Engineering Process Intensification and Catalysis (EPIC) Lab

École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, Québec
What the facility does

Uses alternative energy sources to intensify chemical and mechanical processes to reduce their energy needs

Areas of expertise

The EPIC laboratory facilities use alternative energy sources to intensify chemical and mechanical processes to reduce their energy needs. The laboratory is also equipped with instruments to measure the intensity of these energy sources and to quantify the system responses following the intensification.

For example, we are equipped with batch and continuous ultrasonic microwave and mechano-chemical reactors that can accelerate the speed of chemical reactions, confer precise structural-morphological properties on solids and degrade different types of solid matrices or reduce their size.

Thanks to various integrated detection systems, we can precisely measure the temperature and pressure at the micro size and develop data offline to identify mass and heat transfer characteristics.

A UV-Vis spectrophotometer with an integrating sphere allows us remarkable flexibility in terms of chemical quantitative analysis of both liquids and solids. A gas chromatograph with a flame ionization detector (GC-FID) with an autosampler allow us to analyze a variety of organic compounds, both volatile and not, with a high throughput.

Research services
  • Ultrasound treatments
  • Ultrasound extractions
  • Microwave treatments
  • Microwave extractions
  • Mechano-chemical treatments
  • Comminution
  • UV-Vis spectroscopy for quantitative analysis of concentrations in liquids, dispersion of solids and the band gap of solids
  • Computational fluid dynamics modelling
  • Automatic titrations
  • Organic synthesis
  • Catalysts synthesis
  • Drug delivery systems synthesis
Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Mining, minerals and metals

Specialized facility

Equipment

Function

J-1219

Sonics Vibra-Cell 750W processor (2)

Sonochemical synthesis, physical and chemical processes

J-1219

Sonics Vibra-Cell 130W processor

Sonochemical synthesis, physical and chemical processes

J-1219

Sonics Vibra-Cell 500W processor (2)

Sonochemical synthesis, physical and chemical processes

J-1219

Peristaltic pump with two pump heads 300W (2)

Fluid circulation

J-1219

Sound abating enclosure (2)

Minimize sound noise

J-1219

Fisher Scientific Oven 1730W

Drying

J-1219

Fisher Scientific Thermostatic Water Bath 1345W (2)

Temperature control during synthesis

J-1219

Analytical balance (2)

Weigh substances

A-662.2

Anton-Paar Microwave Synthesis Reactor

Microwave synthesis and processing

A-662.2

MBI Centrifuge

Separate liquids from other liquids or solids

A - 674

Scion Gas Chromatograph

Separate and analyze chemical components

A-662.2

Fisher Scientific UV-Vis Spectrophotometer

Quantitative determination of various substances

J-1219

Rotary evaporator with vacuum pump

Solvent evaporation

J-1219

Rotary ball mill

Material grinding or chemical synthesis

A.662.2

Rank Brothers Continuous-flow particle and flocculation monitor

Measures particles or droplet size in flowing emulsions and suspensions

  • FPInnovations
  • Auxico Resources
  • Impact Global Solutions
  • Khepra Inc.