Facilities

Shared-User Equipment
Click on image for Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). Contact Daniel Bregante (dbregan2 at Illinois dot edu) to request training on any of the equipment. Link to sign-up calendars.


Contact: Daniel Bregante
(dbregan2 at Illinois dot edu)
This centrifuge has variable speed and temperature control for the separation of solid nanoparticles from liquid solutions.

Contact: Jason Adams
(jsadams2 at Illinois dot edu)
This single-zone furnace can operate up to temperatures of 1000 oC and is equipped with a gas manifold to control the flow of air.

Contact: Zeynep Ayla
(ayla2 at Illinois dot edu)
This gas chromatograph is equipped with a flame ionization detector to identify and quantify the products that are formed in liquid-phase reactions. The auto sampler allows for up to 100 samples to be loaded at a time for analysis.

Contact: Pranjali Priyadarshini
(priyada2 at Illinois dot edu)
These gas cabinets house the most toxic gases we use in lab (e.g., CO, NH3, and PH3).

Contact: Tomas Ricciardulli
(tomasr2 at Illinois dot edu)
This hydraulic press is used to compress any catalysts or solids into pellets that may be passed through a seive to obtain a particular particle size or used with the FTIR Transmission cell.

Contact: Daniel Bregante
(dbregan22 at Illinois dot edu)
This gas and vacuum manifold is used for the air- and water-free synthesis of our catalysts. This includes a Fischer Maxima C vacuum pump and a dedicated Ar line to provide an inert atmosphere.

Contact: Zeynep Ayla
(ayla2 at Illinois dot edu)
This fume hood and hotplates are used to synthesize the various catalysts our lab uses as well as stir and heat our array of batch and semi-batch reactors.

Contact: Daniel Bregante
(dbregan2 at Illinois dot edu)
This convection oven is used to dry glassware at 125 oC for use in air- and water-free synthesis conditions.

Contact: Daniel Bregante
(dbregan22 at Illinois dot edu)
This autoclave oven with elevated pressure chambers is used for hydrothermal synthesis of catalysts.

Dedicated Equipment

Contact: Tomas Ricciardulli (tomasr2 at Illinois dot edu)
This fully-automated system is designed to measure the steady-state kinetics of the direct synthesis of H2O2 on various supported catalysts. Gases (H2, O2 CO2) and liquids (H2O and CH3OH) are fed at controlled rates at industrially relevant conditions.

Contact: Jason Adams (jsadams2 at Illinois dot edu)
This fully-automated system is designed to measure the steady-state kinetics of the direct synthesis of H2O2 on various supported catalysts. Gases (H2, O2 CO2) and liquids (H2O and CH3OH) are fed at controlled rates at industrially relevant conditions in a trickle-bed reactor.

Contact: Pranjali Priyadarshini (priyada2 at Illinois dot edu)
This semi-batch system is used to measure the transient kinetics of the direct synthesis of H2O2 on various supported and homogeneous catalysts. Gases (H2, O2 CO2) and liquids (H2O and CH3OH) are fed at controlled rates and the reaction media is monitored in situ via UV-vis, while reactant concentrations are measured using an on-line mass spectrometer.

Contact: Claudia Berdugo (ceb4 at Illinois dot edu) This high-pressure hydrogenolysis system consists of a packed bed reactor with the capability of fully automated temperature, pressure, and gas- and liquid-flow control. An on-line gas chromatograph measures steady-state product formation rates and selectivities.


Contact: David Ollodart (davidbo2 at Illinois dot edu) This high-pressure hydrogenolysis system consists of a packed bed reactor with the capability of fully automated temperature, pressure, and gas- and liquid-flow control. This includes a Teledyne ISCO 500D syringe pump to control liquid flow rates (>1 uL min-1). An on-line gas chromatograph measures steady-state product formation rates and selectivities.

Contact: Daniel Bregante (dbregan2 at Illinois dot edu) This reactor is designed to identify the products and measure the steady-state kinetics of ethanol coupling on various heterogeneous catalysts. The catalysts are placed in custom U-shaped reactors and the temperature is controlled by a vertical tubular furnace.
Reactants are introduced via mass-flow controllers and syringe pumps.


Contact: Yangsik Yun (netiyys at Illinois dot edu) This system for ester reduction to ether is designed to measure steady-state product formation rates and selectivities on various supported catalysts in trickle-bed system. Liquid (ester and solvents) and gas reactant are introduced into reactor by HPLC pump and mass-flow controller, respectively. Automated system allow liquid products and gas products to be analyzed by on-line GC accessorized by methanizer.
Equipment within Access
In addition to the equipment listed above, we have access to various pieces of equipment (e.g., Transmission Electron Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluroescence, X-ray Diffraction, etc.) at the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Lab. We also routinely utilize various techniques (e.g., Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emissions Spectroscopy, CHN Analysis, ThermoGravimetric Analysis, MicroCalorimetry, Physisorption, Solid-state and Liquid-phase NMR, etc.) at the School of Chemical Sciences Microanalysis Lab and NMR Lab.

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