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S. Mansour Minia University Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science El-Minia Egypt

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Abstract  

The thermal decomposition of basic copper carbonate (malachite; CuCO3·Cu(OH)2) in a dynamic atmosphere of air or nitrogen was studied via TG, DTA and DSC at different heating rates. The non-isothermal kinetic and thermodynamic parameters were estimated. The decomposition course was thoroughly followed by examining the structural and morphological consequences of calcining the material at elevated temperatures by IR, XRD and SEM. The results obtained showed that in air CuCO3·Cu(OH)2 released 0.5 H2O at 195°C, transforming into the azurite structure 2CuCO3·Cu(OH)2. Decomposition then commenced, through two endothermic steps maximized at 325 and 430°C. The resultant product maintained the water released from the decomposition process up to 650–750°C. A schematic decomposition pathway has been proposed in terms of the thermal and physicoanalytical results.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Language English
Size A4
Year of
Foundation
1969
Volumes
per Year
1
Issues
per Year
24
Founder Akadémiai Kiadó
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Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
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Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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Chief Executive Officer, Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN 1388-6150 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2926 (Online)

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