Mixed Gas Sorption Analysis - the IGA-003 from Hiden Isochema

Hiden Isochema’s IGA series are excellent tools for sorption science. The IGA tools are based on the gravimetric method and precisely measure the dynamics and magnitude of gas and vapor sorption on materials.

The IGA-003 tool is a gravimetric analyzer that is designed to analyze mixed gas and/or vapor sorption methods from vacuum through to high pressure. The tool is integrated with a multiple inlet mass flow control system. An internal gas delivery unit introduces the gas stream below the sample and extracts above it, which allows a defined gas composition to be formed at the sample position. It is possible to mix up to four gas streams before injecting into the sample reactor as the flow and pressure control are independent.

A balance purge can be provided with this tool to facilitate the use of corrosive gases/vapors at the sample position, and at the same time protect the reliability of the weighing unit. Likewise, an optional humidifier or vapor generator enables the release of defined vapor compositions to the sample reactor.

The IGA design combines accurate computer-control and measurement of mass change, temperature, and pressure to enable 100% automatic and reproducible determination of gas sorption-desorption isotherms and isobars in varied operating conditions. Different sample environment options are provided so that operation at temperatures from -196 to 1000°C and at pressures ranging from ultra-high vacuum to 20 bar are possible. A close-coupled mass spectrometer option facilitates the performance of product desorption and basic TGA-MS experiments.

The IGA-003 tool can be used to analyse mixed gas/vapor sorption on materials such as carbons, polymers, zeolites, and catalysts.

Typical sorptives:

The basic sorptives are listed below:

  • Hydrogen
  • Oxygen
  • Nitrogen
  • Methane
  • Carbon monoxide/dioxide

Key Features

The following are the main features of the IGA-003 gravimetric analyzer:

  • Precise ramp-set-point PID pressure control from one or more high resolution sensors, up to 20 bar
  • Dynamic mixed gas sorption analyzer, with ultra-sensitive microbalance
  • Autonomous pressure control and flow control operation for variable gas composition at a range of pressures
  • Stable set point furnace for exact isothermal operation, and low thermal mass furnace for rapid response ramping
  • Balance purge option for corrosive gas operation
  • Multiple inlet mass flow controller unit for mixed gas operation
  • Fully integrated close coupled quadrupole mass spectrometry option for evolved gas analysis (EGA)


The key IGA-003 gravimetric analyzer application areas are:

  • Polymers
  • Nitridation
  • Catalyst characterization
  • Separation technology
  • Hydrogen storage
  • Thermal decomposition
  • Evolved gas analysis (EGA)
  • Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)
  • Temperature-programmed desorption (TPD)
  • Metal surface area measurement
  • Temperature-programmed oxidation/reduction (TPO/TPR)


Studying Gas and Vapor Sorption at a Range of Pressures with the IGA-003 Dynamic Mixed Gas Sorption Analyzer

The Hiden Isochema - The IGA Range
The Hiden Isochema - The IGA Range
The Hiden Isochema - The IGA Range
The Hiden Isochema - The IGA Range
The Hiden Isochema - The IGA Range


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