InnoTech Alberta owns and operates a specialized facility for preparing and analyzing materials such as sorbents, elemental carbon, and catalysts. InnoTech provides services to help clients address challenges related to materials used in CO2 capture and conversion, utilization, and methane decarbonization.

A scanning electron microscope (SEM) utilizes a focused electron beam to scan the surface of a sample, generating images. These electrons interact with sample atoms, producing signals revealing surface topography and composition details.

One application of SEM is to characterize the sorbents or catalysts in CO2 capture and conversion processes. SEM can provide insights into the structure, porosity, and chemical composition of these materials, helping researchers optimize their performance for efficient CO2 capture and conversion.

X-ray crystallography is the scientific method used to determine the atomic and molecular arrangement of a crystal. This technique relies on the crystal’s structure, which causes incident X-rays to diffract into specific directions.

It can be applied in the characterization of carbon materials (produced from either CO2 or CH4), as well as in the assessment of the sorbents for CO2 capture or catalysts for CO2 or methane conversion and utilization.

Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) operates by tracking weight changes in relation to temperature or time.

It will be utilized to examine the properties and characteristics of the carbon materials or catalysts, gauge the CO2 adsorption capacity of the sorbent, and appraise the cyclic performance of the CO2 sorbent.

Raman spectroscopy, using laser light, analyzes molecular vibrations, providing details on a sample’s composition and structure.

Raman microscopy plays a crucial role in the characterization of materials by providing detailed information about their structure, composition, and properties at the microscopic level. In the context of carbon materials, Raman microscopy can be used to study features such as crystallinity, defect density, graphitic structure, and the presence of functional groups. This information is vital for understanding the performance and potential applications of carbon materials in various fields, including energy storage, catalysis, and electronics.

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3608 – 33 Street NW
Calgary, Alberta
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