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New EGA findings revealed that the small endothermal event preceding that of the main decomposition of commercial NaHCO3 involves the simultaneous evolution of water and CO2. At very high sensitivity, EGA experiments evidenced that the above (limited) evolution of gases also took place from the recrystallized material for which thermal methods gave no indication of endotherms. Careful reexamination of previous DSC results indicated that for one kind of recrystallized material a very small endotherm had been neglected. Renewed experiments revealed that this endotherm can be enhanced if the samples are prepared by crushing and sieving in a wet atmosphere. Parallel FT-IR experiments on commercial and recrystallized materials demonstrated the presence of carbonate in samples that had previously been taken just beyond the first small endotherm; this confirmed the EGA results. SEM experiments showed that surface texture changes take place when samples are heated to temperatures just above that of the preliminary endotherm. On the basis of these new findings, the interpretation previously given to the small endotherm is revised and detailed knowledge is gained on the mechanism of decomposition of NaHCO3.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
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ISSN 1388-6150 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2926 (Online)