Equipment

The selection of research equipment available in our laboratory

Our laboratories at the Faculty of Chemistry of the Jagiellonian University specialize in in situ spectroscopy and operando methods for testing the surface of materials, in particular heterogeneous catalysts in real time. The branch related to conservation chemistry and research of cultural heritage objects is also intensively developed. We have advanced methods for analyzing material degradation, including these based on natural polymers (paper, fabrics).

The laboratory accepts orders for analysis of catalysts and fibers from industry, cultural institutions, archives and scientific research units, using the apparatus provided. We carry out work commissioned for various companies interested in comprehensive tests, as well as those related to individual measurements.

We invite you to familiarize yourself with the equipment of our laboratories and to contact us!

Spectroscopy / Microscopy in operando and in-situ modes

in-situ UV-ViS spectrometer

The developed configuration of the system allows to perform tests in various modes of operation using one of measuring position:

  • standard measurement in ambient conditions in the range 200-250 to 800-1000 nm with an integrating sphere;
  • temperature measurement in the VIS range (400-800) using a lens system;
  • temperature measurement in the UV-VIS-NIR range using a temperature probe.

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Confocal Raman microscope
coupled with atomic force microscope

In the in situ and operando modes, the device is used to determine the surface structure of catalysts based on metal oxides (nitrides and carbides) and reaction intermediate products. It is possible to specify material structures using a wide range of laser lines, profiling and mapping of material surfaces.

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Atomic force microscope – AFM

Using the atomic force microscope, it is possible to examine the surface structure of both conductive and non-conductive samples in several modes: non-contact and indirect. The conjugated AFM system and microRaman can be used to analyze the composition and structure (topography) of exactly the same place on the surface of homogeneous as well as heterogeneous samples (e.g. structural catalysts).

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Confocal Raman microscope

In the in situ and operando modes, the device is used to determine the surface structure of catalysts based on metal oxides (nitrides and carbides) and reaction intermediate products. It is possible to specify material structures using a wide range of laser lines, profiling and mapping of material surfaces.

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FT-Raman

In the in situ and operando modes, the instrument is used to analyze intermediate reaction products on the surface of catalysts. Under ambient conditions, the device is used to analyze solids.

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FT-IR spectrometer with microscope

In the in situ and operando versions, the instrument is used to analyze intermediate reaction products on the surface of catalysts.

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Characteristics of materials

ED-XRF X-ray fluorescence spectrometer

X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF) is used for elemental analysis (in our device – Lat. above 11). Both solids and liquids can be analyzed with this technique. Our spectrometer is characterized by high sensitivity, thanks to which in many cases even trace elements can be measured.

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SEC-UV-VIS / MALLS / RI

The chromatographic set allows to determine in a wide range (100 – 10,000,000 g / mol) cellulose molecular weight distributions and THF soluble synthetic polymers. In addition, measurements of protein molecular weight distributions in the range of 15,000 – 150,000 g / mol are performed.

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UV-Vis spectrometer

UV-Vis measurement of reflection, transmittance and absorbance spectra. An spectrometer with an integrating sphere allows the registration of solid spectra for flat light scattering samples. The apparatus can be used in research, among others degradation of paper, silk and dyes on various substrates as well as catalyst surfaces.

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Hyperspectral camera

Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) allows to obtain valuable analytical data in a non-contact way for the entire object, regardless of its dimensions (from micro to macro scale).

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Characteristics of catalytic properties

Gradient-free reactor

Gradient-free reactor integrated with the balance.

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Catalyst characterization set

Catalyst characterization set, material characterization:

  • high-volume testing of catalytic activity of tested materials (high throughput analysis)
  • characteristics of sorption capacity and porosity of catalysts

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Flow reactor

A reactor for conducting chemical reactions in the flow of gases enables tests in a wide temperature range (25-1000 C). Has a temperature controller. Used with external detectors.

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Spectrometers

Cirrus ™ 2 gas phase mass spectrometer

Cirrus ™ 2 is a tool for monitoring and analyzing gas and gas mixtures as well as trace process gas impurities online; solvent vapors; hydrocarbons; atmospheric components and inorganic gases (including corrosive gases); freons and inert gases.

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FAIMS spectrometer

FAIMS (Field Asymmetric Ion Mobility Spectrometer) spectrometer. Ion mobility spectrometer in a strong electric field. Freon and noble gases.

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DESI-MS

The Desorption Electrospray Ionization type sample direct injection system for the Bruker Esquire 6000 mass spectrometer allows ionization and introduction of the sample to the mass spectrometer directly from the surface of the solid being tested.

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Material modification

Electric spinner with atmosphere control module

Electro spinning enables the production of nanofibers from polymer solutions. Aqueous and organic solvents can be used. It is possible to spin homogeneous fibers and core-shells.

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Chamber and low-temperature plasma generator under reduced pressure

In recent years, non-thermal plasma at reduced pressure or near atmospheric pressure has attracted interest due to its use in many emerging technologies. Non-thermal plasma can be used for sterilization, surface cleaning and surface modification.

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Apparatus for working with biological materials

Laminar chambers

Laminar chambers enables working in sterile conditions.
ESCO PCR cabinet (with vertical air flow)

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Climate chambers

The chamber is used for temperature aging with relative humidity control. It is possible to conduct tests under sterile conditions.

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Optical microscopes

Micro sample tests

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Paper and print properties testing

Number of double bends

Mechanical properties of paper.

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Ripper

Testing of mechanical properties of paper.

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Humidity meter

FIBRO infrared moisture meter (precise measurement of moisture content of solid samples at a distance, also through the glass wall of the vessel)

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Microfadeometer

Microfadeometer – a device for spot light resistance testing with simultaneous measurement of color change (microfadeometer or light-aging fiber-optics reflection spectroscopy)

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Hunterlab

A device for measuring colors.

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Moisture analyzer

Determination of water content with an accuracy of 1 mg.

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