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Facility for Adsorbent Characterization and Testing

The NIST Facility for Adsorbent Characterization and Testing (FACT) is a state-of-the-art laboratory recently commissioned with support from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to address the challenges inherent to measuring gas and vapor sorption properties.

FACT supports programs developing adsorbents and serves the sorbent materials research community by providing impartial testing and characterization of material sorption properties, establishing testing procedures, and disseminating reliable sorbent material property data and measurement best practices.

Side by side photographs of a physical zeolite model for 3D viewing.
Stereoscopic representation of Zeolite Y.
Credit: Lane Sander

Associated Publications

  1. Aiello, A., Nguyen, H. G. T., Stafford, C., Woodcock, J., “Impact of Coagulation Solvent Interactions on Porous Morphology Evolution in Cellulose Xerogels,” Carbohydrate Polymers, 323, 121454 (2024).
  2. McGivern, W. S., Nguyen, H. G. T., and Manion, J. A., "Improved Apparatus for Dynamic Column-Breakthrough Measurements Relevant to Direct Air Capture of CO2," Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 62, 8362-8372 (2023).
  3. Nguyen, H. G. T., Toman, B., van Zee, R. D., Prinz, C., Thommes, M., Ahmad, R., Kiska, D., Salinger, J., Walton, I. M., Walton, K. S., Broom, D. P., Benham, M. J., Ansari, H., Pini, R., Petit, C., Adolphs, J., Schreiber, A., Shigeoka, T., Konishi, Y., Nakai, K., Henninger, M., Petrzik, T., Kececi, C., Martis, V., Paschke, T., Mangano, E., and Brandani, S.,  "Reference isotherms for water vapor sorption on nanoporous carbon: results of an interlaboratory study," Adsorption-Journal of the International Adsorption Society, 29, 113-124 (2023).
  4. Jahrman, E., Nguyen, H. G., Kalanyan, B. “X-ray Characterization of a Metal-organic Framework During Dehydration and CO2 Adsorption,” Conference Proceedings for Advances in X-ray Analysis, 66 (2022).
  5. McDannald, A., Joress, H., DeCost, B., Baumann, A. E., Kusne, A. G., Choudhary, K., Yildirim, T., Siderius, D. W., Wong-Ng, W., Allen, A. J., Stafford, C. M., and Ortiz-Montalvo, D. L., "Reproducible sorbent materials foundry for carbon capture at scale," Cell Reports Physical Science, 3, (2022).
  6. Nguyen, H. G. T., Tao, R., and van Zee, R. D., "Porosity, Powder X-Ray Diffraction Patterns, Skeletal Density, and Thermal Stability of NIST Zeolitic Reference Materials RM 8850, RM 8851, and RM 8852," Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 126, (2022).
  7. Nguyen, H. G. T., Toman, B., Martinez, J. C., Siderius, D. W., and van Zee, R. D., "Reference surface excess isotherms for carbon dioxide adsorption on ammonium ZSM-5 at various temperatures," Adsorption-Journal of the International Adsorption Society, 28, 15-25 (2022).
  8. Ongari, D., Talirz, L., Jablonka, K. M., Siderius, D. W., and Smit, B., "Data-Driven Matching of Experimental Crystal Structures and Gas Adsorption Isotherms of Metal-Organic Frameworks," Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, 67, 1743-1756 (2022).
  9. Pahari, S.; Dorneles de Mello, M.; Shah, M.; Josephson, T.R.; Ren, L.; Nguyen, H.G.T.; van Zee, R.D.; Tsapatsis, M.; Siepmann, J.I., “Ethanol and Water Adsorption in Conventional and Hierarchical All-Silica MFI Zeolites.” ACS Physical Chemistry Au, 2, 79–88 (2022)
  10. Tao, R., Zhang, F., Nguyen, H.G., Bernstein, P., Forster, A.L., Mrozek, R.A., Forster, A. M., “Temperature-insensitive silicone composites as ballistic witness materials: the impact of water content on the thermophysical properties,” Journal of Material Science 56, 16362–16375 (2021).
  11. Hu, J. Y., Zanca, F., McManus, G. J., Riha, I. A., Nguyen, H. G. T., Shirley, W., Borcik, C. G., Wylie, B. J., Benamara, M., van Zee, R. D., Moghadam, P. Z., and Beyzavi, H., "Catalyst-Enabled In Situ Linkage Reduction in Imine Covalent Organic Frameworks," Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces, 13, 21740-21747 (2021).
  12. Siderius, D. W., "Digitization of Adsorption Isotherms from "The Thermodynamics and Hysteresis of Adsorption"," Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 126, (2021).
  13. Sturluson, A., Raza, A., McConachie, G. D., Siderius, D. W., Fern, X. Z., and Simon, C. M., "Recommendation System to Predict Missing Adsorption Properties of Nanoporous Materials," Chemistry of Materials, 33, 7203-7216 (2021).
  14. DeJaco, R. F., Dorneles de Mello, M., Nguyen, H. G. T., Jeon, M. Y., van Zee, R. D., Tsapatsis, M., Siepmann, J. I., “Vapor and liquidphase adsorption of alcohol and water in silicalite1 synthesized in fluoride media,” AiChE Journal 66, e16868, (2020).
  15. Nguyen, H. G., Sims, C. M., Toman, B., Horn, J., van Zee, R. D., Thommes, M., Ahmad, R., Denayer, J. F., Baron, G. V., and Napolitano, E., "A reference high-pressure CH4 adsorption isotherm for zeolite Y: results of an interlaboratory study," Adsorption, 26, 1253-1266 (2020).
  16. Centineo, A., Nguyen, H. G. T., Espinal, L., Horn, J. C., and Brandani, S., "An experimental and modelling study of water vapour adsorption on SBA-15," Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 282, 53-72 (2019).
  17. Lawson, M., Horn, J., Wong-Ng, W., Espinal, L., Lapidus, S. H., Nguyen, H. G., Meng, Y. T., Suib, S. L., Kaduk, J. A., and Li, L., "First-principles study of carbon capture and storage properties of porous MnO2 octahedral molecular sieve OMS-5," Powder Diffraction, 34, 13-20 (2019).
  18. Wong-Ng, W., Nguyen, H. G. T., Espinal, L., Siderius, D., Kaduk, J. A., “Powder X-ray structural studies and reference diffraction patterns for three forms of porous aluminum terephthalate, MIL-53(A1),” Powder Diffraction, 34, 216-226, (2019).
  19. Nguyen. H. G. T., Horn. J. C., Bleakney, M., Siderius, D. W., Espinal, L., “Understanding material characteristics through signature traits from Helium pycnometry.” Langmuir, 35, 2115-2122 (2019).
  20. Sturluson, A., Huynh, M. T., Kaija, A. R., Laird, C., Yoon, S., Hou, F., Feng, Z. X., Wilmer, C. E., Colon, Y. J., Chung, Y. G., Siderius, D. W., and Simon, C. M., "The role of molecular modelling and simulation in the discovery and deployment of metal-organic frameworks for gas storage and separation(dagger)," Molecular Simulation, 45, 1082-1121 (2019).
  21. Nguyen, H. G., Espinal, L., van Zee, R. D., Thommes, M., Toman, B., Hudson, M. S., Mangano, E., Brandani, S., Broom, D. P., and Benham, M. J., "A reference high-pressure CO2 adsorption isotherm for ammonium ZSM-5 zeolite: results of an interlaboratory study," Adsorption, 24, 531-539 (2018).
  22. Nguyen, H. G. T., Horn, J. C., Thommes, M., van Zee, R. D., and Espinal, L., "Experimental aspects of buoyancy correction in measuring reliable high-pressure excess adsorption isotherms using the gravimetric method," Measurement Science and Technology, 28, (2017).
  23. Espinal, L., Poster, D. L., Wong-Ng, W., Allen, A. J., and Green, M. L., "Measurement, Standards, and Data Needs for CO2 Capture Materials: A Critical Review," Environmental Science & Technology, 47, 11960-11975 (2013).
  24. Li, L., Cockayne, E., Williamson, I., Espinal, L., and Wong-Ng, W., "First-principles studies of carbon dioxide adsorption in cryptomelane/hollandite-type manganese dioxide," Chemical Physics Letters, 580, 120-125 (2013).
  25. Espinal, L. and Morreale, B. D., "Materials challenges in carbon-mitigation technologies," Mrs Bulletin, 37, 431-438 (2012).
  26. Espinal, L., Wong-Ng, W., Kaduk, J. A., Allen, A. J., Snyder, C. R., Chiu, C., Siderius, D. W., Li, L., Cockayne, E., Espinal, A. E., and Suib, S. L., "Time-Dependent CO2 Sorption Hysteresis in a One-Dimensional Microporous Octahedral Molecular Sieve," Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134, 7944-7951 (2012).