Influence of Structural Defects on the Reactivity of Solids

  • H. Schmalzried


The broader a topic, the more careful one must handle the concepts. Therefore, this lecture begins with a discussion of the two main concepts involved: (1) Reactivity and (2) Structural defects. Every chemist feels what reactivity is, but he usually hesitates to give a straight answer if he is asked for a quantitative formulation. However, a scientific concept in chemistry must be quantifiable. A tentative formulation can be: “Reactivity is the reaction rate of a system under normalised driving forces.“


Phase Boundary Point Defect Solid State Reaction Dislocation Line Extended Defect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Schmalzried
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  1. 1.Institute for Physical ChemistryTechnical UniversityHannoverWest-Germany

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