Analytical Facilities in CCS and Unconventional Gas

Analytical Facility in CCS and Unconventional Gas 

To establish a national analytical facility to support research in CCS and cleaner fossil energy, the University of Nottingham has secured £1.5M funding from DECC (£711k, awarded to the MEC and EPSRC (£735k, as part of the Centres of Doctoral Training Equipment call).  The Facility is available to PACT users, in addtion to supporting the new Centre for Doctoral Training in CCS and Cleaner Fossil Energy, led by Nottingham in partnership with the University of Birmingham, the British Geological Survey (BGS), Loughborough and Leeds Universities.  The Facility comprises:

  • GC-MS, LC-MS and ion chromatography to provide an integraded approach to characterising degraded amine solvents from post-combustion capture.

  • A range of thermal analysis equipment, including DSC, TGA coupled to GC-MS anfd gigh pressure TGA for investigating fundamentals of devolatilisation and combustion, as well as providing accurate heats of reaction and adsorption.

  • Solid state NMR to charaterise a range of carbonaceus materials.

  • Optical microscopy for characterising of a wideshales, coals and ashes to support research on unconventional gas and advanced coal combustion processes.  

  • An modular flow reactor system, able to operate at pressures up to 100 bar and temperatures up to 800 oC, that will complement the high pressure TGA and enable CO2 utilisation and geological processes to be investigated  under dynamic conditions. 

  • Milling equipment allowing the continuous analysis of powders (diameter, shape function, number, density, transparency and surface analysis) for a size range of 30 um to 30 mm within minutes.  

For enquires, please contact Prof. Colin Snape.