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Making Cobalt Blue by Sintering Alumina & Cobalt monoxide ?

  1. Oct 8, 2011 #1
    Making Cobalt Blue by Sintering Alumina & Cobalt monoxide...?!?!

    Hi,

    This is what is written in wikipedia about Cobalt Blue [Cobalt(II) Aluminate] :

    "Chemically, cobalt blue is a cobalt(II) oxide-aluminium oxide, or cobalt(II) aluminate, CoAl2O4. The compound is made by sintering the stoichiometric mixture of finely ground CoO and Al2O3 (alumina) at 1200°C"

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobalt%28II%29_aluminate" [Broken]

    My questions are:

    Does this mean Cobalt(II) aluminate can't be made at 900 or 1000C ??? Why 1200???
    &
    why does it have to be "finely ground" ? (just to increase surface area, in order to increase contact zone? )

    Thanks in advance :)
     
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  3. Oct 8, 2011 #2

    Borek

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    Re: Making Cobalt Blue by Sintering Alumina & Cobalt monoxide...?!?!

    Either can't or it will be made in minute amounts.

    These things are determined experimentally. Apparently this was tried and gave best results.

    Isn't it how sintering works? Reaction takes place in a thin layer on the grain surface. You want the grains to be so small after reaction "surface zone" occupies whole volume.
     
  4. Oct 21, 2011 #3
    Re: Making Cobalt Blue by Sintering Alumina & Cobalt monoxide...?!?!

    Many Thanks Borek, You are very informative as usual :)
    & Sorry for my late reply, I was away.
     
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