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Chemists receive valuable equipment donation

14 Jun 2011

University of Manchester Chemistry researchers have been provided with state-of-the-art equipment thanks to a donation from a leading industrial manufacturer.

Micromeritics Limited, are donating an ASAP 2050 Xtended Pressure Sorption Analyzer to the University’s School of Chemistry. This will allow researchers to study the uptake of gases by materials that are being developed for applications such as carbon dioxide capture and hydrogen storage.

With a long tradition of excellence in research, The University of Manchester is the largest single-site university in Britain. The School of Chemistry is one of the largest schools of chemistry in Europe, with a wide range of facilities and a broad portfolio of research expertise.

The University has wide-ranging activity in the field of nanoporous materials, with the Centre for Nanoporous Materials (CNM) focused on metal-organic framework, zeolite, and mesoporous material research.

The Organic Materials Innovation Centre (OMIC) also provides a base for the development of novel polymeric nanoporous materials, referred to as “polymers of intrinsic microporosity”.

Professor Peter Budd said: “There is a particular need to add extended pressure capability to our sorption methods.

“The ASAP 2050 will benefit a network of collaborations involving the School of Chemistry at Manchester, the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at Manchester and the School of Chemistry at Cardiff University.”

In business since 1962, Micromeritics manufactures a broad line of automated laboratory instruments that measure physical characteristics of powders and solids for fundamental research, product development, quality assurance and control, production, and process control applications.

Measurements obtained include particle size, particle shape, surface area, pore volume, pore size and pore size distribution, material density, catalytic activity, and temperature-programmed reactions.

For more information, visit www.micromeritics.com. Visit the School of Chemistry at The University of Manchester at www.chemistry.manchester.ac.uk