The cathodic deoxygenation of TiO2TiO2 was studied using linear sweep and cyclic voltammetry in pre-electrolyzed molten CaCl2CaCl2 at 900°C. Continuous TiO2TiO2 films 10 μm thick were thermally formed in air at 700°C on commercial purity titanium rods. Four cathodic processes were observed on a TiO2TiO2 working electrode at potentials less negative than that for calcium formation arising from electrolyte decomposition. Two initial reduction processes occurring at potentials 300 mV negative of the TiO2TiO2 open-circuit potential were attributed to the deoxygenation of TiO2TiO2 to Ti3O5Ti3O5 and Ti2O3,Ti2O3, and subsequent reduction of the remaining Ti3O5Ti3O5 to Ti2O3.Ti2O3. The concurrent increase in local oxide concentration exceeded the solubility product and caused the formation of calcium titanates. At potentials 1100 mV more negative than the open circuit potential (∼500 mV positive of the potential for unit activity Ca formation), two peaks were observed; one corresponding to the decomposition of the titanates and Ti2O3Ti2O3 to TiO, and the other of TiO to metallic titanium with dissolved oxygen. The removal of dissolved oxygen was found to occur at potentials near to that for calcium formation. Material was characterized before and after cyclic voltammetry using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction.
- calcium compounds
- voltammetry (chemical analysis)
- scanning electron microscopy
- X-ray chemical analysis
- X-ray diffraction