Gradient Technology’s wet chemistry and analytical laboratory is a flexible operational space in which we conduct basic and applied research as well as provide analytical testing services. Our laboratory contains a variety of research and analytical tools such as chromatographs (both gas and liquid) with various detectors, thermal analysis instruments such as a thermal gravimetric analyzer (TGA) and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), particle size analyzer, weighing scales, furnaces, and wet chemistry equipment. Program-specific equipment is also designed and fabricated in-house for experimentation at larger scales. The laboratory contains two large walk-in style fume hoods for pilot-scale testing. Since Gradient Technology’s laboratory, engineering staff, and fabrication, integration, and testing facility are co-located, basic and applied research can be executed very efficiently. In cases where automation is required for data acquisition and/or safe operation, in-house control systems are rapidly adapted and programmed by controls engineers.
Basic and applied research efforts require careful planning and execution in order to obtain relevant and accurate data. As a result, Gradient Technology develops and refines experimental matrices, experimental plans, safety assessments, and analytical models with error analysis, to obtain data in a timely and safe manner. Software tools such as OriginLab, Mathematica, Fortran, Cheetah, SolidWorks, and Aspen Plus are utilized to analyze and model data, assess energetic properties, and develop process models.
Gradient Technology routinely develops, integrates, automates, and operates novel laboratory experimentation systems that facilitate data acquisition and reduce experimental time and cost. Automation hardware and software incorporated into these experimental systems include products from NI (formerly National Instruments) and Siemens.