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Figure 4.

7 TG and DTA curves for


decomposition of Cu(CCl3COO)2 . 4H2O
i) ii)
(Cuprum Trichloroacetate 4-dihydrate) in N2
iii) The loss of water molecules begins at 65 oC and
TGA the horizontal curve is observed after the mass
loss of 11.5% (i). The loss of three mole of
iv) water per mole of the salt (theoretically 11.7 %).

vi) Further heating at ≥ 140 oC


produces two steps of mass
v)
losses:
• Process (ii) 4.5%, and
DTA
• Process (iii) & (iv) 70%
of a rapid mass loss.
vi) Formation of CuCl2 (the
i) iii) iv) v) theoretical value is 70.8 %)
ii)

(vi) Decomposition of CuCl2

i) Cu(CCl3COO)2 . 4H2O → Cu(CCl3COO)2 . H2O + 3H2O

ii) Cu(CCl3COO)2 . H2O → Cu(CCl3COO)2 + H2O

iii) & iv) Cu(CCl3COO)2 → CuCl2 + CCl3COCl + CO + CO2

v) [CCl3COCl + H2O → CCl3COOH + HCl]

vi) CuCl2 → CuCl + ½ Cl2

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