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The CEBC laboratories house a wide array of reactors and instrumentation for catalysis research, much of which is available for industry-sponsored projects. These facilities, worth more than $4 million, are further complemented by the laboratories of individual faculty members and by major instrumentation operated by KU core laboratories.

Catalyst Testing Reactors

Stirred Reactors Several mechanically stirred Autoclave Engineers and Parr reactors are available in sizes ranging from 50 to 500 mL. Reactors are configured for batch, semi-batch, and continuous operation. All reactors are controlled and monitored by computer data acquisition and control systems.
Fixed-Bed Reactors 1/2" ID and 3/16" ID fixed bed reactor systems are available for testing small quantities of novel materials. The reactors are equipped with on-line GC sampling and liquid product collection.
Membrane Reactors Three continuous, well-mixed membrane reactors have been constructed from stainless steel MET membrane vessels that have been equipped with polyimide or ceramic membranes and retrofitted with mechanical stirring.
Spray Reactor A custom-made continuous 4L spray reactor features all-titanium construction, automated level control and a product take-off vessel. 
ReactIR Systems Three ReactIR systems (Si ATR-IR probe) are interfaced with 50 mL stirred Parr reactors for real-time FT-IR spectra collection.
Medium Throughput Screening Reactors A Parr parallel reaction system features six independently controlled 50 mL reactors with magnetic stirring for catalyst screening studies.

Equipment for Catalyst Characterization

Bruker Tensor 27 FT-IR IR spectrometer equipped with a Pike diffuse reflectance cell for characterizing heterogeneous catalysts, including adsorption/desorption studies.
Bruker Senterra Raman microscope with flow-through Linkam stage.
Horiba J-Y 2000 ICP-OES Horiba ICP optical emission spectrometer provides sensitive elemental analysis for catalyst composition and leaching studies.
Quantichrome Nova 2200e “Any gas” physisorption for surface area, pore volume, and pore diameter measurements.
Micromeretics Autochem 2910 Chemisorption experiments (TPO/TPR/TPD) for probing heterogeneous catalysts. Interfaced with a Pfeiffer mass spectrometer for off-gas analysis.
Micromeretics Gemini N2 physisorption for surface area and pore volume measurements.
Perkin Elmer Lambda 850 UV-Vis UV-visible spectrometer with diffuse reflectance capability for heterogeneous catalysts.
Rupprecht & Patashnick TEOM Tapered Element Oscillating Microbalance Flow-through reaction/adsorption/desorption cell with buoyancy-compensated mass measurement, for coke laydown determination, etc.

Other Analytical Instrumentation

Gas Chromatography/ Liquid Chromatography Several GCs and HPLCs in various configurations for routine quantification of reaction products.
GC/MS Two GC mass spectrometers (Agilent, Varian) are available for identification/confirmation of chemical compositions.
GPC Agilent gel permeation chromatography enables molecular weight determination of soluble polymers and large biomass-derived molecules.
Jerguson Cell Two high-pressure view cells are used to study expansion behavior in gas-expanded liquids
Viscometer A high-pressure, high-temperature vibrating piston viscometer can measure liquid, gas-expanded liquid, and slurry-phase viscosities.

CEBC Calendar

April 12, Wednesday - Mandatory Lab Safety Meeting
All researchers at 1501 Wakarusa Dr. must attend

9:00 a.m. in Building B seminar room

April 24 & 25, Spring IAB/SAB Meeting
Monday, April 24, 11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Adams Alumni Center, 1266 Oread Ave.
Tuesday, April 25, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the CEBC complex, 1501 Wakarusa Drive

April 28, Friday - Shiflett Research Open Laboratory
Tours of facilities & research presentations; light refreshments served
2:00-4:00 p.m., LEEP2 Lab 2444
inquiries: contact


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