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Journal of Experimental Physics
Volume 2014, Article ID 513268, 8 pages
Research Article

Thermal Decomposition Study of Ferrocene [(C5H5)2Fe]

1Department of Physics, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan 731235, India
2Surface Physics and Material Science Division, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata 700064, India

Received 19 December 2013; Accepted 14 March 2014; Published 27 April 2014

Academic Editor: Ahmad Ibrahim

Copyright © 2014 Ashis Bhattacharjee et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A single-step thermal decomposition of ferrocene [(C5H5)2Fe] using nonisothermal thermogravimetry (TG) has been studied using single- as well as multiple-heating rate programs. Both mechanistic and nonmechanistic methods have been used to analyze the TG data to estimate the kinetic parameters for the solid state reaction. Two different isoconversional methods (improved iterative method and model-free method) have been employed to analyze the TG results to find out whether the activation energy of the reaction depends on the extent of decomposition and to predict the most probable reaction mechanism of thermal decomposition as well. A comparison of the activation energy values for the single-step thermal reaction of ferrocene estimated by different methods has been made in this work. An appraisal on the applicability of single-heating rate data for the analysis of single-step thermal decompositions over the recommendations by the International Confederation for Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (ICTAC) is made to look beyond the choice.