Recent progress in microstructural hydrogen mapping in steels: quantification, kinetic analysis, and multi-scale characterisation

Motomichi Koyama, Michael Rohwerder, Cemal Cem Tasan, Asif Bashir, Eiji Akiyama, Kenichi Takai, Dierk Raabe, Kaneaki Tsuzaki

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This paper gives an overview of recent progress in microstructure-specific hydrogen mapping techniques. The challenging nature of mapping hydrogen with high spatial resolution, i.e. at the scale of finest microstructural features, led to the development of various methodologies: thermal desorption spectrometry, silver decoration, the hydrogen microprint technique, secondary ion mass spectroscopy, atom probe tomography, neutron radiography, and the scanning Kelvin probe. These techniques have different characteristics regarding spatial and temporal resolution associated with microstructure-sensitive hydrogen detection. Employing these techniques in a site-specific manner together with other microstructure probing methods enables multi-scale, quantitative, three-dimensional, high spatial, and kinetic resolution hydrogen mapping, depending on the specific multi-probe approaches used. Here, we present a brief overview of the specific characteristics of each method and the progress resulting from their combined application to the field of hydrogen embrittlement. This paper is part of a thematic issue on Hydrogen in Metallic Alloys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1481-1496
Number of pages16
JournalMaterials Science and Technology (United Kingdom)
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sep 2


  • Hydrogen mapping
  • atom probe tomography
  • hydrogen embrittlement
  • hydrogen microprinting
  • kelvin probe
  • secondary ion mass spectroscopy
  • silver decoration
  • thermal desorption spectrometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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