The thermal analysis of CoC2O42H2O, Co(HCOO)22H2O and Co(CH3COO)24H2O was carried out with simultaneous TG-DTG-DTA measurements under non-isothermal conditions in air and argon atmospheres.
The intermediates and the end products of decomposition were characterised by X-ray diffraction and IR and UV-VIS spectroscopy.
The decomposition of the studied compounds occur in several stages. The first stage of dissociation of each compound is dehydration
both in air and argon. The next stages differ in air and argon. The final product of the decomposition of each compound in
air is Co3O4. In argon it is a mixture of Co and CoO for cobalt(II) oxalate and cobalt(II) formate but CoO for cobalt(II) acetate.