Vol. 23, No. 2
Characterization of Carbon Materials
IUPAC has approved a three-year project to collect a compilation of
various national standards for characterization of carbon materials
(ASTM, British Standards, AFNOR-France, DIN-Germany, JIS-Japan, ISO,
etc.). Although largely similar, the national standards differ in details
of determination of properties (e.g., true density, coefficient of thermal
expansion, chemical composition, etc.) that are characteristic of given
carbon materials or their precursors in production. Such differences
often have a marked influence on the characteristic data. These differences
frequently cause disagreement in international cooperation for commerce,
and a comparison of the various standards can help to recognize the
cause of diverging results. An earlier, similar compilation by W. S.
Horton (PAC, Vol. 51, pp. 1561-1574, 1979) is outdated.
Comments and inquiries from the chemistry community are welcome and
should be addressed to the Task Group Chairman, Prof. H.-P. Boehm, Department
Chemie, Universität München, Butenandstrasse 5-13 (Haus D),
D-81377 München, Germany, Fax: +49 89 2180 7492; E-mail: email@example.com.
for project description and update.