Respiratory Adsorption Unit delivered to IRCLYON
The Avantium Respiratory Adsorption Unit as shown in the picture below was developed to simultaneously test the performance of eight adsorbent materials for respiratory adsorption applications. This unit significantly accelerates the testing and development of new adsorbents. Whereas usually adsorbents are tested in single-tube set-ups needing large volumes, this new, compact unit has eight reactors in parallel. During these tests, a gas stream containing volatile organic components (VOCs) is passed through the adsorbent material and the time it takes for the harmful component to ‘break through’ the adsorbent is measured. The unit leverages Avantium’s microfluidics technology developed for parallel catalyst testing, which allows testing of samples of milligram size with the highest accuracy. This minimizes the amount of waste and allows researchers to maximize the use of their precious research samples. Currently these tests are typically executed in a single column with a much larger volume. For maximum flexibility, a gas stream with a very low concentration of VOCs can be generated directly in the system from the pure VOC. To simulate the various real-world conditions, performance tests are conducted in a climate-controlled environment with a temperature between 20 – 50°C and a relative humidity of 20 – 80%.
This is the first application of its kind for Avantium and marks an important milestone. We appreciate the fruitful collaboration with our partner IRCELYON resulting in the design and development of this unit; all of which was done in the Avantium head office, in Amsterdam. We look forward to continuing our collaboration and gaining additional valuable insights from IRCELYON as a first user of this new Avantium technology.
Avantium can now support customers with separation and purification challenges for both liquid as well as for gas. Please contact us here if you want to know more about our possibilities.