Thermal and electrochemical study of solid-state reaction of mercury with Pt-20% Rh alloy
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Thermogravimetry (TG), energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDX), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), mapping surface and X-ray diffraction (XRD) have been used to study the reaction of mercury with platinum-rhodium (Pt-Rh) alloy. The results suggest that, when heated, the electrodeposited Hg film reacts with Pt-Rh to form intermetallic compounds each having a different stability, indicated by separate third mass-loss steps. In the first step, between room temperature and 170 A degrees C, only the bulk Hg is removed. From this temperature to about 224 A degrees C, the mass loss can be attributed to decomposition of the intermetallic PtHg(4). The third step, from 224 to 305 A degrees C, can be ascribed to thermal decomposition of solid solution composed of intermetallic species RhHg(2) and PtHg(2). Intermetallic compound such as PtHg(4), PtHg(2), and RhHg(2) was characterized by XRD. These intermetallic compounds were the main products formed on the surface of the samples after partial removal of the bulk mercury via thermal desorption.