Transition of synthetic chromium oxide gel to crystalline chromium oxide : a hot stage Raman spectroscopic study

Frost, Ray L., Martens, Wayde N., Yang, Jing, & Cheng, Hongfei (2011) Transition of synthetic chromium oxide gel to crystalline chromium oxide : a hot stage Raman spectroscopic study. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 42(5), pp. 1069-1074.

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Chromium oxide gel material was synthesised and appeared to be X-ray amorphous. The changes in the structure of the synthetic chromium oxide gel were investigated using hot-stage Raman spectroscopy based upon the results of thermogravimetric analysis. The thermally decomposed product of the synthetic chromium oxide gel in nitrogen atmosphere was confirmed to be crystalline Cr2O3 as determined by the hot-stage Raman spectra. Two bands were observed at 849 and 735 cm-1 in the Raman spectrum at 25 °C, which were attributed to the symmetric stretching modes of O-CrIII-OH and O-CrIII-O. With temperature increase, the intensity of the band at 849 cm-1 decreased, while the band at 735 cm-1 increased. These changes in intensity are attributed to the loss of OH groups and formation of O-CrIII-O units in the structure. A strongly hydrogen bonded water H-O-H bending band was found at 1704 cm-1 in the Raman spectrum of the chromium oxide gel, however this band shifted to around 1590 cm-1 due to destruction of the hydrogen bonds upon thermal treatment. Six new Raman bands were observed at 578, 540, 513, 390, 342 and 303 cm-1 attributed to the thermal decomposed product Cr2O3. The use of the hot-stage Raman microscope enabled low-temperature phase changes brought about through dehydration and dehydroxylation to be studied.

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ID Code: 38269
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: hot stage, Raman spectroscopy, chromium oxide gel, grimaldiite, chromium oxide, eskolaite
DOI: 10.1002/jrs.2794
ISSN: 0377-0486
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY (030100) > Analytical Spectrometry (030101)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Chemistry
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Deposited On: 02 Nov 2010 01:32
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2013 04:29

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