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Interesting Decomposition Behavior of Metal Acetates

FT-IR is an important tool for tracking the thermal decomposition profile of metal acetates. Using FT-IR, scientists established three molecular transformations that are generally associated with

  • dehydration at 80-130C,

  • formation of carbonate (or oxalate?) at 105-230C, and

  • final residue formation (metal, oxide) at 100–440C.

Different metals show different molecular speciation as follows: