To give an overview of our catalyst R&D facilities, the following resources and equipment are available to support our product development. Please click on the item title to read more about how it is used.
Surface Area Analyser – Quantachrome Nova 4200e
Using the principle of nitrogen adsorption and the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method, the surface area of solid materials can be determined.
Atomic Absorption Spectrometer – Unicam Solaar AAS
The principle of this method operates on the basis that a vapourised solution of the material to be tested passes through a light. The light absorbed by the vapour can be used to determine the amount of the substance present.
X-ray Fluorescence – Bruker S2 Ranger
This uses EDXRF – energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry – so that samples can determined for elemental concentrations from ppm levels upwards. Elements heavier than sodium (atomic number 11) can be analysed.
X-ray Diffraction – Bruker D2 Phaser
Crystalline materials contain a long range order in their structure. Because the electrons in an atom scatter light and the wavelength of X-ray light is similar to distance between atoms in a crystal lattice, the diffraction pattern of X-rays can be used as a “fingerprint” to determine the substance and phases of these substance in a material.
Leco SC632 Sulphur/Carbon analyser
Analyses powdered solid samples for both sulphur and carbon content.
Sir Galahad mercury analyser
The Sir Galahad is capable of determining concentrations of mercury vapour down to nano-grams per cubic meter level in virtually any gas phase.
Merlin mercury analyser
The Merlin mercury analyser measures the concentration of mercury in both solids and liquid samples. The measurement level can be as low as 1 ppb.
PoreMaster pore size analyser
The Quantachrome PoreMaster 33 porosimeter achieves a maximum pressure of 33,000 psia for pore size measurements in the range from over 950 micron to 0.0064 micron pore diameter. It determines, amongst other properties, pore volume, pore size distribution, and calculated surface area of any porous samples.
SRI Gas Chromatograph
This unit has an FID/FPD detector installed. The FID (Flame Ionisation Detector) is able to respond to any molecule with a carbon-hydrogen bond, for example, methane, ethane, and butane. It has a detection range of 0.1ppm to almost 100%. The FPD (Flame Photometric Detector) is able to respond to sulphur species such as hydrogen sulphide and carbonyl sulphide. It can detect down to 200ppb.
Mastersizer 3000 with Hydro EV
This is a laser diffraction particle size analyser. It measures particle size distributions for both wet and dry dispersions over the nanometer to millimeter particle size ranges.