Thermochemistry of metal nitrides in the Ca/Zn/N system

James M. McHale, Glen R. Kowach, Alexandra Navrotsky, Francis J. DiSalvo

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The energetics of ternary oxide formation is reasonably well understood, but little is known of the energetics of ternary nitride formation. We have developed new procedures for high-temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry on metal nitrides and employed them to study compounds in the Ca/Zn/N system. The calorimetry utilized the easy reduction of MoO3 in the solvent to supply a pathway for rapid oxidation of "N3-" to N 2 gas. These experiments represent the first high-temperature solution calorimetry of ternary metal nitrides. The results indicate that Ca3N2 acts as a basic nitride analogous to CaO in oxide systems, while Zn3N2 acts as an acidic nitride ("N3-" acceptor) in this ternary nitride system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1514-1517
Number of pages4
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Calcium compounds
  • Calorimetry
  • Nitrides
  • Ternary metal nitrides
  • Zinc compounds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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