beta MnOOH is precipitated preferentially (with respect to Mn3O4) at T near 0oC when Mn2+ is oxidized in aerated aqueous solutions. Upon aging in solutions open to the atmosphere, a slurry of beta MnOOH tends to disproportionate to form MnO2 and Mn2+. In such aged solutions, Mn2+ and H+ activities can be constant, and both the oxidation reaction Mn2+ + 1/4O2(aq) + 3/2H2O rt arrow beta MnOOH(c) + 2H+ and the disproportionation reaction 2beta MnOOH(c) + 2H+ rt arrow MnO2(c) + Mn2+ + 2H2O can have positive reaction affinities. It is not possible for both reactions to be in thermodynamic equilibrium in the same system unless oxygen is almost completely absent. A value for 028DELTA Gof of -129.8 + or - 0.6 kcal/mol was obtained for beta MnOOH from experimental data by assuming that the reaction affinity for the oxidation reaction is equal to that for the disproportionation, and a value of -129.8 + or - 0.5 kcal/mol was determined by measuring the redox potentials for the postulated half-reaction MnO2(c) + H+ + e- rt arrow beta MnOOH(c) at 0o, 5o, and 15oC and extrapolating to 25oC. Both these values are consistent with laboratory observations that beta MnOOH is less stable than gamma MnOOH or Mn3O4 at 25oC. Analytical data for Mn-depositing springwater samples are consistent with a non-equilibrium model involving disproportionation of either beta MnOOH or Mn3O4. (Authors' abstract)-T.R.
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Stability of beta MnOOH and manganese oxide deposition from springwater.