Determination of polymerization particle morphology using synchrotron computed microtomography

K. W. Jones, P. Spanne, W. B. Lindquist, W. C. Conner, M. Ferrero

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Polymerization of monomers over heterogeneous catalysts results in the fragmentation of the catalysts and subsequent transport in the polymer particles that are produced. Characterization of the process using nondestructive synchrotron computed microtomography techniques makes possible measurement of the distribution of the catalyst fragments in an individual particle and, in addition, gives an estimate of the particle porosity and surface area. The present experiment was carried out using the X-ray microscopy facility at the Brookhaven National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) X26 beam line. The tomographic sections were analyzed using autocorrelation techniques to determine porosity and surface area values. The results are compared to values obtained using conventional methods. This procedure makes possible the extraction of quantitative information about porosity and specific area from the tomograms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-110
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, B
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - May 2 1992


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