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Pitfalls in the characterization of nanoporous and nanosized materials

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Abstract

With the advent of highly sophisticated analytical tools, numerous physical methods are nowadays available for comprehensive characterization of inorganic matter and, as special cases, of porous and nanosized materials. Intelligent experimental setup and correct evaluation of the experimental data can provide helpful insights into the chemical and physical properties of such materials. However, scanning of literature reports shows that in many cases evaluation and interpretation of experimental data are erroneous. As a result, the description of a new material can be useless or even worse, misleading. Wrong evaluation is even more critical if mechanistic theories are based on such data. Characterization of porous and/or nanosized materials is mainly performed by gas adsorption, X-ray powder diffraction, electron microscopy and surface spectroscopy. For correct interpretation of experimental data one should be aware of certain pitfalls. The present paper summarizes prominent faults and may show how they can be avoided. It is supposed to provide some hand-on knowledge on correct analysis of materials. Addressed are primarily non-experts and researchers being new to the field of characterization of inorganic nanosized or nanoporous materials.

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The article was received on 03 Aug 2010, accepted on 15 Nov 2010 and first published on 13 Jan 2011


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C0NR00561D
Nanoscale, 2011,3, 792-810

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    Pitfalls in the characterization of nanoporous and nanosized materials

    C. Weidenthaler, Nanoscale, 2011, 3, 792
    DOI: 10.1039/C0NR00561D

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