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Simultaneous neutron powder diffraction and microwave characterisation at elevated temperatures

Barter, Michael ORCID:, Smith, Gemma, Yang, Sihai, Schroder, Martin, Jones, Martin Owen and Porch, Adrian ORCID: 2021. Simultaneous neutron powder diffraction and microwave characterisation at elevated temperatures. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 23 (41) , pp. 23602-23609. 10.1039/D1CP03658K

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The use of simultaneous neutron powder diffraction (NPD) and microwave characterisation can provide more information than the use of either technique individually; for example, it enables the differentiation of physisorbed and metal-coordinated species. Many possible experiments using these combined techniques can benefit from the addition of a heat source for sample heating, such as real-time measurements of solvent removal, or chemical and catalytic reactions. This paper documents the design of equipment to conduct simultaneous NPD and 2.5 GHz microwave cavity resonance techniques at elevated temperatures and confirms the use of this equipment for successful desolvation of a metal-organic framework (MOF) sample at 150 °C. The high sensitivity of microwave characterisation of lossy and polar materials is demonstrated at levels much lower than those that can be detected using crystallographic techniques.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Additional Information: This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN: 1463-9076
Funders: EPSRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 October 2021
Date of Acceptance: 8 October 2021
Last Modified: 12 May 2023 11:21

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