Fe K-Edge XAFS Study of Slate Powders Heat Treated up to 1000°C
The use of ultra-bright, highly directional, high and variable energy associated to synchrotron radiation beams at SPring-8 when compared with conventional X-Ray diffraction analysis applied to slate powders heat treated at temperatures in the range of 600°C up to 1000°C is reported. Fe K-edge XAFS measurements of the products formed upon heating slate showed that in the temperature range 600-800°C, conversion of FeO present in the as-received slate powder into a mixed -Fe2O3/-Fe2O3 has occurred providing useful information on the short-range order atomic structure of the slate. Above 800°C, mainly -Fe2O3 was identified to be present in the slate. The change of the Fe valences within the slate network is most likely responsible for the detected colour change with the increasing temperature.
Luís Guerra ROSA and Fernanda MARGARIDO
F. A. C. Oliveira et al., "Fe K-Edge XAFS Study of Slate Powders Heat Treated up to 1000°C", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 636-637, pp. 922-927, 2010