Facilities

Synthesis

Our synthesis laboratories are equipped with conventional and advanced tools for the synthesis of zeolite/zeotype materials, metal-organic frameworks and homogeneous-phase catalysts. These tools include:

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Solvent purifier
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Glove box for oxygen-free and water-free syntheses
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Microwave ovens for rapid syntheses
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Vacuum line for catalysts drying

Characterization and spectroscopy

Our facilities include a variety of advanced molecular and surface characterization equipment for better understanding of the correlation between performance and properties of the synthesized materials:

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Agilent 4100 microwave plasma - atomic emission spectrometer (MP-AES) for the elemental analysis of synthesized materials
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Agilent 5975C gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS) for the characterization of heavy hydrocarbons, including coke in spent catalysts
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Atmosphere-controlled thermogravimetric analyzers (TGA) for composition analysis of materials in reductive, inert or oxidative atmospheres up to 1300°C
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Vertex 70 Fourier Transform Infrared spectrometer equipped for in-situ DRIFT and transmission measurements
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MicrotracBEL Belsorp Max gas adsorption instrument for the measurement of specific surface area, pore size distribution, and sorption capacity of solids by adsorption of nitrogen, water, methane and other gases
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Agilent 1260 high performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC) for separation of liquid-phase catalysts, separation of enantiomers or kinetic studies.

Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

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In collaboration with the Nanostructures and Functional Materials (NAFUMA) section, we also operate an advanced Hitachi SU8230 scanning electron microscope (SEM) for imaging and elemental analysis via Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX, EDS).

Resource Centre for X-rays (RECX)

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RECX is a national infrastructure for X-ray diffraction, scattering and imaging with lab nodes at the University in Oslo and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

 

Catalytic Testing

The performance of catalytic materials in processes such as methanol-to-hydrocarbons, ethylene oligomerization and CO2 hydrogenation is investigated thanks to conventional steady state catalytic test rigs. Each setup is equipped with its own computer-controlled gas-vapor feeding system, a plug-flow reactor and an on-line characterization system (gas chromatograph and/or mass spectrometer). The catalytic performances are evaluated by carrying out experiments where several parameters - reactants mixture, space velocity, temperature, pressure - are varied through time.

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Co-feed rig for the study of alkene/aromatics methylation
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Labview-controlled feeding system for the study of methanol synthesis
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Gas chromatograph connected to high pressure rig for the study of ethylene oligomerization
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Mass spectrometer for isotopic labelled experiments

Temporal Analysis of Products (TAP)

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In addition to steady-state reactors, the Catalysis group also operates a transient Temporal Analysis of Products (TAP) reactor.

Computational Resources

The group has access to the Norwegian national infrastructure for computational science that offers services in high performance computing and data storage. The resources are managed by UNINETT Sigma2 AS where you can check the available hardware resources and software resources.

Currently two supercomputers are utilized by our group:

  • abel is the main Linux cluster at UiO, with a detailed documentation available here.
  • stallo is at the University of Tromsø and the additional information can be found here.

Other Infrastructure

In addition to these facilities, the Catalysis group has access to common infrastructures:

Published Dec. 6, 2016 9:09 PM - Last modified Jan. 31, 2017 10:39 AM