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American Mineralogist

Journal of Earth and Planetary Materials

Ed. by Baker, Don / Xu, Hongwu / Swainson, Ian

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Volume 86, Issue 10


Low-temperature heat capacity of pentlandite

Gleb A. Berezovskii / Valeri A. Drebushcha / Tatyana A. Kravchenko
Published Online: 2015-03-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2001-1020


The heat capacity of synthetic pentlandite Fe4.60Ni4.54S8 was measured over the temperature range 6-306 K. Experimental values of CP (T) indicate that there are no phase transitions. The thermodynamic functions CP (T), H(T) - H(0), and S(T) - S(0) were evaluated: CP (298.15) = 442.7 J/mol·K, S(298.15) - S(0) = 474.9 J/mol·K, and H(298.15) - H(0) = 76280 J/mol (molar mass: 779.877 g). Below 10 K, the heat capacity of pentlandite fits the regression CP(T) = a T + b T3. The linear term is typical of metals and known as an electronic contribution to the heat capacity. This agrees with the hypothesis that there is metal bonding among cations in tetrahedral sites.

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Received: 2001-01-29

Accepted: 2001-06-12

Published Online: 2015-03-26

Published in Print: 2001-10-01

Citation Information: American Mineralogist, Volume 86, Issue 10, Pages 1312–1313, ISSN (Online) 1945-3027, ISSN (Print) 0003-004X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2001-1020.

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