1st Edition

An Introduction to Fundamentals of Diffusion in Solid State Materials

By Reza Ghomashchi Copyright 2025
    216 Pages 47 Color & 66 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Diffusion, the movement of atoms in a material, is an integral part of many metallurgical and materials treatment processes. Understanding diffusion mechanisms helps to control and improve materials properties. This book offers a comprehensive overview of diffusion in synthesis and analysis of materials (metals and non-metals) from the fundamentals through applications.

    • Discusses defects in materials, fundamentals of the diffusion process, and different diffusion mechanisms active in metallic alloys.

    • Describes diffusion within non-metallic materials, including ceramics, polymers, and semiconducting materials with special emphasis on silicon.

    • Covers diffusion along high-energy paths, short circuiting diffusion, such as grain boundaries, dislocations, and materials’ surface.

    • Explores diffusion under thermal and electrical gradients and explains how this information is useful for materials purification.

    • Details application of diffusion on carbides in thermal treatment of steels.

    • Includes chapter problems to reinforce reader comprehension.

    Written with less emphasis on complex mathematical equations, this text is accessible to researchers and students in materials, mechanical, and related engineering disciplines studying the phenomenon of diffusion in materials and its application in the engineering of materials.

    0. Front Matter.  1. Historical milestone in diffusion science development.  2. Defects in Materials.  3. Fundamentals of diffusion.  4. Diffusion in Non-metals.  5. Short Circuit Diffusion Paths.  6. Diffusion under Thermal and Electrical gradient.  7. Application of Diffusion in Materials Engineering.  


    Reza Ghomashchi is Associate Professor and Program Leader for Energy Pipelines CRC at the School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide, Australia.