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Voltametric analysis apparatus and method

Description: An apparatus and method are disclosed for electrochemical analysis of elements in solution. An auxiliary electrode a reference electrode and five working electrodes are positioned in a container containing a sample solution. The working electrodes are spaced apart evenly from each other and auxiliary electrode to minimize any inter-electrode interference that may occur during analysis. An electric potential is applied between auxiliary electrode and each of the working electrodes. Simultaneous measurements taken of the current flow through each of the working electrodes for each given potential in a potential range are used for identifying chemical elements present in sample solution and their respective concentrations. Multiple working electrodes enable a more positive identification to be made by providing unique data characteristic of chemical elements present in the sample solution.
Date: December 1991
Creator: Almon, A. C.
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EVALUATING EFFECTS OF NEPTUNIUM ON THE SRS METHOD FOR CONTROLLED POTENTIAL COULOMETRIC ASSAY OF PLUTONIUM IN SULFURIC ACID SUPPORTING ELECTROLYTE

Description: A study of the impact of neptunium on the coulometric assay of plutonium in dilute sulfuric acid was performed. Weight aliquots of plutonium standard solutions were spiked with purified neptunium solution to evaluate plutonium measurement performance for aliquots with Pu:Np ratios of 50:1, 30:1, 20:1, 15:1, and 10:1. Weight aliquots of the pure plutonium standard solution were measured as controls. Routine plutonium instrument control standards were also measured. The presence of neptunium in plutonium aliquots significantly increases the random uncertainty associated with the plutonium coulometric measurement performed in accordance with ISO12183:2005.7 However, the presence of neptunium does not appear to degrade electrode performance and conditioning as aliquots of pure plutonium that were interspersed during the measurement of the mixed Pu:Np aliquots continued to achieve the historical short-term random uncertainty for the method. Lack of adequate control of the neptunium oxidation state is suspected to be the primary cause of the elevated measurement uncertainty and will be pursued in a future study.
Date: May 9, 2008
Creator: Holland, M & Sheldon Nichols, S
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Electrochemistry in concentrated organic redox solutions. Unusual reaction mechanisms and transport phenomena

Description: This report discusses and gives several examples of voltammetric studies in concentrated organic solutions and show that quantitative measurements can be performed under conditions where redox species is present in molar quantities. A brief description of experimental methods and theory of ultramicroelectrode techniques is presented. Examples of transport phenomena, coupled homogeneous reactions, and magnetic field effects in highly concentrated organic redox solutions are given.
Date: April 1, 1997
Creator: Ragsdale, S. R.; Paulson, S. C.; White, H. S. & Feldberg, S. W.
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A compact transportable Josephson voltage standard

Description: The development of a compact, portable 10 V Josephson calibration system is described. Its accuracy is the same as typical laboratory systems and its weight and volume are reduced by more than a factor of three. The new system will replace travelling voltage standards used within several NASA and DOE standards laboratories.
Date: June 1996
Creator: Hamilton, C. A.; Burroughs, C. J. & Kupferman, S. L.
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Characterization of the passivation layer on disordered carbons in lithium-ion cells

Description: Intercalation anodes of graphite or disordered carbon in rechargeable Li-ion batteries (based on aprotic organic solvents) develop a passivating film during the first intercalation of Li{sup +}. The formation of this film reduces the cycling efficiency and results in excessive consumption of Li{sup +}. The exact nature of this film is not well defined, although there are many similarities in properties to the films that form on Li anodes under similar cycling conditions. In this study we report on characterization studies of films formed during galvanostatic cycling of disordered carbons derived from polymethylacryolintrile (PMAN) in a 1M LiPF{sub 6} solution in ethylene carbonateldimethyl carbonate solution (1:1 by vol.). Complementary tests were also conducted with glass carbon, where intercalation cannot occur. Complex-impedance spectroscopy was the primary measurement technique, supplemented by cyclic voltammetry.
Date: December 1, 1995
Creator: Guidotti, R. & Johnson, B.
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Controlling incipient oxidation of pyrite for improved rejection. Eighth quarterly technical progress report, July 1, 1994--September 30, 1994

Description: The major objectives of this work are (1) to determine the Eh-pH conditions under which pyrite is stable, (2) to determine the mechanism of the initial stages of pyrite oxidation and (3) to determine if the semi-conducting properties of pyrite effects its oxidation behavior. It is known that moderate oxidation of pyrite produces a hydrophobic surface product. This hydrophobic product makes it extremely difficult to depress pyrite in coal flotation circuits. The eventual objective of this work is to prevent pyrite oxidation in order to better depress pyrite in coal flotation circuits. In this work clean, unoxidized pyrite surfaces are being produced by fracturing pyrite electrodes in an electrochemical cell. It has been shown that pyrite assumes a unique potential referred to as the ``stable potential`` at the instance it is fractured and that this potential is several hundred millivolts more negative than the steady state mixed potential of pyrite. It has also been shown that by holding the potential of pyrite at its stable potential during fracture, pyrite undergoes neither oxidation nor reduction. It has also been found that fresh pyrite surfaces created by fracture in an electrochemical begin to oxidize at potentials that are about 200 mV more negative than the potentials reported in the literature for pyrite oxidation. This is attributed to the fact that most work on pyrite has employed polished electrodes that have pre-existing oxidation products on the surface. The existence of a pH dependent stable potential for freshly fractured pyrite electrodes was based on studies conducted mainly on pyrite from Peru.
Date: December 31, 1994
Creator: Yoon, R.H. & Richardson, P.E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

MASS MEASUREMENT UNCERTAINTY FOR PLUTONIUM ALIQUOTS ASSAYED BY CONTROLLED-POTENTIAL COULOMETRY

Description: Minimizing plutonium measurement uncertainty is essential to nuclear material control and international safeguards. In 2005, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published ISO 12183 'Controlled-potential coulometric assay of plutonium', 2nd edition. ISO 12183:2005 recommends a target of {+-}0.01% for the mass of original sample in the aliquot because it is a critical assay variable. Mass measurements in radiological containment were evaluated and uncertainties estimated. The uncertainty estimate for the mass measurement also includes uncertainty in correcting for buoyancy effects from air acting as a fluid and from decreased pressure of heated air from the specific heat of the plutonium isotopes.
Date: March 18, 2009
Creator: Holland, M. & Cordaro, J.
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Carbon Dioxide, Hydrographic, and Chemical Data Obtained During the R/V John V. Vickers Cruise in the Pacific Ocean (WOCE Section P13, NOAA CGC92 Cruise, August 4 - October 21, 1992)

Description: This data documentation discusses the procedures and methods used to measure total carbon dioxide (TCO{sub 2}) and total alkalinity (TALK) at hydrographic stations during the R/V John V. Vickers oceanographic cruise in the Pacific Ocean (Section P13). Conducted as part of the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate and Global Change Program, the cruise began in Los Angeles, California, on August 4, 1992, with a transit line (Leg 0) to Dutch Harbor, Alaska. On August 16, the ship departed Dutch Harbor on Leg 1 of WOCE section P13. On September 15, the R/V John V. Vickers arrived in Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, for emergency repairs, and after 11 days in port departed for Leg 2 of Section P13 on September 26. The cruise ended on October 21 in Noumea, New Caledonia. Measurements made along WOCE Section P13 included pressure, temperature, salinity [measured by a conductivity, temperature, and depth sensor (CTD)], bottle salinity, bottle oxygen, phosphate, nitrate, nitrite, silicate, chlorofluorocarbons (CFC-11, CFC-12), TCO{sub 2} , and TALK. The TCO{sub 2} was measured by coulometry using a Single-Operator Multiparameter Metabolic Analyzer (SOMMA). The overall precision and accuracy of the analyses was {+-}2 {micro}mol/kg. Samples collected for TALK were measured by potentiometric titration; precision was {+-}2 {micro}mol/kg. The CO{sub 2} -related measurements aboard the R/V John V. Vickers were supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. The WOCE Section P13 data set is available free of charge as a numeric data package (NDP) from the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center. The NDP consists of two oceanographic data files, two FORTRAN 90 data-retrieval routine files, a documentation file, and this printed report, which describes the contents and format of all files as well as the procedures and methods used to obtain the data. Instructions on how to access ...
Date: January 11, 2001
Creator: Kozyr, A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Studies of Ruthenium(IV) and its Reduction Products in Perchlorate Solutions

Description: Ion exchange and membrane studies of Ru(IV) in perchloric acid indicate that the charge per atom is +1, the charge per species is +4, and that Ru(IV) is tetrameric. Coulometric, cyclic voltametric and spectrophotometric studies indicate that tetrameric Ru(IV) can be reduced reversibly by two, one-electron processes to species with formal oxidation states of 3.75 and 3.5. Ru(3.5) is reduced reversibly to a transient species of Ru(III) which rapidly converts to a stable polymeric species of Ru(III) that can be reoxidized to Ru(IV) only irreversibly. Stable Ru(III) can be electrochemically reduced to Ru(II).
Date: August 29, 2001
Creator: Wallace, R.M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Studies of incipient oxidation of coal-pyrite for improved pyrite rejection. First quarterly technical progress report, October 1, 1992--December 31, 1992

Description: In order to foster the development of advanced coal cleaning technologies fundamental studies.of the initial stages of pyrite oxidation have been.initiated. This work is being done on pyrite surfaces that are freshly fractured in an electrolyte solution. This procedure produces surfaces that are initially unoxidized, allowing the subsequent oxidation processes to be studied in detail. It is shown that freshly fractured pyrite electrodes instantaneously (at fracture) assume a rest potential several hundred millivolts more negative than the usual open-circuit potential. A finite, anodic photocurrent, is also observed on the fractured electrodes. Following cleavage, the rest potential increases, indicating an oxidation reaction occurring on the electrodes. The photocurrent is relatively insensitive to this oxidation process, and to moderate anodic and cathodic polarization. However, strong cathodic polarization to about -0.76 V (SHE) at pH 9.2 causes the photocurrent to decrease to zero. No reversal in the sign of the photocurrent is observed and it is believed that the flat band potential occurs near -0.76 V, i.e., where the photocurrent goes to zero. Voltammetry indicates that pyrite also undergoes cathodic decomposition at -0.76 V. This establishes that pyrite must be cathodically decomposed to reach the flat band potential.
Date: December 31, 1992
Creator: Yoon, R. H. & Richardson, P. E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Studies of incipient oxidation of pyrite for improved rejection. Fifth quarterly technical progress report, October 1, 1993--December 31, 1993

Description: Oxidation of fresh surfaces of coal- and mineral-pyrite has been studied using electrochemical and photoelectrochemical techniques. This work was undertaken to better understand the oxidation processes that cause self-induced flotation of pyrite. Fresh surfaces were created by fracturing pyrite in situ, i.e., in solution. Chronoamperometry was used to determine the potential at which a newly created surface does not show oxidation or reduction currents. The ``stable`` potentials for pyrite are {minus}0.28 V (SHE) at pH 9.2 and 0 V at pH 4.6. Subsequent cyclic voltammograms show the incipient oxidation mechanism that involves the formation of sulfur products, which are believed to be hydrophobic. It is shown that the lower flotation edge of pyrite coincides with its incipient oxidation potential. The photocurrent generated at fractured pyrite surfaces by chopped illumination was used to determine the semiconducting characteristics of the electrodes. The results indicate that a spontaneous depletion layer is formed on the fresh surfaces of n-type pyrite. The depletion layer is attributed to an intrinsic, acceptor-like surface state. Charge storage in this surface state pins the band edges over a wide potential range, accounting for the metallic-like electrochemical behavior that has been reported for pyrite. The existence of an intrinsic surface state is consistent with XPS studies on pyrite surfaces prepared in vacuum, which reveal an FeS-like species in the surface region. During this report period, all of the data previously obtained has been analyzed in an attempt to better understand the mechanism of pyrite flotation with respect to its oxidation. The results of this analysis are included in this quarterly report. In addition, samples of pyrite from seven different sources were obtained. In situ fracture, photoelectrochemical and cyclic voltammetry studies have been conducted on electrodes made from these pyrites.
Date: December 31, 1993
Creator: Yoon, R. H. & Richardson, P. E.
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Capacitance of edge plane of pyrolytic graphite in acetonitrile solutions

Description: The capacitance of the edge plane of pyrolytic graphite electrodes, in acetonitrile solutions, is measured by recording the current response to an applied triangular voltage sweep; TVS, and then fitting the current response with an appropriate function, (via a set of adjustable parameters). The pretreatment of the electrodes, the supporting electrolyte concentration used, and the frequency of the input TVS, were all found to affect the measured capacitance. In these experiments, a background current was also seen and the shape of the current output for the TVS; the charging/discharging curve, is shown to correlate with the magnitude of this background current. In addition, the size of the background current was found to have some dependence on the type of electrode pretreatment procedure used. 60 refs., 49 figs., 3 tabs.
Date: May 1, 1991
Creator: Minick, S. K. & Ishida, Takanobu
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Active voltammetric microsensors with neural signal processing.

Description: Many industrial and environmental processes, including bioremediation, would benefit from the feedback and control information provided by a local multi-analyte chemical sensor. For most processes, such a sensor would need to be rugged enough to be placed in situ for long-term remote monitoring, and inexpensive enough to be fielded in useful numbers. The multi-analyte capability is difficult to obtain from common passive sensors, but can be provided by an active device that produces a spectrum-type response. Such new active gas microsensor technology has been developed at Argonne National Laboratory. The technology couples an electrocatalytic ceramic-metallic (cermet) microsensor with a voltammetric measurement technique and advanced neural signal processing. It has been demonstrated to be flexible, rugged, and very economical to produce and deploy. Both narrow interest detectors and wide spectrum instruments have been developed around this technology. Much of this technology's strength lies in the active measurement technique employed. The technique involves applying voltammetry to a miniature electrocatalytic cell to produce unique chemical ''signatures'' from the analytes. These signatures are processed with neural pattern recognition algorithms to identify and quantify the components in the analyte. The neural signal processing allows for innovative sampling and analysis strategies to be employed with the microsensor. In most situations, the whole response signature from the voltammogram can be used to identify, classify, and quantify an analyte, without dissecting it into component parts. This allows an instrument to be calibrated once for a specific gas or mixture of gases by simple exposure to a multi-component standard rather than by a series of individual gases. The sampled unknown analytes can vary in composition or in concentration, the calibration, sensing, and processing methods of these active voltammetric microsensors can detect, recognize, and quantify different signatures and support subsequent analyses. The instrument can be trained to recognize and report ...
Date: December 11, 1998
Creator: Vogt, M. C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Investigation of the electronic properties and morphology of conducting polymer electrodes for engineering applications

Description: We evaluate the performance of the conducting polymers, polyaniline (PAni) and poly-3-(4-fluorophenyl)-thiophene (PFPT), as the active material in electrochemical capacitors. Using scanning electron microscopy and cyclic voltammetry, the morphology and charge/discharge characteristics of the as-grown polymers were studied under different electrochemical conditions. When electropolymerized at high current densities in aqueous acid solution, PAni exhibits a morphology consisting of a network of interwoven fibrils. It was shown that layers of this PAni network can be electropolymerized onto a thin-planar metal substrate resulting in a decrease in cathodic and anodic peak separations, improving charge/discharge reversibility. A continuous PAni network will make possible a decreases in the total weight of the electrodes with respect to those electrodes grown onto a fibrous carbon substrate of high surface area and high porosity. The effect of different growth electrolytes on the charge/discharge process was also characterized. Hydrochloric acid electrolyte provided an optimum polymer deposition, with respect to morphology and capacitive performance. PFPT films were grown from a solution in a non-aqueous solution. High growth current densities affected the performance of PFPT polymer films in a positive manner. A growth rate of 20 mA/cm{sup 2} not only provided an increase in charge storage, but in the amount of polymer deposited when compared to equivalent amounts deposited at 1 mA/cm{sup 2}. The morphology of the deposited conducting polymer is shown to be one of the most important characteristics in the attempt to achieve an ideal electrochemical capacitor electrode. The polymer morphology directly affects the charge/discharge process because of the strong interaction between ionic conductivity in the electrolyte and the electronic conductivity of the polymer. Cyclic-dependent degradation of the PFPT films was observed.
Date: February 1, 1995
Creator: Landeros, J. Jr.; Pizzo, P.; Cantow, M. & Uribe, F.
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A kinetic study of plutonium dioxide dissolution in hydrochloric acid using iron (II) as an electron transfer catalyst

Description: Effective dissolution of plutonium dioxide has traditionally been accomplished by contact with strong nitric acid containing a small amount of fluoride at temperatures of {approximately} 100 C. In spite of these aggressive conditions, PuO{sub 2} dissolution is sometimes incomplete requiring additional contact with the solvent. This work focused on an alternative to conventional dissolution in nitric acid where an electron transfer catalyst, Fe(II), was used in hydrochloric acid. Cyclic voltammetry was employed as an in-situ analytical technique for monitoring the dissolution reaction rate. The plutonium oxide selected for this study was decomposed plutonium oxalate with > 95% of the material having a particle diameter (< 70 {micro}m) as determined by a scanning laser microscopy technique. Attempts to dry sieve the oxide into narrow size fractions prior to dissolution in the HCl-Fe(II) solvent system failed, apparently due to significant interparticle attractive forces. Although sieve splits were obtained, subsequent scanning laser microscopy analysis of the sieve fractions indicated that particle segregation was not accomplished and the individual sieve fractions retained a particle size distribution very similar to the original powder assemblage. This phenomena was confirmed through subsequent dissolution experiments on the various screen fractions which illustrated no difference in kinetic behavior between the original oxide assemblage and the sieve fractions.
Date: September 1, 1996
Creator: Fife, K.W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

U.S./Russian lab-to-lab materials protection, control and accounting program efforts at the Institute of Inorganic Materials. Revision 1

Description: The All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Inorganic Materials (VNIINM) performs research in nuclear power reactor fuel, spent fuel reprocessing and waste management, materials science of fissionable and reactor structural materials, metallurgy, superconducting materials, and analytical sciences. VNIINM supports the Ministry of Atomic Energy of the Russian Federation (MINATOM) in technologies for fabrication and processing of nuclear fuel. As a participant in the US/Russian Lab-to-Lab nuclear materials protection, control and accounting (MPC and A) program, VNIINM is providing support for measurements of nuclear materials in bulk forms by developing specifications, test and evaluation, certification, and implementation of measurement methods for such materials. In 1996, VNIINM will be working with Brookhaven staff in developing and documenting material control and accounting requirements for nuclear materials in bulk form, Livermore and Los Alamos staff in testing and evaluating gamma-ray spectrometry methods for bulk materials, Los Alamos staff in test and evaluation of neutron-coincidence counting techniques, Oak Ridge staff in accounting of bulk materials with process instrumentation, and Pacific Northwest staff on automating VNIINM`s coulometric titration system. In addition, VNIINM will develop a computerized accounting system for nuclear material within VNIINM and their storage facility. The paper will describe the status of this work and anticipated progress in 1996.
Date: July 24, 1996
Creator: Ruhter, W.D.; Kositsyn, V.; Rudenko, V.; Siskind, B.; Bieber, A.; Hoida, Hiroshi et al.
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Characterization of organosulfur monolayer formation at gold electrodes

Description: Among the many types of organic films, covalently-attached organosulfur monolayers have attracted a great deal of attention. The authors have focused their interest on the fundamental characterization of spontaneously adsorbed organosulfur monolayers. An introductory chapter presents general aspects of monolayer preparation and characterization, followed by a few examples that illustrate the range of applications of these films. This thesis contains two papers. In the first paper, three analogous monolayer precursors are studied to determine their similarities and differences in the monolayer structure. A GC-MS analysis of products form the chemisorption process and open circuit potential measurements are used to derive possible mechanisms behind monolayer formation. The second paper focuses on monolayers formed from thioctic acid, including its characterization and application to cytochrome c electrochemistry. Although thiols and disulfides have been extensively studied as monolayer precursors, thioctic acid is particularly interesting because the disulfide functionality of this asymmetric molecule is contained in a strained five-membered ring. Given the ring strain, steric bulk and asymmetry of the molecule, the study of these monolayers lend insight into the factors important for the formation of organosulfur monolayers. This thesis concludes with a general summary and directions for future studies. 40 refs.
Date: August 1, 1996
Creator: Tani Woods, N.
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Use of high-temperature gas-tight electrochemical cells to measure electronic transport and thermodynamics in metal oxides

Description: By using a gas-tight electrochemical cell, the authors can perform high-temperature coulometric titration and measure electronic transport properties to determine the electronic defect structure of metal oxides. This technique reduces the time and expense required for conventional thermogravimetric measurements. The components of the gas-tight coulometric titration cell are an oxygen sensor, Pt/yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ)/Pt, and an encapsulated metal oxide sample. Based on cell design, both transport and thermodynamic measurements can be performed over a wide range of oxygen partial pressures (pO{sub 2} = 10{sup {minus}35} to 1 atm). This paper describes the high-temperature gas-tight electrochemical cells used to determine electronic defect structures and transport properties for pure and doped-oxide systems, such as YSZ, doped and pure ceria (Ca-CeO{sub 2} and CeO{sub 2}), copper oxides, and copper-oxide-based ceramic superconductors, transition metal oxides, SrFeCo{sub 0.5}O{sub x}, and BaTiO{sub 3}.
Date: October 1, 1997
Creator: Park, J.H.; Ma, B. & Park, E.T.
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Three electrode measurements on solid electrolytes

Description: AC impedance spectroscopy and chronopotentiometry have been used to study solid-state ionic conductors. Results obtained using three electrodes are compared to those using a two-electrode configuration. The uncompensated resistance was shown to depend strongly on the geometric placement of the electrodes. The optimal configuration for minimized uncompensated resistance effects is similar to the Luggin capillary arrangement in the liquid phase. The effect of non-negligible geometric capacitance on interpretation of results is discussed.
Date: December 1, 1995
Creator: Pham, A.Q. & Glass, R.S.
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Controlled-potential-coulometric determination of uranium at a platinum electrode

Description: A controlled-potential-coulometric method has been developed for determining uranium at a solid electrode which features high specificity and a precision of 0.1% relative standard deviation at the 5 mg uranium level. Uranium and added iron, necessary for the electrolytic oxidation of uranium, are reduced to U(IV) and Fe(II) with excess Cr(II). At a sequence of controlled potentials, the excess Cr(II) is oxidized to Cr(III), Fe(II) and U(IV) are oxidized to Fe(III) and U(VI), then the Fe(III) is reduced to Fe(II). The difference in the measured number of coulombs for the oxidation of Fe(II) and U(IV) and for the reduction of Fe(III) to Fe(II) is proportional to the quantity of uranium.
Date: January 1, 1983
Creator: Saponara, N.M. & Jackson, D.D.
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Studies on zinc nodules electrodeposited from acid electrolytes

Description: The development of morphology of electrodeposited zinc was investigated by studying the initial stages of deposition. Zinc was deposited galvanostatically from 1.0 M ZnCl/sub 2/ electrolyte (0.7 < pH < 4.6) on rotating disc electrodes at current densities from 5 to 130 ma/cm/sup 2/. Pine glassy carbon, Union Carbide pyrolytic graphite, Gould pyrolytic graphite, Exxon graphite loaded polymer, and platinum substrates were used. The number densities of nodules (diameter greater than 1 ..mu..m), typically encountered during incipient morphological development, were measured using scanning electron microscopy and image analysis. Nodule densities up to 7 x 10/sup 4/ nodules/mm/sup 2/ were measured.
Date: December 1, 1984
Creator: Anderson, R. & Tobias, C.W.
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Control of pyrite surface chemistry in physical coal cleaning. Seventh quarterly progress report, March 1, 1991--May 31, 1991

Description: The removal of pyrite from coal by flotation or any other surface chemistry based separation process is often hampered by the apparent hydrophobicity of the mineral. Results obtained in this project suggest that corrosion processes are responsible for the apparent hydrophobicity of pyrite in aqueous environments. Characterization of the corrosion products of pyrite in acidic and alkaline solution has been performed using electrochemical (cyclic voltammetry and single-potential-step chronoamperometry) and spectroscopic techniques (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy -- XPS). The nature of the surface products have been correlated with hydrophobicity determined from in-situ contact angle measurements. The results show that pyrite hydrophobicity is influenced by either the oxidation or reduction conditions of the system.
Date: June 24, 1992
Creator: Luttrell, G. H.; Yoon, R. H. & Zachwieja, J. B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department