PressureSyn HPR Evaluation: Dr Marco Conte, University of Sheffield

This PressureSyn HPR Evaluation is shared by: Dr Marco Conte, Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield.

Dr Marco Conte

“I am a user of the Asynt PressureSyn reactor, for the testing of catalysts of oxidation and isomerization reactions, and this is a product that I strongly recommend to any researcher who has the need to explore a wide range of temperatures and pressure, but preserving important safety characteristics and a compact design.

Asynt PressureSyn Evaluation from Dr Marco Conte at Sheffield University UK

This is one of the safest autoclaves I have had the chance to work with.

Safety features include two different outlet safety valves, and due to its design it is not possible to open the autoclave unless the pressure inside the vessel has been reduced to ambient value first. The latter is an important, and to some extent unique, feature that allows the use of this set-up also for non-experienced users.

Asynt PressureSyn ultra safe single position high pressure laboratory reactor

In summary I strongly recommend this product for its capability and safety to anyone involved in the study of chemical reactions.”

More about the author:

Dr Marco Conte heads up the Conte Catalysis Group at the University of Sheffield, UK.  The group describe themselves as being at “The forefront of heterogenous catalysis”.

Research interests

Their research activity aims to tackle grand challenges and they focus in the development and design of novel heterogeneous catalysts for sustainable processes in the areas of:

  • Water environmental remediation
  • Biomass conversion to platform chemicals
  • Selective oxidation of hydrocarbons

Materials and testing. The group are experts in the synthesis, characterization and testing of a wide range of catalysts and materials including: supported metal nanoparticles, micro and meso porous materials, zeolites, nematic phases, nanostructured and bulk metal oxides. These materials are tested by using both atmospheric and pressurised chemical reactor vessels.

Methodology. They pioneered new methods like quantitative NMR for hydrocarbon mixtures, and to achieve our research goals we make use of an array of physical chemistry approaches involving: kinetics, solid state chemistry, properties of fluids, design and build of chemical reactors, as well as computational models.

Analytical and characterization methods. They make use of a wide array of state-of-the-art analytical tools, which are aimed to to identify structure-activity correlations and unveil reaction mechanisms. These involves: NMR (liquid and solid state), XRD (powder and in-situ), HPLC, GC-MS, XPS, TGA and chemisorption methods, infrared-ATR and EPR spectroscopies, as well as TEM and SEM analysis.

Published works

You may view a variety of these via this external link:

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Reference: ASY-EV-148