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Analytical electron microscopy discloses actual structure of zinc–graphite

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Fürstner, A., Weidmann, H., & Hofer, F. (1988). Analytical electron microscopy discloses actual structure of zinc–graphite. Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions, (8), 2023-2026. doi:10.1039/DT9880002023.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0010-2597-B
Abstract
Contrary to previous assumptions zinc–graphite obtained by the reduction of zinc chloride with lamellar potassium–graphite (C8K) consists of finely dispersed zinc unevenly distributed on graphite as a support. While combined energy-dispersive X-ray analysis spectroscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy, electron and X-ray diffraction showed no sign of intercalation of zinc in the graphite lattice it clearly proved the deleterious effect of water on the highly active metals. In fact, water-treated zinc–graphite is completely converted to zinc oxide on graphite.