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Electrical Conductivity of Quartz


HYDROXYL ions diffuse slowly in silicas and motion of these ions through a quartz network, or the formation of defects for this motion, involves breaking silicon-oxygen bonds which have a bond energy of more than 100 kcalories mol−1. Thus it is unlikely that White1 observed hydroxyl ion motion in quartz. His low activation energy of 13 kcalorie mol−1 is closer to that for the motion of monovalent cations2.


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DOREMUS, R. Electrical Conductivity of Quartz. Nature Physical Science 233, 63 (1971).

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