A thermogravimetric method is proposed for study of the kinetic parameters of coked HZSM-5 zeolite regeneration. The technique,
which makes use of integral thermogravimetric curves, was optimized by microprocessed integrated mathematical methods. The
kinetic parameters obtained from the TG curves are the activation energy, the rate constants, the half-life times, and in
particular the coke removal time as a function of temperature. The activation energy calculated by using the Flynn and Wall
kinetic method was 81.4 kJ mol−1. It was observed that, to remove 99% of the coke from the zeolite in a period of 1 h, it would be necessary to carry out
thermo-oxidation at 748 K, with a dry air purge flow of 120 cm3 min−1.
Authors:A. Silva, M. Souza, J. Aquino, V. Fernandes, and A. Araújo
The coke removal of HZSM-12 zeolite deactivated in the reaction of n-heptane cracking was studied by thermogravimetry using
two multiple heating rate integral kinetics models proposed by Ozawa-Flynn-Wall and Vyazovkin to obtain the activation energy
of process of thermoxidation of coke. The results obtained by both models presented excellent accordance with the related
Authors:A. Araujo, V. Fernandes, A. Silva, and J. Diniz
The evaluation of the crystallinity of several samples of ALPO-11 was performed by X-ray diffraction and thermogravimetry.
Through XRD, the degrees of crystallinity of the samples were determined by the measurement of the area of the peaks at 2γ
ranging from 20.7 to 24.1 degrees. The sample that presented the largest area was considered as 100% crystalline and the areas
of the other samples were normalized in relation to this. From TG, the degree of crystallinity was determined considering
the mass loss in the temperature range from 453 to 653 K that is related to remotion of di-isopropylamine molecules used during
the synthesis procedure. The quantity of diisopropylamine on the material is proportional to the degree of crystallinity.
Authors:C. Corredeira, M. Araújo, A. Gouveia, and J.-M. Jouanneau
A geochemical study was carried out in sediment cores along the Galician Continental Shelf and at the mouth of the Vigo and
Pontevedra Rias. Multielemental analysis was performed by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis and Energy Dispersive X-ray
Fluorescence Spectrometry. Sedimentological and geochemical characterisation (lithogenic, biogenic and anthropogenic elements)
indicates different supplies for the fine-grained, deposited sediments. No significant heavy metal enrichment could be detected
in coastal sediments despite the current sediment contamination in adjacent Rias. Variations in the accumulation rates suggest
different factors controlling the sedimentation processes including sediment sources and geomorphology.
Authors:A. Araújo, E. Fernandes, E. França, and M. Bacchi
Environmental quality assessment studies have been conducted with tree species largely distributed in the Atlantic Forest.
Leaf and soil samples were collected in the conservation unit Parque Estadual da Serra do Mar (PESM) nearby the industrial
complex of Cubatão, São Paulo State, Brazil, and analyzed for chemical elements by instrumental neutron activation analysis.
Results were compared to background values obtained in the Parque Estadual Carlos Botelho (PECB). The higher As, Fe, Hg and
Zn mass fractions in the tree leaves of PESM indicated anthropogenic influence on this conservation unit.
Authors:H. Polli, L. Pontes, A. Araujo, Joana Barros, and V. Fernandes
The degradation kinetics of the ABS terpolymer (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) was investigated by means of thermogravimetric
analysis. The samples were heated from 30 to 900°C in nitrogen atmosphere applying three different heating rates: 5, 10 and
20°C min−1. The Vyazovkin model-free kinetic method was used to calculate the activation energy (E) of the degradation process as a function of conversion and temperature. Between 20 and 80% of conversion, E was calculated
and the figures were: for ABS GP, E is 204.5±11.5 kJ mol−1 (medium value); for ABS HI, E is 239.0±9.8 kJ mol−1; for ABS HH, E is 242.4±5.4 kJ mol−1.
Authors:A. Leite, L. Maia, R. Paz, E. Araújo, and H. Lira
The aim of this work was to obtain membranes from polyamide 6/montmorillonite clay nanocomposites through the phase inversion
technique. The nanocomposites and membranes from polyamide 6/montmorillonite clay were characterized by X-ray diffraction
(XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Thermogravimetry (TG) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). Microporous
and asymmetric membranes were successfully obtained from nanocomposites and the results showed that the salts were incorporated
by intercalation between the organoclay layers and, apparently that the nanocomposites and membranes were thermally more stable
than the pure polyamide.