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This paper discusses the changes in the structure and thermal reduction of nanosize hexagonal ammonium tungsten bronze (HATB), (NH4)0.33−xWO3−y, which were caused by K+ ion exchange (doping) and studied by XRD, XPS, 1H-MAS NMR, FTIR, SEM and TG/DTA-MS. Comparison of the cell parameters of undoped and doped HATB revealed that both a and c cell parameters decreased after the ion exchange reaction, which showed that smaller K+ ions partly replaced the larger NH4 + ions in the hexagonal channels of HATB. After the reaction, from the hexagonal channels less NH3 evolved, which also supported the incorporation of K+ ions into the hexagonal channels.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: Imre Szilágyi, István Sajó, Péter Király, Gábor Tárkányi, Attila Tóth, András Szabó, Katalin Varga-Josepovits, János Madarász, and György Pokol

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This article discusses the formation and structure of ammonium tungsten bronzes, (NH4)xWO3−y. As analytical tools, TG/DTA-MS, XRD, SEM, Raman, XPS, and 1H-MAS NMR were used. The well-known α-hexagonal ammonium tungsten bronze (α-HATB, ICDD 42-0452) was thermally reduced and around 550 °C a hexagonal ammonium tungsten bronze formed, whose structure was similar to α-HATB, but the hexagonal channels were almost completely empty; thus, this phase was called reduced hexagonal (h-) WO3. In contrast with earlier considerations, it was found that the oxidation state of W atoms influenced at least as much the cell parameters of α-HATB and h-WO3, as the packing of the hexagonal channels. Between 600 and 650 °C reduced h-WO3 transformed into another ammonium tungsten bronze, whose structure was disputed in the literature. It was found that the structure of this phase—called β-HATB, (NH4)0.001WO2.79—was hexagonal.

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The temperature-programmed desorption (tpd) of the amount of ammonia which is preadsorbed at about 373 K at HZSM-5 zeolites yields a complex desorption curve consisting of two overlapped peaks (Β andγ peak). Parts of the ammonia desorbed can be attributed to SiOHAl groups considering also1H-MAS NMR measurements.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: I. Szilágyi, Judit Pfeifer, C. Balázsi, A. Tóth, Katalin Varga-Josepovits, J. Madarász, and G. Pokol

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We studied the thermal stability of different hexagonal tungsten trioxide, h-WO3 samples, which were prepared either by annealing hexagonal ammonium tungsten bronze, (NH4)0.33−xWO3−y, or by soft chemical synthesis from Na2WO4. The structure and composition of the samples were studied by powder XRD, SEM-EDX, XPS and 1H-MAS NMR. The thermal properties were investigated by simultaneous TG/DTA, on-line evolved gas analysis (TG/DAT-MS), SEM and in situ powder XRD. The preparative routes influenced the thermal properties of h-WO3 samples, i.e. the course of water release, the exothermic collapse of the hexagonal framework and the phase transformations were all affected.

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