, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp 985-988

Relationship between activation energies for the thermal oxidation of metals and the semiconductivity of the oxides

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Abstract

The activation energies for the thermal oxidation of metals appear to be inversely related to the band gaps, heats of formation per equivalent and the electronic conductivity of the oxides formed. An attempt is made to develop the theoretical significance of these correlations in the context of a general discussion of some fundamental aspects of the thermal and the anodic oxidation of metals.