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Standard Test Method for Determining Micropore Volume and Zeolite Area of a Catalyst

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Standard Test Method for Determining Micropore Volume and Zeolite Area of a Catalyst


1.1 This test method covers the determination of total surface area and mesopore area. From these results are calculated the zeolite area and micropore volume of a zeolite containing catalyst. The micropore volume is related to the percent zeolite in the catalyst. The zeolite area, a number related to the surface area within the zeolite pores, may also be calculated. Zeolite area, however, is difficult to intepret in physical terms because of the manner in which nitrogen molecules pack within the zeolite.

1.2 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For a specific precautionary statement, see Note 3.

Significance and Use

This gas adsorption method complements the X-ray procedure of Test Method D 3906. This test method will be useful to laboratories that do not have X-ray diffractometers. Each test method can be calibrated by use of an appropriate series of mechanical mixtures to provide what may be termed percent zeolite. If there is disorder in the zeolite, the adsorption method will yield higher values than the X-ray method. The reverse will be true if some zeolite pores (micropores) are blocked or filled.


catalyst; micropore volume; nitrogen adsorption; t-plot; zeolite; zeolite area; ICS Number Code 71.040.30 (Chemical reagents)

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Revision Level

1995 R07(E1) EDITION



Modification Type

Reapproval with Ed Change

Publication Date

April 1, 2007

Document Type

Test Method

Page Count

6 pages

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