Heat capacity and thermodynamic functions of transition metal ion (Cu2+, Fe2+, Mn2+) exchanged, partially dehydrated zeolite A (LTA)

Matthew S. Dickson, Peter F. Rosen, Grace Neilsen, Alexandra Navrotsky, Brian F. Woodfield

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


We have measured the heat capacity from 1.8 to 300 K of partially dehydrated zeolite A (LTA), fully exchanged with Cu2+, Fe2+, and Mn2+ ions. The samples have a broad excess heat capacity contribution centered around 4 K, which we attribute to local electric fields splitting the magnetic moments of the cations. The excess heat capacity is modelled using a sum of several Schottky anomalies. From these models, we conclude that the cations in the Cu2+ zeolite reside in at least four distinct coordination environments, and that some of the coordination environments in all three zeolites are highly asymmetric. We also report theoretical fits of the heat capacity data, and values of the standard thermodynamic functions CP,m, Δ0KTSm°, Δ0KTHm°, and Φm° at smooth temperatures. The standard molar entropies at 298.15 K are 71.8 J·K−1·mol−1 for Cu-zeolite A (Cu0.22Al0.49Si0.51O2⋅1.04 H2O), 71.1 J·K−1·mol−1 for Fe-zeolite A (Na0.01Fe0.23Al0.50Si0.51O2⋅0.77 H2O), and 66.0 J·K−1·mol−1 for Mn-zeolite A (Mn0.26Al0.49Si0.50O2⋅0.53 H2O).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number106556
JournalJournal of Chemical Thermodynamics
StatePublished - Oct 2021


  • Coordination
  • LTA
  • Schottky anomaly
  • Transition metal
  • Zeolite A

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Heat capacity and thermodynamic functions of transition metal ion (Cu<sup>2+</sup>, Fe<sup>2+</sup>, Mn<sup>2+</sup>) exchanged, partially dehydrated zeolite A (LTA)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this