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Microsc Microanal. 2017 Apr;23(2):307-313. doi: 10.1017/S1431927616012630. Epub 2017 Jan 30.

Atom Probe Analysis of Ex Situ Gas-Charged Stable Hydrides.

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Department of Materials,University of Oxford,Parks Road,Oxford,Oxfordshire OX1 3PH,UK.


In this work, we report on the atom probe tomography analysis of two metallic hydrides formed by pressurized charging using an ex situ hydrogen charging cell, in the pressure range of 200-500 kPa (2-5 bar). Specifically we report on the deuterium charging of Pd/Rh and V systems. Using this ex situ system, we demonstrate the successful loading and subsequent atom probe analysis of deuterium within a Pd/Rh alloy, and demonstrate that deuterium is likely present within the oxide-metal interface of a native oxide formed on vanadium. Through these experiments, we demonstrate the feasibility of ex situ hydrogen analysis for hydrides via atom probe tomography, and thus a practical route to three-dimensional imaging of hydrogen in hydrides at the atomic scale.


atom probe; deuterium; hydrogen; palladium


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