Three different types of Rohm and Haas carbonaceous adsorbent spheres (XE-340, XE-347 and XE-348) were prepared for light and scanning electron microscopy by embedding in resin and by thin sectioning. Spurr's low viscosity resin, because of its penetrating and wetting ability, contributed to the production of the most uniform and artifact free thin sections. In addition to thin sectioning, gas adsorption surface area measurements were made on batches of each type of sphere.
There was an apparent relationship between the surface area measurements of 417.8 m2/g for XE-340, 583.4 m2/g for XE-347 and 752.9 m2/g for XE-348 and the microstructural appearances of the internal morphologies of each type of sphere.
Cohen, Samuel H. and Segars, Ronald A.
"Thin Sectioning of Carbonaceous Adsorbent Spheres for Visualization by Light Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy,"
Scanning Microscopy: Vol. 5
, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/microscopy/vol5/iss2/8