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Micromeritics Announces Its Second Instrumentation Grant Award Winner

Micromeritics Announces Its Second Instrumentation Grant Award Winner - 2/27/2007

Micromeritics recently launched an Instrument Grant Program intended to provide particle characterization instruments to non-profit universities and research organizations for the purpose of fostering and supporting meritorious research projects. Many deserving applications have been received. After careful consideration by a special Grant Selection Committee set up by the president of the company, Micromeritics second grant award winner has been selected. An AutoChem II 2920 Catalyst Characterizatioin System has been awarded to the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. John Monnier, Research Professor and Principal Investigator states, “One of the primary emphasis areas of the University is nanotechnology, and the efforts are being led by the USC Nanocenter. Nanoscale catalysis is a focal point, or thrust area, of the Nanocenter which includes not only the traditional areas of catalyst synthesis and evaluation for environmental and chemical processes, but also the Future FuelsTM initiative at USC which is heavily focused on fuel cells and alternative energy sources, of which catalysts and electrocatalysts are key components. Selective chemisorption is the single most important analytical tool used for the study and application of materials employed in these catalytic processes, and is the only technique that directly measures the concentration of active surface sites responsible for catalytic transformations. All other analytical tools measure only physical and/or chemical correlations related to concentrations of active sites.”

South Carolina - Dept of Chemical Engineering