Use of environmental scanning electron microscopy to study uncoated minerals

Kloprogge, J. Theo, Duong, Loc V., Frost, Ray L., & Bostrom, Thor E. (2005) Use of environmental scanning electron microscopy to study uncoated minerals. Microscopy and Analysis, 19(4), p. 17.


We have explored the possibilities offered by the Environmental SEM to study minerals under a variety of conditions. Low voltage SEM can be used to study minerals without coating with gold or carbon, thereby allowing the researcher to use other analytical techniques on the same sample. Changes in pressure and temperature can be used to study mineral reactions such as wetting and drying but also the thermal behaviour such dehydration, dehydroxation or decarbonation. The general principles shown are not limited to the study of minerals but can be applied to a range of materials.

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ID Code: 3991
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Environmental SEM, decomposition, heating stage SEM, low voltage SEM, minerals, wetting cycles
ISSN: 0958-1952
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (030200)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 John Wiley & Sons
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Deposited On: 03 May 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 14:38

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