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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 743121, 9 pages
Research Article

Morphology Effect on the Kinetic Parameters and Surface Thermodynamic Properties of Ag3PO4 Micro-/Nanocrystals

1Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Baise University, Baise 533000, China
2College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University for Nationalities, Nanning 530008, China
3Key Laboratory of Forest Chemistry and Engineering, Guangxi University for Nationalities, Nanning 530008, China
4Guangxi Colleges and Universities Key Laboratory of Food Safety and Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry, Guangxi University for Nationalities, Nanning 530008, China

Received 28 April 2015; Accepted 1 October 2015

Academic Editor: Yu-Lun Chueh

Copyright © 2015 Zai-Yin Huang 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.


Considerable effort has been exerted using theoretical calculations to determine solid surface energies. Nanomaterials with high surface energy depending on morphology and size exhibit enhanced reactivity. Thus, investigating the effects of morphology, size, and nanostructure on the surface energies and kinetics of nanomaterials is important. This study determined the surface energies of silver phosphate (Ag3PO4) micro-/nanocrystals and their kinetic parameters when reacting with HNO3 by using microcalorimetry. This study also discussed rationally combined thermochemical cycle, transition state theory, basic theory of chemical thermodynamics with thermokinetic principle, morphology dependence of reaction kinetics, and surface thermodynamic properties. Results show that the molar surface enthalpy, molar surface entropy, molar surface Gibbs free energy, and molar surface energy of cubic Ag3PO4 micro-/nanocrystals are larger than those of rhombic dodecahedral Ag3PO4 micro-/nanocrystals. Compared with rhombic dodecahedral Ag3PO4, cubic Ag3PO4 with high surface energy exhibits higher reaction rate and lower activation energy, activation Gibbs free energy, activation enthalpy, and activation entropy. These results indicate that cubic Ag3PO4 micro-/nanocrystals can overcome small energy barrier faster than rhombic dodecahedral Ag3PO4 micro-/nanocrystals and thus require lower activation energy.