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Process Chemistry and Development Laboratory

Process Chemistry and Development
The Process Chemistry and Development Laboratory has facilities for the analysis of different types of product and by-product streams. These analyses provide the data necessary for the calculation of material balances, conversions, and product qualities for several ongoing engineering projects at the EERC. Equipment is in place for ashing, solubility testing, numerous ASTM International (ASTM) standard tests, coal cleaning, and a variety of general and specialized analytical testing, including wet-chemical testing.

Laboratory Capabilities

  • Thermal analysis
  • Gas analysis
    • Hewlett-Packard 5880a refinery gas analyzer
    • HP-7890 GC with autosampler
    • HP-7890 GC/MS with autosampler
  • Liquids and solids analysis
    • Leeman Labs Model CE440 elemental analyzer
    • LECO sulfur analyzer
    • Lab Industries Karl Fischer titrator for trace water analysis
    • Bausch and Lomb Spectronic 20 spectrometer
    • Servall centrifuge
    • Perkin-Elmer/Coleman flame photometer
    • Abbe refractometer
    • ASTM D1160 distillation apparatus
    • ASTM D86 distillation apparatus
    • Coal washability equipment
    • ASTM and low-temperature ash furnaces
    • Haake RV100 Rotovisco viscometer
    • Hydrometers
    • Brookfield rheology viscometer
    • High-pressure liquid chromatograph
    • Waters Associates ALC/GPC 201 gradient liquid chromatograph
    • Hewlett-Packard 1040A diode array detector
  • Ultraviolet spectrometry
    • Hitachi Model 340 UV Vis spectrometer
  • Infrared spectroscopy
    • Perkin-Elmer 283 infrared spectrometer
    • Bomem 110c infrared spectrometer
  • A full complement of micro and analytical balances and volume-measuring glassware