First Sale of In-Situ XRD Cell
With the patenting process only just having entered PCT stage, along with a broader US patent application, the first In-Situ X-ray Diffraction Cell has been sold by UCT. The In-Situ XRD cell was invented by Prof Michael Claeys of the Department of Chemical Engineering and his now graduate student Dr Nico Fischer. The cell is proving to be a cutting-edge research tool and can be retrofitted to existing X-ray diffractometers or synchrotrons to enable materials such as catalysts to be studied at elevated temperatures and pressures in changeable gaseous or liquid environments. The construction and design overcome a number of shortcomings that restrict the use of current commercial systems and will open up new areas of research.
The XRD Cell will be manufactured by an "emerging spin-off company" that is currently being incubated within UCT and is focused on producing Catalysis Test Units. Further patents have been filed around the novel 'compression fitting' which makes inserting fragile glass capillary tubes considerably easier, with greatly reducing the chance of their breakage and allowing the units to be finger tightened, bypassing the need for spanners, etc. Contact Prof Claeys [Michael.Claeys@uct.ac.za] for quotes if you would like to purchase a unit.