Catalysis-in-a-Box: Robotic Screening of Catalytic Materials in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond

Gaurav Kumar, Hannah Bossert, Dan McDonald, Anargyros Chatzidimitriou, M. Alexander Ardagh, Yutong Pang, Choong Sze Lee, Michael Tsapatsis, Omar A. Abdelrahman, Paul J. Dauenhauer

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Through simple hardware and software modifications, it is possible to convert a typical gas chromatograph into an automated packed bed reactor capable of accurate kinetic measurements in vapor-phase catalytic chemistries. Such automation can potentially aid the collection and processing of a large amount of high-quality catalytic data in a manner that does not require constant human presence, allowing laboratories to run efficiently under strict work-place restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)805-823
Number of pages19
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We acknowledge financial support of the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation, a US Department of Energy – Energy Frontier Research Center under Grant DE-SC0001004 .


  • MAP4: Demonstrate
  • alcohol dehydration
  • automated analysis
  • automated kinetic measurements
  • high-throughput experimentation
  • micro-flow reactor
  • packed bed reactors
  • reactive gas chromatography

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