The laboratories have a wide range of instrumentation for measuring adsorption, reactivity, gas evolution and swelling and for carbonization under a range of conditions.
Techniques available in the laboratories include:
- optical microscopy (including hot stage)
- image analysis
- microhardness and microstrength testing
- elemental analysis
- thermal analysis including instruments linked with mass spectrometric analysis (TGMS) of gaseous products
- high pressure thermobalance coupled with mass spectroscopy
- intelligent gravimetric analysis (IGA) systems for vapour/gas adsorption in static and flowing conditions
- active surface area analysis
- small scale carbonisation facilities, dilatometry and plastometry are available over a range of pressures
- entrained flow reactor, used for combustion studies
- adsorption techniques including McBain Springs and microbalance systems
- the assessment of energies of interaction during adsorption is carried out using a flow micro-calorimeter
- the dynamics of the adsorption process is studied using microbalance and flow microcalorimetry techniques
- structural studies are carried out using laser Raman microprobe spectroscopy, SEM, TEM, X-ray diffraction and FTIR.
While these techniques are specifically used for our carbon studies, they are applicable to a range of material science investigations.
- Contact: Professor Mark Thomas
- Email: Mark.Thomas@ncl.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7085