Structure and crystallization behavior of phosphorus-containing nepheline (NaAlSiO4) based sodium aluminosilicate glasses

Ping Lu, Yuting Zan, Jinjun Ren, Tongyao Zhao, Kai Xu, Ashutosh Goel

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The study aims at understanding the structural role of P2O5 in meta- and per-aluminous sodium aluminosilicate glasses, followed by its correlation with their crystallization behavior. Experimental results suggest an increase in the degree of polymerization of the phosphate network and a change in the aluminum environment in the glasses from Al(OSi)4 to Al(OP)4 with an increasing P2O5/SiO2 ratio. The substitution of SiO2–by–P2O5 in the amount varying between 10 – 20 mol.% suppresses the crystallization of nepheline. This has been attributed to the unavailability of Al3+ (to form Si–O–Al linkages) due to the formation of Al–O–P linkages in the glass structure. An increase in P2O5 content (>20 mol.%) in peraluminous glasses results in the crystallization of AlPO4 as the primary phase. The results have been discussed in the light of various models developed to predict the compositional dependence of nepheline crystallization in Hanford's high-level waste glasses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number120719
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
StatePublished - May 15 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


  • aluminosilicate
  • crystallization
  • glass
  • glass-ceramic
  • nepheline
  • phosphorus


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