Gas Sorption Measurement Techniques

  • Darren P. Broom
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In this chapter we introduce the main gas sorption techniques applied to the characterisation of the hydrogen sorption properties of potential hydrogen storage materials. We begin with volumetric techniques, with a focus on the commonly used manometric (Sieverts’) method, but also cover some of the alternative approaches, such as the flowing and differential volumetric methods. We then describe the gravimetric technique, including a discussion of vacuum microbalances and the requirements for high pressure hydrogen operation. Thermal desorption techniques are then covered, including Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Thermal Desorption Spectroscopy (TDS), in which the temperature-programmed desorption of hydrogen can be detected in a number of ways, including quadrupole mass spectrometry. The chapter concludes with a practical comparison of the different gas sorption measurement techniques.


Hydrogen Storage Desorbed Hydrogen Hydrogen Uptake Hydrogen Permeation Thermal Desorption Spectroscopy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hiden Isochema LtdWarringtonUK

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