Correlation of reactivity with structural factors in a series of Fe(II) substituted cobalt ferrites

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Sileo, E. E.
Rodenas, L. G.
Paiva-Santos, C. O.
Stephens, P. W.
Morando, P. J.
Blesa, M. A.

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Elsevier B.V.


A series of powdered cobalt ferrites, CoxFe3-xO4 with 0.66 <= x< 1.00 containing different amounts of Fe-II, were synthesized by a mild procedure, and their Fe and Co site occupancies and structural characteristics were explored using X-ray anomalous scattering and the Rietveld refinement method. The dissolution kinetics, measured in 0.1 M oxalic acid aqueous solution at 70 degrees C, indicate in all cases the operation of a contracting volume rate law. The specific rates increased with the Fell content following approximately a second-order polynomial expression. This result suggests that the transfer of Fe-III controls the dissolution rate, and that the leaching of a first layer of ions Co-II and Fe-II leaves exposed a surface enriched in slower dissolving octahedral Fe-III ions. Within this model, inner vicinal lattice Fe-II accelerates the rate of Fe-III transfer via internal electron hopping. A chain mechanism, involving successive electron transfers, fits the data very well. (C) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.



cobalt ferrites, X-ray anomalous scattering, Rietveld method, kinetic dissolution, electron hopping

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Journal of Solid State Chemistry. San Diego: Academic Press Inc. Elsevier B.V., v. 179, n. 7, p. 2237-2244, 2006.