[Ifeffit] Kapton in glove box
Zajac, Dariusz A.
dariusz.zajac at desy.de
Thu Aug 6 02:25:15 CDT 2009
Dear Todd, Dears Alls,
in my lab (Hasylab) many EXAFS users use the glovebox to prepare "air
sensitive" samples. We do not know a lot about your samples, but I can
say from practical aspect, that in the most cases the sample preperation
in the glove box and then closing it in the Kapton tape is sufficient.
Some of the users like one side adhesive Kapton dots, which fits to the
size of pelets we use (in our case it is 13 mm of diameter). Some of the
users use also plastic bags mounted in the glove box on the sample
holder to avoid the sample contact with air during the transport to
I have also one comment - be aware of some Kaptons - I found that some
of them contain a lot of trace elements.
From: ifeffit-bounces at millenia.cars.aps.anl.gov
[mailto:ifeffit-bounces at millenia.cars.aps.anl.gov] On Behalf Of Scott
Sent: Thursday, August 06, 2009 1:27 AM
To: Todd Monson; XAFS Analysis using Ifeffit
Subject: [Ifeffit] Kapton in glove box
I've taken the liberty of posting your question to the Ifeffit
mailing list. You're likely to get more accurate and quicker answers to
these kinds of questions there.
(For the rest of you: Todd is asking about the technique of
preparing air-sensitive samples in a glove box, putting them on Kapton
tape, sealing them in plastic bags, and transporting them to the
beamline, shooting right through the bags.)
I'll take my shots, though:
It's hard for me to imagine adsorbed oxygen on the Kapton being
more significant than the other sources of stray oxygen that can be
present in a glove box. After all, the Kapton's in there too. And I
don't think it's going to be more significant than the oxygen that
diffuses through the plastic bags during transport.
The thinner the Kapton tape, the better, as that will minimize
the absorption due to the tape. It used to be hard to find 1 mil Kapton
tape with adhesive, but now it's easy. Hephaestus will give you the
absorption of Kapton, so you can judge how big an effect it will be at
the energies at which you'll work.
Sarah Lawrence College
On Aug 4, 2009, at 2:39 PM, Monson, Todd wrote:
Thanks. Is it pretty reasonable to assume that the
kapton tape that you put your samples on doesn't have any adsorbed
oxygen that could affect your samples? Do you do anything to clean the
kapton? Where are some good places to buy the kapton (and do you need
to purchase rather thin kapton tape for doing XAFS)?
From: Scott Calvin
Sent: August 04, 2009 11:34 AM
To: Monson, Todd
Cc: Scott Calvin
Subject: Re: mossbauer
Regular zip-loc bags work just fine. For heat sealers
I've used everything from a heat sealer manufactured for the purpose to
a little propane torch--even a cigarette lighter should work. Putting
one sealed bag inside another, if the energy you're working at allows
it, seems to work quite well.
On Aug 4, 2009, at 1:15 PM, Monson, Todd wrote:
I had another question - what kind of plastic bags and
heat sealers do you use for sealing up your air-sensitive XAFS samples?
And where could I buy them?
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