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Natalia M. Vedishcheva
article posted 21 June 2017
Dr. Natalia M. Vedishcheva is Leading Scientist at the Institute of Silicate Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, where she has been
working since graduating from Leningrad State University (Chemistry) and has gained her Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry. Her research interests include calorimetric
studies of the thermodynamic properties of oxide systems (glasses and crystals), and thermodynamic modelling of the structure-property relationships for a variety of
oxide glasses. At present, her attention is mainly focused on thermodynamic modelling of the intermediate-range order in borate and borosilicate glasses.
In 2001, Dr. Vedishcheva shared the Otto Schott Research Award for her contributions to the field of thermodynamic modelling of the physical properties of oxide glasses,
and in 2004 she was elected to the Fellowship of the Society of Glass Technology. She has subsequently served the Society as a member of its Board of Fellows, and is an
active member of Technical Committee TC03 (Glass Structure) of the International Commission on Glass. She represents Russia on the International Advisory Boards of the
series of conferences on Borate Glasses, Crystals & Melts and on the Structure of Non-Crystalline Materials.
Non-bridging oxygen atoms: Can they be present in low-alkali borate glasses?
1Natalia M. Vedishcheva* & 2Adrian C. Wright
As is known from structural studies, the presence of non-bridging oxygen atoms in borate glasses becomes noticeable when the content of modifying oxides
approaches ~30 mol. %. This experimental observation can be explained if it is remembered that glasses are products of chemical interactions between the substances
forming the batch, rather than the result of direct melting. This approach allows glasses to be considered as solutions formed from chemical groupings whose stoichiometry
and structure are similar to those of crystalline compounds that form in a given system. Using the formalism of this model, the equilibrium concentrations of a variety
of groupings present in glasses, which determine their chemical structure, are calculated as a function of the glass composition. The results of these calculations,
performed with the observation of the principle of the minimum Gibbs energy of a system, reveal that metaborate groupings, M2
, that introduce non-bridging oxygen
atoms into glasses  dominate the chemical structure only over the high-alkali region where the content of M2O exceeds 35-40 mol. %. In low-alkali glasses, with the
O content below 25 mol. %, pentaborate (M2
) and tetraborate (M2
) groupings form, whose structures do not incorporate non-bridging oxygen atoms. This
trend is explained by comparing the degree of ionicity of the metal-oxygen bonds (εM-O) in low-alkali and high-alkali chemical groupings, the values of εM-O being
calculated from the enthalpies of formation of the given glasses, together with various atomic parameters.
1. N.M. Vedishcheva and A.C. Wright, In: Glass. Selected Properties and Crystallization
, Ed. J.W.P. Schmelzer (De Gruyter, Berlin/Boston, 2014), Chapter 5, p. 269-299.
Institute of Silicate Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Nab. Makarova 2, St. Petersburg, 199034, Russia.
J.J. Thomson Physical Laboratory, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AF, U.K.