We have been investigating the reductive decomposition of spray dried ammonium metatungstate (AMT). Reduction of the pyrolysed powder in flowing hydrogen at T ≥ 625° C creates α-W, with bcc structure. Reduction at T ≤ 575° C results in the formation of W3O, with A15 structure. In situ reduction experiments carried out in a controled atmosphere, high temperature X-ray powder diffractometer have shown that W3O transforms to β-W, in which most of the oxygen atoms are absent. Various experiments confirming the existence of WO1-x are described. Initial experiments on its alloying behavior with nitrogen are also discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics