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The thermal dehydration and decomposition of copper(II) phthalate monohydrate was studied by isothermal and non-isothermal methods. The decomposition process consisted of three steps: two steps of dehydration and the third of decomposition. The kinetics of isothermal dehydration reactions follow (i) a unimolecular law up to the formation of copper(II) phthalate hemihydrate, and (ii) a phase boundary model giving anhydrous copper(II) phthalate, while the kinetics of isothermal decomposition reaction comply with the Erofeev-Avrami equation, [−ln(1−α)]1/n =Kt+C. The energies of activation for the formation of the decomposition products were calculated. The decomposition products were characterized by elemental analysis, photomicrographic observations, infrared and reflectance spectra and X-ray powder diffraction data.

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
C. Agarwal
A. Goswami
P. Kalsi
S. Singh
A. Mhatre
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A. Ramaswami


Cumulative yields of 27 fission products have been determined in 229Th(n,f) by recoil catcher technique followed by gamma-ray spectrometry. Absolute fission yields were arrived at from the fission rate measured by track etch counting method. Mass yields were obtained from the cumulative yields using the charge distribution parameters reported in the literature. The values agree well with the reported values obtained both by physical and radiochemical methods. The resulting asymmetric mass distribution shows strong fluctuation in the yields in the light and heavy wings with a periodicity of five mass units.

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