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Thermal analysis combined with mass spectrometry was applied to radiocarbon dating procedures (age determination of carbon containing samples) to determine the optimal temperature range for the reduction of CO2 over metallic cobalt of various particle sizes. Experiments were carried out to show the different catalytic activities of cobalt of particle sizes 1, 1–45 and 44 m. The morphology of the cobalt samples and the deposited carbon were investigated. The quantification of CH4 and CO formed during the reduction of CO2 was done by means of pulse thermal analysis.

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Thermal analysis combined with mass spectrometry was applied to radiocarbon dating procedures (age determination of carbon-containing samples). Experiments carried out under an oxygen atmosphere were used to determine carbon content and combustion range of soil and wood samples. Composition of the shell sample and its decomposition were investigated. The quantification of CO2 formed by the oxidation of carbon was done by the application of pulse thermal analysis. Experiments carried out under an inert atmosphere determined the combustion range of coal with CuO as an oxygen source. To eliminate a possible source of contamination in the radiocarbon dating procedures the adsorption of CO2 by CuO was investigated.

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