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Micromeritics Announces Grant to Penn State

Micromeritics Announces Instrument Grant to the Department of Chemical Engineering at Penn State University - 8/23/2010

Micromeritics’ Grant Selection Committee has selected the recipient of its grant award for the second quarter of 2010. An ASAP® 2020 Accelerated Surface Area and Porosimetry System with micropore and chemisorption options has been awarded to the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

According to Dr. Robert Rioux, Principal Investigator, "We are working on a number of projects that are quite diverse ranging from studies involving adsorption in porous materials, synthesis of new porous materials and their characterization, the evolution of porosity, surface composition of nanostructures (with magnetic and catalytic applications), and the characterization of catalytic materials (active surface area, isosteric heat of adsorption). The ASAP 2020 micropore option is necessary for studies of microporous and mesoporous silica materials, including a series of new zeolitic materials and mesoporous silica materials that have been discovered here at Penn State. The chemisorption option will allow us to determine the number of active sites in a multitude of heterogeneous catalysts that include single-site, tethered organometallics, nanoparticles embedded in nanoporous carbon, and colloidal synthesized nanoparticles encapsulated in a mesoporous silica matrix. I am particularly interested in using the various adsorption models to determine the isosteric heat of adsorption for comparison with calorimetric experiments of the differential heat of adsorption."

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