Thanks to chromatography and advances in its instrumentation over the last two decades, analysis of complex mixtures of organic compounds at trace levels of concentration is not a challenge anymore. At CAIS we keep up with the latest advances to upgrade our chromatography instruments esp. those hyphenated with mass spectrometers.
No doubt Catalysis and reaction kinetics are the backbone of organic reactions. At CAIS, we developed a computer controlled system to study reaction kinetics and dehalogenation of organic compounds. The reactor has output to a gas chromatograph to monitor the parent compound and reaction products. Another output to sample collector to collect water for analysis of non-volatile inorganic products. It has input from a syringe injector to add measured catalyst activators as needed. It also provide access of pH/Eh/ion selective electrodes. The system has been successfully used to study remediation of trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), dichloromethane (DCM), chloroform and carbon tetrachloride contaminants in water. Modification of the system to accommodate different reaction studies is possible and joint research using this facility is welcome.