High-temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry has been performed to investigate the energetics of spinel solid solutions in the Mn3O4-CuMn2O4 and Fe3O4-CuFe2O4 systems. The spinel solid solutions were synthesized by a ceramic route and calcined at appropriate temperatures to obtain single phase samples. The drop solution enthalpies of the solid solutions in the Mn3O4-CuMn2O4 system are the same within experimental error as the enthalpies of drop solution of mechanical mixtures of the end-members, indicating a zero heat of mixing, i.e., ideal mixing in terms of enthalpy. In Fe3O4-CuFe2O4, the drop solution enthalpy of the solid solutions shows a positive deviation from those of the mechanical mixture of the end-members, suggesting negative mixing enthalpy. The formation enthalpies of the spinel solid solutions from their constituent oxides plus oxygen and from the elements were also determined.
- spinel solid solutions
- thermodynamics of formation and mixing
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ceramics and Composites
- Materials Chemistry