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Some considerations on the structure, composition, and properties of Prussian blue: a contribution to the current discussion

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  1. Calculation for a Prussian blue cube with 10.2-nm edge length: one edge has 21 iron ions, one plane has 441 iron ions, the whole cube of soluble Prussian blue has 9261 iron ions, with 4630.5 Fe(III) and 4630.5 Fe(II) (Fe(III):Fe(II) = 1:1). In insoluble Prussian blue, this would be 4630.5 Fe(III) and because of 25% ferrocyanide vacancies only 3472.875 Fe(II) (Fe(III):Fe(II) = 4:3). On the surface of a 21 × 21 × 21 iron ion cube, there are 1201 Fe(III) ions. If we add 1201 additional Fe(II) for the insoluble to soluble conversion by ferrocyanide attachment to surface-Fe(III), we have 4630.5 Fe(III) and 4676.875 Fe(II) (Fe(III):Fe(II) = 1:1.01).

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The different drawings of the Prussian blue lattices were produced by the author by use of the program VESTA [153]. Thanks to the Corona crisis, I had the time to dive deep into the ocean of published research on Prussian blue and to write this article.

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Kraft, A. Some considerations on the structure, composition, and properties of Prussian blue: a contribution to the current discussion. Ionics 27, 2289–2305 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11581-021-04013-0

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