- Allows reactions to occur in an atmosphere where composition is controlled.
- Simulation of conditions where air is not in contact with the experimental system. For example, we can monitor reactions and determine thermodynamic properties under reducing conditions, where O2 is absent, or at elevated CO2 partial pressure.
The soft walled glove box is filled with gas of the desired composition at a pressure slightly above ambient pressure. The slight overpressure minimises diffusion of air (N2, O2, H2O, CO2) into the glove box. Working in the glove box is done wearing rubber sleeves and gloves extend into chamber.