Surface Organometallic Chemistry Laboratory

Surface Organometallic Chemistry Laboratory

Inorganic materials are widely used in the heterogeneous catalysis and separation fields because of their ability to provide competitive and inexpensive solutions either as catalytic materials, support for catalytic materials or membranes/adsorbents for separation. Optimization and discovery of new catalytic nanoparticles, improved textured supports, selective membranes and adsorbents are the primary targets of the Inorganic Synthesis Laboratory.

Available equipment for synthesis and characterization of materials

The Inorganic Synthesis lab is fully equipped to undertake any kind of inorganic materials synthesis from sol-gel chemistry, synthesis in micro-emulsion, colloidal synthesis, hydrothermal synthesis and solid-state synthesis.

Facilities

  • High Vacuum lines Brand: VS Technologies,
    High Vacuum lines High vacuum lines are capable to evacuate specially designed glassware vessels to 10-6 mbar. Their design is based on silicon oil diffusion pump and is robust enough to handle exposure to significant amount of solid, liquid or gases. They are the necessary to prepare solid surface for grafting using surface organometallic chemistry (SOMC) with the highest standard of cleanliness.
  • Gloveboxes Brand: MBRAUN,
    Model: MB Labmaster SP (1500/780)
    Gloveboxes ​Gloveboxes are used to handle air sensitive compounds and are filled with inert gases (argon or nitrogen). Their atmosphere is of very high purity and allow to load and unload vessels for the preparation, the characterization of the catalytic screening of highly reactive compounds.
  • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) spectrometers Brand: Thermo Scientific,
    Model: Nicolet 6700
    Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) spectrometers FTIR spectrometer measure how well a sample absorbs light over a range of wavelength. Many sampling techniques are available (ATR, DRIFT, transmission) and allow to perform analysis on powder, liquid or even gases. In situ experimental setup are particularly relevant to understand the behavior of catalysts under the catalytic working conditions as substrates, product and catalyst fragment can be monitored.
  • Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS) Brand: Agilent,
    Model: 7890A
    Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS) Gas Chromatography is a very common analytical techniques that allow to measure the chemical component of a mixture by heating them and eluting them over columns. Chemicals must be able to vaporize under the pressure and temperature of the GC without decomposition to be analyzed. GC can be coupled with mass spectrometer that can analyzed continuously the gas phase and can determined the mass of the substrates. GCMS allows to separate and identify quickly a wide range of organic compounds.
  • Gas chromatography-flame ionization detector (GC-FID) Brand: Agilent,
    Model: 6850
    Gas chromatography-flame ionization detector (GC-FID) Gas Chromatography is a very common analytical techniques that allow to measure the chemical component of a mixture by heating them and eluting them over columns. Chemicals must be able to vaporize under the pressure and temperature of the GC without decomposition to be analyzed. The operation of the FID is based on the detection of ions formed during combustion of organic compounds in a hydrogen flame.