CATLAB: Catalyst Characterization, Kinetic and Thermodynamic Measurements System

The Hiden CATLAB is a bench-top microreactor and combined mass spectrometer system. It has been designed for fast and reproducible catalyst characterisation and reaction analysis.

Both the mass spectrometer and the microreactor are offered as a complete system from a single manufacturer, which is unique to the industry, thereby ensuring optimum analysis via seamless hardware and software integration.

Additionally, the modular design allows both these instruments to operate as stand-alone units so that they can also be interfaced with other laboratory equipment such as TGA, FT-IR, or GC.

Key Features

The main features of the Hiden CATLAB are as follows:

  • Rapid response, low thermal mass furnace with integrated air-cooling
  • 1-20°C/min heating rates up to 1000°C
  • Close-coupled hotzone evolved species probe and direct QIC inlet for <500ms response
  • Hiden’s unique interchangeable catalyst cartridge unit
  • Automatic 2-4 (8 optional) gas stream manifold or combined gas/vapour manifold
  • ‘In-bed’ thermocouple for direct catalyst temperature measurement
  • Independent mass flow control of each channel at 3-100ml/min (other flow options available)
  • Seamless on-line, real-time studies with data acquisition and PC analysis
  • Shut-off/bypass flow configuration to seal reactor and gas sampling port
  • Air thermostat and trace heating to minimise condensation of liquid feeds/ products
  • Corrosion resistant manifold configurations available
Microreactor with Integrated Mass Spectrometer for Catalysis Studies | The CATLAB | Hiden Analytical


The main applications of the Hiden CATLAB are as follows:

  • Catalysis
  • Reaction analysis
  • Catalyst screening
  • Pulse chemisorption
  • Dispersion measurements
  • Adsorption isotherms

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