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Figure 4.6 The TGA curve of Cu2(C2H3O2)4 .

2H2O

1st Phase:
The mass loss in the range of 100 – 180
1st Phase oC: 9.3 % (theoretically 9.0%) for the

loss of 2 mole of water/mole of the salt.
TGA (i) Cu2(C2H3O2)4 . 2H2O 
Cu2(C2H3O2)4 + 2H2O
2nd Phase The analysis at this stage indicates a trace of
acetate being released (probably due to the
adsorbed acetic acid by the sample)

2nd Phase:
• This begins slowly at 200 oC
until the temperature reaches
290 oC where the reaction
becomes very rapid followed
by the 70 % of mass loss.

DTA (ii) • This value is much higher
than the expected from the
(i) formation of a copper metal
(59.3 %).
• When the furnace was opened,
(iii) there was copper metal deposited
on the cooler parts of the furnace.
• This shows that parts of the
sample have been evaporated
during the decomposition process.

(ii) Cu2(C2H3O2)4  Cu2(C2H3O2)2 + 2CH3COOH (g)

(iii) Cu2(C2H3O2)2  2Cu + CH3COOH (g) + CO2 (g) + H2 (g) + C

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Lecture 5 Figure 4_6 Detn of Cu Acetate by TGA