Grain Boundary Segregation of Impurities During Polycrystalline Colloidal Crystallization

Sumeng Hu, Jun Nozawa, Haruhiko Koizumi, Kozo Fujiwara, Satoshi Uda

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Impurity partitioning at grain boundaries (GBs) during polycrystalline colloidal crystallization has been investigated via direct observation. Polycrystalline grains have a partitioning behavior similar to that of single colloidal crystals, which follows the Burton, Prim, and Slichter (BPS) model. We have found that impurities segregate at GBs during colloidal crystal growth, and the impurity concentration at GBs (CGB) for various misorientation angles (θ) between adjacent grains and growth rates (V) has been investigated. CGB was found to increase with either increasing θ or V, and also when the size of the impurity is close to that of the host colloid particle. In situ observations reveal that impurities incorporated into GBs are supplied mostly from the impurities segregated at the solid-liquid interface, and CGB and the growth rate show a BPS-like relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5685-5692
Number of pages8
JournalCrystal Growth and Design
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sept 28


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