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Ceramics, Volume 1, Issue 1 (September 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The study of phase evolution through structural means has conventionally taken the thermodynamic [...] Read more. The study of phase evolution through structural means has conventionally taken the thermodynamic ‘cook and look’ technique. This study used high temperature X-ray diffraction equipped with an area detector to deliver rapid data collection as a function of temperature. With time resolution we were able to study the phase evolution and kinetic pathways of phase formation in real time, isochronally, and as a function of reactant homogeneity and the process atmosphere. The experiments revealed that as the reactant homogeneity increased from the meso-scale to the atomic scale, the transition temperatures decreased by 30%, the pathway to the thermodynamic equillibrium was altered, and a new kinetic equillibirum was obtained with Ca12Al14O33 formation under conditions that have not previously been reported. View the paper here.