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Surface Area

Surface Area is helpful to determine how materials react to other materials, or how they dissolve or burn. In order to determine surface area a sample contained in a tube is pretreated by evacuation, including heat, vacuum and some flowing gas to remove contaminants from the surface. The material is then cooled to cryogenic temperatures. An adsorptive is added to the material at controlled pressure increments. After each dose of adsorptive, the pressure is equilibrated and the quantity adsorbed is calculated. After the area is covered by adsorbed gas molecules, the surface area can be calculated.

Typical Applications in Surface Area

Ceramic, activated carbons, carbon black, paints and coatings, catalysts, nanotubes, electronics, aerospace, fuel cells, clays, fibers, soils, minerals, films, glass, cements, adhesives

Sample Requirements

  • At least 100mg are required for analysis
  • At least 100mg are required for analysis
  • Sample should fit a tube that is ¼” OD, with a 9-cc bulb


ASAP 2020 Automated Surface Area and Porosimetry System

Gas Used: N2, Ar, Kr, CO2, He and H2

Pore size range: 3.5 to 5000 Å

This system poses twelve independent vacuum systems that allow simultaneous preparation of samples and six independently operated analysis ports.