Oxidation of Metals

, Volume 62, Issue 3–4, pp 207–222 | Cite as

Oxidation Mechanism of Cu2O to CuO at 600–1050°C

  • Y. Zhu
  • K. Mimura
  • M. Isshiki


To clarify the oxidation mechanism of Cu2O to CuO, Cu2O oxidation was studied at 600–1050 °C under 1atm O2. The Cu2O specimens were prepared through completely oxidizing 99.99999 and 99.5 pure copper at 1000°C in an Ar + 1 O2 atmosphere. The oxidation kinetics of Cu2O specimens prepared from both purity levels followed the logarithmic law, not the parabolic law or the cubic law as reported in the literature. The activation energy for Cu2O oxidation is relatively high in the lower-temperature range, but becomes very small or even negative at higher temperatures. The logarithmic oxidation rate law can be explained by Davies et al.’s model related to grain-boundary diffusion in the oxide layers. The very small or negative activation energies in the higher-temperature range can be attributed to the very small thermodynamic driving force and the fast lateral growth of CuO grains related to a sintering effect. The influence of small amount of impurities is also discussed.

Oxidation CuO Cu2Oxidation rate law Grain-boundary diffusion Activation energies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. Zhu
    • 1
  • K. Mimura
    • 1
  • M. Isshiki
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced MaterialsTohoku UniversityJapan

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