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  • 1 Faculty of Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, 2000 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa, ON, USA
  • | 2 Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, 60439, USA
  • | 3 Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, 2000 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa, ON, USA
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Abstract

Copper oxychloride, Cu2OCl2, was synthesized from CuCl, or CuCl2·2H2O in a tubular furnace in a dry air atmosphere between 325 and 400 °C. Thermal gravimetric and gas analysis of the reaction products were used to follow the decomposition of Cu2OCl2 in both dry air and argon environments. The thermograms show the release of chlorine and oxygen gases, the volatilization of CuCl, and a residue, identified as CuO, of ∼17 to 25% which varies as the conditions of the run. A mechanism of reaction able to describe the experimental results has been proposed and used to explain other published data.

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