Topic description and teaching suggestions: Thermochemical diagrams are important means to predict the stability of a material under given conditions and readily supply graphical information on the results of equilibrium calculations. As tutorial work, students may be trained to construct a simple thermochemical diagram (e.g., for a ceramic material such as SiO2, Si3N4, BN) at a given temperature from the pertinent set of Gibbs energies of formation for all the condensed phases and gaseous species known for the system.
R. Gaskell,“Introduction to the thermodynamics of materials”, 4th edition, Taylor & Francis, New York, 2003.
Haasen, (ed.) Materials Science and Technology. A Comprehensive Treatment-Volume 5 “Phase transformations in materials”, R.W. Cahn (ed), P Haasen (ed) E.J Kramer, (ed), VCH, 1990
Birks, G.H. Meier, "Introduction to High Temperature Oxidation of Metals", Edward Arnold Publisher, London, 1983; see chapter 2 and references cited therein. Consult the new enlarged edition: N. Birks, F.S.Pettit, G.H. Meier, "Introduction to High Temperature Oxidation of Metals”, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2006, pp. 272 ; chapter 2.
H Heuer, and V.L.K Lou, “Volatility diagrams for silica and silicon carbide and their application to high-temperature decomposition and oxidation”, J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 73 (1990) 2785-3128
L.K Lou, and A.H. Heuer, “Graphical displays of the thermodynamics of high-temperature gas- solid reactions and their application to oxidation of metals and evaporation of oxides”, J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 68 (1985) 49-58, a review
Reed, "Free Energy of Formation of Binary Compounds: An Atlas of Charts for High- Temperature Chemical Calculations", MIT Press, Cambridge Mass, 1971; very useful booklet
A. Gulbransen and S.A Jansson, in “Heterogeneous kinetics at elevated temperatures”, ed. G.R Belton, and W.F Worrell, Plenum Press, New York, 1970
Additional reading: N.S. Jacobson “Carbothermal reduction of silica in high temperature materials” in: Applications
of thermodynamics in the synthesis and processing of materials, edited by P.Nash and B. Sundman, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, Warrendale, PA. 1995, pp. 19-27