Neilson and Packlar design gas flow cell to analyze catalytic behavior

Posted: September 1st, 2017

Arnold Packlar CSU and Dr. Dan Olds ORNL loading a sample into the NOMAD instrument

If only there were a way to study how catalyst materials (as in an automotive catalytic converter) actually interacts with gas-phase reactants?

Learning the atomistic processes that enable this technology could able the production of less expensive and more efficient catalysts.  Working together with scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Assistant Professor Jamie Neilson and graduate student Arnold Packlar from CSU’s Chemistry Department have helped develop a new instrument that enables the scientific community to use neutron scattering to study how gases interact with high-surface area materials, such as porous materials (zeolites and metal organic frameworks) and supported catalysts.  The team hopes that other scientific users of the facility will take advantage of the new capabilities to solve cutting-edge problems in catalysis science.

To learn more about this research project, and the amazing interdisciplinary team CSU researchers worked with, click here!