The high temperature phase transition of muscovite-2M1 was investigated by "in situ" isothermal X-ray powder diffraction data. The results confirm that the reaction taking place in temperature range 700-1000°C is truely a dehydroxylation process, involving nucleation and growth stages of the dehydroxylated phase having Al in 5-fold coordination The structural simulations agree with the structural model originally proposed by Guggenheim et al for the dehydroxylated high temperature phase. The kinetic mechanism of the reaction has been interpreted in the frame of the Avrami model, with diffusion as the rate limiting step. The experiments in the upper temperature range (∼1000-1200°C) indicate that mullite is the final high temperature product in the reaction pathway, and the process of mullite formation overlaps and interferes with the kinetics of the dehydroxylation process.
Dehydroxylation kinetics of muscovite-2M1 / Mazzucato, E.; Artioli, G.; Gualtieri, A.. - 278-281:1(1998), pp. 424-429. (Intervento presentato al convegno . tenutosi a . nel .).