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The relationship between crystal structures and thermochromism in CoMoO4

Rosiane K. S. Costa, Stéfani C. Teles, and Kisla P. F. Siqueira

Laboratory of Ceramic Materials and Raman Spectroscopy, Department of Chemistry, Federal University of Ouro Preto, Ouro Preto, Brazil



Received: 26 May 2020  Accepted: 20 July 2020



The visible thermochromism of crystalline CoMoO4 was investigated in a temperature range from 300 to 1000 °C. The microcrystals were obtained by the coprecipitation method followed by calcination. Through spectroscopic techniques, it was possible to monitor the phase transition from samples in the β-phase to α-phase, which is associated with the color change of the material from purple (β) to green (α). The phase transition was irreversible and proceeded approximately at 550 °C. Both polymorphs belong to C2/m (#12) space group and crystallize in the monoclinic arrangement. The colorimetric parameters allowed to follow the color differences obtained in the material according to the applied temperature. The relationship between crystal structure, colorimetric parameters, and spectroscopic properties was described in detail and help the understood of the thermochromic behavior in cobalt molybdate. The increase in the temperature allowed the band-gap tuning from 2.8 to 1.5 eV due to the change of color from purple to green, confirming the promising potential of these materials for use as temperature indicators that can be observed by the naked eye.

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Keywords: Crystal structure; Characterization; Inorganic compounds; Thermochromic materials

Full paper is available at

DOI: 10.1007/s11696-020-01294-z


Chemical Papers 75 (1) 237–248 (2021)

Monday, June 14, 2021

SCImago Journal Rank 2019
XXVIII. International Conference on Coordination and Bioinorganic Chemistry
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