Characterization of Nanoporous Materials

Thommes M, Schlumberger C (2021)

Publication Type: Journal article, Review article

Publication year: 2021


Book Volume: 12

Pages Range: 137-162

DOI: 10.1146/annurev-chembioeng-061720-081242


Detailed analysis of textural properties, e.g., pore size and connectivity, of nanoporous materials is essential to identify correlations of these properties with the performance of gas storage, separation, and catalysis processes. The advances in developing nanoporous materials with uniform, tailor-made pore structures, including the introduction of hierarchical pore systems, offer huge potential for these applications. Within this context, major progress has been made in understanding the adsorption and phase behavior of confined fluids and consequently in physisorption characterization. This enables reliable pore size, volume, and network connectivity analysis using advanced, high-resolution experimental protocols coupled with advanced methods based on statistical mechanics, such as methods based on density functional theory and molecular simulation. If macropores are present, a combination of adsorption and mercury porosimetry can be useful. Hence, some important recent advances in understanding the mercury intrusion/extrusion mechanism are discussed. Additionally, some promising complementary techniques for characterization of porous materials immersed in a liquid phase are introduced.

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Thommes, M., & Schlumberger, C. (2021). Characterization of Nanoporous Materials. Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 12, 137-162.


Thommes, Matthias, and Carola Schlumberger. "Characterization of Nanoporous Materials." Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 12 (2021): 137-162.

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