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Interfaces in Materials. Atomic Structure, Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Solid-Vapor, Solid-Liquid and Solid-Solid Interfaces

  • ID: 2174444
  • Book
  • 544 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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A thorough exploration of the atomic structures and properties of the essential engineering interfaces—an invaluable resource for students, teachers, and professionals

The most up–to–date, accessible guide to solid–vapor, solid–liquid, and solid–solid phase transformations, this innovative book contains the only unified treatment of these three central engineering interfaces. Employing a simple nearest–neighbor broken–bond model, Interfaces in Materials focuses on metal alloys in a straightforward approach that can be easily extended to all types of interfaces and materials. Enhanced with nearly 300 illustrations, along with extensive references and suggestions for further reading, this book provides:

  • A simple, cohesive approach to understanding the atomic structure and properties of interfaces formed between solid, liquid, and vapor phases
  • Self–contained discussions of each interface—allowing separate study of each phase transformation
  • A comparative look at the different interfaces, including atomic structure and crystallography; anisotropy, roughening, and melting; interfacial stability and segregation; continuous and ledge growth models; and atomistic modeling
  • An analysis of nearest–neighbor broken–bond results against thermodynamic and kinetic descriptions of the interfaces
  • Problem sets at the end of each chapter, emphasizing the key concepts detailed in the text

Spanning the fields of chemical, electrical and computer engineering, materials science, solid–state physics, and microscopy, Interfaces in Materials bridges a major gap in the literature of surface and interface science.

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Atomic Bonding.

Regular Solution (Quasi–Chemical) Model.


Surface Energy.

Surface Structure.

Crystal Growth from the Vapor.

Thermodynamics of Multicomponent Systems and Surface Segregation.

Surface Films.



Interfacial Structure and Energy.

Crystal Growth from the Liquid.

Solute Partitioning and Morphological Stability.


Introduction to Solid–Solid Interfaces.

Structure and Energy of Homophase Interfaces.

Structure and Energy of Heterophase Interfaces.

Growth of Solid–Solid Heterophase Interfaces.

Morphological Stability and Segregation.

References and Additional Reading.


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James M. Howe
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