Journal of thermal analysis

, Volume 37, Issue 5, pp 959–967 | Cite as

The role of copper-chromium oxide catalysts in the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate

  • A. A. Said


The catalytic effects of doped or mixed CuO-Cr2O3 oxides on the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate (AP) were investigated by using DTA, electrical conductivity and X-ray diffraction techniques. The results obtained revealed that the decrease in the defect electron of CuO catalyst doped with 1 at.% Cr3+ inhibited its activity, while the opposite effect was observed when Cr2O3 was doped with 1 at.% Cu2+. On increase of the concentrations of both oxides, the catalyst containing 70 at.% Cr3+ was found to be the most active during the decomposition of AP. The existence of CuCr2O4 at this ratio was demonstrated by X-ray diffraction. The activity of this spinel was explained on the basis of a hopping mechanism between Cr3+/Cr4+ active sites. Finally, the activation energies of different decomposition stages of AP alone and mixed with catalysts were calculated.


Activation Energy Electrical Conductivity Thermal Decomposition Perchlorate Oxide Catalyst 
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Mittels DTA, Röntgendiffraktion und elektrischer LeitfÄhigkeit wurden die katalytischen Wirkungen von versetzten oder gemischten CuO-Cr2O3 Oxiden auf die thermische Zersetzung von Ammoniumperchlorat (AP) untersucht. Die erhaltenen Ergebnisse zeigen, da\ die Abnahme an Defektelektronen von CuO-Katalysator, versetzt mit 1 mol% Cr3+, seine AktivitÄt vermindern, wÄhrend ein entgegengesetzter Effekt bei Cr2O3 beobachtet wird, das mit 1 mol% Cu2+ versetzt ist.

Durch Erhöhung der Konzentrationen beider Oxide zeigt der Katalysator bei der Zersetzung von AP die grö\te AktivitÄt bei einem Cr3+-Gehalt von 70 mol%. Mittels Röntgendiffraktion konnte bei dieser Zusammensetzung die Existenz von CuCr2O4 gezeigt werden. Die AktivitÄt dieser Spinellstruktur wurde durch einen Hüpfmechanismus zwischen Cr3+/Cr4+-aktiven Stellen erklÄrt. Weiterhin wurden die Aktivierungsenergien von verschiedenen Zersetzungsstufen von AP mit und ohne Katalysatoren berechnet.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. A. Said
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  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceUnited Arab Emirates UniversityAl-AinUAE

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