystalline R(BO2)2 phases. In addition, disproportionation of the metaborate anions leads to the formation of a variety of other species, including pyroborates with terminal oxygens and more-polymerized species, such as diborates, with tetrahedral borons. Such structural changes are related to the ease of glass formation and some of the glass properties.


Materials Science and Engineering

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0002-7820; 1551-2916

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01 Jan 1996