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Sulfidation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Sulfidation is a process of installing sulfide ions in a material or molecule. The process is widely used to convert
oxides to sulfides but is also related to corrosion and surface modification.

Inorganic, materials, and organic chemistry

Sulfidation is relevant to the formation of sulfide minerals.[1]
A large scale application of sulfidation is the conversion of molybdenum oxides to the corresponding sulfides. This
conversion is a step in the preparation of catalysts for hydrodesulfurization wherein alumina impregnated with
molybdate salts are converted to molybdenum disulfide by the action of hydrogen sulfide.
In organosulfur chemistry, sulfiding is often called thiation. The preparation of thioamides from amides involves
thiation. A typical reagent is phosphorus pentasulfide (P4S10). The idealized equation for this conversion is:
RC(O)NH2 + 1/4 P4S10 RC(S)NH2 + 1/4 P4S6O4
The process involves no redox reaction.

Sulfidation of metals
It is known that aluminum improves the sulfidation resistance of iron alloys.[2] The sulfidation of tungsten is a
multiple step process. The first step is an oxidation reaction, converting the tungsten to a tungsten bronze on the
surface of the object. The tungsten bronze coating is then converted to a sulfide.[3]
One commonly encountered occurrence of sulfidation in manufacturing environments involves the sulfidic corrosion
of metal piping.[4] The increased resistance to corrosion found in stainless steel is attributed to a layer of chromium
oxide that forms due to oxidation of the chromium found in the alloy.[4]
The process of liquid sulfidation has also been used in the manufacturing of diamond-like carbon films. These films
are generally used to coat surfaces to reduce the wear due to friction. The inclusion of sulfidation in the process has
been shown to reduce the friction coefficient of the dlc film.[5]

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(Fe3Al)-based alloys" Journal of Materials Research (1991), 6(8), 1779-805. doi:10.1557/JMR.1991.1779
3. Van der Vlies (2002). "Chemical Principles of the Sulfidation Reaction of Tungsten Oxides" (PDF). Swiss Federal
Institute of Technology Zurich.
4. Liang, Yan-Jie; Chai, Li-Yuan; Liu, Hui; Min, Xiao-Bo; Mahmood, Qaisar; Zhang, Hai-Jing; Ke, Yong (2012).



Sulfidation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Hydrothermal sulfidation of zinc-containing neutralization sludge for zinc recovery and stabilization". Minerals
Engineering 25: 14. doi:10.1016/j.mineng.2011.09.014.
5. Zeng, Qun-Feng; Dong, Guang-Neng; Xie, You-bai (2008). "Influence of sulfidation treatment on the structure and
tribological properties of nitrogen-doped diamond-like carbon films". Applied Surface Science 254 (13): 3859.

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