An automated gas sampling and analysis system for the discovery of new photosensitive materials
The photocatalysis module is the first additional module to be commissioned for the Formulation Engine; a Labman system designed for material creation and discovery, commissioned by the University of Liverpool for the Materials Innovation Factory (MIF).
The module receives SBS plates from the Formulation Engine and then moves them under a solar simulator to irradiate their undersides and catalyse reactions within the vials. This is done on a shaking bed to prevent the vial contents from binding together. After exposure, gases from the headspace of the vials are sampled by the module and passed to an on-board mass spectrometer which identifies the gases present. This module will be used to discover and test new materials that could give us the ability to produce Hydrogen fuel from just water and sunlight.
Although this module is designed to work with the wider Formulation Engine, the technology can be made as a standalone system.
Septum piercing and gas sampling with inert purging
Plate flipping to expose vial undersides
Integrated solar simulator for photocatalysis
Integrated mass spectrometer for gas analysis
Integrated orbital shaker for vial agitation
SBS plate handling
XYZ plate handling system for up to 15 vials at a time