Sensitive determination of oxygen solubility in alkali carbonate melts

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The solubility of O2 in Li-K and Li-Na eutectic carbonate melts has been estimated in the range 600-700°C using a highly precise chemical titration method. In general, oxygen solubility is found to be distinctly higher in the Li-K than in the Li-Na eutectic with a tendency for such a solubility difference to disappear at 600°C. The precise determination of O2 solubility values at different O2 and CO2 partial pressures allowed evaluation of plausible oxygen dissolution mechanisms by a data fitting procedure. Our results support the assumption of a predominant superoxide formation at 650 and 700°C in both melts, with the difference that in Li-Na carbonate oxygen appears to dissolve also through formation of peroxymonocarbonate ions. At 600°C, molecular oxygen is found to be the major oxygen component. © 2004 The Electrochemical Society. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
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JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2004


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry

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