The number and strength of the acid centres of tungstic heteropolyacids have been determined by absorption calorimetry of ammonia. The initial heats are in the order H3PW12O40>H4SiW12O40>H6P2W21O71(H2O)3>H6P2W18O62, varying from 200 to 155kJ mol–1. An increase in the number of protons in Keggin heteropolyanions decreases the acidic strength. Moreover, the influence of the activation temperature on the acidity has been studied and confirms that there is a drastic modification of the solid at ca. 350 °C. The heat capacities of the heteropolyanions and of the corresponding ammonium salts, the thermokinetic parameters of ammonia absorption and the heat capacities of the acids and ammonium salts have been related to the porosity of the various samples.
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