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Instrument Donation to Boost Chemistry Research

McCrone Associates Donates X-Ray Photoelectron Spectrometer to University of Illinois at Chicago

WESTMONT, Ill – February 27, 2019 – McCrone Associates, Inc. donated an x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) instrument to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to investigate the surface chemistry of nanostructures, 2D materials, and catalytic materials. McCrone Associates is the analytical services member of The McCrone Group, a materials characterization company.

The instrument, a Physical Electronics Quantum 2000 spectrometer, will be installed in the UIC’s Department of Chemical Engineering laboratory.

UIC professors Meenesh Singh and Vikas Berry plan to use the instrument to further their research exploring electrochemical reduction of CO2 to fuels, and N2 to ammonia, using various nanostructures, 2D materials, and catalytic materials. XPS provides elemental and bonding information used to understand surface chemical reactions.

McCrone Associates has a history of contributing equipment to academia. It sent a Riber surface analysis system to North Carolina State, a transmission electron microscope to Northern Illinois University, a GC/MS system to Benedictine University, and an x-ray diffractometer to UIC.

Donation of the instrument was made possible by McCrone Associates’ purchase of a new ThermoFisher Scientific Nexsa XPS instrument. More information about McCrone Associates’ XPS analysis capabilities can be found here.