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International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. C, ch. 3.2, p. 158

Section Volumenometry

F. M. Richardsa Volumenometry

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This is the only technique not requiring immersion of the sample in a liquid medium. The technique is therefore used in instances where the specimen would be attacked by the customary immersion media, or where one wishes to work over a temperature range where liquid media would be inappropriate.

The gas-pressure change caused by altering the volume of a calibrated vessel by a given amount is determined when the vessel is empty, and again after the weighed specimen has been introduced (Reilly & Rae, 1954[link]).

Any gas inert to the crystal may be used. Powders and crystal fragments may be employed. A probable accuracy as great as 0.1% may be attained. Samples with an aggregate volume as low as 0.01 ml have been measured with a probable accuracy of 1% (Hauptmann & Schulze, 1934[link]).


Hauptmann, H. & Schulze, G. E. R. (1934). Über ein neues Microvolumenometer. Z. Phys. Chem. Abt. A, 171, 36–40.
Reilly, J. & Rae, W. N. (1954). Physico-chemical methods, Vol. 1, 5th ed., pp. 577–608. New York: van Nostrand.

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