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 General Facilities and Equipment


Synthesis: We are well equipped for inorganic material/membrane synthesis and purification. Facilities include nanotube synthesis setups, zeolite and metal-organic framework (MOF) synthesis reactors, purification equipment (dialysis, centrifuge), substrate preparation equipment (disk press, furnace, polishing wheel), water purification systems, Schlenk line for organic chemistry.

Membrane permeation: We are equipped with several single-component and multi-component gas/vapor permeation and pervaporation measurement systems, a membrane reactor test bed, and a catalytic reactor test bed.

Adsorption: We are equipped with single-component gas (pressure decay) and vapor (VTI-SA) adsorption measurement setups, as well as multi-component vapor and liquid breakthrough measurement setups.

Materials characterization

Use ShaRa to locate a number of characterization equipment available in our group and on campus.

We are frequent users of instrumentation available in the following Georgia Tech central facilities:

Center for Nanostructure Characterization

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Center

Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology

X-Ray Diffraction Access

We maintain a PANalytical X-ray diffractometer and reflectometer equipped with high-speed RTMS detector, Miniprop detector with parallel plate collimator, reflectivity stage, mirror, automatic beam attenuator, and TTK-450 temperature/environment control chamber. To obtain access:

1. Fill in and print Form B from the Office of Radiological Safety (ORS). Then have the Form B signed by Dr. Nair (EST 2224).

2. Submit Form B to the ORS. Enroll for, and complete, their Radiation Safety training.

3. We will receive your ORS training certificate and will contact you with the next available training date (see below the current training dates and times).

4. Please arrive at the location mentioned below on the scheduled date and time. After completing the training, you can use the instrument provided the trainer feels you are capable of operating it safely and correctly. Else, additional training is required. You can discuss your experimental needs/difficulties with us during training or afterwards.

5. At the end of training, you will receive a user name and password to access the sign-up scheduler.

Next Training Dates

XRD (EST 2385)

Jan 26


9 – 11 AM

Feb 23


9 – 11 AM

Mar 29


9 – 11 AM

Apr 26


9 – 11 AM


 Research Support

We gratefully acknowledge research support by:

NSF-CBET #1534179 (2015-)

Alstom Power (2015-)

DOE-NEUP (2014-)

DOE-EFRC (2014-)

Renewable Bioproducts Institute (2014-)

NSF-CBET #1264874 (2013-)

Phillips 66 (2013-)

ExxonMobil Chemicals (2012-)

Dow Chemical (2011-)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2013-)

General Electric (2011-2012)

NSF-CBET #0966582 (2010-2013)

ARPA-E (2010-2012)

Algenol Biofuels (2009-2012)

NSF-CAREER #0846586 (2009-2014)

ConocoPhillips (2008-2013)

KAUST (2008-2014)

NSF-EEC #0836520 (2008-2011)

NSF-ECCS #0801829 (2008-2011)

IPST Consortium (2008-2010)

NSF-STC (2007-2009)

Sandia National Laboratories (2007)

Georgia Research Alliance (2006-2008)

ExxonMobil (2006-2010)

ACS-PRF #44074-G10 (2006-2008)

NSF-CBET #0437621(2005-2008)

NSF-CBET #0403574 (2004-2009)

Georgia Tech startup funds (2003-2007)