Divalent transition metal nitroprussides form a family of microporous
materials which lose their crystallization water (coordinated and zeolitic)
below 100°C and then remain stable up to above 150°C. The dehydration
process of representative samples in their stable phases was studied by thermo-gravimetry
(TG) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The copper complex dehydrates
in a single step through a practically irreversible process. For cadmium and
cobalt complexes the water evolution on heating takes place in two stages.
The first one, where only zeolitic waters are removed, is dominated by a diffusion
mechanism while, during the loss of the strongly bonded waters (second stage)
the material framework effect is added. The involved activation energy and
its dependence on the conversion degree were estimated evaluating the thermo-gravimetric
data according to an isoconversion model.