X-ray scattering and spectroscopy studies on diesel soot from oxygenated fuel under various engine load conditions

A. Braun*, N. Shah, F. E. Huggins, K. E. Kelly, A. Sarofim, C. Jacobsen, S. Wirick, H. Francis, J. Ilavsky, G. E. Thomas, G. P. Huffman

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Diesel soot from reference diesel fuel and oxygenated fuel under idle and load engine conditions was investigated with X-ray scattering and X-ray carbon K-edge absorption spectroscopy. Up to five characteristic size ranges were found. Idle soot was generally found to have larger primary particles and aggregates but smaller crystallites, than load soot. Load soot has a higher degree of crystallinity than idle soot. Adding oxygenates to diesel fuel enhanced differences in the characteristics of diesel soot, or even reversed them. Aromaticity of idle soot from oxygenated diesel fuel was significantly larger than from the corresponding load soot. Carbon near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy was applied to gather information about the presence of relative amounts of carbon double bonds (CC, CO) and carbon single bonds (C-H, C-OH, COOH). Using scanning X-ray transmission microspectroscopy (STXM), the relative amounts of these carbon bond states were shown to vary spatially over distances approximately 50 to 100 nm. The results from the X-ray techniques are supported by thermo-gravimetry analysis and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2588-2599
Number of pages12
Issue number12
StatePublished - Oct 2005


  • Combustion
  • Doping
  • Functional groups
  • Soot
  • X-ray scattering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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