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Platinum Metals Rev., 1968, 12, (2), 67

ABSTRACTS: April 1968

of current literature on the platinum metals and their alloys



A Thermodynamic Study of the Heat of Ordering CuPt

g. w. geiken, USAEC Rept UCRL-17615, 1967, (June), 20 pp

Heat of formation of Cu-Pt plotted against temperature at 360−1155°K indicates that the alloy is disordered as it is heated. Heat of formation decreases from −4010 cal/g-atom at 360°K to −4140 cal/g-atom at 800°K; increases to −3070 cal/g-atom at ≍ 1100°K, the critical temperature, and gives a total ordering energy of 1510±100 cal/g-atom.

Atomic Structure and Ferromagnetism of the Regular Platinum-Manganese Alloys

s. k. sidorov and s. f. dubinin, Fiz. Metall. Metalloved., 1967, 24, (5), 859–867

Studies of regular 20−50 at.% Mn-Pt alloys revealed the structures of the cubic and tetragonal phases and defined their limits of concentration more precisely. The relation of mean magnetic moment on an atom to alloy composition was determined and was explained by the emergence of a complex noncollinear magnetic structure caused by an antiferromagnetic reaction between neighbouring Mn atoms.

Magnetic Properties of Intermetallic Compounds between the Lanthanides and Platinum

w. e. wallace and y. g. vlasov, Inorg. Chem., 1967, 6, (12), 2216–2219

Magnetic properties, particularly in the paramagnetic region, were measured for LnPt2 compounds with C15(MgCu2) structure, where Ln = Pr, Nd, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, or Er. Effective movement μeff for paramagnetic LnPt2 is close to the value for Ln3+, but, in GdPt2, μeff is 2% greater owing to conduction electron polarisation effects. Pt in LnPt2 is nonmagnetic. Low moments in the ferromagnetic state indicate incomplete saturation. All the LnPt2 compounds become ferromagnetic at 4.2°K, except PrPt2 which may be a Van Vleck paramagnet at 4.2°K.

Lorenz Number of Pure Palladium at Low Temperatures

j. t. schriempf, Phys. Rev. Lett., 1967, 19, (19), 1131–1133

Measurements of the ideal electrical and thermal resistivities of Pd at 2.5−19°K yield an ideal Lorenz number Li = 0.7 × 10−8 V2/deg2, which is independent of temperature below ≍ 5°K. Comparison with data for Re and Ni indicates that low-temperature values of Li are parameters characteristic of each metal.

Magnetic Moment of Pd to 150 kG: Limits of Exchange Enhancement in Pd

s. foner and e. j. mcniff, Ibid., (25), 1438–1441

Magnetic moment of Pd at 4.2°K is a linear function of magnetic field up to 150 kG. Experiments based on Wohlfarth’s analysis of the high-field enhanced paramagnetism of Pd showed the limits of exchange enhancement for Pd and an increase in the minimum field for field-induced ferromagnetism in Pd.

On the Diffusion of Hydrogen and Deuterium in Palladium and Pd Alloys. I. Gas-volumetric Measurements

g. bohmholdt and e. wicke, Z. phys. Chem. (Frankfurt ), 1967, 56, (3/4), 133–154

Volumetric studies of the solubility of H2 and D2 and of their diffusion rates in Pd and in up to 40% Ag-Pd foils at 20−100°C showed that solubility increases with Ag content at low pressure but decreases with increasing pressure and that diffusion is hindered at higher pressure. The kinetics of this hindrance were evaluated. D2 had lower activation energy than H2.

II. Electrochemical Methods

g. holleck and e. wicke, Ibid., 155–172

Electrochemical studies at 0−80°C gave similar results to the above. Sn-Pd alloys as well as Ag-Pd were considered.

Viscosity of Alloys on the Basis of Palladium and Silver

e. l. dubinin, o. a. esin, n. a. vatolin and a. a. kuranov, Zh. neorg. Khim., 1967, 12, (11), 3156–3158

Composition diagrams were compared with composition-viscosity relationships at various temperatures for the systems Pd-Ag, Pd-Cr, Pd-Si and Ag-Si. Viscosity increases with increasing % Pd in Pd-Ag alloys at 1600 and 1650°C. Pd-Cr alloys at 1600−1700°C possess minimum viscosity at 63% Pd, corresponding to the eutectic point. Pd-Si alloys possess viscosity maxima at compositions corresponding to PdSi and Pd2Si but, as the temperature rises from 1400 to 1600°C, these maxima are smoothed, which indicates partial dissociation.

Investigation of the Application of Spinodal Theory to the Palladium-Iridium System

g. walter, USAEC Rept UCRL – 17470, 1967, (May), 34 pp

No classic spinodal decomposition occurred in 44 at.% Ir-Pd despite long ageing times. Hardness, microstructure and X-ray tests studied existing spinodal theory for the alloy, and ageing took place well below the predicted critical temperature. Modified theory is based upon effects of differing elastic moduli of Ir and Pd, for Ir has five times the modulus of Pd.

Striction Susceptibility of an Alloy near the Fe3Pd Composition in Weak Magnetic Fields

z. i. alizade, Izv. Akad. Nauk Turkm. SSR, Ser. Fiz.-tekh. Khim. Geol. Nauk, 1967, (2), 113–114

Following annealing for 1 h at 600−800°C and slow cooling to room temperature, the magnetostriction susceptibility of 60 wt.% Fe-Pd and of Ni was determined and showed maxima of 200 and 80 units respectively. 60 wt.% Fe-Pd has advantages over Permendur-type alloys.

On the Mechanism of the Antiferro-ferromagnetic Transition in the System of Ordered Fe(PdxPt1x)3 Alloys

v. v. klyushin, v. v. kelarev, s. k. sidorov, r. z. abdulov and r. v. pospelova, Dokl. Akad. Nauk SSSR, 1967, 176, (5) 1056–1058

Tests confirmed that the antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic transition in Fe(PdxPt1−x)3 alloys occurs by a complex magnetic structural change involving noncollinear orientation of atomic magnetic moments. The cases of FePt3 and FePd3 are discussed. Pd and Pt have opposite tendencies in the ternary alloys. 0−37 at.% Pd alloys show antiferromagnetic FePt3 structure, 55−75 at.% Pd alloys show ferromagnetic FePd3 structure, and 37−55 at.% Pd alloys have the complex structure with noncollinear orientation of the moments of the alloy components.

Neutron-diffraction Study of Antiferro-ferromagnetic Transition in a System of Ordered Fe(PdxPt1−x)3 Alloys

v. v. kelarev, s. k. sidorov, v. v. klyushin and r. z. abdulov, Phys. Status Solidi, 1967, 24, (1), 385–390

Studies of the antiferro-ferromagnetic transition in ordered Fe(PdxPt1−x)3 alloys by analysis of the dependence of the intensity of the (100) ferromagnetic reflexion on the average magnetic moment per atom of the alloys showed that it occurs by a set of complex magnetic structures with a noncollinear orientation of the atomic magnetic moment of the components.

Equiatomic Transition Metal Alloys of Manganese. VI. Structural and Magnetic Properties of Pd-Mn Phases

a. kjekshus, r. møllerud, a. f. andresen and w. b. pearson, Phil. Mag., 1967, 16, (143), 1063–1083

Studies of 40−66 at.% Pd-Mn alloys show that CsCl-type cubic PdMn is stable only at high temperatures, is homogeneous at ∼40 −∼50 at.% Pd at 685°C, and is paramagnetic, whereas CuAuI-type tetragonal PdMn is homogeneous at 45±1 to 65.5 at.% Pd according to temperature, is paramagnetic above 825±10°K for ∼50 at.% Pd to 290±10°K for 66 at.% Pd, and is antiferromagnetic below these temperatures. The magnetic cell structure is discussed.

Metallurgical Problems with the Hot Working of Rhodium and Iridium

g. reinacher, Z. Metallkunde, 1967, 58, (12), 831–836, 839–840

The low ductility of Rh and Ir compared to other f.c.c. noble metals makes working of them difficult but a review of theory and experiments to elucidate their brittle behaviour suggests that purification to 99.999% and transformation of the normal polygonal structure to fibrous or single crystal structure leads to enhanced ductility. However, this enhancement is limited by the high shear modulus of Rh and Ir.

Superconductivity and Specific Heat of Titanium-Rhodium Alloys

g. dummer and e. oftedal, Z. Physik, 1967, 208, (3), 238–248

Specific heats of 0−10 at.% Rh-Ti alloys were measured at 0.9−8°K and transition temperatures of hexagonal 0−2 at.% Rh-Ti and cubic 3−10 at.% Rh-Ti were determined by calorimetry. Both transition temperature and electronic specific heat increase with % Rh. Influence of cooling rate on transition temperature was studied. Unlike Hf2Rh and Zr2Rh, Ti2Rh is not superconducting down to 1.2°K.

Thermodynamic Properties of Hexagonal Close-packed (hcp) Iron and Iron-Ruthenium Alloys

g. l. stepakoff and l. kaufman, U.S. Rept AD 650,151, 1967, (April), 37 pp; Acta Metall., 1968, 16, (1), 13–22

Results of measurements on h.c.p. Fe-Ru alloys of specific heat at 60−300°K, and of vapour pressure of Fe over f.c.c. and h.c.p. Fe-Ru alloys at 1600°K, were used to describe the lattice stability of h.c.p. Fe and the thermodynamic properties of the Fe-Ru system. Earlier theory is supported by the vibrational entropy of h.c.p. Fe exceeding that of the b.c.c. form.

A New Structure Type with Octahedral Pairs for Rh2S3, Rh2Se3 and Ir2S3

e. parthé, d. hohnke and f. hulliger, Acta Cryst., 1967, 23, (5), 832–840

Rh2S3 has a space group Pbcn(D2h14) and lattice constants a = 8.462, b = 5.985, c = 6.138Å. The Rh atoms possess octahedral coordination. Four Rh atoms surround each S atom at the vertices of a distorted tetrahedron. Rh2S3 is isotypical with Rh2Se3 and Ir2S3. A complete range of solid solubility exists between Rh2S3 and Rh2Se3.

Decomposition Pressures and Enthalpies of Formation of Some Transition Metal Diarsenides and Diselenides

j. j. murray and r. d. heyding, Can. J. Chem., 1967, 45, (22), 2675–2687

Studies of the decomposition pressures of PtAs2, OsAs2, RuSe2, and OsSe2 as a function of temperature by the torsion effusion technique, and of the heats and entropies of decomposition gave as heats of formation, at 298°K, −42.0±3.5, −18.5±2.0, −32.5±5.0, −4.29±3.5 kcal/mole respectively. Phase relationships of Pt-As, Os-As, Ru-Se, and Os-Se at 850−1250°C were studied.

Constitution Diagrams of Plutonium with Metals of Groups IIIA, IVA, VIII and IB

v. i. kutaitsev, n. t. chebotarev, m. a. andrianov, v. n. konev, i. g. lebedev, v. i. bagrova, a. v. beznosikova, a. a. kruglov, p. n. petrov and e. s. smotritskaya, Atomnaya Energiya, 1967, 23, (6), 511–520

Sixteen constitution diagrams of Pu alloys are collected in this article and include those of Pu-Ir, Pu-Pd, Pu-Pt, Pu-Rh, and Pu-Ru.


Semiconducting d8 Metal Complexes Found

Chem. engng News, 1967, 45, (52, Dec. 11), 50–51

Studies of transition metal complexes in which the metal has planar d8 configuration showed that single crystals of the groups of compounds [Ir(CO)2acac] and [Rh(CO)2acac], [Pt(NH3)4]2+ [PtCl4]2− and [Pt(NH3)4]2+[PdCl4]2− are particularly suitable for electrical measurements. Workers at Research Triangle Institute, University of North Carolina and Manchester University have studied the structures and physical properties of these compounds, which appear to be intrinsic semiconductors, leading to intermetallic polymers capable of being tailored to specific physical and electrical requirements.

Mass Spectrometric-Knudsen Cell Study of the Gaseous Oxides of Platinum

j. h. norman, h. g. staley and w. e. bell, J. phys. Chem., 1967, 71, (11), 3686–3689

These studies confirmed the species PtO2(g) and established the existence of PtO(g). Thermodynamic data for their formation are recorded and enthalpy data for the vaporisation of Pt.

Preliminary Investigations in the Systems Au-O, Rh-O and Pt-O at High Oxygen Pressures

o. muller and r. roy, Extended Abstr., 1967 Fall Mtg, Basic Sci. Div., Am. Ceram Soc., 5–B–67F Studies on the systems at up to 900°C, 3000 atm.O2 showed that, whereas Rh2O3 is stable at 1 atm.O2, RhO2 is the stable phase at slightly higher pressures. RhO2 has rutile structure with a = 4.489, c = 3.090Å. In the Pt-O system, hexagonal α-PtO2 appears stable at lower temperatures and higher O2 pressures while β-PtO2 is formed at 650−750°C, 2000 atm. O2. Pt3O4 is formed at 680−780°C, 200–500 atm. and has cubic NaPt3O4 structure with a = 5.585Å and Na positions vacant. An intermediate phase of stoichiometry between PtO2 and Pt3O4 has also been detected. The α-PtO2β -PtO2 transition is unusual in involving the break up of peroxide-type O-O bonds.

Synthesis of Thallium Platinate at High Pressure

h. r. hoekstra and s. siegel, Inorg. Chem., 1968, 7, (1), 141–145

Tl2Pt2O7, prepared by reacting Tl2O3 with Pt or PtO2 at 1000°C, 40 kbar, is a brown solid insoluble in aqua regia and thermally stable to 750°C at 1 atm. The f.c.c. lattice has a = 10.132±0.004Å. Measured density is 11.12 g/cm3. Pt-O and Tl-O bond lengths and structure are discussed. The infrared spectrum has maxima at 684, 562, 449 and 363 cm−1.

The Dissociation Energies of the Molecules PtC and RhC

a. vander auwera-mahieu and j. drowart, Chem. phys. Lett., 1967, 1, (8), 311–313

Mass spectrometric studies of the Pt-C and Rh-C systems showed that the dissociation energies of the gaseous molecules of PtC and RhC are respectively 145.3±1.5 and 138.5±1.5 kcal/mole.

Structural Investigations on Rhodium Halides

k. brodersen, g. thiele and i. recke, J. less-common Metals, 1968, 14, (1), 151–152

X-ray, magnetic and thermal studies on RhBr3 and RhI3 showed that their monoclinic crystals have lattice structures: RhBr3, a = 6.27±0.01, b = 10.85±0.01, c = 6.35±0.01Å, β = 109.0°; RhI3 a = 6.77±0.02, b = 11.72±0.02, c = 6.83±0.02Å, β = 109.3°. Atomic positions and distances were recorded.

The Formation of Complexes of Molecular Nitrogen with Compounds of Ruthenium and Osmium

yu. g. borod’ko, a. k. shilova and a. e. shilov, Dokl. Akad. Nauk SSSR, 1967, 176, (6), 1297–1299

Infrared spectral studies showed that N2 is coordinated to Ru and Os atoms during the reductions of RuCl3 and RuOHCl3 in tetrahydrofuran by Zn amalgam, C2H5MgBr, or C6H5MgBr and of OsOHCl3 in similar conditions. The N2 complexes are similar to [M(NH3)5N2]X2, where M = Ru, Os; X = Br, I, BF4, produced by the action of N2H4 hydrates on RuCl3, etc. The stability and bonding of these nitrogenyl complexes have been studied using 15N labelling.

Ruthenium Complexes Containing Molecular Nitrogen

a. d. allen, f. bottomley, r. o. harris, v. p. reinsalu and c. v. senoff, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1967, 89, (22), 5595–5599

[Ru(NH3)5N2]2+ complexes were prepared by the action of N2H4 hydrate on Ru(III) or Ru(IV) salts, or by the action of azide ion on aquopentaammineruthenium (III). Various Ru(II) and Ru(III) ammine complexes could be derived. The reported properties of [Ru(NH3)5N2]2+ salts are discussed.

The Formation of Ru(NH3)5N22+ in Aqueous Solution by Direct Action of Molecular Nitrogen

d. e. harrison and h. taube, Ibid., 5706–5707

The preparation of [Ru(NH3)5N2]2+ is possible between N2 and [Ru(NH3)5H2O]2+ in aqueous solution at room temperature.


The Oxygen Electrode on Noble Metals

j. p. hoare, Advan. Electrochem. electrochem. Engng, 1967, 6, 201–288

A review of the reactions between O2 and electrodes of Pt, Au, Pd, Rh, Ir and various alloys. (327 references.)

Investigation of the Adsorption of Hydrogen on Platinum Metals at Various Temperatures

r. v. marvet and o. a. petrii, Elektrokhimiya, 1967, 3, (12), 1445–1449

Adsorption of H2 on Raney Os and Ir electrodes surfaced with Rh and Ru was measured and analysed by charging curves at 20−95°C using 1N H2SO4 and 1N NaOH electrolytes.

The Electrochemical Activation of Platinum Electrodes

s. d. james, J. Electrochem. Soc., 1967, 114, (11), 1113–1119

A review of mechanisms for the electrochemical activation of Pt electrodes led to experiments which showed that impurity desorption is the most important result of conventional brief activation. A second type of activation may exist, produced by prolonged preoxidation and possessing very stable activity. (57 references.)

On the Mechanism of Methanol Oxidation on a Platinum-Ruthenium Electrode

v. s. entina and o. a. petrii, Elektrokhimiya, 1967, 3, (10), 1237–1240

CH3OH was oxidised in both H2SO4 and KOH solutions over Pt-Ru and platinised Pt electrodes and results were plotted and compared. Graphs demonstrate the effects of the rate of electro-oxidation to the potential of the rate of oxidation to the concentration of CH3OH, of the surface coverage of the electrodes to the potential, and also the effect of stationary polarisation.

Comparison of the Properties of Compact and Dispersed Platinum-Ruthenium Electrodes

Ibid., 1968, 4, (1), 111–114

Further work is recorded on 10, 20, 30 and 40% Ru-Pt electrodes, which were tested by plotting potentiostatic anodic and cathodic curves for each in the compact and dispersed forms in H2SO4 solutions.


Protecting Refractory Metal at High Temperature

r. e. engdahl, j. r. bedell and c. e. kroha, Mater. Protection, 1967, 6, (10), 49–51

A system is described which offers 2–5 h oxidation protection for W at 2000°C in air. The refractory metal is electroplated with Ir and sprayed with ZrO2 as a surface coating.

Electrodeposition of Iridium from Fused Sodium Cyanide and Aqueous Electrolytes. A Preliminary Study

r. l. andrews, c. b. kenahan and d. schlain, U.S. Bur. Mines RI–7023, 1967, (Sept.), 12 pp

Metals such as W and Mo, which oxidise rapidly at high temperatures, can be protected by plating adherent and coherent deposits of Ir up to 15 mils thick from a fused NaCN bath at 600°C, 10−100 mA/cm2. Pure Ir protects Mo up to 1000°C in flowing air but above this temperature the volatility of its oxide prevents its use. Coatings up to 4 mils thick of Ir-Pt, Ir-Pd and Ir-Rh alloys may offer protection above 1000°C. Aqueous electrolytes are unsuitable as they lead to low deposition rates and cracking of heavy deposits.


How to Grow King Size Single Crystal YIGs

j. r. chabria, Ceram. Ind., 1967, 89, (5), 52–54

Single crystals of Y3Fe5O12, Y3Ga5O12 and Y3AlxFe5−xO12 are grown in a 3.5% Rh-Pt crucible by prolonged and carefully controlled heating at 2500°C. High purity oxides are the starting materials. The crucible is also of the highest purity to avoid chemical interaction and contamination of the crystals.

Apparatus for Making Sharp Photographic Images with X-Rays

h. f. sherwood, Rev. sci. Instrum., 1967, 38, (11), 1619–1622

The jaws of the knife-edge slit for making sharp photographic images with X-rays are fabricated from 10% Ir-Pt. Their manufacture and mounting, and the operation of the apparatus, are described.

Comparison of Tips, Thin Wires and Sharp Metal Edges as Emitters for Field Ionisation Mass Spectrometry

h. d. beckey, h. krone and f. w. roellgen, J. sci. Instrum., J. Phys. E., 1968, 1, (2), 118–120

Although tips give twice the field strength of wires, the latter are preferable for analytical purposes because of their larger emitter area and give more than ten times the field strength of a sharp metal edge. To reduce the breakages of wire by the mechanical forces exerted by the high electrical field, 2.5 μm Pt wires were strengthened by whisker growing. Uniform quality Wollaston wire of high tensile strength is necessary. A compensating electrode reduces the mechanical forces on the wire. The length of etched Wollaston wire has been reduced to 1.5–2.0 mm.


Noble Metal Catalysts in the Fine Chemicals Industry

g. c. bond, Chem. and Ind., 1967, (48, Dec. 2), 2018–2025

A review of the uses of Pt metals in heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis. Topics discussed include the choices of metal, support, and conditions of reaction. Other topics include evaluation of catalysts, the trickle column reactor, and the economics of using these catalysts. (17 references.)

Catalytic Conversions of Hydrocarbons

b. a. kazanskii, Kinet. Kataliz, 1967, 8, (5), 977–993

A review of the hydrogenolysis of C3-C8, C12 and C15 cyclic hydrocarbons on Pt metal and Ni catalysts, and of the dehydrocyclisation of paraffins to form aromatic and bicyclic compounds using Pt, Pd and Ni catalysts. 50 years of work by kazanskii and his colleagues is reported. (69 references.)

Catalytic Properties of the Pt + Ag System

m. a. indzhikyan, Arm. khim. Zh., 1967, 20, (5), 349–352

The activity of Pt-Ag metallic catalysts for C6H6 hydrogenation decreases with increasing Ag content until it is zero at 25 at.% Ag because d levels in Pt are filled by electrons from Ag.

Catalytic Properties of the Pt + Cu System

Ibid., 353–357

The activity of Pt-Cu metallic catalysts for C6H6 hydrogenation decreases with increasing Cu content until it is zero at 75 at.% Cu because d levels in Pt are filled by electrons from Cu.

Study of the Adsorption and Energetic Properties of Metallic Catalysts. I. Specific Surface of Catalysts

a. a. balandin, v. i. spitsyn, l. i. barsova, a. e. agronomov and n. p. dobrosel’skaya, Zh. fiz. Khim., 1967, 41, (10), 2623–2628

Specific surfaces of Pt, Pd, Rh and Ru blacks are compared by the BET method with C6H6 and Kr adsorption, and by the electrochemical methods from the capacity of the double layer region and the amount of H2 adsorbed. The double layer region method gives higher results than the H2 adsorption method. There is a reciprocal relation between the mean size of the crystallites in the blacks and the specific surface.

The Retention of Hydrogen by Supported Metal Catalysts

g. f. taylor, s. j. thomson and g. webb, J. Catalysis, 1967, 8, (4), 388–390

He treatment of Al2O3-supported catalysts does not remove all the reactive H2 from the surface. Less remains on Pt/Al2O3 than on Pd/Al2O3 or Rh/Al2O3 although the total amount of H2 retained on Pt/Al2O3 is similar to that on Rh/Al2O3 and greater than that on Pd/Al2O3. There is less self-hydrogenation of C2H4 on Pd/Al2O3 than on Rh/Al2O3.

The Study of Catalysts and Adsorbents by the Thermal Desorption Method. II. Platinised Alumina

t. s. ustinova, a. p. filonenko and i. v. krylova, Zh. fiz. Khim., 1967, 41, (11), 2941–2943.

There exists for Pt/Al2O3 a direct connection between the amount of adsorbed gas and the intensity of exoelectronic emission. Maxima on curves of temperature against emission, for Pt/Al2O3, depend on the existence of centres on the Al2O3 surface which are activated by adsorption of H2O and O2. Tests were carried out in the range 20−3000°C.

Investigation of the State of Platinum in Platinum Catalysts for Dehydrocyclisation by the Extraction Method

n. r. bursian, s. b. kogan and z. a. davydova, Kinet. Kataliz, 1967, 8, (6), 1283–1289

Pt dehydrocyclisation catalysts treated by air at 20−800°C and by H2 at 250−550°C were studied by extraction methods, which showed that, in reduced Pt/Al2O3, the Pt bonded chemically to Cl and Al2O3 has specific activity for the formation and closing of ring compounds but does not catalyse the dehydrogenation of cyclohexane.

Investigation of the Selectivity of Platinum Catalysts on Various Supports in the Hydrogenolysis of Methylcyclopentane

v. v. voronin, kh. m. minachev and i. i. levitskii, Izv. Akad. Nauk SSSR, Ser. Khim., 1967, (12), 2616–2619

H2 treatment up to 550°C of Pt/zeolite, Pt/SiO2 and Pt/C catalysts does not alter their selectivity for hydrogenation of methylcyclopentane. The C5 ring is split away from the side chain. Activity is either decreased or remains constant. Similar treatment of Pt/Al2O3 causes a sharp increase in activity and a change in selectivity so that the C5 ring is split at the bond adjacent to the CH3 group. The change is caused by changes in the Al2O3, e.g. as a result of dehydration.

Chemisorption and Catalysis on Platinised Silica. III. Chemisorption of Oxygen

v. s. boronin, v. s. nikulina and o. m. poltorak, Zh. fiz. Khim., 1967, 41, (10), 2668–2674

Studies at 20−470°C, 10−3−1.5 mm Hg on the sorption of O2 on Pt/SiO2 with various amounts of Pt form the basis for a method of measuring the Pt surface by the chemisorption of O2.

Vapour-phase Hydrogenation of Benzene on Pt/Asbestos Catalyst with Control of Catalyst Potential

n. i. utegulov, v. s. druz’ and d. v. sokol’skii, Ibid., (12), 3128–3131

The possibility of measuring the catalyst potential during vapour-phase hydrogenation of C6H6 on Pt/asbestos was studied. Equilibrium and stationary catalyst potentials, and catalyst activity, depend on catalyst pretreatment and perhaps on processes of exchange adsorption on the support. The limiting factor is activation and reactivation of H2 weakly bonded to the support. The apparent order of the reaction depends on the gaseous phase ratio C6H6:H2.

Effect of Noble Metal Concentration upon the Isomerisation Activity of Molecular Sieve Zeolite Catalysts

m. a. lanewala, p. e. pickert and a. p. botton, J. Catalysis, 1967, 9, (1), 95–97

Tests on isomerisation of N -C6H14 showed that the optimum catalyst concentiations for methylpentane formation were 0.05 wt.% Pd or 0.10 wt.% Pt, and for dimethylbutane formation were 0.25 wt.% Pd and ∼0.40 wt.% Pt. The metals are equally effective when compared on an atomic wt.% basis. Results suggest that ion exchange incorporation of noble metals on to zeolites gives high, almost atomic, dispersion. The Pt(NH3)4Cl2.H2O and Pd(NH3)4Cl2 salts introduced Pt(NH3)42+ and Pd(NH3)42+ ions into the zeolite and calcining deposited the metal atoms.

Metal Sulphide Catalysts for Hydrogenation of Halonitrobenzenes to Haloanilines

h. greenfield and f. s. dovell, J. org. Chem., 1967, 32, (11), 3670–3671

Hydrogenations of chloro- and bromo-substituted nitrobenzenes over metal sulphide catalysts showed that Pt sulphide is probably best because of its good selectivity and commercial availability. Sulphides of Ni and Pd are satisfactory for reduction of chloronitro- but not bromonitroaromatic compounds. Pt sulphide was also suitable for quantitative hydrogenation of 2,5-dichloronitrobenzene to 2,5-dichloroaniline. p -Nitrochlorobenzene reacted with H2 and CH3COCH3 over Rh sulphide to form N -isopropyl-p -chloroaniline.

Liquid-phase Hydrogenation of Organic Compounds on Mixed Ruthenium Catalysts. Ruthenium-Platinum Catalysts

d. v. sokol’skii, k. k. dzhardamalieva, a. g. sarmurzina and t. tonmanov, Dokl. Akad. Nauk SSSR, 1967, 176, (5), 1093–1095

Tests showed that two maxima occur on each graph of catalyst activity against alloy composition for liquid-phase hydrogenations of a number of organic compounds on Ru-Pt catalysts. These maxima are related to the nature of the reduced compound, and to the solvent used in the case of the maximum at the higher Ru concentration. The surface area decreases with increasing Ru content.

Catalytic Reduction of Waste Nitrogen Oxides

s. jaroš and j. křížek, Chem. Prumsyl, 1967, 17, (11), 581–586

Pt/Al2O3 and Pd/Al2O3 pellet or bead catalysts have the greatest activity for reduction of nitrogen oxides, according to laboratory tests. Gases with low ignition and operating temperatures are most suitable for reduction of the oxides. High temperature affects the catalyst adversely; its life is reduced and more catalyst is needed because of the lower space velocity. Results of this work form the basis for a new reactor design.

On the Catalytic Properties of Platinum Group Metals and their Alloys Containing Palladium

r. g. davlesupova and d. v. sokol’skii, Kinet. Kataliz, 1967, 8, (6), 1378–1381

A study of the activity of the Pt group metals, Re, and Pd3Me-type alloys as catalysts for the reduction of dimethylethynylcarbinol in H2O, 96% C2H5OH and 0.1 N KOH in H2O or C2H5OH at 10−40°C showed that the alloys possess more activity than Raney catalysts of the individual elements. Raney Ru, Os, Re and Ir were completely inactive. The rate of the process was lower in alkaline solution. In the alcoholic alkaline solution the process was checked at the semireduction stage.

The Effect of Sulphur-organic Compounds on the Purification of Gases from Nitric Oxide and Acetylene by the Method of Catalytic Hydrogenation

t. a. semenova, m. i. markina, t. n. lileikina, n. b. gorbacheva and a. v. gerasimova, Khim. Promyshlennost’, 1967, 43, (10), 10–13

Thiophene, ethylmercaptan and CS2 all reduce the degree of hydrogenation of NO over Pd-Ru catalysts. CS2 has the greatest deactivation effect. CS2 also reduces the activity of Pd catalysts more than Ru-Pd catalysts for hydrogenation of C2H4 and C2H2. However, the degree of hydrogenation of C2H4 is reduced far more than that of C2H2, hence Pd catalyst is more selective. Mercaptans do not form between H2S and C2H2 or C2H4 in N2 but ethylmercaptan is formed in a H2 atmosphere as the product of reaction between C2H2 and C2H4 with CS2 formed by hydrogenation of S-organic compounds.

Catalytic Conversions of Alkyl Derivatives of the Benzene and Naphthalene Series under Pressure of Hydrogen in a Flowing System

n. g. bekauri, n.i. shuikin and t. s. shakarashvili, Kinet. Kataliz, 1967, 8, (6), 1275–1282

Studies of dehydrocyclisations of N -octyl and dodecylbenzene, and of 2-N -butyl and 2-N -octylnaphthalene, in the presence of 0.5% Pd/clay or of activated clay at 450°C, 30 atm. H2 in a flowing system showed that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons with high capacity for luminescence are formed. The yield rose as the molecular weight of the aromatic ring increased.

The Catalytic Activity of Rhodium in Relation to its State of Dispersion

d. j. c. yates and j. h. sinfelt, J. Catalysis, 1967, 8, (4), 348–358

Studies of the catalytic activity of Rh for hydrogenolysis of C2H6, using Rh/SiO2 and Rh as catalysts, showed that the specific catalytic activities of unsupported Rh and of severely calcined Rh/SiO2 are much lower than those of well-dispersed Rh crystallites 40 Å or smaller. Catalytic activity ultimately falls again when the dispersion is extremely fine.

Ruthenium Catalysts for the Liquid-phase Hydrogenation of Sulpholene

n. m. sinitsyn, a. v. mashkina and yu. a. savostin, Neftekhimiya, 1967, 7, (5), 785–789

Ru catalysts, with high activity for liquid-phase hydrogenation of sulpholene and sulpholane, are more effective when prepared by applying potassium ruthenate to C than RuCl3 to the support. 5% Ru catalysts were tested on a number of supports and are shown to enhance the activity of Pt/Al2O3.

Polymethylene Synthesis from Carbon Monoxide and Hydrogen on Ruthenium Catalysts. Part 11. On the Influence of Physical Factors on the Formation of High Molecular Weight Products

h. pichler and w. burgert, Brennstoff-chem., 1968, 49, (1), 5–9

Discontinuous synthesis for paraffin formation at various temperatures and pressures of the reacting gases showed that stirrers of special shape increased the exchange of gas at the double bond. At 1000−2500°C, this exchange was pressure-independent, unlike the molecular weight of polymethylene. At < 100°C, 2000 atm. the molecular weight of the polymethylene produced was > 200,000.


The Reactivity of Pt(II) Complexes in the Oxidation of Carbon Monoxide in Aqueous Solutions

n. k. eremenko, k. i. matveev and l. n. rachkovskaya, Kinet. Kataliz, 1967, 8, (6), 1246–1251

K2PtX4 complexes in the oxidation of CO show decreasing reactivity in the order: PtI42− > PtBr42− > Pt(CNS)42− ≍ PtCl42− > Pt(NO2)42− > Pt(NH3)42+ > Pt(CN)42−.

Application of the Mobile Equilibrium of Isomerisation to the Polymerisation of Olefin Mixtures. I. Prototropic Displacement by Salts and Complexes of Noble Metals

n. h. phung, y. chauvin and g. lefebvre, Bull. Soc. chim. Fr., 1967, (10), 3618–3626

The addition of TiCl3 to PdCl2 produced a new catalytic system more active than PdCl2 alone. It encouraged different stoichiometry in the polymer.

Olefin Oxidation with Palladium(II) Catalyst in Solution

a. aguiló, Advan. Organometall. Chem., 1967, 5, 321–352

A review of process for the oxidation of C2H4 and other olefins using Pd(II) catalysts in aqueous and non-aqueous solvents. The Pd-olefin complexes are considered as reaction intermediates and their structures and mechanisms are examined. (85 references.)

The Catalytic Activity of π-Complexes of Straight-chain Olefins with Palladium Chloride

g. pregaglia, m. donati and f. conti, Chim. e Ind., 1967, 49, (12), 1277–1283

The π-complexes were synthesised by direct interaction of PdCl2 with straight-chain olefins or by exchange between (CnH2nPdCl2)2 π-complexes and other olefins. Exchange with 1,5-cyclooctadiene displaces the coordinated olefin with unchanged configuration. When PdCl2 dissolves in α-olefins the free olefin isomerises until the trans : cis ratio is greater than one, a result due perhaps to different rates of reaction of the α-olefin with the cis - and trans- π-complexes. An intramolecular mechanism for rearrangement of the π-complex of an α-olefin is inferred from the lack of isomerisation of the olefin while entering or leaving the complex.

Organic Syntheses by Means of Noble Metal Compounds. XXXIII. Carbonylation of Azobenzene-palladium Chloride Complexes

h. takahashi and j. tsuji, J. Organometall. Chem., 1967, 10, (3), 511–517

The preparation and carbonylation of PdCl2 complexes of several symmetrically and asymmetrically substituted azobenzenes took place smoothly under mild conditions. Study of their structure indicated that PdCl2 formed a σ bond with the benzene ring by electrophilic substitution, substitutes exerting inductive influences. The carbonylation mechanism was not clear.

Polymerisation by Transition Metal Derivatives. IV. Investigations on the Mechanism of Butadiene Polymerisation by Rhodium Salts

r. dauby, f. dawans and p. teyssié, J. polymer Sci., Part C, polymer Symposia, 1967, (16), 1989–2000

Tests on the polymerisation of butadiene using RhCl3 as catalyst showed the effects of catalyst concentration, different activation energies, requirements in emulsifier structure and concentration, and the effects of other diolefins. Mixtures of butadiene and piperylene were also polymerised.

Rhodium Complexes for Allene Polymerisation in Polar Media

s. otsuka and a. nakamura, J. polymer Sci.,

Part B, polymer Lett., 1967, 5, (10), 973–975

Polyallenes are produced in high yield at relatively low temperatures and pressures in polar solvents using as catalysts the Rh complexes [RhCl(CO)2]2, [RhCl(C2H4)2]2, [RhCl(PPh3)3] and [RhCl(PPh3)2]2. The rate of polymerisation is faster with [RhBr(CO)2]2 than with [RhCl(CO)2]2, and [Rhacac(C2H4)2] is also effective in C2H5OH as solvent. Ru complexes, such as RuCl3.nH2O, RuCl3-PPh3 and RuCl2(PPh3)3, catalyse allene polymerisation similarly but Pd complexes, such as Pd(PPh3)4 and PdCl2-SnCl2, are ineffective.

Polymerisation of Allene with Rhodium Complexes

s. otsuka, a. nakamura and k. tani, Kogyo Kagaku Zasshi, 1967, 70, (11), 2007–2011, A121 Most active catalysts for polymerisation of allenes to a regular structure were combinations of Rh(I) with appropriate donor ligands, e.g. [RhCl(CO)2]2−2PPh3. Almost quantitative polymerisation is possible in 95% C2H5OH at 60−70°C in < 5h. Studies of the reaction mechanism suggest insertion of π-coordinated allene monomer to the asymmetric π-allyl- or σ-π-allyl-metal bonding.

The Catalytic Hydrogenation and Deuteration of Steroids in Homogeneous Phase

w. voelter and c. djerassi, Chem. Ber., 1968, 101, (1), 58–68

Olefin reduction by (PPh3)3RhCl suggested a new method for specific hydrogenation of double bonds in steroids. The effects of the solvent, the pressure and the rate of reaction on reactions at the C=C double bonds of steroids were studied. D2 labelling depended on the solvent and on the catalyst concentration.


An Intermediate Temperature Fuel Cell. Operation on Hydrogen and Oxygen. Operation on Dilute Hydrogen, Carbonaceous Fuels, and Dilute Oxygen

w. b. mather and a. n. webb, Ind. engng Chem., Process Design Dev., 1968, 7, (1), 11–15, 15–21

Fuel cells with BPO4-H3PO4 paste electrolyte and Pt/Ta or Pt/C electrodes were operated continuously on H2 and O2 at 200°C for up to 3 months and produced up to 110 mw/cm2, although 65−70 mw/cm2 was more usual. The thermally stable electrolyte rejects CO2, has high ionic conductivity and good mechanical properties and needs no regeneration with H2O. Pt/Ta gauze electrodes were 20% superior to Pt/porous C. Similar cells operated on dilute H2, steam-reformed CH3OH and shifted CO gave 70−90% the performance of those on pure H2. Carbonaceous fuels including hydrocarbons led to lower efficiency due to high activation polarisation, partly caused by oxidation of Pt anode. When operated on steam-reformed CH3OH and air, the cell produced 45 mw/cm2.

The Effect of Preoxidation and Meniscus Shape on the Hydrogen-Platinum Anode of a Molten-carbonate Fuel Cell

j. t. cobb and l. f. albright, J. Electrochem. Soc., 1968, 115, (1), 2–6

Studies at 723°K of a H2-O2 fuel cell with Pt electrodes and molten electrolyte, composed of a eutectic mixture of Li, K and Na carbonates, showed that smooth Pt anodes are activated by preoxidation to give bigger currents. Contact angle of unactivated Pt with the eutectic is 90°, of activated Pt is 0° and decreases with deactivation. H2 diffuses to the reaction site along the Pt/molten carbonate interface and/or diffusion through the Pt but not appreciably through the molten carbonate film above the meniscus.


The Process of Activated Sintering of Tungsten with Palladium Additives

g. v. samsonov and v. i. yakovlev, Porosh. Metall., 1967, 7, (7), 45–49

0.05−1.0% amounts of Pd in the form of aqueous PdCl2 solution were added to 75μ W powder and, after mixing, drying, sieving, reduction, and sieving, were compressed and sintered in H2, a process which gave the highest density of >17g/cm3 at 0.2% Pd and 1600°C. These samples had microhardness < 300 kg/mm2 and compressive strength 105 kg/mm2. The activating effect of Pd occurred by transfer of nonlocalised electrons from Pd to W with an accompanying decrease in free energy and increase of statistical weight of the stable electron configurations of the Pd and W atoms.


Creep of Alloys of Platinum with Rhodium at Temperatures 1350−1500°C

i. i. novikov, f. s. novik, e. i. rytvin, s. s. prapor and e. n. lovinskaya, Ivz. Vysshikh Ucheb. Zaved., Tsvetnaya Metall., 1967, (4), 132–135

Strip samples of 7, 10 and 15% Rh-Pt were examined for creep by metallography at 1350, 1400 and 1500°C and at 0.2, 0.15 and 1.3 kg/mm2 for up to 5 h. Graphs of test results show that creep increases with temperature. Creep was most intense at 1500°C, 1.3 kg/mm2 and 7 and 10% Rh-Pt alloys failed after 90 and 240 min. in these conditions. No other failure occurred at other temperatures and loadings for any alloy. Creep decreases with greater Rh content. 10% Rh-Pt is recommended for glassmelting as 15% Rh-Pt is more expensive but not much stronger.

Experience in Industrial Determination of Glass Viscosity at a Tank Furnace Feeder

m. v. okhotin, e. i. raevskaya and a. i. tuzikov, Steklo Keram., 1967, 24, (12), 16–18

Cylindrical Pt electrodes of diameter 10 mm were placed 40 mm apart in the furnace and 20 mm deep in the molten glass. The viscosity of the glass was calculated from the resistance measured between the electrodes. A Pt: Rh-Pt thermocouple measured the temperature, whose fluctuations are matched by fluctuations of viscosity.


Fluorescence of Rhodium-activated Aluminium Oxide

g. blasse and a. bril, J. Electrochem. Soc., 1967, 114, (12), 1306–1307

Fluorescence emission of 0.1−1.0 at.% Rh-activated Al2O3 consists of a broad band in the far red at 680 nm, probably due to the spinforbidden 3T1g1Ag1g transition but other Rh3+-activated aluminates had very weak photoluminescence.


Apparatus for Measuring the Hall Effect of Low-mobility Samples at High Temperatures

n. z. lupu, n. m. tallan and d. s. tannhauser, Rev. sci. Instrum., 1967, 38, (11), 1658–1661

A thermocouple is a more desirable sensor than a resistance thermometer for high stability of the sample temperature and a Pallador I thermocouple with output 60μV/deg C was found to be suitable. The double a c measuring method uses a c at 510 Hz with a 2 Hz magnetic field.