Near Ambient Pressure XPS at Sandia (NAP-XPS)

Category: Characterization Tools

Complete understanding of hydrogenation and dehydrogenation requires knowledge of the dynamic composition and chemical state of the surface while the reactions are taking place. The surface/gas reaction rate, believed to be a rate-limiting factor for storage materials, is controlled by the chemical and physical state of the surface and near-surface regions. Traditional XPS can only be used in ultra-high vacuum conditions, allowing only ex-situ hydrogenation experiments and subsequent XPS measurements in vacuum. But the chemical reactivity and surface species can vary greatly with and without gas pressure. Near ambient pressure x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (NAP-XPS) provides this information. In-situ studies with NAP-XPS can reveal the complex coupling between transport, surface reaction rates, and oxidation state changes when hydrogen storage materials (hydrides, sorbents) operate.1-9

System specifications:

Pressure range: UHV to 25mbar

Sample temperature: Liquid N2 to >1000 °C

Energy resolution: < 2.5 meV Kinetic energy range: 5 - 3500 eV Detector: fast delay-line detector with 190 ps time resolution. Status: To be available for use in collaboration with HyMARC in late 2017.

Near-ambient pressure XPS electron energy analyzer SPECS PHOIBOS150.

Near-ambient pressure XPS electron energy analyzer SPECS PHOIBOS150.


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