The thermodynamics of Fe-Si-H20 systems are summarized in the form of Si(IV), Fe(II), and Fe(III) activity-pH, Fe(III) activity-C1- activity, and potential-pH diagrams, calculated from standard Gibbs energies of formation of the various species considered. The semiconducting compound Fe2Si04 was predicted to have an area of stability in the potential-pH diagram. However, the propensity of silicon to oxidize in preference to iron at low potentials leads to an area of coexistence of elemental iron and Si02, from which Fe2Si04 would have to be formed at higher potentials; hence, a meta-stable diagram is presented in which such iron-silicon compounds are excluded from consideration.
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- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry