Towards In-Situ Electron Microscopy Studies of Flash Sintering
AbstractFlash sintering, a special case of electric field-assisted sintering, results in accelerated densification at lower temperatures than conventional sintering methods. However, the mechanisms remain elusive despite the wide application potential. In-situ electron microscopy studies reveal shrinkage of ZnO green bodies due to both heating and heating/biasing but show no obvious effect of the current on the behavior. In contrast, thin epitaxial ZnO films deposited on an Al2O3 substrate undergo a clear flash event during in-situ voltage application in the TEM, providing the first observation of flash sintering of a thin film. The specimen was captured in the high conductivity state where grain boundary motion was observed. The microscopic origins of the high conductivity state could not be detected, but may have the same underlying physical origin as the high conductivity memristive state. View Full-Text
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Schwarzbach, D.; Gonzalez-Julian, J.; Guillon, O.; Roddatis, V.; Volkert, C.A. Towards In-Situ Electron Microscopy Studies of Flash Sintering. Ceramics 2019, 2, 472-487.
Schwarzbach D, Gonzalez-Julian J, Guillon O, Roddatis V, Volkert CA. Towards In-Situ Electron Microscopy Studies of Flash Sintering. Ceramics. 2019; 2(3):472-487.Chicago/Turabian Style
Schwarzbach, Danny; Gonzalez-Julian, Jesus; Guillon, Olivier; Roddatis, Vladimir; Volkert, Cynthia A. 2019. "Towards In-Situ Electron Microscopy Studies of Flash Sintering." Ceramics 2, no. 3: 472-487.