We also rely on a variety of instruments available on campus to perform some of our work.The Samuel Roberts Noble Electron Microscopy Laboratory,located in the Biology/Microbiology building hosts a high-resolution SEM (JEOL 880) and a TEM (JEOL 2000FX) electron microscopes.
In addition, we use the EXAFS facilities at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) located in Brookhaven National Laboratory (NY). EXAFS experiments have allowed us to determine the crystal structure and details of chemical and physical phase transformations in our catalysts at different stages of the SWNT production process.
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Tacking hydrophobic organosilyl groups onto the surface of a common zeolite helps overcome the catalyst’s inability to function effectively when liquid water is the reaction medium, chemical engineers have found. The researchers believe their water-repelling zeolite could be a hit for high-pressure water/oil emulsion processing of biomass into fuels and chemicals. The protecting group strategy could also benefit other types of catalysts that are inhibited by water, they say.