Glasses with composition (ZnO)30(MgO)x(P2O5)70−x (x = 5, 8, 10, 13, 15, 18, and 20 mol.%) have been successfully prepared by the melt-quenching technique. Degradation study has been carried out by means of measuring their chemical durability against buffer solutions with initial pH values of 4.01, 7.00, and 10.01 at an ambient temperature for up to 30 days. The dissolution rate (DR) was obtained by calculating the measured weight loss of the glasses per unit surface area per unit immersion time. The results show that the glasses have better corrosion resistance in basic solution. It was also found that the weight loss is related to the MgO concentration with lower P2O5 concentration exhibiting greater corrosion resistance irrespective of acidic, neutral, or basic solutions as immersion liquid. All the sample surfaces and edges were corroded and the solutions experienced a decrease in pH values during the duration of the corrosion test.
Dissolution Rate Corrosion Test Phosphate Glass Chemical Durability Phosphate Chain
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The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support by the Malaysian government through the Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.