Head of Laboratory
Catalysts are important for energy saving and environmentally friendly conversion of raw materials (not only renewable) to final products with required quality. The main emphasis is put on high efficiency of developed materials that also leads to decreased production of harmful emissions and therefore it also contributes to environmental protection.
Research in laboratory of catalyst synthesis is focused on preparation of catalysts for the processes that are used for conversion of renewable raw materials to products with high added value and it also deals with environmental adsorption and catalytic technologies.
In addition to conventional techniques such as impregnation, for preparation of the catalysts and their modification it is used a PC-controlled precipitation apparatus (Syrris - Globe) with an equipment for pressure filtration equipment - filter press. To facilitate a routine research work, there is a diverse equipment for mechanical and thermal treatment of samples and catalysts (grinding, dry milling and wet screening, drying, calcination), and equipment for processing of liquid samples (evaporation, distillation) etc.
Characterization of surfaces and active sites is performed with N2 physisorption (Quantachrome Autosorb-iQ), Hg porosimetry (Micromeritics - Autopore 9510), and chemisorption methods TPR, TPD, TPO (Micromeritics - AutoChem 2950 HP). Properties of the catalysts are assessed by other methods: XRD, XRF, TGA, ICP, Raman spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy.