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Articles by Loïc Sorbier in JoVE
Obtaining 3D Chemical Maps by Energy Filtered Transmission Electron Microscopy Tomography Lucian Roiban1, Loïc Sorbier2, Charles Hirlimann3, Ovidiu Ersen3 1Univ Lyon, INSA-Lyon, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 2IFP Energies nouvelles, 3Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg (IPCMS) This paper describes a protocol to achieve 3D chemical maps combining energy filtered imaging and electron tomography. The chemical distribution of two catalyst supports formed by elements that are difficult to distinguish by other imaging techniques was studied. Each application consists of mapping overlapped chemical elements - respectively spaced-ionization edges.
Other articles by Loïc Sorbier on PubMed
Measurement of Palladium Crust Thickness on Catalysts by Optical Microscopy and Image Analysis Microscopy and Microanalysis : the Official Journal of Microscopy Society of America, Microbeam Analysis Society, Microscopical Society of Canada. Apr, 2013 | Pubmed ID: 23425426 Selective hydrogenation is an important process in petrochemistry to purify feedstock for polymer synthesis. For this process, catalysts containing metallic palladium deposited with an eggshell distribution on porous alumina are usually employed. For this kind of catalyst, the activity is known to be in close relation with the thickness of the palladium crust. As palladium oxide is brown and alumina is white, the palladium distribution in a catalyst bead before the reduction step can be characterized by optical microscopy. We propose an original and automatic procedure of optical image analysis to obtain a fast and robust method to measure the mean crust thickness of a catalyst batch and the corresponding standard deviation. The approach is validated by two different methods. First, we compared the crust thickness with those obtained by electron probe microanalysis. Then, catalytic tests of four samples with varying palladium crust thicknesses were performed and confirmed the expected correlation between activity and crust thickness measured by optical microscopy coupled with image analysis.
Use of the Distance Transform for Integration of Local Measurements: Principle and Application in Chemical Engineering Microscopy and Microanalysis : the Official Journal of Microscopy Society of America, Microbeam Analysis Society, Microscopical Society of Canada. Apr, 2016 | Pubmed ID: 26879288 We propose an original methodology to integrate local measurement for nontrivial object shape. The method employs the distance transform of the object and least-square fitting of numerically computed weighting functions extracted from it. The method is exemplified in the field of chemical engineering by calculating the global metal concentration in catalyst grains from uneven metal distribution profiles. Applying the methodology on synthetic profiles with the help of a very simple deposition model allows us to evaluate the accuracy of the method. For high symmetry objects such as an infinite cylinder, relative errors on global concentration are lower than 1% for well-resolved profiles. For a less symmetrical object, a tetralobe, the best estimator gives a relative error below 5% at the cost of increased measurement time. Applicability on a real case is demonstrated on an aged hydrodemetallation catalyst. Sampling of catalyst grains at the inlet and outlet of the reactor allowed conclusions concerning different reactivity for the trapped metals.