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The thermal behavior under isothermal conditions of some ammonia nitrate, ammonia phosphates and calcium phosphates mixtures with added micronutrients was studied. In order to establish the variation of activation energy (E) vs. conversion (α), the TG data were interpolated with spline functions, followed by numeric derivation. Using the so determined reaction rate the Friedman differential-isoconversional method was applied. A dependence of the activation energy vs. conversion was observed, meaning a many-step reaction. Therefore a procedure based on the compensation effect (and suggested by Budrugeac and Segal) was applied.

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Summary Many years ago, thermal analysis earned its place as a current instrumentation technique in assisting/solving the analytical problems of pharmaceuticals. A relative new trend is the study of the thermal stability of food additives in connection with the molecular structure. The studied compounds were: natrium and potassium glutamate, respectively natrium, potassium and calcium benzoate. The thermogravimetric data (TG) were obtained in dynamic nitrogen atmosphere, with open Pt crucible and heating rates of 5, 7, 10 and 12 K min-1, using a Perkin-Elmer TGA7 equipment. In order to estimate the non-isothermal kinetic parameters, the Friedman's differential-isoconversional method and the method suggested by Budrugeac and Segal (based on the compensation effect) were used. A variation of the activation energy vs. conversion was observed by using Friedman's method. The discrimination between the different reaction steps was performed by the non-parametric kinetic method, suggested by Sempere, Nomen and Serra. This is due to a complex process. The thermal stability data are very important for avoiding a possible misuse by processing of the studied food additives.

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The topic of the present work is to study the thermal behavior of phenitoine and pharmaceuticals by means of kinetic parameters determined in non-isothermal conditions. The TG/DTG data were obtained at four heating rates. These data were processed by the following methods: Friedman (FR), Budrugeac-Segal (BS) and the modified non-parametric kinetics (Sempere-Nomen). The main conclusions of the kinetic study are The FR method is versatile, but the values of the kinetic parameters are not certain, especially by multistep processes. The BS method offer a non-variant part of the activation energy, but the kinetic description is only formal. The NPK method is able to discriminate between two or more steps of a complex process. In our case, there are a preponderant process (more than 70% of the explained variance). By the NPK method there is a non-speculative separation of the temperature, respective conversion degree dependence of the reaction rate.

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Summary The thermal behavior of KH2PO4, NaH2PO4 and Na2HPO4 under non-isothermal conditions using TG method with different heating rates was studied. The values of the reaction rate were processed by means of Friedman’s differential-isoconversional method. A dependence of the activation energy vs. conversion was observed. Therefore a procedure based on the compensation effect (suggested by Budrugeac and Segal) was applied. A less speculative data processing protocol was offered by the non-parametric kinetics method suggested by Serra, Nomen and Sempere. Three steps were observed by non-isothermal heating: a dehydration, a dimerization and a polycondensation. The differences in the intimate reaction mechanism are determined by the initial number of water molecules.

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The thermooxidative degradation of three models of oily soils was studied under non-isothermal conditions, at heating rates of 5, 10, 15 and 20�C min−1. Di-octyl-sebacate, as model for synthetic oil, was adsorbed on silica, alumina and silico-alumina, considered models for the inorganic micelle of a soil. For a kinetic analysis, the TG data were processed by three methods: Flynn-Wall-Ozawa, Friedman and NPK (Nomen-Sempere). The results indicate the NPK as the less speculative method that allows a separation of the elementary steps and at the same time a separation of the temperature, respective conversion dependent part of the reaction rate.

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Summary Due to the criticism of the non-isothermal kinetic at a single heating rate, in the last period, data obtained at different heating rates are processed by means of elevated methods like Friedman’s (FD) differential-isoconversional method or the one suggested by Budrugeac and Segal (BS). The non-parametric kinetics (NPK) method, suggested by Serra, Nomen and Sempere offers two major advantages: the possibility of separation of two or more steps of a complex decomposition reaction; and the possibility of discrimination between the conversion, with regard to the temperature functions of a rate equation. Comparative data of FD, BS and modified version of NPK method are presented for decomposition of three compounds used as polyisocyanate stabilizer.

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In the present work a comparative kinetic study was performed on the thermal behavior of three antioxidants of IRGANOX-type (L101, L109 and L115) in dynamic air atmosphere under non-isothermal conditions. The TG-DTG data were obtained at heating rates of 5, 7, 10 and 15 K min−1. The kinetic parameters were obtained by processing these data with strategies corresponding to Flynn-Wall-Ozava (FWO), Friedman (FR), Budrugeac-Segal (BS) and non-parametric kinetic (NPK) methods. The thermal degradation by all the three compounds take place in melted state, so that any kinetic models regarding the decomposition of solids are inapplicable. Only with the NPK method it was possible a separation between the two functions of the reaction rate. For the temperature dependence, f(T), an Arrhenius-type model was searched; for the conversion dependence, the Ŝestak-Berggren equation was suggested in order to discriminate between physical (m) and chemical (n or p) steps of a complex thermodegradation process.

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