Thermal decomposition of synthetic argentojarosite –implications for silver production in medieval times

Frost, Ray L., Wills, Rachael-Anne, Weier, Matt L., & Martens, Wayde N. (2005) Thermal decomposition of synthetic argentojarosite –implications for silver production in medieval times. Thermochimica Acta, 437(1-2), pp. 30-33.

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Abstract

The thermal decomposition of argentojarosite has been studied by thermogravimetric, spectroscopic and infrared emission techniques. Dehydroxylation occurs in three stages at 228, 383, 463 degrees Celsius with the loss of 2, 3 and 1 hydroxyl units. Loss of sulphate occurs at 548 degrees Celsius and is associated with a loss of oxygen. At 790 degrees Celsius loss of oxygen only leaves metallic silver and hematite. Changes in the structure of argentojarosite are also followed by the infrared emission spectra. The intensity of hydroxyl stretching vibration approaches zero by 400 degrees Celsius confirming the loss of hydroxyl units by this temperature. At this temperature changes in the infrared spectra of the sulphate units occurs. The intensity of the sulphate stretching vibrations approaches zero by 750 degrees Celsius. Thermal decomposition of argentojarosite is important in understanding silver production in ancient and medieval times. This work shows that temperatures of around 750 degrees Celsius are required to produce metallic silver.

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ID Code: 2082
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This type of manuscript is important as it represents a contribution to what might be termed 'archeochemistry' ie Chemistry of minerals used in ancient or medieval times.
Keywords: argentojarosite, jarosite, plumbojarosite, dehydration, dehydroxylation, Raman spectroscopy, infrared emission spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis
DOI: 10.1016/j.tca.2005.06.008
ISSN: 0040-6031
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 09 Dec 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:15

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