The non-isothermal decomposition process of the powder sample of palladium acetylacetonate [Pd(acac)2] was investigated by thermogravimetric (TG) and the X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. Model-free isoconversional method
of Tang, applied to the investigated decomposition process, yield practically constant apparent activation energy in the range
of 0.05≤α≤0.95. It was established, that the Coats-Redfern (CR) method gives several statistically equivalent reaction models,
but only for the phase-boundary reaction models (R2 and R3), the calculated value of the apparent activation energy (E) is nearest to the values of E obtained by the Tang’s and Kissinger’s methods.
The apparent activation energy value obtained by the IKP method (132.4 kJ mol−1) displays a good agreement with the value of E obtained using the model-free analysis (130.3 kJ mol−1). The artificial isokinetic relationship (aIKR) was used for the numerical reconstruction of the experimental integral model
function, g(α). It was established that the numerically reconstructed experimental function follows R3 reaction model in the range of
α, taken from model-free analysis. Generally, decomposition process of Pd(acac)2 starts with initial nucleation which was characterized by rapid onset of an acceleratory reaction without presence of induction