Carbothermic reduction of mechanically activated NiO-carbon mixture: Non-isothermal kinetics

J. Min. Metall. Sect. B-Metall. 54 (3) B (2018) 313-322. DOI:10.2298/JMMB180323022B
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The effect of mechanical activation on the carbothermic reduction of nickel oxide was investigated. Mixtures of nickel oxide and activated carbon (99% carbon) were milled for different periods of time in a planetary ball mill. The unmilled mixture and milled samples were subjected to thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) under an argon atmosphere and their solid products of the reduction reaction were studied using XRD experiments. TGA showed that the reduction of NiO started at ~800℃ and ~720℃ in un-milled and one-hour milled samples respectively whilst after 25h of milling it decreased to about 430℃. The kinetics parameters of carbothermic reduction were determined using non-isothermal method (Coats-Redfern Method) for un-milled and milled samples. The activation energy was determined to be about 222 kJ mol -1 for un-milled mixture whilst it was decreased to about 148 kJ mol -1 in 25-h milled sample. The decrease in the particle size/crystallite size of the milled samples resulted in a significant drop in the reaction temperature.
Keywords: Ball milling; Carbothermic reduction; Nickel oxide; Non-isothermal kinetics; Thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA)
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