Technicians in charge: Roberta Ceravola (TA) and Julio Fraile (BET)
Scientists in charge: Amparo Fuertes, Nora Ventosa

Scientific & Technical Services

Thermal Analysis (ATG/DSC) and Surface Area Analysis (BET)

The Thermal Analysis and Surface Area Analysis Service is used for the study of the behavior of materials when temperature changes under different conditions and atmospheres, and for studies of surface area and porosity. The Service allows for simultaneous thermogravimetric analysis (TGA- DSC/DTA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), as well as Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) Surface Area Analysis.

Scientific equipment available

Thermal Analysis
  • NETZSCH -STA 449 F1 Jupiter: Allows for simultaneous thermogravimetric analysis (TG) and differential scanning calorimetry/differential thermal analysis (DSC/DTA).
  • Perkin Elmer DSC8500 LAB SYS (N5340501): A differential scanning calorimeter with DSC power compensation, equipped with a CRYOFILL (N534004) liquid N2
BET Surface Area Analysis
  • Micromeritics ASAP 2000 (N2): Accelerated Surface Area and Porosimetry System using nitrogen as adsorption/desorption gas.
  • Micromeritics ASAP 2020 (N2, Ar, CO2): Accelerated Surface Area and Porosimetry System using either nitrogen, argon or carbon dioxide as adsorption/desorption gas.

Use of the Service in 2019

The ATG-DSC/DTA Netzsch equipment has processed 205 samples in 410 experiments (75 % internal users), and the DSC equipment, 58 samples (45 % internal users). This corresponds to 17 internal users from 8 ICMAB research groups, and 8 external users from 4 companies, 1 spin-off, 2 research centers and 2 universities.

The BET Surface Area Analysis equipment has processed 350 samples of 23 users: 87 % internal users from 9 Research Groups with an average of 17 samples per user, and 13 % external users, from companies (5 samples) and the UAB Analytical Chemistry Department (5 samples)

Outreach, publications and projects in which the service has participated

The Thermal Analysis service has participated in the “Programa Argó” 2019 edition and in some school visits throughout the year.

The BET Surface Area Analyis has participated as co-author in the following publication:  A Reversible Phase Transition of 2D Coordination Layers by B–H∙∙∙Cu(II) Interactions in a Coordination Polymer. Lei Gan, Pol G. Fonquernie, Mark E. Light, Gantulga Norjmaa, Gregori Ujaque, Duane Choquesillo-Lazarte, Julio Fraile, Francesc Teixidor, Clara Viñas, and José G. Planas. Molecules. 2019, 24(17): 3204.

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