If you have a trap filled with 5A molecular sieve immersed in liquid nitrogen, you will freeze out O2. This is standard for purifying O2 away from other goodies. If it is whole air, I would recommend at least three traps, one to dry (dry ice ethanol), one to remove CO2 etc (liquid nitrogen without molecular sieve), and then the one to grab O2 (liquid nitrogen, 5A mol sieve). N2 will pass through these. Argon, however, remains with O2.
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From: Olha Furman <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, January 30, 2009 11:13:38 AM
Subject: [ISOGEOCHEM] extracting oxygen from air
Could anybody tell what will be the easiest way to extract oxygen from air
using the vacuum line and without conversion to CO/CO2, so it can be
analyzed further on a dual-inlet mass spectrometer?