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Inorganics 2018, 6(4), 104;

Investigation of the Reduction of a Molybdenum/Iron Molecular Nanocluster Single Source Precursor

Department of Chemistry, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005, USA
Department of Materials Science and Nanoengineering, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005, USA
Energy Safety Research Institute, Swansea University Bay Campus, Swansea SA1 8EN, UK
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Received: 15 July 2018 / Revised: 19 September 2018 / Accepted: 25 September 2018 / Published: 27 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mixed Metal Oxides)
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The thermolysis of the polyoxometalate cluster [HxPMo12O40⊂H4Mo72Fe30(O2CMe)15O254(H2O)90−y(EtOH)y] (1) under air, argon, and reducing conditions (5%, 10%, 50% H2 with Ar balance) has been investigated. The resulting products have been characterized by XRD, SEM, and EDX analysis. Thermolysis in air at 1100 °C yields predominantly Fe2O3, due to sublimation of the molybdenum component; however, under Ar atmosphere, the mixed metal oxide (Fe2Mo3O8) is formed along with Mo and MoO2. Introduction of 5% H2 (1100 °C) results in the alloy Fe2Mo3 in addition to Fe2Mo3O8 and Mo; in contrast, reduction at a lower temperature (900 °C) yields the carbide (Fe3Mo3C) and the analogous oxide (Fe3Mo3O), suggesting that these are direct precursors of Fe2Mo3. Increasing the H2 concentration (10%) promotes carbide rather than oxide formation (Fe3Mo3C and Mo2C), until alloy formation (Fe7.92Mo5.08) predominates under 50% H2 at 1200 °C. The effect of temperature and H2 concentration on the composition, grain size, and morphology has been investigated by EDX, SEM, and XRD. The relationship of the composition of 1 (i.e., Fe:Mo = 30:84) with the product distribution is discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: mixed metal oxide; polyoxometalate; nanocluster; nanoalloys mixed metal oxide; polyoxometalate; nanocluster; nanoalloys

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Esquenazi, G.L.; Barron, A.R. Investigation of the Reduction of a Molybdenum/Iron Molecular Nanocluster Single Source Precursor. Inorganics 2018, 6, 104.

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