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diatomic halogen molecule like Cl2 or with molecular or atomic oxygen to give various metal halide and metal oxide species of different complexity. This topic should be dealt with linked to subsequent topic 7.1

Useful bibliography


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    E. Spear “High-temperature reactivity” in N.B. Hannay, editor, "Treatise on Solid State Chemistry", Vol. 4, “Reactivity of Solids”, Plenum Press, New York / London, 1976, chapter 3

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    Hastie, "High Temperature Vapors. Science and Technology" Academic Press, New York, 1975; Chapter 1, in particular for defining high temperature vapors.

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    W. Searcy, David V. Ragone, Umberto Colombo, editors, "Chemical and Mechanical Behaviour of Inorganic Materials" Wiley Interscience, New York/ London/ Sydney/ Toronto, 1970, chap.5

“Thermodynamics” by Kenneth Pitzer and Leo Brewer (revision of Lewis and Randall) second

edition, McGraw-Hill International Student Edition, 1961. Chap. 33 is particularly relevant to high-temperature vaporization chemistry L.L.Quill ( ed.), “The Chemistry and Metallurgy of Miscellaneous Materials;Thermodynamics

(National Nuclear Energy Series IV, Vol. 19B), Mc Graw-Hill, New York, 1950 Papers Several papers by L. Brewer and other authors discuss this topic; some among these are reported in the

list of references in Appendix. See e.g. L.Brewer, “Principles of high temperature chemistry”, in Proc. Of the Robert A. Welch

Foundations Conferences in Chemical Research,VI Topics in Modern Inorganic Chemistry; Houston TX, 1962, pp.47 ff.

4. Basic concepts of materials thermodynamics

Aim: To go over and re-examine at a higher level and with a more materials- oriented approach the fundamentals of thermodynamics.

Topic description and teaching suggestions: One of the areas that is most important for high- temperature materials chemistry is thermodynamics. A sound knowledge of theoretical and experimental aspects of thermodynamics is imperative to understand the


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