Solid solution


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Solid solution - short version

A homogeneous crystalline phase that contains two or more chemical species. Both substitutional and interstitial solid solutions are possible.



Solid solution - long version

A solid solution is a solid-state solution of one or more solutes in a solvent. Such a mixture is considered a solution rather than a compound when the crystal structure of the solvent remains unchanged by addition of the solutes, and when the mixture remains in a single homogeneous phase. This often happens when the two elements (generally metals) involved are close together on the periodic table; conversely, a chemical compound is generally a result of the non-proximity of the two metals involved on the periodic table.



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