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Department of Physicochemical Methods for Catalysts Investigation

Boreskov Institute of Catalysis of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (BIC) is the largest in the world specialized institution, working in the field of chemical catalysis. Its activity covers all aspects of catalysis: from the study at the atomic-molecular level up to creation of commercial catalysts and catalytic technologies. At any stage of work the modern physicochemical methods and devices, “subtle sensitive instruments” are of great importance. They permit to:

  • define the chemical composition of the objects under study;
  • register almost each surface atom;
  • discover the slightest changes and distortion in molecule structure;
  • detect the transfer of a such small particle as electron from one atom to another;
  • determine the processes occurring during 10–10 –10–14 s.

In catalysis the physicochemical methods are applied at the stages of preparation and characterization of catalysts, supports, sorbents, synthesized substances and materials. Physicochemical methods combined with the kinetic ones offer a wide possibilities in the study of kinetic reactions: nature of active sites, detailed mechanism, reaction kinetics. The methods permitting to perform in situ study and even visualize the processes under reaction conditions are of primary importance. Their number increases every year.

Boreskov Institute of Catalysis provides

  • a wide variety of physicochemical methods, well equipped with modern physical devices and fully computerized,
  • both standard and unique methods for materials, catalysts and processes study.

Boreskov Institute of Catalysis has specialized groups united into Department of Physicochemical Methods for Catalysts Investigation oriented at analytical and scientific studies. The staff of the Department is about 120 highly skilled specialists among them 20 Professors and about 50 have a Ph.D. degree.

Professor Valerii Ivanovich Bukhtiayrov is the head of the Department.

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